December 09, 2007

On The First Day of Christmas

Alright, so I'm a little early. But I finished my Christmas banner last night and I was so excited to show you. It's been a very long time since I've done anything worthy of calling it "scrapbooking". Last February I started to sell off the thousands of dollars worth of scrapbook supplies that just lay in the closet with a slightly thick coat of dust. Knitting has increasingly taken over my life. While scrapbooking was fun and help preserve the memories, it was also a very expensive hobby. For example, you know that $30 skein of cashmere you covet? Imagine spending $30 on some 12 x 12 cardstock, some Hermafix adhesive, some 12 x 12 patterned paper to match the cardstock, a bag of brads, a set of rub on letters, and if you are lucky, maybe, some distress ink. All that for ONE page. And keep in mind, I'd constantly go back and buy the little ephemera and embellishments if the page wasn't to my liking. You get my drift. I get much more out of knitting. Plus it's portable.

But not all scrapbooking is bad. I still love to make cards and little mini albums for special occasions. Shawn has been gifted a couple of them for our Anniversary or for Valentine's Day. I have been thinking of making one for his 28th birthday, (next month). In any case, I felt it was time to do more than the obligatory lights on the windows. We weren't going to buy a tree this year, but I ended up finding a reasonably priced artificial tree. (Hopefully we will decorate tonight.) My stocking is hung, (my mom is working on Scouts and also has Jem's right now.)

Anywhoo, I made this hanging Christmas banner out of some Blitzen by Basic Grey and some embellishments I had leftover in my diminished stash. The theme is "Joy and Love".

So, that's it. I'm pretty darn proud of it. I like it a lot.

More decorating news to follow.


Holly said...

It looks great--I love the vintage colors. I, too, am a scrapbooker with a lot of supplies and not much scrapbooked over the past year since I took up knitting. It frustrates me that I don't have time to do all the crafty things I love! Nice decorating for the holiday with a beautiful message.

Nora said...

Beautiful work, AJ. I love the vintage look.


tiennieknits said...

I love it! I'm not a scrapbooker so I'll just enjoy your post!