Last night I had a dream of Christmas: of sturdy white boxes under the tree. Tied with red ribbon they were, and when we opened one we discovered it was filled with old photographs.
So you can probably tell that I have a Christmas album on my mind. Yesterday I finally got twenty minutes to make a start and I worked on a quick front cover...
This year I have a beautiful December Memories kit from Gossamer Blue; and included in it is this Simple Stories 6x8 album. At first I was going to leave the Kraft cover in its natural state: but I've been painting on pages recently, so I grabbed a brush and added some white and then I pulled out the numbers from the Pink Paislee Countdown box and toned them down a bit too. I'm delighted with the way it turned out and I'm looking forward to filling it now. It's going to be a special gift album for our girl, who is, as you might have guessed by now, in her last year at school.
There is a December Memories class along with the Gossamer Blue kit (and you can also buy it separately). It's two month's worth of lessons, so I've been enjoying the suggestions already. But I do also have a plan for my book. I want that girl of ours to remember what will be, all being well, her last Christmas "at home". And I want her to remember all the Christmasses before this one: all her favourite bits, all our favourites too, what she said, what we thought.
I've made a little list to work through:
Better to plan ahead a bit, I thought, instead of sitting down each day wondering what to write about. It's not set in stone (or even Royal Icing, though I could go for a slice of snowy peak covered Christmas Cake right now..): if I think of anything else I'll add it in as I go. And of course I'm going to leave a few pages at the end for her to use as she wishes. I'm not daft: I know perfectly well that my Mum didn't hear about the half of what I'd choose to remember of my last Christmas at school (or maybe she did, but wisely chose to keep quiet? There's a grown up kind of thought..)
Anyway: let's see how many days we are in before she realises what I'm up to; though doesn't have to be a surprise. I'm happy to have her contributions as we go
More to come. Oh, and if you are looking for further ideas for an album of your own, Get It Scrapped has a December Story class and here is the video to tell you all about it. Are you making a Christmas album this year?