I will be sharing my book over the next week. This was quite the undertaking but I will most definitely be back to complete another for 2012 as I am so happy to have these memories documented.
Inside front cover/title page:
The cover is a Teresa Collins chipboard cover that I purchased last year for my album (which caused all the anxiety as I was afraid to step out of my 12x12 box). I printed Tis the Season with my printer on Kraft cardstock and made the little Christmas 2011 embellishment with my computer, some CTMH Holiday Collection Ribbon and a scrap of Anna Griffin patterned paper. The embellishment is an idea I totally copied from Jenni Hufford. I love her style and have used many of her ideas as well as many others throughout my book. Scrap lifting and browsing other pages as they were posted really helped keep my mojo going when I ran out of ideas or started doubting myself.
December 1 ~
This picture is actually from 11/30 but I am ok with that as it was the absolutely perfect beginning to the holiday season.
December 4 ~
We attended the annual children's Christmas party on Base today. I wasn't able to snap any pictures of JT to use here as he was off with friends on the bounce house and eating cookies. Kelsey is on her third year of volunteering as an elf so I was able to get a few of her and a group photo with Mr. & Mrs. Claus. The back side of the insert is an instagram I printed of the kids in the truck on the way to the party. The tree on the left page is a one of the crafts JT made that day.
December 7 ~
Day 7 included the kid's wish lists for Santa. We stopped mailing them a few years ago when our elf Carl came to stay with us...he brings them to Santa now. I did take a picture though of the Santa mailbox when I was at the Post Office this week. When JT is a bit older, I will include the story of the mailbox and how the letters get answered, but for now, the picture is perfect. The Dear Santa arrows are cut out from clip art on my computer and the idea is courtesy of Ali Edwards.
I will be back with more tomorrow.