And the beautiful collection of supplies sat. And waited. For me.
Most of December I was busy juggling work and home life while also trying to work in making our Christmas cards and the many handmade gifts I planned before I started working! So, when I did have time to scrap, I wasn't able to scrap for me - I was too busy working on gifts.
The boys took their teacher gifts to school on the last day before Christmas break, I put my cards in the mail and pulled out my scrap supplies.
I am pretty much down to scraps with the North Pole papers, but was able to finish 16 layouts with it. !!! Did I mention five of them are double-pagers? ;)
Here are a few that I'd like to share.
This LO might seem a bit busy, but I like it. It took a while to finish! The multi-colored dots are the border of a die cut paper. I didn't want the cream center, so I cut it out (that took quite a while!) and then backed it with the big ornament paper which was then matted on the stripe. These photos are from THIS YEAR!!! The boys helped put the tree up over Thanksgiving weekend.
Last year we all got in on the cookie making/decorating, although I seem to be missing from the photos - imagine that! This LO is for Kevin's album. I mixed Little Yellow Bicycle mini alpha stickers with some puffy alphas by Making Memories.
I LOVE everything Charlie Brown!!! I have quite an assortment of Peanuts decorations. We keep them on the table by the front door and Kevin gets excited about putting them up every year. It's always so fun to walk by and see that every so often he mixes them up. These photos are from last year. This year, I cracked up when I walked by and saw Charlie Brown tackling poor Linus. Kevin has quite the imagination! I added some Jenni Bowlin Christmas tickets to this one. (Thanks Lisa for sending them!!!)This is actually one of the last layouts I finished (but I'm not going to take the time to upload them in order - sorry). The top edge of the dot paper is scalloped. Again, I added some JBS tickets that a friend, Lisa, slipped inside my Christmas card.
This is the last LO I finished today and I just love it. The pictures weren't really special, but I love how it all came together. The cream in the center is what I cut out of the center of the diecut paper in the first LO I posted above. I roughed up the edges. Then I drew a red border. It was missing something, but I didn't have enough paper left to mat it, so I cut strips of the stripe and slid them under the cream paper. Then I added strips of paper here and there. I taped a piece of rickrack over one paper strip and accented with some chipboard, too. Maybe it's the mixed alpha that makes me so happy.
My boys are growing up! This year they put their trees up ALL BY THEMSELVES! I got a good shot of Kevin with his tree. We had such a bad experience with rude Santa at our local mall last year that I was hoping to avoid a visit this year. However, when we went to Louisville to eat out for my birthday, we happened to pass Santa in a mall. Kevin begged to see him and we waited in the short line. It was a good experience for all of us.
To document Kevin's part in the school Christmas program, I added a star over his head in the photo so you can find him! Kept this one simple. Finally, I love this simple one. It could have been titled "Jesus is the reason for the season." I love my nativity scene(s) - yes, I have several. The boys always like to set the largest one up under the tree. This year it was all Kevin sitting it up for me. I was able to get a good angle for some pictures. I didn't do it on purpose, but I like how the right hand side of the page resembles one side of a Christmas tree the way the embellishments and alphas line up.