December is a time for documenting stories. Every year since 2011 I have been participating in this year end project in one way or another, large scale documenting in 12 x 12 size, small scale, 4 x 6 size, or most often in a 6 x 8 album size. I have equally harnessed rousing success or - not over the years and even on those years I still have an uncomplete album the sum of all the stories I have documented tells so much about our lives each December.
This year I am once again documenting in the 6 x 8 album size even though a new size has arose in the scrapbooking community. The 10 x 8 size album. And, let me tell you there is some lusting after all the exquisite pages coming out of our amazingly creative community of memory keepers. Yet, I have no desire simply because the larger size is too enormous for me. And, my photos - I'm a horrible photographer - would not do the landscape justice. So, I am happy with the 6 x 8 size.
Today, I am jumping right in to the story telling with my first story of the album. I do have 'part' of my front page and reason why completed but it's not quite done yet. Injecting an, "I'm ok with that," right here.
This story totally has my heart. The story is about the gift I made - and gave to my book club.
I started with the photo. I simply added a piece of patterned vellum from the add on specialty papers from Ali Edwards Design Inc's (AE) December Daily collection. Because I am embellishment challenged I went simple. The story number, a piece of chipboard from Paislee Press's December Daily kit via AE and adhered the vellum with ribbon.
I typed my story directly onto the photo in Photoshop Elements prior to printing.
Can I just say that this was such a fun craft - and gift. I figured out a system to making the 'books' for the ornaments and they really only took a few hours to finish. I made 9 total ornaments, including one for myself, of course.