5 minute chat with Kerryn Lawson

Scrapbooking Memories 2012 Master

Define your style in five words and explain how this style came about or why you feel you scrap the way you do?

I have always found it difficult to define my style.  I am not sure that I even have an identifiable style and what style I may have seems to vary from page to page depending on which way the wind is blowing.  I think for me rather than having a style as such it is more about what you will find on all of my pages.  You will generally always see layering, journalling, stitching, clusters and attention to the little details.  It has taken me quite a while to embrace the fact that I don’t have one of those styles that fits into an easily definable category.  Early on in my scrapbooking days I fought to create a style.  I wanted to fit into a category rather than realising I could create my own.  Over time I have become more confident with what does and doesn’t work for me and I have found that there are in fact a ot of things that do work for me.  I embrace the fact that the way I create is determined by the products I am using, the photos I am using and the mood I am in.  It is more important to do what you love and to love what you are doing.

 

How do you plan a page?

Whether I start with a photo or with papers I will always take a moment to think about the story I want to tell.  I like to go in knowing the direction I have in mind.  It doesn’t mean that I don’t take detours along the way but it helps to have a plan, especially when choosing embellishments.  It also helps to have an idea of a title and whether I need to allow a lot of space for journalling or just a little.

Once I have the story, the papers and the embellishments I am ready to create.  Then it’s just a matter of seeing which way the wind is blowing!

What drives and inspires your projects?

I am inspired by many things.  My children, our family adventures, friends and the day-to-day happenings of life are always a source of inspiration.  I will find inspiration in books and magazines as well as my surroundings but it is the online world that has probably provided the most inspiration to me.  I follow a few hundred blogs and am constantly amazed and inspired by people from all around the world from all walks of life.

When it comes to the actual creating it is the desire to record all those little moments that might otherwise be forgotten that inspires me.  Don’t get me wrong, I love creating for the art but I like that my art serves a dual purpose.

What do you think is the one thing that distinguishes your unique approach to the craft?

I think we are all unique in the way we create.  If we weren’t then everything would look the same and that would be just a wee bit boring…. 

What is your favourite product and your favourite way to use it?

I have a lot of favourite products so it’s hard to narrow it down to just one!  If I had to pick something based on not being able to create without it then I would have to say my sewing machine.  In the early days I did all my sewing by hand, much to my friend’s amusement, but when I splashed out and brought myself a sewing machine it was the best purchase I ever made.   It is quite funny when people come to my home and comment on the fact that I have a sewing machine and I quietly inform them that it has never sewn a single piece of fabric!  I really couldn’t do without it.

Do you have any special tips or tricks that you would like to share?

Enjoy what you do.  Scrapbooking is first and foremost a hobby and it is something that you should do because you enjoy it.  Don’t feel that you have to be like somebody else, be unique and find your own style. Be you – you will love what you are creating more when it comes from within.

Check out Kerryn’s scrapbooking over at her blog for more inspiration.

5 minute chat with Heather McMahon!

2012 Scrapbooking Memories Master

Define your style in five words and explain how this style came about or why you feel you scrap the way you do?

This is a hard one as I don’t think I really have a distinct style. Some words that could be used to describe some of my layouts though would be arty, textural, colour-driven, photo-centric and story-telling. Over the years my style has become much more detailed as I’ve grown to enjoy the creative process more and stopped focussing on getting all my photos scrapped. I have to accept that this will never happen so I may as well just take my time and enjoy my scrappy journey.

How do you plan a page?

I nearly always start with the photo and work out the feel and the colours of the page from there. The photo is the reason we are making the page so it seems right to work the layout around it. I usually grab a few papers that match the photo and see where that takes me. If the feel of the photo is crazy and bold I might grab paints or sprays to make a suitably zany page. If the feel of the photo is cute and soft I’ll look for flowers and gentle shapes. I rarely place my photo in the middle of a page and I tend to place my elements so they flow from the top left to the bottom right of the page. I find myself doing this so often that I’ve had to stop doing it where possible lately or my layouts might all start looking the same!

What drives and inspires your projects?

After the photo it’s the products. I love finding a new way to use something and, when I do, I try to make several layouts using variations on that technique, exploring different ways to use it. I am also influenced by what others create – I love browsing mags and blogs. Often a small detail on a layout will make me think of something completely different and give me a whole new idea. Of course, my crazy beautiful family are my constant source of inspiration.

What do you think is the one thing that distinguishes your unique approach to the craft?

I think that always creating the layout around the photo gives each of my pages a cohesive look. If an embellishment or a paper doesn’t suit the photo, it doesn’t go on the page. I will also give anything a go. Sometimes new ideas don’t work out the way I expect but I usually learn something along the way.  My style is a constantly evolving thing and I think that keeps my layouts fresh.

 What is your favourite product and your favourite way to use it?

I love spray mists. Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist has been an old favourite of mine but others like Dylusions ink sprays are enabling scrappers to achieve completely different looks. I use them in different ways. TAGM makes a great quick and easy background for softer layouts. Dylusions is perfect for bolder layouts, either sprayed onto wet paper to blend it then blotted or just used at full strength for maximum impact. I’ll also colour any embellishment with sprays – chipboard, flowers, anything that looks like the paint will hold to the surface!

Do you have any special tips or tricks that you would like to share?

Do whatever feels right for you. It’s your layout and your memories after all. When you’re stuck for ideas grab a magazine or start looking online at blogs and websites.

Don’t be a hoarder of products. If papers are breeding in your cupboard, don’t let yourself buy any new ones until you’ve used up some of the old ones. Or if you’re not going to use them then give them to someone who will. I get very focussed when I’m running with an idea and it’s so frustrating to have to plough through piles of unwanted stuff to find what I’m looking for. Clutter is a natural by-product of scrapping but keeping it tidy, sorted and labelled will help enormously. Now if only I could follow my own advice…

Do you love mist as much as Heather? Are you a fan of her ever-evolving style? Check out more of her projects here.

5 minute chat with Beck Beattie

Beck Beattie, 2012 Scrapbooking Memories Master 

1. Define your style in five words and explain how this style came about or why you feel you scrap the way you do?

Grungy, layered, shabby chic, and detailed.  I actually started out with a more vintage feminine style scrapping my wedding photos prior to having children. I would layer many expensive embellishments and flowers to create my pages. When children came along and they were both boys, my style had to change as I love the challenge of not putting any flowers on a male-only layout. It really developed my style and the need to experiment with different embellishments and elements to create the same interest and detail I have always enjoyed about my style. It has also led to a budget-friendly way to create style as I create a number of different elements for my pages from paper, stamping or screening.

2. How do you plan a page? 

I like to choose my photos or paper first. I then like to get out a range of different elements that will work best with it. I then start by creating my background (I often use a fairly plain patterned paper or plain cardstock) using various mediums and techniques to create depth and interest. I then play with the photo, patterned papers and embellishments to bring it together. I like to finish by adding lots of little elements by way of twine, little embellishments, tags, buttons, etc to finish it off and ensure there is a good balance of colour and design.

3. What drives and inspires your projects?

I am really inspired by the photos and memory I am scrapping. The subject or colours in the photo often influence how I will actually put the layout together. I very rarely scrap a photo more than once and I love to ensure there is journalling on the page talking about the memory I am preserving. 

4. What do you think is the one thing that distinguishes your unique approach to the craft? 

My detail and depth in the backgrounds to match with the photo or patterned papers I am working with.

5. What is your favourite product and your favourite way to use it? 

At the moment it would be screens as they are able to be used in so many different ways to create fine details or add texture to a project.

6. Do you have any special tips or tricks that you would like to share? 

When I am very near the end of putting together a project I like to photograph it on my phone and look over it to work out if something is missing or just not quite right.  It really helps to ensure there is the right balance of colour and design.

5 minute chat with Anita Stokes!

 

2012 Scrapbooking Memories Master

1. Define your style in five words and explain how this style came about or why you feel you scrap the way you do?

Artsy, textural layers, freeform, mixed media, organic.

I think my style is continually evolving. I like to create from my heart and I try to relay the emotions and experiences on my projects with a mixture of techniques and mediums.

 2. How do you plan a page?

I am not too sure, it kind of just happens!

Sometimes I start with a photo, whereas other times I start with the papers. It all depends on what I want to achieve out of the project and what I have to work with.

I find sketches are a great starting point because we all seem to have our defined ‘comfort’ placing of photos, embellishments and a sketch can give you new ideas.

3. What drives and inspires your projects?

The story behind the photo. I try and portray the feelings of the photo through my papers and techniques. Colour says a lot and most times my title is part of a saying which sums it all up. Pinterest is great to find the right quote or inspirational words.

4. What do you think is the one thing that distinguishes your unique approach to the craft?

My way of layering all sorts of textures and mediums onto the page, this creates my “textural uniqueness” and makes my pages a bit different from others.

 5. What is your favourite product and your favourite way to use it?

I have way too many favourite products.

But what I love most are Prima’s embellishments! From flowers, wood buttons, pins to Ingvild Bolme’s range of the Shabby Chic Treasures to Junkyard Findings.

6. Do you have any special tips or tricks that you would like to share?

I have loads!

1. Don’t be scared to try new techniques.

2. Use your fingers when applying mediums. Yes, it’s messy but the effects are great.

3. Think outside the square, eg. a brown paper lunch bag = the perfect background!

4. Remember to layer up everything.

5. And scrap from your heart and for yourself!

 

What did you think of Anita’s tips? Are you going to give them a go?

5 min chat with Jasmine Shea!

5 minutes with …

Full name: Jasmine Shea

Creative Team member for Scrapbooking Memories

1. Define your style in five words and explain how this style came about or why you feel you scrap the way you do?

Unfortunately I have never been able to define my “style”.  Only that I love to include texture on every page.

As a person, I like things to be in order but sometimes, just sometimes, I like to do something random so my style varies, depending on my mood I think.

2. How do you plan a page?

My plan is no plan.  What I begin with never looks like the finished product.  I wish I could plan but I generally just “fiddle” and go with it.

3. What drives and inspires your projects?

Definitely looking at anything scrap related, pictures in magazines (and sometimes even the kids books) that show colour, pattern or design and quite often, something like a shop window display.

And of course, with 4 beautiful children I always have a photo or 10 to scrap.

4. What do you think is the one thing that distinguishes your unique approach to the craft?

I am always looking to add something “new” to a page. Trying to think outside the square and create something unique. I like to challenge myself with new techniques … sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t (they’re the pages you never see…lol)

5. What is your favourite product and your favourite way to use it?

This changes continually but at this point in time it is Tim Holtz inks.  I am loving using them with a spritz of water and creating a “water coloured” effect as a background.

 6. Do you have any special tips or tricks that you would like to share?

Always challenge yourself to try something new. You may just be surprised how well you do it.

 

 

12 Days of Christmas – Final day with Jane Clark!

Scrapbooking Memories 12 Days of Christmas

Our final day of our 12 Days of Christmas blog series is here! I hope you have all had fun reading what some famous scrappers get up to over the festive season! To finish off, we have the extremely talented Jane Clark from Cardmaking, Stamping and Papercraft magazine! Her work has been featured in many magazines, including ours! We love her work (and the magazine!) so we thought we’d save the final chat just for her!

Jane Clark

1. How do you spend Christmas day?

I start Christmas day by attending the midnight mass with my husband Richard, daughter Eliza 18, son Thomas 15. It never feels late as I’m usually still up wrapping presents and now that the kids are older we can sleep in a little on Christmas day. We have breakfast at Richard’s sister’s place with his parents; luckily they live only 10 mins away. We enjoy smoked salmon, croissants and fruit, and then the kids get stuck into their presents!! Its back home to getting lunch organised for my family, they all start arriving around midday, my three brothers, their partners, their children and their girlfriends turn up for a full traditional lunch, this year I have the in-laws and a friend joining us! Lunch sometimes doesn’t start till 2.30pm but no one ever complains as there is always food being passed around!! In the afternoon you will find the oldies having a nanna nap in the front lounge area and the younger generation still chatting, eating and drinking out the back!! At about 5pm we all congregate in the lounge area where we hand out presents, this takes hours as we unwrap them one by one so we can see what everyone gets. Left-over’s are served for dinner which is usually about 9pm, that’s if anyone is hungry! Everyone starts to go home at about 10pm and it’s all over for another year!!

  1. Does your family have any special traditions?

The kids still like to put out their Santa sacks along with my hubby’s who has had his since a child, presents are wrapped and place in them. We have the full traditional baked lunch regardless of the sweltering heat outside, my parents used to do it and I’m keeping it going, they had no air conditioning so I have it good! I cook a huge ham with marmalade then decorate it with pineapple rings and glazed cherries; gosh my mouth is watering already!! My hubby cooks the pork in our Weber BBQ and I have three fry pans all sizzling away with potatoes, pumpkin, onion, sweet potato etc. We have Christmas carols blaring away, we fight over the crackers and then proudly wear those wonderful paper hats, silly as it seems we all love it and wouldn’t change it for the world! It’s a huge job but I thoroughly enjoy it every year. Of course everyone helps out and they bring many other delightful delicacies’ to eat and I most certainly don’t do the washing up!

  1. How do you survive holiday shopping?

My list is long as I like to get something for everyone even just a little thing, I get told I’m mad for doing this but I love it!! Every year I have all the intentions of making gifts but reality sets in and I head off to the shops!! I get a few presents at a time and try not to stress, I go to the shops early in the morning and when I’ve had enough I’m out of there!! The great thing this year is that my daughter has a job in a book store, so guess what everyone is getting this year and I get a family discount!!

  1. How do you decorate your home?

We have a huge Christmas tree in our lounge area which the kids decorated and they always do an amazing job, I remember when they were 3 and 6 and only the bottom half of the tree would be decorated but that’s what it’s all about. I get lots of handmade Christmas cards from my crafty friends and I hang them up as they are mini masterpieces. We don’t do the Griswold’s lights outside anymore, the kids are older and our neighbours do a great job anyway, plus hubby doesn’t like heights!

  1. Any Christmas crafty tips you’d like to share?

I used to stress every year about making our Christmas cards, since I make cards for the magazine my friends and family expect a handmade card from me and not something simple either! Well I got over that, this year I came up with a great idea, I have heaps of background pieces that I had left over from demos at classes or I had used in my ‘The Classroom’ feature, I popped these on a folded A5 card, added a stamped image on top, a bow and viola!! Looks like I’ve taken hours to create them but in actual fact I’ve made ten in half an hour! So grab those half finished pieces or create some during the year and stock them up.

 

After reading all about Jane’s Christmas, why not view our other chats? Here is the complete round up!

Day 1 – Donna Salazar

Day 2 – Claudine Hellmuth

Day 3 – Teresa Collins

Day 4 – Amy Tan

Day 5 – Maggie Holmes

Day 6 – Diane Schultz

Day 7 – Natalie Kalbach

Day 8 – Sharon Laakkonen

Day 9 – Trisha Ladouceur

Day 10 – Becky Higgins

Day 11 – Anna Dabrowska

Bauble image: Mad Dog/www.shutterstock.com

12 Days of Christmas – Day 11 with Anna Dabrowska!

Scrapbooking Memories 12 Days of Christmas

It’s getting close to the finish! After today there is only one day left of our 12 Days of Christmas blog series and one week until Christmas! Check out our chat with the talented Anna Dabrowska.

Anna Dabrowska

How do you spend Christmas day?
Well, first I need to mention in Poland we start celebrating not on Christmas Day but the day before, on the Christmas Eve. The families traditionally meet in the afternoon and start Christmas Eve dinner when the first star appears on the sky. According to Polish tradition we are not allowed to eat any meat on this day – till midnight it is Lent. We sing carols, unpack our presents and some of us go to the Church at midnight – we’ve got a special midnight mass on this night called “Shepherds’ Mass” for remembering the first people who came to greet Jesus. Then on Christmas day we meet again – usually in the dinner time and celebrate – this time having a huge Christmas feast. We spent many hours together talking, singing and having a good time. Christmas is one of the most important family celebrations in the year. The next day we usually spend at home, trying to recover after having too much food on the days before… :) If the weather is nice and it is not too cold we go for a walk in the Old City. Children love to play outside in the snow :)

Does your family have any special traditions?
I think we share our traditions with many Polish families at least from our region – middle of Poland. One of the most important Christmas Eve traditions is to have a bunch of hay under the tablecloth during the Christmas Eve dinner, to share the holy wafer with your family and friends wishing them all the best for the coming year and to have 12 dishes on the Christmas Eve table, no more, no less! These dishes are traditionally based on fish, sauerkraut, peas, dried mushrooms and fruit and of course we’ve got really sweet poppy seed desserts. All these specialties are cooked just for Christmas and we need to wait till the next year to have them again :)

How do you survive holiday shopping?

Ha, that is a good question. I avoid it as much as I can, trying to reduce the shopping to minimum. We visit our families a lot, so our needs are limited and we make shopping lists to make sure we’ve got all the gifts and all the components we need. I try to buy as much in advance as possible too… To be honest – I hate big shopping and I buy most of the food in the small local shops and on the markets.

How do you decorate your home?

Christmas trees are obligatory – no exceptions here! We’ve got many decorations for them, and every year we add something more, something new. Christmas tree is the essence of Christmas. We live in a small apartment so we can’t have a really big one, but we try to have a real, green tree every year. I usually add some candles in the living room, some lights in the window…and basically – this is all, no space for more decorations! People who have houses and gardens use to decorate their homes and trees outside with lights – this is really spectacular view!

Any Christmas crafty tips you’d like to share?

I’m hopeless in Christmas crafting… I don’t make cards, or many handmade gifts – only for the closest friends and family. I like making tags though and I always do it last minute… which means I have to be super creative just before the first star appears on the sky! In this situation it is good to have some pre-made cards or tags waiting for quick altering… and the first ideas are usually the best ones too! Of course, I’d recommend planning everything in advance and preparing the gifts and packing them before Christmas…but it simply doesn’t work for me! Sorry!

Bauble image: Mad Dog/www.shutterstock.com

12 Days of Christmas – Day 10 with Becky Higgins!

As creator of Project Life, we’re so happy to have Becky Higgins take part in our 12 Days of Christmas!

How do you spend Christmas day?

It’s all about family and just being together and enjoying the spirit of Christmas and eating a yummy breakfast – and of course exchanging gifts at the foot of our Christmas tree. We are usually with extended family and this year we’ll have a house-full which we’re really looking forward to! Our children are still “little” but as they get a little older I would love to add something service-related to the actual day of Christmas where we go out and feed the homeless or something like that. 

Does your family have any special traditions?

We love “adopting” a family and anonymously leaving gifts at someone’s door who is unsuspecting during their time of need. We also love the “Elf on a Shelf” tradition that many families enjoy and my kids love looking for our elf each morning when they wake up.

How do you survive holiday shopping?

We do as much online as possible. And I keep track of everyone we are giving gifts to on a list so I’m not trying to remember so much in my head. That’s my greatest “survival” tip.

How do you decorate your home?

We bust out the same decorations year after year but I’ll admit that most years there’s a little turn-over (a few things go and a few things are new). My favorite thing this year is the collection of various trees on various candlesticks across the bar in our kitchen.

Any Christmas crafty tips you’d like to share?

 One creative gift idea that I think is fun for smaller gifts or “neighbour” gifts is a roll of Christmas wrapping paper!

 

Bauble image: Mad Dog/www.shutterstock.com

12 Days of Christmas – Day 9 with Trisha Ladouceur!

Scrapbooking Memories 12 Days of Christmas

Day 9 of our 12 Days of Christmas brings us to our chat with the wonderfully talented Trisha Ladouceur!

1.       How do you spend Christmas day?

Typically we have a pretty quiet day. More often than not, it will simply be my husband and two boys at home. Our day starts insanely early as the kids are anxious to tear into their gifts that have been left by Santa under the tree. Even though they are 12&14 they still “believe” or at least do a darn good job pretending as the rule in our house is that Santa only comes if you believe in the magic! There are of course other gifts but Santa brings the rocking ones!!! Because I love in Canada, our Christmases’ are always WHITE and with the white comes snow and cold of course. That means depending on just how cold it is we could end up just hanging out at home for the day. On milder days, we will try to take in Candy Cane Lane (which is a street in our city that goes all out with holiday decorations and lights on all the houses). Sometimes we will spend it ice skating or sledding too if we are really ambitious. I will cook a full out Christmas Turkey feast and occasionally we will have extended family join us. Most importantly, we enjoy the day as a family and it doesn’t matter what we do as long as we are together!

  1. Does your family have any special traditions?

We will often have a dollar store gift exchange with our extended family. It is a lot of fun and the one thing we all look forward too! The deal is that everyone buys 6 random gifts that cost only $1.00 and wrap them anonymously. Everyone draws a gift from the box 6 times until they are all gone. That is when the fun begins as everyone trades their gifts until they are happy with their stash. Often there is a coveted gift where a couple people want it and the is when they up they ante by perhaps having to sing a song, do a funny dance or draw a picture in order to get the gift. It can get quite competitive (in a good way of course) and always provides a lot of fun and laughter. Over the years it has become a challenge amongst ourselves to find the coolest Dollar gifts and often the hunt goes all year long. It’s a great tradition within our family that started when we were children and has carried on to our children… we all love it!

3.       How do you survive holiday shopping?

I always say I am going to be one of those people who gets their shopping finished by December 1. That has NEVER happened as of yet. That means I am one of the frantic people bustling around last minute trying to find the perfect gifts. I have occasionally headed out in the middle of the night as many of the big box stores now stay open 24 hours during the month of December. It works well seeing as I am an insomniac! I have however made a decision this year to try to shop local this year as much as possible and usually that means fewer crowds and I am supporting a small business. Maybe this will have to become a new tradition!

4.       How do you decorate your home?

We have a Christmas Tree of course and even though I have said for the past few years that I want a NEW tree with NEW decorations I cannot bear to not use all my sentimental decorations. This year I have set up the family tree in our living room in the basement so we can still have out Family” tree and with any luck I will get my “decorator” tree upstairs this weekend. I usually have lots of little decorations throughout the house but my favourite is probably the pink garland with white lights I hang outside my home. Being in Canada, we have a plethora of snow so this looks beautiful when lit up.

  1. Any Christmas crafty tips you’d like to share? 

Involve the kids and family… Christmas is about spending time together and locking yourself away in your craft room to complete a pile of cards defeats the purpose. Make it a family activity. Better yet, take sometime off of crafting and focus on making the memories so you can scrap them the rest of the year!

 

Bauble image: Mad Dog/www.shutterstock.com

12 Days of Christmas – Day 8 with Sharon Laakkonen!

Scrapbooking Memories 12 Days of Christmas

Here is our lovely festive chat with the super talented Sharon Laakkonen!

Sharon’s family

  1. How do you spend Christmas day? 

With a family of seven children we don’t get to sleep in since the younger ones pop in and wake us up as soon as they awaken! So we just go with it. We usually start off with a stocking gift and breakfast together-still in our PJs of course. Then we get dressed while we wait for everyone to arrive at our house. Since my three adult daughters are married/engaged/dating we have to wait a bit for everyone to pile in our house and enjoy the festivities together. My hubby, or oldest son, reads the Christmas story out of Luke and then we start opening gifts. I LOVE the time after gift-opening is done and the MESS is cleaned up. We all just hang out together, listen to Christmas music, and enjoy the memory making. This is what it is all about, right?

  1. Does your family have any special traditions?

We have been trying to establish a few traditions that we all enjoy as a family. Since we have moved a lot and we have children from ages 8 to 25 it can be difficult, but here are a few we try to do every year: making chocolate truffles/cookies together to send out to friends, making an ornament for the tree, doing a HUGE puzzle together, listening to Christmas music every night starting December 1st, watching the traditional Christmas movies together, going for a drive to look at Christmas lights and reading the Christmas Story out of the Bible. This year we started Elf on the Shelf too! Our younger boys love it…the older girls think it’s slightly creepy!

  1. How do you survive holiday shopping?

Our family keeps expanding as the older ones get engaged, married, have babies, etc., making Christmas gift buying a bigger & bigger challenge. I try to start in November and go chronologically from youngest to oldest. I also keep a list of gifts for each child on my iphone because I forget what I have/have not purchased! Ordering online has been a HUGE help as I don;t have to fight traffic and I can compare prices easily, I always think I am doing so well until about December 11th and then I start to panic!

  1. How do you decorate your home?

I try to keep things to a minimum as my home is usually filled with my boys (and granddaughter) running around! We always put up a tree together right after Thanksgiving, and we have a special nativity scene for our mantel. I make paper snowflakes with the younger children each year and date/name them and keep them n our ornament box. Each year when we put up the tree we pull them out and giggle at what the kids made when they were little! This year we also made salt-dough ornaments for our tree. It was super easy and all the kids enjoyed it. I will be posting pics of these on my blog soon!

  1. Any Christmas crafty tips you’d like to share?

Start early! I try to make a Christmas mini-album (pictured on my blog) every year in late October or early November. I get it all ready and, then, after Christmas I can just print out and put my Christmas photos/journaling in it! It always makes me feel like I am ahead of the game a bit. Also-when making a mini-album, ornament or a card it is almost no extra work to make two at the same time. You will have an extra gift for someone special. I save my Christmas papers & embellies in a special basket so every year I can pull them out and mix with newer items. It saves me time and helps me stay organized.

 

Bauble image: Mad Dog/www.shutterstock.com