Friday, 16 November 2012

Frosty Festivities


Hello and welcome readers one and all to the Frosty Festivities bloghop!  If you're following along, you should have hopped over from the lovely Julie's blog, I Create Purty Thangs.  If not, no worries, you can either carry on from here or head over to Jennifer's blog at Jennifer's Jumbles to start from the top.  And there is a giveaway for the hardiest of hoppers who make it all the way around, so read on to find out more!

So, onto the Winter-themed delights of Christmas crafting!  Every year in December, I participate in Shimelle's online class Journal Your Christmas.  And each year, I do a woefully small amount of preparation.  So I decided this year would be different.  I'm going to make little album pages that are 6x4 in size and then whack them in divided page protectors so they can go long with the rest of my scrapbook pages.  I did this last year, and it worked really well and was very manageable for a daily project.

However, this year, I've been doing some thinking and I've decided to make the journalling cards in advance so that they look like a set and go together.  I've never tried this before - I've just played it by ear in the past - so I'm looking forward to the challenge.  Throughout this post, I'm going to be sharing the first few 6x4 cards I've made that, along with 6x4 photos, will form my Journal Your Christmas pages.


The most important thing for me with any aspect of scrapbooking is telling my story.  So each journalling card I make will have space for writing.  Whether that's a quick sentence about my favourite carol or a longer story about the time I had all my friends round for mullled wine and presents, I'm going to need some word-space.  And so I'll have some cards with quite a bit of space on a tag, and some with a quick journalling block or date stamp.

So far so crafty.

But how to tie them all together?  I mean, my supplies don't really match and I don't want to stick to one colour or one icon or one theme.  In the end, this is what I've come up with.  I cut 2 pieces of vellum to 6x4 size and stitched them together around the edges (see picture below).  However, I've always left about an inch open at the edge for later.

Then using the stitched vellum as the background, I build my little page.  A tag or two, a matching button, a paperclip because paperclips rule (or is that rulers?), and whatever happens, space for journalling.


Then comes the fun part!  I've decided to fill each little vellum pocket with confetti.  And my goodness, there are lots of options to choose from!  So far, I've used little circles punched from white cardstock (which I've already fallen in love with as a snowy look), little green seed beads, white seed beads and patterned paper.  Waiting on the sidelines, I have a little star-shaped punch and if I find a snowflake between now and Christmas, my wish will have come true :D

The great thing about adding confetti into in the vellum is that I can do it last of all to match whatever I put on the top.  It shows through and glimmers and creates beautiful movement.  It drifts and collects and looks wintry.  In short, it is lovely imperfection and to me, the confetti makes quite ordinary journalling cards look a bit special.

I'm really quite chuffed.

A word to the wise however: if you don't leave the unstitched gap in the vellum big enough, its really hard to poke in the confetti. With a spoon.  I'm just saying.


So once December arrives, all I need to do is choose one of the vellum pockets, add my story, title and the date and slide it into my page protector along with any photos I fancy.  And you know what?  I can't wait to get started!

That's all from me for now, but for more delightful frolics, if you comment on all the blogs in the hop, finishing at Jennifer's Jumbles (to let Jennifer know you've been all the way around), then you'll be in with a chance to win a spectacular seasonal prize of Basic Grey Aspen Frost and Carta Bella Winter Fun items, worth over £25!  Look how pretty!


 All entries must be received by Monday the 19th of November at 10.59pm GMT. Your next stop along the hop is  Lisa-Jane over at Inside My Head.  And remember, if you head over to Jennifer's blog, you can discuss the weekend and ask questions in the forum.  And at the end of it all, you'll be able to download a PDF of some of the projects on offer to catch up with at your leisure. 

Thank you so much for popping by - I hope I get to find some lovely new blogs and crafters this weekend :D  And you're more than welcome to visit again as I've got Journal Your Christmas, some new Podcasts and big new project coming up in December.  I LOVE this time of year!

Kisses xxx

P.S. Don't forget, you have to then stitch the vellum closed to stop all the confetti falling out.  Sounds obvious but if you're holding one that hasn't been stitched shut while gesturing wildly, bad things happen.

P.P.S. I found this out the hard way.

P.P.P.S. Just in case you're wondering, you can put two of these back to back in a page protector.  The vellum is translucent enough for the confetti to show through, but not enough for the back of another page to show through.  That was something I thought was worth checking before I started!

50 comments:

  1. Oh, wow - these are *stunning!* Love how you've used the vellum and confetti :)

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  2. This is such a good idea for Journal Your Christmas....and I found out last year that prepping in advance makes completing the Journal in December much easier and much more fun.

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  3. Your last post inspired me to buy some divided page protectors & this one has inspired me even more, thank you :)

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  4. They are beautiful pages, well done on your prep.

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  5. These are splendidly frosty! Brilliant idea for making December scrapbooking quicker. :)

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  6. These are just perfect, thanks for sharing...

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  7. Clever old you, well young you of course. I am preparing my pile of JYC 2012 bits too but haven't made pages etc yet. Ur so prepared,
    Jo xxx

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  8. love all your preparations! I was thinking about making some acetate christmas cards that were stictched together and filled with confetti I saw them somewhere online (can't remember where!) but they are very effective just like your pages!

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  9. waht a great idea using vellum, I love the way it looks.

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  10. These are gorgeous! So very pretty - definitely the inspiration I need to stir round the supplies and get started on my own. I'm looking forward to seeing how these progress now :)

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  11. Lovely preparations. The confetti is a cool idea.

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  12. Ah, these are just lovely. I like how they all match but are different too, and the confetti looks perfectly snowy and wonderful! I also love how there's a paperclip on each... now where did I put my stripey paperclips?!

    I tried and failed at JYC for the first time last year, but I'm going to try again this year!

    Thanks so much for joining in with the hop! x

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  13. Wow they do look good and your JYC this year is going to be really great.

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  14. Well done on all your preparations!! Love the vellum!!

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  15. Big fan of vellum here and I love the idea of premaking your journalling spots! I might have to pinch that idea as I will get VERY little done this December if anything. They look totally blooming marvellous.

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  16. Such a clever idea - love that confetti, Kirsty! These are just great little journal cards. I'm sure your JYC project will be lovely this year.

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  17. These are simply beautiful Kirsty - tiny little dynamic works of art!
    I over-prepared my JYC last year and was exhausted and bored with it by the time I'd got to about day 5 :o(
    This year I am liking the idea of divided page protectors - people manage it for a whole year of Project Life, surely I can manage it for 37 days?!? Plus I bought some in Las Vegas and they need using up!
    I'm liking your JYC 2011 a lot TFS :o)

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  18. I am super impressed and a might envious of your beautiful journal cards. I did 6x4 for LSNED and found it a good size and not so overwhelming. December is so busy after all! Looking forward to seeing your pages as they come together.

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  19. this is so fab, well done for getting prepared. I did 6x4 cards last year for JYC and I found it very manageable to keep up with.

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  20. waouh, this is absolutely gorgeous, can't wait to see your final xmas journal!

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  21. Love, love, love your idea of the vellum cards! I still have heaps of vellum from when it was in fashion the last time round! And love, love, love the confetti - beautiful project all round and your Christmas journal is bound to be gorgeous!

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  22. I love confetti, and in vellum is even better. Of course I would be the one slinging it all over:)Nice project. I like the way it all falls together.

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  23. What a lovely idea to use vellum and stitch it shut with the confetti.
    I saw some very pretty opalescent snowflake confetti at the dollar store today!
    The journal tags you created all just wonderful!

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  24. I love these. I do find that having journaling cards early makes JYC much easier to complete.
    Rinda

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  25. This is going to look fantastic. I love the idea of the vellum and confetti. It would make gorgeous Christmas cards too

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  26. Brilliant ideas - thanks for the inspiration and for sharing your design process - you really made me smile this morning! :o)

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  27. These are gorgeous, so very pretty. I never get around to preparing much for JYC. November is just too busy for me with my exams and the end of the school year. See you in JYC

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  28. These are gorgeous, so very pretty. I never get around to preparing much for JYC. November is just too busy for me with my exams and the end of the school year. See you in JYC

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  29. These are so lovely. I opened up your blog and let out an audible ooh! ha ha! Looking forward to seeing what you have planned for december! x

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  30. These look really lovely - love the confetti idea! I have done JYC a few times but always struggle to complete it but maybe this year will be different! x

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  31. This is so beautiful!! I am pinning-love the stitched vellum confetti pockets! I am hoping to do JYC this year as well!

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  32. I'm another long time Christmas Journal maker, and I rarely get much prep done either. I LOVE the idea of using vellum and would have never thought of it. As soon as I saw the pages at the top of your post, I was hooked! They won't work for this year's journal (I do have a plan, and have gathered supplies), but I'm not going to forget it. Thanks.

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  33. You are so well prepared already
    I do JYC every year and am not sure how to tackle it this year yet

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  34. Oh now these are pretty - they'd be lovely as gift tags too.

    I'm planning a family advent journal and love the idea of including punched shapes as confetti for at least one - thanks for the inpsiration.

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  35. I'm kind of in love with these! I don't think I have the time or patience to do similar, but if I did, I would! Stunning!

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  36. Oooohhhhh!!! I LOVE these...I was thinking of NOT doing JYC this year, but you may have just inspired me to do so!!
    Alison xx

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  37. WOW! They look gorgeous as they are before you start JYC. You are going to have a fabulous album.

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  38. Gosh, I'm inspired to dig out my old pile of vellum. I REALLY wish you would sell these as I have such little patience to make such gorgeous things but would be so happy to spend some cash on something so beautiful!

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  39. These are beautiful and I love that they are so simple but so effective

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  40. Wow, they look gorgeous. I would have learnt the hard way about sewing the velum once it's filled :)

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  41. These journalling cards are really cute, I love them! I think it's a great idea to make them all at once, they seem very cohesive despite all being different. That's going to be a great album!

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  42. I love what you have done. These are stunning especially on the vellum!

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  43. Love these, cant wait to see your finished album

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  44. This is so beautiful, you have a very deft touch. It all looks as if it is floating and very floaty. I have always loved vellum and now it is cool too. I shall look forward to seeing your pages.

    I am a project lifer and I will just have more pages. At the moment I use different size pocket pp but I am leaning towards all being 6x4 for December. I hope you wouldn't mind if I used your idea for a page or two during december?

    I have been meaning to come and comment on your podcasts. I have now listened to them all, I have done it over the last few weeks after the kids have gone to school, made myself a ginormous mocha and had a sort out of my scrappy space and generally potter about. It is the perfect accompaniment and I find myself looking forward to seeing a post from you pop up in the reader so I can listen to the next one. So that is a definite thumbs up from me, please, please carry on. I especially loved the product review and your scrapping portions for info and then your stories of your lovely life. A really big well done, I confess to more than a little envy that I was never as 'sorted' as you are at your age.

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  45. I missed the blog hop but still wanted to let you know how I love your little pages!!! I recently had a lot of fun with confetti pockets too but with page protectors. Vellum stars look awesome in them ;)

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  46. O wow! I just love these :) i've just started prepping my album so i'm going to have to try and incorporate this lovely idea somehow. thanks for sharing. xx

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  47. These look fantastic, I love the idea of the confetti inside the vellum. I may have to play with this idea to put inside my journal your christmas album!

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  48. These are beautiful!! I have to try it. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  49. Stunning! I may have to borrow the idea for a couple of my spaces as I'm doing 6x4 spaces too!

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