November 21, 2012

Project December 2012.....5 x 7 inserts

Hey there, thanks for joining me today.  I first want to say thank you to everyone who takes the time to leave comments.  I see that I get a LOT of pins to Pinterest boards so I know you are visiting my blog.  For those of you who make a special effort to leave me a note, I sincerely appreciate your thoughtfulness.  There are a few questions that need answered so I'm going to go back through my posts, make notes and come back soon with your answers.  :)

So for those that celebrate Thanksgiving, are you getting all prepared?  We are staying close to home because the girls have basketball practices and that is just fine with us.  We'll be going to both our folks' homes for 2 separate dinners.  I'm bringing crock pot goodness to one dinner (I'll be sharing my slow cooker adventures in December) and I need a dessert for the second dinner.  Good times!

Today I have some simply 5 x7 inserts to share for my Project December.  These are very, very simple right now but I have to say having these done ahead of time makes me very happy.  The possibilities for these inserts is just endless.  Let me share my thoughts.....
 I used patterned papers from my holiday product picks to create various 5 x 7 inserts.  There is a simple strip of patterned paper down the short side, stitched with my signature red thread for this holiday season.  The orientation of these 5 x 7 inserts can be vertical or horizontal.  I will be using Project Life's 5 x7 clear page protectors to hold these in my albums.
 The awesome thing about these inserts is that I can use them in so many ways.  Here's just a few ideas that I have rolling around in my mind:

1.  Use the inserts as shown below with Project Life 4 x 6 and 3 x 4 gird journaling cards. I could place a tiny Instagram photo on the grid cards and then tell a story.  Or just tell a longer story then add embellishments, etc.
2.  4 x 6 photos that I want to highlight might be added to the insert.  I could use my Phonto phone app to add journaling to the photo, then print and plop on the 5 x7 insert.
3.  I could add 2 small square collages of photos that I create using my Diptic phone app.  A nice little page to add more photos if needed.
4.  These could be used as photo or journaling mats and be added to a larger 8.5 x 11 size layout.
5.  I could stitch vellum over the insert to create a small pocket to hold movie tickets or perhaps a series of photos that I don't want to take up too much space.
6.  I could create a running list....for example, I could keep track of all of the holiday movies we watch, or all of my slow cooker meals during the month of December or a running calendar which becomes a month in review somewhat like my week in review inserts.
7.  One of these could be the very first insert in my December pages and could be used as a title page.  I could make a title that says something like "Holiday Happenings" or "December Events" and create some journaling that tells that I'll be adding in December events in with my Project Life pages.
8.  I could create recipe cards with these inserts, using my vintage typewriter to type up the recipe and then embellish the recipe card like I've done in the past.
Lots of possibilities here and I'm excited to see what happens with these 5 x 7 inserts.

Okay, I'm off to find that perfect dessert for Thanksgiving.  Tomorrow I'll be sharing a fun Thanksgiving card, October Afternoon style.  Then all next week I'll be sharing the rest of my Project December ideas.  Thanks for stopping by.  :)


Sharon said...

I love checking in everyday to see what you're up to. You're so creative! I love your antiques & treasure hunts...finding all the things that remind me of my grandmother and when I was a kid. Happy Thanksgiving to you, your husband and the "reds"!

Jessie said...

Hi Mish! Happy Thanksgiving! I love reading your blog! I hope someday to do one of the books but for now I just love seeing everyone else's! Thanks for sharing!

Kirsten said...

Clever ideas, as usual! We're hitting my sister-in-law's tomorrow and all I have to take is a salad. Love not having to cook, but dreading the hour plus drive. I should take my PL to work on....
And I'm looking toward to your crockpot ideas - potato soup is going in mine today.

Sherry Eckblad said...

I am loving how your Project December is coming together. It reminds me that I haven't even started yet and need to get busy.
Sorry I don't always leave a comment but I so enjoy coming here and will try to do better.

Mette said...

Don't celebrate thanksgiving in the UK but still love all your projects and advise.
Looking forward till tomorrow.

Hugs, Mette

Dawn Cosgrove said...

I am loving your Project December ideas Mish! I wish I was as motivated as you to get all these goodies together! I want all of them :) I just love coming by here and seeing what you have cooking up for us, you are truly an inspiration!!

Kristy Hansen said...

I love coming to your blog to see what is happening. I am not doing a December Daily--but will be making some cards and 12x12 layouts of our activities. Thank you for all the ideas...Happy Thanksgiving. (We cheated and got French silk pie at village inn-per my daughter's request and then I got one pumpkin) :-)

Yvonne..... said...

Such great ideas! Keep them coming but for now, get in the kitchen and cook! LOL! Gotta have a good dessert after all that yummy food. Happy Thanksgiving Mish!

Anonymous said...

Wow awesome ideas!

Unknown said...

I always get so excited when you leave a post for us! And especially right now when I know you are busy with cooking and family. It is very kind of you to continue to bring us inspiration. I am lucky that my family lives close, so no traveling for me.
Bringing a broc/cheese cassarole and a homemade Hershey's chocolate cake for Thanksgiving dinner. We always have such a big time just eating and talking. Cant wait to get some of your crock pot recipes!--Diana F.

libbywilko said...

I have been loving your Project December posts!

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