I have a confession. I am not so good in the recording department. I always have good intentions. In fact, I even started this project last Christmas season. But as per usual, the craziness of the time got in the way. My kids are also older now (three, 20-25) and so that ‘magic’ part of it isn’t really a part of our Christmas in the child-like sense.
I’ve also not necessarily been one to record the whole month of December. Doing December Daily sounds like a grand idea at the time, but as usual, life is just so crazy. Well, in 2013, when my daughter was getting ready to leave for Jacksonville on December 18 to serve an LDS mission, I made an effort to document more. I love that I did that. (Now I just need to get it in an album.)
In 2014, much of December was spent dealing with the aftermath of a tragedy that occurred at Thanksgiving with some close family friends and our involvement with that. To say it did not feel like the Christmas season is putting it mildly. Christmas seemed rather trivial. I don’t think I got any kind of decorations up until about the middle of the month when the kids finally put up their own Christmas tree. I think I finally put up a couple other items found in one box and that was it.
But as Christmas grew closer, so did we. Even though I had much to do for work, I chose not to during that time and we spent quality family time together–watching movies, doing puzzles, making great food, and having a truly white Christmas thanks to an awesome snow storm. It’s not often we get snow like that. Sometimes we have some snow and sometimes there’s none. So the fact that it snowed so much that evening and into Christmas…it made it magical. One of my favorite moments of that holiday–besides doing a puzzle with my girls, was playing Mexican Train with Zach at the kitchen table. Our Christmas dinner contributions were cooking in the oven and we played many games and watched the snow fall.
I say that was the worst Christmas and the best Christmas we’ve had. I think the bad time is what made the good times so much sweeter. It was all about family for us and it was just what we needed.
As I pulled out this project once again and looked at the photos, I was amazed at how many emotions came to surface again. I can’t tell you just how grateful I was that I made the effort–even during that tragic time–to document our Christmas.
It means the world to me that we have that.
And now, on this final Christmas In July day, here are my pages for 2014…in an album….all finished. Yay!
On this page I create a 6×8 page (rectangle), typed my text where I wanted it, and placed the Winter Tree temporarily so I could size it. Once I knew what I wanted, I moved the tree to the side, printed the page and trimmed it to size. Then I cut one tree from a scrap of vinyl and three more on white cardstock–all at the same time on the same mat. Then I just glued them all together to create that ‘golden chipboard’ look.
I used a plastic page from Bazzil Basics to put the vinyl on. I don’t think they make them anymore, but you could use a transparency. There’s a how-to video on this at the end of the album.
I used Brilliance Moonlight White ink to stamp a sentiment directly to my photo.
The one nice things about the gold vinyl is that it conveniently looks like gold vinyl from both sides. Sweet! And to create the snowflake page, again, draw a 6×8 rectangle. place the snowflake, type your text, move the snowflake off, print on cardstock, cut the snowflake, and adhere it in place. Embellish with other sparkly bits and title.
I’m all about keeping things simple. One thing I did to make things quick was to cut out the Merry Little Words and have them on hand. I also used a lot of the Hello December and changed the color on the Christmas card.
The other thing that worked for me was the fact that I didn’t worry about documenting December on a daily basis, but rather was just sure to record all the moments that occurred. I plan on doing this for more Decembers and keep them in this album. Now I need to get 2013 done. :)
And now, the video you’ve all been waiting for ;), a video that shows how to use vinyl from start to finish using your Silhouette.