The holidays, indeed. Christmas, in particular, is one that does not top my list o' favorites. Thanksgiving? Numero uno. Halloween? Sure, why not. Christmas? Hmmm. It's always a bit stressful for any number of reasons that I could rattle off without taking a breath for like, 7 minutes. However, this little project is all about stripping away the frou frou of the season, and focusing on simple photos and memories. You remember, those nifty little reasons why we do this thing? Mmmm. Yes.
And what better way to do that than to make said project for a charity fundraiser at my kids' school? To help out those who work so unbelievably hard (teachers and administrators) and make a cool little album project "class" for the school's silent auction. I can do that. No problem.
You start with the coolest little board books from Cloud 9 Design, and 3 coordinating papers from their Luster series (the green sheet, the red sheet, and the brown sheet—and I really have to emphasize how much i LOVE when a company puts out the same design in beautiful, rich colors that work so well together. Takes the guess work out of the mix!) Then you get some stickers from Scenic Route, and then some from Fontwerks, which are also here. (you can use them however you like in the album!)
Next, you need some grid lined paper like this one from Scenic Route, or this one from Karen Russell's Narratives line (which I used on this album). And then, some circle punches. I used this one and this one from Fiskars. You'll use the punches to cut out simple journaling circles, which you can just grab a pen and write a quick note about each photo.
In addition to some brown stamp ink, some paint, a corner rounder and a sanding block, I pulled out my old favorite foam stamps (Jersey) from Making Memories. I love those stamps. Never going to get old.
Then you need 12 to 20 snapshots, some adhesive (i used my Xyron 900 for the whole project, because it made it so quick!) and then just start cutting and glueing. Just like that.
It's super simple, the box is adorable, and it's something you can totally hang on a knob somewhere during the holidays.
And i love anything to do with knobs.
A few more poorly lit photos to show you how simple it is, and to show you mediocre journaling is always going to be PERFECTLY acceptable!
Gotta go pack some bags now...got me a plane to catch!