Hello everyone! Suz here with you today. I hope you have been enjoying the holiday season and what remains of it. (Happy 2015 to those in the eastern hemisphere who are already celebrating!)
We are finally home for the holidays after a month filled with Christmas details and travel. Yesterday, I managed to squeeze in some creative time to play with October Afternoon's fabulous December Story Kit!
Since I knew my December was going to be even busier than usual this year with two trips on the books and also because I have been documenting december in a daily type of fashion for probably 8 years now (Days 1-31), I decided I wanted to simplify this year. I am cutting the days I document down to a dozen days in December. And instead of documenting 12 days in a row, I am freeing myself from those constraints and simply documenting twelve days. (Rule breaker LOL)
Plain and simple.
The other thing I am trying to do is to focus on the journaling.
To focus on telling the story.
The story might be from a Christmas past.
An annual tradition.
A favorite meal.
A favorite holiday memory.
A favorite ornament.
A favorite gift.
A favorite Christmas Carol.
You get the idea.
But again, I really want to emphasize the story.
To emphasize the words.
Ok, I think that's enough on the back story of my design. On to my DECEMBER STORY intro page!
I used the fun 2x2 square grid page protectors included in my kit and set to work cutting down to size pattern papers and adding a few embellishments. The fabulousy fun and festivegold polka dot washi was used to cover up the chipboard zero. I then embossed (with silver Zing) the rest of the yearly numerals. (2, 1, 4). A little bit of stitching and stamping with the adorable sentiment and holiday icon stamps included in the main kit and add-on and I called it done!
I played off of Mou's cute little holly embellishment here and made one of my own with a bit of a twist - I cut the leaves to look like actual holly leaves. Quick and easy with a few snips of a scissor!
Here I have used the Add-on kit stamps to create a happy little "gold wreath" and placed it on some of that awesome plaid patterned paper and a doily included in the kit.
I simply adore the little icon images included in this year's kit and add-on!! Here I used gold, silver, and green. The photo really doesn't do the images justice as they shimmer in the daylight in real life.
How are you coming along with your December Story? I would love to see your creations! Please share with us on our OA Facebook home page or on Instagram. Tag me @suzmannecke and @octoberafternoon so we are given a heads up on your designs. Please use the hashtag #decemberstory #oadecemberstory so we can find them easily!
Have a very merry and safe New Year's Eve and a happy and healthy 2015!!!!