The end of December is here and I am finally putting the finishing touches on my album, and getting ready to put it away until the holidays next year. This was my first year doing this project, so I wasn't really sure what to expect, or even if I'd be able to finish! In the end it definitely kept me busy, but I'm really glad I was able to take the time and make this album. I know my kids and I will enjoy pulling it out at the beginning of the next holiday season and looking back over these memories!
One of the things I needed to finish was my title page. I was originally planning on using this free title page download made available by Ali Edwards. I had it ready and just wanted sure what I wanted to do with it:
So I ended up trying some red glitter glue one the number. I didn't want to shell out the money for some Stickles, so instead I used this red Studio G Glitter Glue made by Hampton Art. I found it at Michael's for .99 cents!
After it dried I decided it wasn't working for me and I ended up using an image from Ali's Holiday Word Art Vol. 2. I played around with her free download and used the date from the bottom and added it to the bottom of the title image using Paint and Word. Then I added some glitter glue to the number, and after it dried matted it and adhered it. Here's what it ended up looking like:
I printed out some thumbnail size black and white prints of a few of my favorite pictures from this month and added them to the bottom. Here's another look. I love the sparkles.
Here's another closer peek. I really wish I had my sewing machine, I would totally be stitching on my pages! Maybe Santa will bring me one next year.
On the back I wrote a bit about my feelings on this album, kind of an introductory note:
JOURNALING: Moments. Memories. Stories. Days. That is what this album is filled with. It highlights the merriment and magic of the season, and many of the good things that come along with that, as well as some everyday moments of our family life. And for me this album is a testament. Evidence of God’s grace, His love, and His blessings, and how those tie in to not just our everyday life, but the holiday season as well. This album tells many different stories. The story of our Christmas tree, gathering with friends and family, holiday decorating and baking. Twinkle lights, hot cocoa, and waiting for Santa Clause. But the most important story is that which is captured between the lines. The threads that are woven together that give the true meaning to all of these holiday activities…Faith, Love, and Family.
Here's one last look at my album before I pack it away with the rest of the holiday decor:
What a fun project this has been! For ideas and information you can check out this informational post here at Ali Edwards' website.
You can also look at all of my before pages of my foundation here.
Goodbye December, hello new year : )