November’s Stamp Night at the Oasis

A happy night of stamping! Wow – not only did I get to participate in some fabulous projects, socialize with wonderful and true friends, I won the door prize drawing and got birthday gifts!  I’m so glad I got to go – luckily I wasn’t scheduled to work yesterday.  Check these fabulous projects out:

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A card, gift tag and a darling gift bag.  Too cute!  Ree is the best Stampin’ Queen!  She always has us make the most beautiful items.  Claudia was the hostess so she supplied us with yummy snacks.  I understand her raspberry pie was excellent.  Or should  say it was definitely a “rich razzleberry” desert.

When I walked outside after work today at 6:30 pm I was so pleased to feel the cool air for a change.  I will enjoy the temperatures in the 50’s and 60’s for a while.  And, I am looking forward to working on my Journey into Christmas album.  Today is day one and I have a photo and a topic for the first day.  Some great sites offer a class where a prompt a day can be emailed.  After reading some of the prompts I realized I was better off not going that route.  Coming up with my own idea for the day may become quite a chore, but having prompts I can’t work with don’t work either – gotta go with one or the other and I’m glad to be going with doing it on my own.  Not that I won’t look for whatever inspiration I can find on the Internet, of course.  My first day theme is decorations.  I don’t have the page put together, but at least I know what it is to be.  Knowing the theme is the hardest, putting it to paper is the fun part.  Still trying to decide how to do the unified numbers.  I saw a tutorial (and was sure I could go back to it) somewhere on making matching embellishments for numbers so they carry the same feeling across all the pages.  She used the same elements on each, just the number differed and she blinged up the 25th to make it more special.  She had a ribbon base and then punched elements layered basically the same.

December starts tomorrow

And that means the beginning of a project I want to accomplish.  It is to be a journal {slash} scrapbook daily leading up to Epiphany.  The idea is to journal in a scrappy sort of format the thoughts, hopes, and plans for having a more meaningful Christmas.  My plan is to make a page a day, or close to it.  In lieu of a purchased album, my idea is to take 8” by 8” pieces of cardboard from cracker or cereal boxes for the foundation.  Each would be covered with paper and whatever.  Once all are finished I will bind them somehow – perhaps with simple holes punched with my Crop-a-dial.  I’ll have to see how the pages add up and decide down the road.

I just read something Jennipher said in a post at CPC about having a dedication or introduction page to clarify the intention of this album.  I hadn’t thought of that.  She is using a “D-ring binder for her album, which is also a good idea as we may not get every page completed in order.  I hope to keep notes during my day as ideas occur, especially necessary if I will not be able to scrap them each day.

My hope is to reclaim the joy and beauty of the Christmas celebration.  Too often preparing for this day leaves us drained and unfulfilled.  If you can join us with a similar project I invite you to stop in with your comments and add your link if you complete a page.  We can all benefit from the joint suggestions and inspiration.

Above all, may this be your best Christmas season yet!

God bless you and keep you creating love for all!