Hello everyone. We woke up to about 4" of snow so it looks like we'll have a white Christmas this year. Perfect sledding snow but it's bitterly cold so we'll see if that transpires. We might opt for taking a drive on the country roads and photographing the scenery. With homemade hot cocoa and marshmallows. And Charlie. :)
On the blog here I'm sharing days 6, 7 and 8 of my December Memories album. Day 6 was a favorite day and a favorite layout. Every year our high school art class sponsors a holiday dinner and music program for the senior citizens of our community. My mom and dad always look forward to it and Eric and I get to go also as special guests for Eric being a school board member. So I get to see the fun stuff that the art kids do and socialize with lots of the folks of our community.
This full layout just shows off the holiday spirit so nicely. Josey and a few other art students were in charge of creating a full holiday wall display in the main entry. She took my vintage Santa mugs, some old thermoses, my wood platter and old sled to create an old time scene. It was so darling. I used sheet music patterned paper for the backing here since there was a music program too.
Here's the entire wall that the girls decorated. I suggested that they used sponges and paint to create the bricks. I think it looks pretty spiffy. The little Santa mugs display was set into a recessed window which is the concession stand window. It looks like you were looking into a house. I used a Gold Foil Doily
tucked under the photo and a "deck the halls" sticker since the girls literally decked the hallway.
Journaling about the day and the sequin pocket with gold doily that I had created previously.
Next up is day 7 which has a gold envelope
This day was all about shopping in the city and then heading to Eric's company Christmas party. I really love the aqua and gold color scheme here.
I used more gold foil accents and letters for the little title card.
This insert shows the gift wrap aisle at Target. Always a fun time each year to just stroll down the aisles and see what they have.
The right page has a 4 x 6 photo of me standing in line. Ugh, the worst part. I use the "nice" speech bubble in a different way....to journal that I needed a reminder to be extra nice and patient while dealing with all the crowds.
I typed on my Grid Paper Labels
throughout my album. An easy way to add journaling then you just peel and stick.
Here's the gold envelope insert with various stickers.
I tucked in a few photos into the envelope. They're not pretty photos so I didn't want them in the main portion of the album. Eric manages a Bobcat machinery store so the Christmas parties are always construction oriented with lots of men. It's a fun time and the guys get ornery. There is always a silent auction and rob your neighbor type gift exchange. Sometimes you get something good, sometimes you get a used tape measure, Goof Off and paint can lids. Yay. We did come home with a piggy bank that farts when you put coins in. Jordan loved it. Go figure.
This is the back side of the envelope which notes the freezing one degree temperature we endured while out shopping. I loved the little car sticker from a Gossamer Blue kit that I stuck on top of the screen shot of the weather.
Day 8 was all about keeping warm and cozy. I have a 5 x 7 insert in between.
Here's the 2 page spread.
I love using enlarged photos in the albums. Capturing a photo of our tree with the fireplace in the background is always a favorite shot.
Most of the embellishments were already chosen previously, I just added the stickers.
The right side shows a dusting of snow on our wood rack on the back deck + a nice warm fire. The "warmest winter wishes" card was a favorite from the Gossamer Blue December Memories Kit.
This is the insert which shows out slight dusting of snow that was supposed to measure 4-6". Not. I added an instagram with pop dots that has the word "snow"that drew with my finger on a rock in my flower bed. The old adirondack chairs are some treasures that are showing their wear and tear.
The back side shows Charlie and one of our furry kittens.
I used more Grid Paper Labels
to journal how lucky Charlie is to get to stay nice and warm inside the house.
Finally, here's the status of my December Memories album so far. All of the 31 days are in here and this shows up to day 8 with embellishments and photos. Me thinks this album is gonna be a chubby one.
Hope you're enjoying your weekend. Eric opted to not take any extra days off for Christmas so that his employees could all take time off. That means we have to enjoy every extra day we can. I'm off to bundle up for our little country drive. Then I'm baking the last two batches of cookies for cookie trays. Except the family brought home white chocolate bark instead of actual dark chocolate almond bark for my peanut butter balls. Text me from the store, people. ;) Have a great day!