For the first twelve days in December, Hip Kit Club is gifting twelve crafty freebies on its blog, including cut files and printables galore! In addition, for each of those days, the design team is giving the gift of sharing projects created with each of the giveaways.
Lucky me -- as the guest designer for the month, I'm joining in the Day 3 fun, which means that I have the pleasure of playing with today's printable along with talented team members Tanya Hubbard (first in line during today's hop) and Ashley Fowler (whose blog you probably just visited).
To get your hands on the festive four above, follow this link to the Hip Kit Club website. Log in to your account and look for the "Downloads" tab. You will find a subheading, "12 Days of Giving," where you will find all of the 12 Days of Giveaways. Please download them and enjoy! Happy Holidays from everyone at Hip Kit Club!
A few of these cards found happy homes in my holiday album (and yes, I did just hear you gasp in disbelief that I really am doing the album thing this year). The December card follows the title page in my album, and has the important job of prefacing the month ahead.
This card is the cutest, no? It was lonely and needed some company on the page, though, so I stitched together accents from the Hip Kit Club November kits, and then the card really found its purpose. I love it so. Apologies for the darkish stars -- they should be radiant gold, but it's been storming here, so the glimmer effect has been elusive.
On the opposite page, I added some journaling -- which is really a note to self/pep talk/word of caution/binding agreement.
Oh, but I didn't stop there. I added even more pages (I just heard another gasp.)
Instead of organizing the album based on a basic Dec.1, Dec. 2, Dec. 3, etc. approach, I've decided to make room for moments that aren't necessarily limited to specific days. The next few pages are focused on a period of time when the holidays -- that is, the feeling of the holidays -- really began for me this year.
I used the November kits once again for these pages. Heck, I even used packaging from the kits here (the stripes hail from a package of Crate Paper accents).
And yes, the pink stripes you see behind this page are indeed from one of the printable cards from today's giveaway. Instead of using the entire card, I opened up the printable file in Photoshop, selected only the striped area and cropped it to the size of an album page, typed my journaling directly on the striped pattern, and then printed the resulting page.
To create the gathering of trees on the opposite page, I cut several of the zillion Christmas trees found in the November kits (which I love!) and stitched them together in two layers -- first the back row, and then the front. Stitching tree lines in my holiday albums is must. It's tradition.
I'm fairly confident that this album would still be sitting empty and untouched had it not been for this printable and the November kits coming into my life when they did. Kismet, I say!
Now, on to the business of hopping. If you've already visited Tanya and Ashley's blogs (see links at the top of this post), then it's back to the Hip Kit Club blog for you -- if not now, then tomorrow, which brings Day 4 of The Twelve Days of Giving, yet another freebie, and even more ideas from the team.
Thanks for stopping by today!