Okay - this weekend I'm going to create, and I'm going to share step by step as I go. Gather your cards and play with me!
The album above is one that I created a few years ago and one that I shared in my Souvenirs for the Season class at Get it Scrapped! While I shared it there as an idea, it wasn't shared as a step by step. I'll do that right here as I make a new one. I love Christmas cards. I put these albums out on an available flat surface (sometimes harder to find than you might think) when the season comes. They are stored with our Christmas decorations.
The first thing I've done is to gather what I might use. Might use. Since I'm posting as I create - this is subject to change. There's a good chance I forgot to put something in that pile, and there's a good chance I'll pull something out. I'll correct and share what I changed as I go. What I've gathered so far:
- Christmas Cards (I'm using 2008, (which I've stored in a handy bag that originally held a pair of pillowcases) - I'll share why shortly)
- Bind-it-all and supplies (If you don't have a Bind-it-all, there are several options: see if your store allows use of theirs, come and visit and borrow mine (bring your own binding), use O-Rings or Ribbon instead or get it bound at a place like Kinko's)
- Heavy cardboard for front and back cover
- Christmas patterned paper
- Adhesive (my adhesive of choice seems to have wandered off....so I have to do some hunting before I begin)
- Circle Punch
- sanding sponge/emery board
The reason I'm doing last years cards.
I tend to keep ours up on display until open door season when the cross breeze has them blowing off the wall. I love walking through this hallway amongst so many friends and family. My kids enjoy finding their cousins and friends. We also get cards straggling in until late February, and I'll be finding the ones that were passed to my husband and children in odd nooks/vehicles/catechisms and crannies over the next few months
** Note 1: Our many cards and large family sizes is why I don't run with Ali's idea for Christmas cards, also a great one. Be sure to check hers out as well and make the project fit for you! Combine them, create your own, put your own spin on it. Share. :)
** Off the topic note 2: We went with the over the door shoe holder for our hats and mittens until I find a dresser that fits. This was not my option of choice only because we don't have any great doors on this floor. There's this door or the bathroom door. That's it. But it's working. Each of us gets two definite spots and then there are a lot of flexible spots.
** Off the topic note 3: Someone asked which pictures I chose for the kids and how I display them. There they are! Right above the coat rack. That poor overflowing coat rack. Can there ever be enough hooks?
** Off the topic note 4: That yellow snowsuit on the hook? Seriously my favorite garage sale purchase of 2009. By far. Love that thing. It belongs to our four year old.
Enjoy! I'll be back this evening with Part II
Now to go find that adhesive - and get creative!