Life has been so chaotic recently. We are now in our 6th week of life with Mog. I have enjoyed the hospitality of our local hospital for a few nights and the world continues to spin. Finding time to craft has been a real challenge, so when Kellie decided the new Christmas stamps needed their own blog hop, I was pleased. It gave me a deadline and real excuse to trash the office. This is what I came up with:

Cute, huh? I went in with very basic rules for myself – keep it simple but stylish. I didn’t partake in December Documented in 2012 because Christmas was the last thing on my mind and frankly, this time last year I was not a scrapbooker. Our wedding was set for two days before Christmas and there was still a ton of things to get done. I didn’t start project life until our wedding day so all the photos of the fun little Christmas activities we did in the lead up to Christmas have just been sitting on my hard drive. Then BAM – all at once, my favorite designs inspired something amazing. Shall we have a closer look?

The first thing to note is that it’s an accordion album. Valorie Wibbens, who is one of my all-time favorite digital designers, created the most amazing digital kit called Accordionly No.2. To create the album, you pretty much just drag, drop, print, cut and glue. I did warn you it was going to be simple. The front cover looks like this:

Once again, nothing too challenging here. A gold doily I had left over from Polly’s October main kit, Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic alpha (which you all should be hoarding, they are so handy to have), American Crafts glitter tape, two gold heart brads and an old Ann-Marie loves Paper wooden stamp. I glued a large length of black and white twine between the front and back covers so that it would wrap around the book a few times before tying up at the front.

Our first Christmas event of the year is always putting up the tree on the 1st of December. I love our tree! To make the page, I used a couple of digital elements from Valorie’s Pocket Stuffers No.3 (don’t you think she comes up with awesome names?), the sequins match my ornaments almost perfectly, but I struggled a little getting the text to stand out on the gold glitter swipe. I also used Kellie’s light strand stamp from this set and the ‘oh Christmas tree’ from this one. Doesn’t it make you want to sing the song?

Page two commemorates my first attempt at personalised Christmas cards. I was pretty happy with how they came out and wouldn’t you know it, Valorie had the perfect embellishment to match! I can see myself using these stamps a lot in December.

Making Christmas pudding is a new tradition for us. We tried it for the first time last year and it was amazing. I was super sceptical because Nana used to make us all one for Christmas, but since she passed away a few years ago, I have never found one that came close to her recipe. This one however was so rich, dense and dark in colour by Christmas Day. Note Kellie’s amazing stackable stamps – I’m super lazy, so I line them both up on the same acrylic block, keep them straight and just ink in different colours.

Ohh this page just makes me smile. I know the photo isn’t great quality and God knows the concert was awful, but it was one of the very few Christmas events around town that we went to and I didn’t take this photo…hubby did, which makes it all the more special. It was just nice to have a night out together, no matter the surroundings.

While far less sentimental than my other pages, this is my favorite page style-wise. It even has a little sneak peek of one of Kellie’s upcoming wood mount stamps. I was sick in hospital when these were being sent out, so Kellie kindly picked one for me… I don’t know why she would ever think I would need a food stamp?!? Just kidding. You couldn’t pry it off me now if you tried! Having a look at my finished album now, I notice that I have used gold glitter digital frames around most of my food shots, that was a subconscious choice I assure you, but aren’t they pretty?

This is a very rare photo. I think in the entire time CJ and I have been together, we have maybe four couple selfies. This one was taken only days before we got married. We had decided to spend our first Christmas as husband and wife alone, so we celebrated with CJ’s parents a week before. I didn’t want to bulk up my album, but the page seemed to be missing some festive cheer. This conundrum was easily resolved with Kellie’s JOY stamp, a digital brad from the Pocket Stuffers No.3 and a gold 5th and Frolic sticker.

And finally… Christmas Day. Of course I have more photos than this, but all the ones that are really important to me are in my Project Life from this point. I just really like to take pictures of food. On a side note, that cute little tree stamp is one of Kellie’s too.

I don’t know why, but I felt the need to make a back cover too. Okay that’s a lie – I did it for the washi. I really love this Freckled Fawn washi. I feel the need to put it on everything. Good thing the roll is huge! I’m really happy with how the back cover turned out. I like the sentiment: “Be Merry & may your new year’s dreams come true xoxo“. Just click on the word to see where the stamp is from. So that about covers everything. Don’t forget to check out Kellie’s other stella CT members as they use the NEW Christmas Traditions set – Karyn and Jodie. Oh and don’t forget your discount code 😉