The Christmas Book is Here!!

Well… the only thing “Christmas” about the Christmas book is that it’s given as Christmas presents for the family… It’s really a “year in review” book that I make.  I use digital scrapbook materials, create all 50 pages (plus a cover) with Adobe Photoshop Elements 9, then create the book using Word, turn it into a PDF and upload it to an online publishing company (I use lulu.com). It sounds MUCH more complicated than it is, as long as you know how to use Photoshop…  HERE’S a link to last year’s cover…

The printed books arrived in the mail today!! I’m so excited, and can’t wait for everyone to see it… If you’re one of “those” people :) and don’t want a sneak peek… don’t look below!!  But, if you’d like to see this year’s cover… Here it is!!  The digital pages and elements that I used are from Shabby Princess, I use her digital elements for my books almost every year, she’s a wonderful digital designer (my header and other blog elements also use Shabby Princess digital elements, with permission).

Anyway… Here’s the cover of the book… (remember… don’t peek if you want to be surprised!!) The book certainly doesn’t cover everything that we do all year, it’s “only” 50 pages, and I took 1400 pictures during our summer trip alone!!! But it’s pretty representative of what we do through the year… This year, we took a Wild West Vacation… and so there are lots of pictures of that!! It starts in January with snow storms and Kathryn’s birthday… goes through the spring with Easter and Mother’s day… through various summer fun, the big trip and Sean’s birthday… through the fall with Halloween and ends with Thanksgiving!!  I love the “excuse” to spend several hours looking through all my pictures of the year!!

Well… without further adieu…  The cover…

Zutter Wallhanging

I was so excited to teach this class last night at Ink About It  in Westford!! It is a quick and easy project that comes together with some pretty papers, and makes a great decoration for yourself or a gift…

Materials:

Chipboard (cut into 1 6×12, 2 4×6, 2 2×6 pieces)

Fancy Pants patterned papers from the St. Nick line (OMGosh, don’t you love those trees??)

Love that May Arts ribbon!!

 Zutter Owires in 3/4 inch Antique Brass

The snowflake and stars are both old school Sizzix :) cut with chipboard and paper to make them stand up a bit. 

There are also patterned papers on the back side, incase you want to hang it on a door or someplace where both sides are visible.

 

And we made a little bonus surprise :) a fun little post it note holder… Same papers and wire… Hang the wall hanging and then put the matching post it note holder next to the phone…

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