My process on this project is super simple: have some papers roughly cut to size, and some accessories and bits of pretty things ready from which to create my pages each day. So as each day's photos present themselves I'll use whatever feels right to go with them on a given days layout.
I think had I made a complete book back in October that would be fine, but I didn't, and I decided not to rush around adding undo pressure on myself (and burn myself out) over this thing before December arrives. It's supposed to be -- AND IS -- a fun and engaging activity if we keep it in perspective. Also, for me personally, I want to begin with my photos and add details to them that feel right. Does that make sense?
That said, I have done some advance preparation:
- I began with an intro page this year to set the tone for content
- I've collected some natural-themed decorative elements
- I've gathered a variety of artist-designed items for journaling*
- I've made a pocket page (working on a few more today)
- I printed out a few ledger pages (for longer notes while traveling)
- I'm adding dates as an overlay to the photos (like last year)
- I type-set a conclusion page (that I may or may not use)
Here's the inside front cover:
Materials: left side: Bazzill Basics swiss dot card stock in Salt. pop-up snowflake punch (lower left corner) EK Success. Heavy chipboard tag from kid's PJ's purchase at Costco, covered in Florentine holly print (sold out) from Hollanders. Edges painted with Making memories scrapbook colors. 'Happy Holidays ribbon: making memories. 'Christmas Story' postmark Designer Digitals. Right side: green patterned paper: Graphic 45 Renaissance Fair, chipboard circle: Maya Road. Font throughout: Copperplate for windows.
... and some bits of pages in progress ...
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To simplify things I'll itemize the materials sources on each days post.
Given our family plans, I could use about four pockets to contain the following: 1) kids letters to Santa, 2) brochure from the National Gallery of Art's holiday movie, 3) the kids Christmas pageant program, and 4) our bulletin from Christmas Eve services. So far I only have the one envelope made from kraft card stock, rub-ons and eyelets. (upper left, above) The others I'm fashioning from fabric.
The important thing to remember (she reminds herself) is to enjoy this. I'm looking forward to becoming one with my camera again, and that contemplative/reflective time to pull everything together during this season.
I have to admit that I'm not really in the holiday spirit yet; it will come though. It always comes.
An aside -- If ever I doubt the inclusion of my own handwriting, (which I struggle with because it's not the neatest) I only have to visit the romanitc scrawlings of Jane Campion's Bright Star production scrapbook for assurance. There's just something so compelling about making one's way through the personal penmanship of another. This -- coupled with the art department sketches -- well, I can't seem to tear myself away from that site.
See you back here Wednesday, Dec. 2nd.