Once again I got very busy. The weeks just seem to disappear; work during the day, dissertation in the evening. But I have been managing to do a little crafting and arting even if I haven’t posted about it! Today I settled down to do some Christmas stuff – like my mini-album. I spent a bit of time getting organised so that I have pages ready to go during the week when I don’t have as much time, so here’s what I have so far:
I made the front page prior to going home last weekend and I’m really pleased with it! Just got to figure out how to get ’2013′ in there, I haven’t settled on a way yet as nothing’s really caught my fancy… although my new Quirky Kit arrived today with some really pretty twine which I might use. (I’ll show you the kit later on in the post, it’s gorgeous!) The inside pages are made from 6×6″ paper sewn together (for extra strength and to make them double-sided), I’ve used two different packs to add variety – Papermania 12 Days of Christmas pack and Dovecraft’s Back to Basics pack. I love the combination of colours, lots of golds, reds, greens and even a splash of blue! It feels so Christmassy already. I’ll try to update as I make the pages. I’m currently seven days behind, and the photos I was hoping to include might not make an appearance as my printer is rejecting the Wilko’s own-brand photo paper I bought, which is rather annoying… I will just have to include plenty of journaling, which is even more of an incentive to keep up-to-date! I haven’t decided how to make it into a book yet, but I might treat myself to a Zutter Bind-It-All with my Christmas money.
Another thing I have been doing today is making tags for Christmas presents while I’ve been wrapping. This one’s my favourite so far:
I’m really loving the grungy-vintage Christmas theme this year, so I’m using a lot of sepia toned ink! (Namely Tim Holtz Vintage Photograph ink pad). I’m also loving my stamps from Paperchase, I’m building quite a collection of stamps and inks now. Oh, and you might like to see my crafting area?
Not sure why but I love sitting on the floor to craft – something about all that room, I think (much to my fiance’s dismay!) I even had my huge craft drawers pulled out beside me, just out of the shot. I’ve tidied away for now… but I might get it out again later so I can work on a couple of pages of the album, I’ll get dinner out of the way first.
Another reason for wanting to get everything back out is that (as I mentioned before) my lovely Quirky Kit arrived earlier! And it’s awesome:
Look at it all! Stamps, ink, rub-ons, stickers, wooden embellishments, beautiful glittery twine, washi tape, paperclips and cardstock embellishments. So much to play with, the washi tape and twine are perfect for Christmas too. I’m glad I changed my mind and went for the embellishments kit, because I tend to use more in terms of embellishments than paper. However, there were some really nice papers in the main kit which went onto the Extras page so I treated myself to some of them as well!
My favourite is the middle paper, beautiful watercolour-look and the stars are cut-out, it’ll be great to layer. Honestly can’t wait to play with all this stuff, and looking forward to my next kit in February already!