Thursday, November 12, 2015

Christmas Creations Blog Hop with CTMH

Welcome to the •MAKE•IT•Crafty• Seasonal Blog Hop! This month we will be featuring Christmas crafting!! 

If you have arrived from Natalie Racine's blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around. If you get lost, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants here.

This month we have a number of Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using various CTMH products to help you get in the mood for all the Christmas crafting that we enjoy doing this time of year. 

For this blog hop I have decided to show off a few of my foundation pages for my upcoming December Daily album. I create a lot of my pages ahead of time so during the month of December I am primarily just adding the photos.  

What is December Daily?

Originally initiated by a well known scrapbooker Ali Edwards, December Daily can now be found all over the internet starting in the early fall months and continuing through the new year. Aimed at capturing all of your holiday memories, this project consists of taking a photo a day during the month of December and placing it in a dedicated holiday album. And the best part- you can easily get the entire album created ahead of time! 

 This will be my 6th year participating in this world-wide project and what I have discovered is that it forces me to be more present in my life. A small mishap that would have caused me stress before is now a funny story for the scrapbook. Just like taking the time to write about what you are thankful for, this activity makes you stop and look around for all the little details that make up our lives around this season. 

For the last five years I have documented my “25 Days of Christmas” by creating a 25-page scrapbook in November (no pictures in it) in order to be ready to add pictures and journaling to the completed pages daily, starting December 1st and ending on Christmas Day.  I recorded a story or two from each day or described a detail about our family traditions. I put a lot of emphasis on completing my base album before December 1st because, in my experience, the project is more likely to be completed this way. When your pictures are ready all you will have to do is adhere them to your already completed page or slide them in a pocket. It's that easy.  

Click here to see a video of some of my completed pages from previous years.

Now here are some of my foundation pages. I will continue to add them to this post as they are completed.

This year I am using an 8x8 inch 3-ring Heid Swapp album that I purchased at Michaels. I will be using traditional pages mixed with 8x8 and 6x8 pocket pages.

White Pines paper, White Pines Picture My Life card and clear photo overlay in gold cut into a 4x4 square
6x8 pocket page with a space left for a photo in December

back of 6x8 and a 4x4 pocket page

White Pines Complements adhered to the pocket page so you will see through to the page/picture behind it

8x8 traditional page unused White Pines paper and complements

White Pines paper, complements and assortment

Flip page to add more pictures or journalling

CTMH Products Used:

White Pines Collection

Picture My Life Clear Photo Overlays

Thank you so much for following along on our Blog Hop today! I hope you enjoyed all the amazing artwork my CTMH friends have created... Now it’s time to head on over to Emma Hubert's blog and see her artwork! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas! Look for our next Blog Hop where we will feature beautiful Valentine projects, see you soon!