Hey everyone, I've been working hard behind the scenes to get my December Daily and Project Life organized for December 2012. I'm combining both into my Project Life album this year thus the name Project December. Project Life + Daily December = Project December. I'll discuss more of this concept and my reasons for this decision in my next blog post but for today I have all of my holiday product picks to show you. These products have been selected from my stash and/or purchased specifically for this year's holiday projects. If you remember my Inspiration Stations, this is kind of like that....all of my holiday product picks in one location. Let's get to the products (with links provided where I could) + I'll also be showing you my storage ideas for this year.
First things first. Let's do some clean up. I definitely needed to and I bet you're in the same boat. Swimming in a sea of craftiness up to your eyeballs. Maybe a 12" spot to work on...if you shove some things to the side. I was right there with you. But I knew that my holiday projects would come together easier and it would be so much more enjoyable to work in a tidy space. It took me days and days to clean, I won't lie. But now I have 2 full tables cleaned off and ready to go. For my main table, I covered it with Kraft paper so that I don't have to work about clean up. Ink stains, adhesive, coffee mug rings....no worries.
October Afternoon...Make it Merry Collection
My most favorite stash of holiday goodies this year comes from October Afternoon's Make it Merry collection. It's not in stores quite yet but it will be soon. I'll be sure to link you up. In the mean time you can look at the OA website here to get a glimpse at all the patterns. It's all right up my alley...whimsical, vintage images...fun colors of red & green plus some aqua and yellow thrown in...great embellishments. Love it all and you'll be seeing it all throughout my projects in December. Plus, be sure to check my previous posts and the OA blog for lots of Make it Merry Inspiration.
Elle's designed some fantastic journaling cards, tags and stamps for this holiday season and I think I got just about all of it. You can find many of Elle's items at 2Peas right now...and at 25% off! That's the brand new stuff too! The Exclusive Christmas Stamp is fantastic!
Lori from Gossamer Blue has a stellar line up of December Daily products this year. All of the items below are pieces from some of the various kits that are mostly sold out now. The Daily December Tags are still available and I just love the vintage images. If my husband ever gets a big buck this, not including the one he hit a week ago with his car, I'm totally going to use those deer images.
I've already dug into this stash of Story Cards and they are a go to item...for the holiday projects and every day! You need them. You can find them at 2Peas here along with some of the stamps I have shown too. The Story Cards are 25% off for a limited time. The back sides of the Story Cards are similar designs but with no words so very versatile if you want to stamp in your own sentiments, etc. I've used and really love the December Daily stamp set and the December Joys stamp set. Great designs this year, Ali.
The Wonderland collection offers some great holiday designs. Some of my favorite papers are the B side of Glad Tidings, Toboggan, and Mistletoe. I'm also using lots of wood accents this holiday season so the Wood Veneer Snowflakes and Trees are a must have item. I also got a 6 x 6 paper pad, some journaling cards, a sticker sheet and other various papers and such. The entire line of Wonderland is on sale for 25% off right now at 2Peas right here. Great sale at 2Peas so act quickly!
France, owner of Banana Fish Studio, designs the coolest tags, journaling cards, numbers and stamps. You have to act quickly because like me, she is a one woman act and supplies are limited....and mostly sold out right now. I just saw a tweet of hers and it looks like some new stamps are coming soon though. Just let me get mine first then they're all yours. :)
That's my little shop. I've pulled out some of my favorite, basic, go to items and gathered them all in one spot. Tags of all kinds, clothespins, paper doilies, sacks....it's all being used this year. Most items in my shop are very neutral in color and design so they work great for not only the holidays but all year long. I've got a few sale items there + the regular basic items.
I've got other little tidbits of papers and embellishments in my holiday stash but the items mentioned above are the biggest part of my product picks this year. Below, I snapped a photo to show you how I use my small clothespins to keep all like items clipped together. I tend to get a little crazy once I get to working on a project but I really like to keep items clipped together for organization as much as possible.
Oh, the Washi tape. You didn't think I'd forget about it, did you? I tried to pair down my picks but this is as low as I could go. Many are from October Afternoon, Freckled Fawn from 2Peas, and some from Etsy shops.
So how do you store it all? This is the most fun part for me because I love digging out my vintage boxes, trays, cutlery boxes and tins. No plastic for me please, I'll take something old and worn for my goodies. I've got three main storage units this year that sit on a table next to my 2 big work tables. This old cutlery drawer holds my doo-dads like the wood veneers in old jello tins, my Washi tape, all the small tags, buttons, twine, etc.
You might have noticed in my very first photo that I have this empty old in/out tray on my work table. This is where all the small scraps of patterned paper, doilies, old book paper, etc goes. I can leave this sitting out to collect little odds and ends without a big mess piling up on my table. Plus I love to dig through my scraps to find just the right pieces for a project. Those little tiny pieces make for some great gift tags!
My sewing machine gets quite the work out. I use this Audrey one from Baby Lock. Red thread is going to be my go to color this holiday season so I have a spool ready to go at all times. I might want to change up things a bit and use a green, white or cream so those are handy too. Tip: use a plain white or cream thread in the bobbin with any color. It doesn't show, you can have lots of extra bobbins ready to go and it's a good thing. Nothing worse than having to stop and wind a bobbin.
My vintage typewriter is my best friend in my work room. I love to use it for tags, typing out journaling cards or pecking out the perfect sentiment on a greeting card. Look for these at garage sales and thrift stores...or Ebay and Etsy. I wouldn't pay more than $20 bucks or so for a good working model.