You might have noticed I have skipped a day here. This was intentional. I have half of Story 6 completed and it simply needs the final touches, and the journaling. I wanted to just continue with the stories I have told even if they are out of order here. I will simply insert them into my album where they belong. Because I am telling numbered stories and not numbered days I'm comfortable jumping around as a story comes to me. Or, more likely, when I have the time to document stories, especially if I am creating hybrid pages where I not only need my computer but my scraproom and December Daily products, too.
For Story 7 I am documenting the new ornaments that I purchased this year, and why I chose those ornaments. I think I have purchased new ornaments, at least one new ornament, every year for decades. I used to buy ornaments for the kids but gave that up when the boys didn't seem interested - I could be wrong, or have gotten it all wrong and they'll make me regret those years I didn't buy them an ornament.
One of my favorite ornaments this year was handmade by my niece, Laura. She crocheted that darling Baby Grogu (or The Child). We are The Mandalorian fanatics, I mean fans, and adore The Child. We began watching The Mandalorian this summer and if you've watched it you understand how it seeps into your stream of conversation and - well - makes you happy all over. We finished watching the final season episode just the other day and I was ecstatic to be able to hang the ornament we received from Laura commemorating our love for all things The Mandalorian.
For the cover page I created a simply 'tree' transparency and added a dated tag and ribbon. Simple, elegant. I added NEW ORNAMENTS using Ali Edwards' red thin puffy letters from the December Daily 2020 collection.
I adore Rae Dunn products with her signature type font and these round cream ceramic ornaments with that similar type font and words I love were a simple decision to add them to our ornament collection. From year to year my ornament decision making is scatterbrained. One year I want all our ornaments on the tree. Another year, I select a particular style, if you will. This year we hung almost every ornament on the tree, except those damaged, or irreparable.
Lastly, (recorded on this page), I picked up on Etsy a frosted glass round bulb hand painted with red cardinals. I wanted it to represent the year we put up a bird feeder and the flocks of cardinals that visited our backyard over the summer and fall months. In other words, we took up bird watching and got a kick out of the cardinals and finches and other small birds fluttering about the trees along the marsh in our backyard.
The second page, inside the page protector, a 6 x 8, digitally created page. I digitally included those tags just like the title page tag and digitally added the baker's twine, plus my journaling and then printed out the page on photo paper. It was a clean and simple, yet decorative page. I love how it turned out.