Saturday, December 10, 2016

The Expectation of Christmas Future by Julene

The expectation of Christmas future – a short blog post on the year to come, new beginnings, resolutions or goals for 2017 (scrappy or otherwise), projects to be completed in the new year, plans of what you will make with what you asked Father Christmas to bring you this coming Christmas etc etc etc! Anything that ties in with future plans.   

2017 sees me doing more scrapbooking and I'm on another new Design Team to keep me busy as well as CKC.
I'm not sure what "Father Christmas" is bringing me, so can't comment on that.
I have a few projects I'd like to complete.
First thing I will do is an acrylic mini album that I won at a recent retreat.
The front is blank at this point.

As you can see it is only 7 pages so will be a small event.
I hope I can do it justice!

Finally, wishing everyone a very happy Christmas.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Followers of Christmas Present by Julene

I've chosen to highlight Elaine (Child kid) and searched back through her posts until I found this one.

She has used an embossed card with added pops of blue and silver

I happen to have recently bought a pack of pre embossed cards so have used those.
Plus I also bought some Prima "Say it in Crystals"
Here's my card
The Christmas greeting button has been sewn on.
As I had a packet of 6 of these I have actually made 4 so far.
They are all sold already.
This year I have made and sold over 400  Christmas cards.
The money goes to medical research at 2 local hospitals.
I've achieved a minor miracle as I have used every sheet of Christmas paper I had ,AND emptied a pizza box full of embellishments.(This was my aim for this year).
Destash on steroids.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Memories of Christmas Past by Julene

I'm borrowing a layout design from this post

Elaine created this gorgeous layout.

We don't get snow where I live and very rarely in Australia.
But I decided to use photos I took of Christmas shops in Germany.
Here's my layout with some close ups.

What you need for this page is
3 Christmas photos
1 sheet white cardstock
Several strips of co-ordinating papers
Pinecone versa ink
1 packet Petaloo red burlap pointsettias
Silver enamel dots
black thin pen to do flourishes.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Expectations of Christmas Future by Kelly

This year has been an especially prolific one for me as a scrapbooker. I created more layouts this year than ever before, and I loved every minute of it. When I was not scrapbooking, I was usually planning my next page in my head. I watched scrapbooking videos on YouTube, listened to scrappy podcasts, and even took a few new classes--all of which kept me inspired to create.

So as this successful year comes to an end, I am thinking about what my scrappy goals are for 2017. Even though I created many pages this year, I feel as if I got into a little rut--I mostly scrapbooked 12x12 single pages. Usually I mix up my creative time by making mini-albums, pocket pages, and even a few home decor projects.

I really miss making different kinds of projects during the year so I am going to challenge myself to do three things next year to expand my creativity:

1. Take more photographs. While looking back at some older photos recently, I realized that I used to take a lot more pictures than I do now. I believe that I have been too concerned with getting the perfect shot than recording memories. I want to have more than one photograph to tell a story.

2. Create more double-page layouts. Since I will hopefully be taking more pictures next year, I will have more than one photograph to scrap at a time. I plan to take advantage of this fact and make more double-page layouts. I may combine two sketches to give me a framework for a 2-pager, or I may combine a 12x12 page with a pocket page to make a spread.

3.  Make more mini-albums. I used to make mini-albums for special events--birthdays, trips, holidays, and more. I even have the photos and supplies for a mini-album I want to make that documents all of the costumes my kids had for Halloween over the years. And I know that if I look through my photographs, I have other stories that would be perfect for mini-albums.

So as much as I would love the holiday season to go on indefinitely, I am also excited to move ahead in a few new scrappy directions next year.

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Followers of Christmas Present by Kelly

Each month at Counterfeit Kit Challenge we are so impressed by the contributors to our link-up page and member blog hop. We have several devoted followers that share their work with us on a consistent basis. So during this holiday month, we would like to highlight some of those members.

Today I would like to thank Emma Clark for her participation at Counterfeit Kit Challenge. This page is a recent layout Emma shared with us using a CKC kit.

Thank you Emma from all of us at Counterfeit Kit Challenge!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Memories of Christmas Past by Kelly

For the past several years I have not done much scrapbooking during December, except for my holiday album--a mini-book documenting our Christmas activities. I usually make one or two full 12x12 layouts that capture Christmas day.

However, a few years ago, I took Debbie Hodge's class, Your December Story, at Get It Scrapped. The class leads you through scrapping your holiday as if you are the star in a hero's journey across the magical land of Christmas. I love revisiting the prompts in the class each year because I am inspired to document the small details that mean Christmas to me.

I will be following the lessons again this year (there are six), so I knew I needed a small kit with which I could complete the prompts. A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to win the new Classic Christmas collection by Authentique from A Cherry on Top. I chose some patterned papers, a 12x12 sticker sheet, and a small letter sticker sheet from my winnings.

I then went through my stash of embellishments leftover from other projects and picked out anything that I thought would go well with this collection. I added lace, ribbon, die cuts, gold tissue paper, brads, rub-ons, snowflakes, and a copper clip--all of which have the same vintage feel as the papers.

To make my scrapping go even faster, I chose this sketch from Scrapbook Challenges to use for the layout I will make for the first lesson of the class.

The sketch is fairly simple and has room for two photos. Or I could easily use only one photo in place of the two.

In the first lesson of the class, I am prompted to show the early signs of the approaching holiday season that appear in my life. Here is my page, documenting the first appearances of Christmas from last year.

I deliberately kept the page simple--using only stickers, die cuts, and lace as embellishments. Using more decorated patterned paper as a background helped me create an interesting page without adding many extras. Perfect for scrapbooking during this busy time!

I will be keeping this page kit around during the holidays so that I can make more layouts as time allows.

Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Expectation of Christmas Future by Susanne

December 4, 2016
Dear Santa,

I have been a very good girl in 2016 and I sure hope you will remember me for that come the 25th of this month. (hint, hint, nudge, nudge)

Just in case you think I have come up a little short (yes, I like to cover my bases), I will remind you what someone once told me that I have always tried to apply to my little ones (back when they were little ones).  It is good to set expectations high, but it is also good to give credit for progress toward them, even when one falls short of perfection. Don't you think that sounds about right?

This year I have been working on completing all the class layouts and cards and other assignments that I have been given over the last few years at the Creating Keepsakes conventions I have been lucky enough to attend.  Because you keep tabs on everyone with those notorious lists of yours, you undoubtedly know that what started out as a full basket of unfinished projects is now an empty basket.  Somehow, I am not sure how, I managed to focus on those as my priority and it has paid off. See there – photographic evidence that cannot be denied!!  Is that enough to get the “NICE” box checked by my name?

I know you of all people must be astounded that I kept my eye on the prize and was not distracted by every shiny new scrappy thing that came along.  So maybe it would be only fitting if you might find some shiny scrappy goodies that could fill up my empty basket – or at the very least my stocking.

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Oh, and Santa, rest assured that I don’t plan to rest on my scrappy laurels in 2017.  Oh no,  I am pledging to finish all the travel albums I have in process from the last two years. Yes, those trips to California wine country, Graceland, hiking in the State parks and that fabulous trip to France will all get properly scrapped in 2017. Yes, this very good girl will be reminding you of that in next year's Christmas missive.

Until then, I hope your Christmas is the merriest ever and that all your own expectations for 2017 are exceeded in the New Year!


Scrappy Susanne

PS  It certainly would be extra special if you dropped some shiny scrappy stuff into the stockings of all our CKC friends and followers out there - because they are a very "nice" group.