The first thing you may notice is that it is not "traditional" Christmas colors. I found this Sweet Summertime Envelope Album Kit by Little Yellow Bicycle in my stash and I really loved the bright citrus-y colors and the fabulous shapes. The colors coordinated perfectly with the Lime Twist Line from My Mind's Eye, which happened to have a cute little Top 10 journaling card, which inspired the cover - and title - of the album!
I used Photoshop to add journaling to wallet-sized pics of my favorite ornaments:
The envelope format was perfect because I could make little tags that would go inside each envelope and would tell more of the story - I really like hidden journaling. On this first tag, I just listed the dates and locations of some of our dive trips.
The tags were easy to make with a circle punch, an eyelet and some baker's twine. The tags also gave me a place to use up some of my stickers - my fins, dive mask and snorkel are precisely that color of pink!
I started to go through my embellishments and realized I had leftovers from the scrapbooking layouts I had created for these trips. I picked up the little boy and girl patches from a sewing store...aren't they sweet? I also found a Canadian coin from the trip to Niagara Falls.
When I was cropping the pictures and adding the journaling I framed them so that the ornament was off to the left or the right. That way there was a dark area created by the Christmas tree that makes the white jornaling really pop!
When I first started collecting ornaments, I always tried to find an angel, however, that was not always possible - and there are some pretty amazing non-angel ornaments I would have missed out on - like the wax ornament from Germany of the baby Jesus.
I had more ornaments I wanted to include than I had envelopes...so I created more envelopes by using the MLYB ones as patterns. I just traced them on the paper from MME - and they work together perfectly!
So think about making yourself a little mini-album using non-traditional colors. Take some pictures this year of your favorite ornaments then comb through your stash for all those leftover embellishments, preserve some special memories and share some funny stories.
I hope you find some time to play today! Susie