January 6, 2017

Let it Snow

Hi there!

Happy New Year!  I hope you had a lovely holiday.  Ours at the Hoobanoff household was busy and kind of last minute.  For some reason, I just could not get organized for Christmas. So, I was quite behind in my December Daily album.  Crafting always seems to come last on the "to do" list. And then one day, just before Christmas, I watched a video from Shari Carrol from Simon Says Stamp, and that pushed me even further behind! 

The minute I saw this project, I knew I had to try to recreate it. I have amassed quite the collection of buttons, so it's a great way to use them up. I didn't have the same type of mixed media but I made due with metallic Gelatos and the colours of mist in my stash.

Shari used a circle stencil, but I chose to use a snowflake stencil that I received with my December Creative Scrapbooker Magazine. And I used cheese cloth on the bottom instead of the threads.  Because the clip is so large at the top, I thought a larger title would  balance the clip at the top and keep the tree as the focus. I cut the title with my Silhouette and sprayed it with Perfect Pearls to give it shimmer. There is a lot of shimmer all over the project, but it doesn't show very well in the photos.

Here is Shari's project.

I loved working on the project.  It was quite time consuming having to let all the mists and gesso dry.  But, I love it and was happy to make the changes I did for my own spin on it.  Thanks Shari, for the inspiration!

I have now turned my attention back to December Daily. I will hopefully have a post next week with my favourite pages and that I will be able to report that the album is complete.  Fingers crossed!

Thanks for looking!

December 16, 2016

December Album - Days 1-3

Hi there!

I'm up today with days 1-3 in my December album.  It's been slow going for me this month. It's been pretty busy at work and with life.  But, I am taking photos and writing notes, so it's just a matter of getting the pages done.

I'm working with the Simple Stories Classic Christmas collection and throwing in some old stash.  The page above is a mixture of both. The grey background is the packaging from a package of SEI diecuts that is a few years old and a Simple Stories journaling card.  The snowflakes are from the Classic Christmas Collection. 

The little 2x2 pocket page protectors are so cute. I had to cut this photo in half to make it fit, but I think it still works. The sequins are from Studio Calico and the sticker is Crate Paper.

For Day 3, I used the Simple Stories 2x2 cards for the inserts. I used glossy accents to make the windows on the house look like glass.  The "home" is fussy cut from another journaling card and glued onto the heart card. The journaling is on the facing page and I used Technique Tuesday  (celebrate), American Crafts (home sweet home) and unknown alpha stamps for the embellishments.

This is the back of the journaling card. I covered the "glass" image of the snow globe with more glossy accents and sprinkled chunky white glitter into it while it was still wet.  In real life it does look like the snow in a snow globe. The banner is stamped with an American Crafts date stamp and the holly is a Martha Stewart punch with Pebbles gems. I added a pen outline to the journaling card and the banner.

I'm starting to love how this album is looking.  I'm keeping it pretty simple, so even though I am behind, I have every confidence that I will get it finished before the middle of January.  Ok.  February at the latest.  HA!

Thanks for looking!

December 2, 2016

December Daily 2016

Hi there!

Today, I am sharing my December Daily album for 2016.  This is the fourth year that I've done a December album and this is the first time that I am using a real album.  The other three albums were homemade mini albums.  When I found this little gold We R Memory Keepers 4x4 album in a sale bin, I fell in love with it.  And it was on sale for $8.00.  SOLD!

I decorated the cover with some very old Making Memories snowflake ribbon and white and red twine.  The camera die cut is a leftover from Shimelle's Christmas line from last year and the stickers are Simple Stories. 

I will be using the Simple Stories Classic Christmas line for most of my pages, as well as some left over papers and embellishments from previous projects.

I wanted to make a cover page for the album, so I used some scraps to make a fringed heart. I placed it on a piece of metallic acetate paper, also from We R Memory Keepers. I trimmed it into a decorative shape and topped it all off with a paper bow from a gift wrapping set I found at Winners. Isn't it cute?

My intentions page is typed from my typewriter and decorated with a hand cut star. It's actually a gold metallic paper star, but the gold doesn't show in the photo.  I decorated the star with a flower from a Martha Stewart punch and a Bo Bunny rhinestone.

I love how it all looks in the album, layered on top of each other.

I'm really looking forward to working on my album this year. It's such a fun project and looking through the album, years later is just such a treat.

Thanks for looking!