Christmas 2014

My latest layouts are all about Christmas 2014.

Do you have a favourite paper pad that you got ages ago, but have been kind of saving it over the years? Well, my favourite Christmas paper pad is “Countdown to Christmas” by My Mind’s Eye. It’s so old that it doesn’t even come up on internet searches any more 😀

I bought it years ago, probably 2009, to make Christmas cards. And it has been a faithful companion over the years, helping me make Christmas cards and now helping me with my Christmas scrapbooking. There are still a few pages left, but I am afraid that I may not get much more out of it in the future…

Countdown to christmas

So here are the five Christmas layouts that I have created (so far) for 2014 – There may be a couple more, but I wanted to publish this entry today 🙂

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My first cardmaking adventure

It all started in early 2009, when I was adamant to save some money making my own wedding stationery. Let me tell you a secret: making your own wedding stationery, when you have no previous crafty experience, can be really expensive!
But I managed in the end. Hundreds of pounds and several visits to Hobbycraft later, I finished all my wedding invitations, order of the day books, menus for the tables, table numbers, table seating plan, name place cards and wedding favours.
Back then there was no Pinterest, so it took some real digging in the internet world to get inspiration. I knew the colour scheme that I wanted, but I had no real idea of what the invitations needed to look like. We settled for a simple design, although finding the right way to execute that design took many failed attempts!
Hindsight is a beautiful thing, and right now there are so many things that I would do differently! But, as I have said many times before, crafting is a process that takes time to master!

Wedding invitation Order of the day
Menus Name place cards

Pre-twins scrapbook pages

Before the twins were born, I made three layout pages, ever. One about my cat Tommy, one for a friend of mine with photos of his kid and one with my husband and me.
“You’re such a lazy boy”
Sadly, Tommy is no longer with us, but back on 2010 he was the king of the house. We rescued him and brought him all the way from Pembrokeshire. He had had a rough life, living off scraps and hiding in sheds. So when we brought him home, it didn’t take him very long to get used to the easy life. He used to sleep a lot (like all cats, I know – but he was extra lazy!)

Lazy Boy

Until now, all my crafting experience was with card making, however I used to see lots of scrapbooks layouts on the site of the now-defunct “two peas in a bucket” online shop. I honestly can’t remember right now if I “scraplifted” this layout or totally came up with it from scratch. One thing is true, though: I was super proud of it when I finished it!

Looking at it now, there are some things that I would have done differently; however, like everything else in life, scrapbooking is a process and you develop your own style over time.

 

“Matthew’s first summer”

Not having kids myself yet, in 2011 I made this scrapbook page which I then framed in a 12×12 memory box and gifted to my friend. I was lucky to have seen Matthew quite a lot that summer, so I had plenty of cute photos to choose from.

Matthews first summer

I really really really loved how it turned out and I was so happy to give it to my friend.

Again, I probably scraplifted the design of the layout from somewhere in the two peas in a bucket world. I wish I could remember!

 

“Walk”

My third layout ever is from 2012. I didn’t do any scrapbook pages for a whole year between the previous one and this one!

There was a local craft shop in the Chineham Shopping Centre (I forget the name now) that used to run crops and workshops. I saw that this workshop was advertised so I joined!

Walks

This is one of my most favourite photos of Jon and me. The layout was standard for everyone in the workshop. We were given all the materials and tools that were shared between everyone. The word “Walk” was done with a cricut, which back then was like a magic box for me. This was also the very first time that I used ink spray mists. I remember being very impressed at the time, however, I had completely forgotten about them until earlier this year when I bought my own set (Heidi Swapp Shine).

And after this, I won’t do any scrapbooking until 2013, when my children were born!