Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The "C" Word...Getting a Jump on It

"Christmas"...I know, I know...it's not even Thanksgiving yet-but, here in blog land, the Christmas season is already in full swing! I am trying to get an early start, myself, as I have a very busy couple of months ahead. So, I am diving in with my Journal Your Christmas album preparations. So far I have a kit, and I have made my album covers, so I am way ahead of last year!

My album covers:

I made them 9 inches x 9 inches (I plan to make my pages 8x8, and I wanted the covers bigger), cut from chipboard sheets leftover from product packaging, and rounded the corners. The paper that I covered the chipboard with is from the Heidi Swapp Believe collection, and I added droplets of gold spray paint and Color Shine mist. The embellishment clusters are made up from a doily, sequins from my stash, pearls and gems from my stash and some grungeboard letters and numbers that I spray painted gold. All kit and album items are from my stash, either won or purchased before I decided to freeze my spending.

Here is the kit I gathered up, "Twinkle Lights":

Filled with beautiful colors, and yummy hints of golden sparkle and silvery shimmer, my stash kit is made up of lovely warm reds and icy spearmint greens, cream based papers with a bit of the chalkboard trend for a fun twist.  I am completely happy with this kit, and I don't think I will mind not having a purchased kit at all! I am a washi girl for sure, and my kit could also be called a "Washi Wonderland", because I have included bunches of it!

Here is a closer look at my pretty papers, since we all know that is my favorite part:
I have included selections from an older October Afternoon line, Very Merry, an older Martha Stewart line, Glitz's Finley collection, red embossed snowflakes from an older We R Memory Keepers line, a red chevron paper from Bella Blvd's Christmas Countdown, and several from Heidi Swapp's Believe line.

I have plans and ideas for handmade numbers, diecuts, and other embellishments, which I will share as I finish them. For now, I am happy with the head start that I have gotten on my Journal Your Christmas project!


  1. So beautiful!!!!!! I am already working on making some of my Christmas gifts!!!!

  2. Love your album cover. Pinned it for inspiration.

  3. This is utterly gorgeous - and so trendy even though you aren't shopping!

  4. I love this idea. I'm sitting on my scrap from floor surrounded by product and am a bit overwhelmed. I love the kit you made.

  5. Beautiful kit, I love the red present washi and the music washi. You are going to have fun with this.

  6. OH MY GOODNESS!!! I want your kit!!! I heart Washi, too! I know you will have soooo much fun with it! Absolutely Beautiful!

  7. Fun colors! I love seeing kits where people use colors other than the traditional red and green.

  8. Very, very pretty. I love the gold spray droplets & the spray. Such nice touches. Hugs~Patti

  9. What a beautiful collection for your kit! Christmas is such a bright time of year and love all the colors. At least you have gotten a good start on your on your album with the cover made- very prettily I might add. I'm always saving and thick heavy cardboard that comes with stuff just for this kinda thing. Ya never know what it's gonna be for but it's there. Thanks for sharing pretty with us!


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