Are you ready for December? I’m planning to continue working in an A5 scrapbook notebook I started last year. I created a spread called Signs That It’s Almost December. In Michigan, we just experience our first big snow storm of the season, which means I could include some wintry photos on my spread, and my Christmas cactus is blooming—an additional sign that we’re almost to December.
I loved dipping into some of the many wonderful holiday supplies available this season. I knew I wanted to stamp the Tim Holtz Holiday Sketchbook stamps in black and color them in lightly with his watercolor pencils from Ranger. I chose two scenes from the set that fit my subject and stamped them on both sides of the spread. I used Wrapped paper from Catherine Pooler to mat my photos. I love the red polka dot paper, and I knew I wanted touches of blue green. To repeat the bright red on the left side of the spread, I ran some 49 and Market red and white striped washi along the top, layering over it a postage stamp washi with red houses (both ART Options Holiday Wishes). I repeat the house motif on the lower right side with a 49 and Market tag, again anchored with postage stamp washi. Since deer are part of my subject (albeit hard to see in my photo, where they blend in with the trees), this postage stamp features a deer as does the tag I use in the upper left.
I created the first word of my title with Doodlebug Abigail alphabet stickers, and I used the new Lumberjack Plaid distress oxide ink from Tim Holtz and Ranger with stamps for the middle part of my title, stamping December in black Ranger archival. The branches and gold star washi tapes are from Vicki Boutin’s holiday collection, Evergreen and Holly. I finish off my spread with handwritten journaling by each photo, a little motif stamping using Vicki Boutin’s Print Shop stamps, and a sprinkling of enamel dots and puffy stickers. Hope you’re having as much fun as I am welcoming December in your albums or notebooks!
Hello everyone, I’m Jil Larson, a new member of the design team. I’m excited to share my projects with you! I’ve been scrapbooking and art journaling for many years now. I first started memory keeping when my nieces (now in their 20s) were little girls and I was looking for a way to tell stories about them and the art they created. From there, my love for this wonderful hobby grew and developed. As a life-long diary and notebook lover, I’ve also recently been enjoying creative play in sketchbooks and journals.