Sunday the winter weather here in North Texas finally creeped in! It was cold and cloudy and rainy. And it’s stayed that way since. But I’m sure by Saturday we’ll be back to beach weather. No…I jest, I jest.
It was another stay at home and be lazy kind of day. I find that I have a focus for each day of what I want to capture and then one or two other little nice things creep in and I have to include those too. The plan for December 4 was to get pictures of the family Christmas tree and highlight some of the ornaments that have special meaning to me. But….Parrish also made German pancakes, which I hadn’t had in years and Ellie came to my room for a visit and became mesmerized by A Christmas Story, so I couldn’t let those things go unnoticed.
I really like how the whole mini is coming together. I love all the little chunky embellishments and the oddly sized pages. I really liked adding little things to the paperbag and sticking a picture of Ellie on the back. It all makes me pretty happy.
The first “page” is part of a brown paper bag. When I was building the foundation, I had already put the vintage “Merry Christmas” tag onto the bag, so I just jazzed it up a big with another pink and red felt flower, another button from Pebbles, some ribbon and a piece of a border sticker.
I carried the ribbon all the way around and put Ellie watching A Christmas Story on top of that. Pretty simple. Inside the bag I plan to just stick random holiday stuff I pick up here and there. So far, I have the sales pitch from a Bath & Body Works coupon. I love the idea of looking at this book years from now and seeing how different our ads were now compared to then.
The next page, I finally got around to using one of the big coasters by Red Bird Ink that were included in the SC DD kit. I sprayed it with Mr. Huey’s Holly Berry AND some silver Smooch Spritz. I added a couple of Echo Park chipboard elements as well as my journaling about the photo on the opposite page (journaling sprayed with the Mr. Huey’s, as well). I found some old tape in my stash and used it to make a kind of arrow pointing towards the photograph in an attempt to tie the two together. This is also the page I tabbed using a couple of tab stickers from Cosmo Cricket which I placed back to back and using my fave October Afternoon mini market stickers for the numbers. The foundation is still the Cosmo Cricket Dear Mr. Claus paper.
On the back – some photos of my sister and I and her delicious German pancakes. I kept this one pretty simple, still sprayed the journaling and throwing in a chunk of the paper from the November SC kit. I think this one is by My Mind’s Eye. I used some of the Authentique word stickers that came with the SC DD kit as well as another Echo Park chipboard sticker. I love these chipboard stickers, btw. I already had a set of them before I got my kit and I’ve been using them like crazy. The whole Season’s Greetings line by Echo Park is amazing.
Final page – here I highlighted my favorite ornaments on the family Christmas tree. I took all of these pictures with my IPhone and Instagramed them, because I love those crazy little old timey filters. I used the Earlybird filter on all of these. The little sticker down in the bottom corner is an old Daisy D’s with a very old Basic Grey “4” on top. Then I combined my final Pebbles button, a couple of chipboard elements and a brad all by Echo Park and stuck some cutie word stickers on top of that from October Afternoon’s Holiday Style line. You might also notice that I’ve already tabbed that page with a 5, since December 5 starts on the flipside.
Overall I’m really enjoying this project! I’ll be back tomorrow with more. Have a great day!