I am crushing on this line, big time.
I will confess that I tend not to go all in when it comes to Christmas lines. There have been so few that have really called to me through the years, and when I do find myself liking a line and splurging on it, I usually use only a few items from it, and then the rest just sits in a drawer somewhere all year long, until Christmas comes around again and I think about using it -- and then end up buying a different holiday line altogether. Typical.
This year, when Christmas line peeks started in the scrapblogosphere, I was hoping to see a Christmas line with versatile patterned paper, including non-holiday-specific B-sides, so that if the A-side is "out of season," at least I can flip the paper and get the most out of the product. I also longed for a line with versatile elements that might have non-Christmas specific uses. This Hawaii girl would also really appreciate a line that isn't smothered with snowflakes -- not everyone gets a white Christmas!
Luckily, this year I am noticing Christmas lines that have these versatile B-sides and elements. JBS, Crate Paper, and October Afternoon are making me very happy for this reason. Some of the items are, of course, specifically Christmas-centered and would only work on a holiday-themed page, but I know that I can make these lines last a little longer because they contain pieces that can be used in alternate ways as well. For instance, take Crate Paper's Peppermint buttons, or the OA wrap pack, or the B-side of this JBS accessory sheet. They'll be in season, all year long.