Thursday, December 18, 2014

Keep Christmas album: Day 1

Hello everyone!
Yes,  you read that right.. it's over halfway through December... Christmas is EXACTLY one week away, and I'm just finishing day one of my Keep Christmas album!
Do I feel bad? NO.
Should I feel bad? NO.
Am I behind? NO. 

Keep Christmas isn't about taking a photo a day and frantically trying to stay caught up through the hectic holiday season.. it's about keeping those Christmas holidays that are important. So, it's never too late to start Keeping Christmas, and no one is ever behind. :) 

I'm using my (if I do say so myself) amazing Christmas scrapbook/mini album/paper crafting kit, Keep Christmas, this season for all of my holiday memory keeping. 

The first two pages are sort of a combo start of the holiday season/pre-December photo, and an internal title /cover page.

I clustered and layered some bits of paper under the photo of my girls during their annual "appointment" with my mom, to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. Even though we are Canadian and our Thanksgiving Day is at the beginning of October, this special day has become our little family tradition and sort of commences the holiday season here.
 I used one of the Home For the Holidays tags (included in the Keep Christmas kit, and also available separately, here), cut out the middle portion, and used it to frame part of the stamped December calendar and my little handwritten two words of journalling. The wood veneer star is also part of the Keep Christmas kit; I heat embossed it in metallic gold and placed it over the date the photo was taken on, on the stamped calendar. 

That adorable little retro Santa is a paper tab made out of vintage wrapping paper! TOO CUTE. This paper is so fantastic, it is almost like tissue paper. So lovely. Vintage wrapping papers are included in each Keep Christmas kit, and are also available at Things That Shine in a set, or individually in 4x6 or 6x6 sheets.

The right hand side page serves as sort of a title/internal cover. I love fancy covers on albums but don't find them practical for storage or usage purposes... putting this page as the first thing seen when the album opens was a great compromise to wanting a place to just make something pretty, while keeping the front of the album simple and plain. 
 The white cuts here are all included in the kit.. I added gold glitter to one of the branches, to make them stand out a bit more. The tags, papers, buttons, even the vintage red embroidery cotton are all in the kit, too! 

I'm not super-duper happy with the "christmas" tag, so that might get re-done at some point. Hmm.

I've also made the white cuts available for purchase separately: Festive Foliage cuts in white. They are cut out of white textured cardstock... as you probably know, I love using them white best, but they can be misted, painted, glittered....

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Things That Shine: Holly Jolly festive foliage cuts!

Fill your scrapbooks and mini albums with your very own Holly Jolly festive cuts! Hand drawn by me, these festive foliage cuts are fresh and modern, and add a unique touch to your projects. 

Each set comes with 14 pieces including leaves, trees, branches, a wreath, brush script "Merry Merry" sentiment, and an adorable foliage cluster. 

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Friday, December 12, 2014

MORE Christmas Things That Shine! Tags and wood veneer!

There are lots more unique and exclusive items at Things That Shine

Did you know we have a secret, special holiday promotion going on? After you order anything from our store... for the rest of the year, anything you order ships FREE! You will receive your FREE SHIPPING code after your first purchase! This means you can grab what you want now, and come back later for more!
(*Free shipping for US addresses only; shipping discount available for Canadian and International shoppers).

Now available, for all of your holiday memory keeping and gift wrapping needs:

Tag sets: MORE Christmas tags in green, red, gold, and neutrals. Great for gift wrapping, or in case you need some extras to go with your Keep Christmas kit.

Gift wrap or paper craft set, in neutral. This mix includes everything seen here... doilies, shipping tags, wood veneer tags, and other great bits!

 Hand stamped Christmas collage shipping tags! One of my personal faves. ;) These are available individually or as a set of 6.

A pretty way to finish a gift!

I've also listed some MORE wood veneer! The wood veneer in our Keep Christmas kits have been so popular, so I put together some festive holiday collections so you can grab more to go with your kit ... or gift.. or share with a friend. :)

This festive wood veneer set comes with 15 pieces.

These wood veneer rounds are a lovely 2 inches wide -- a great size for your Keep Christmas album, or as a gift topper. Available in a set of three, as shown.

Merry Christmas wood veneer tags. These are available in a set of 6, or individually.

They make lovely gift tags, paired with our gold doilies, and Holly Jolly festive foliage cuts!

Merry Christmas sentiments in wood veneer. Again, awesome for scrapbooking or gift topping!