If you are visiting for the first time today, please don't just think I've lost my mind by posting about Christmas so soon. Read this first, then you can think I've lost my mind! Anyway....
I figured the first project would be Christmas cards. They are always necessary, easy to create from supplies you already have, and can be as quick and easy or as time-consuming as you wish, meaning if they take a while to make, you still have several months before they are pressed into service.
I always like to start with an inspiration point or theme and this year it was this paper.
This is part of a pad of Christmas designed paper I purchased in December a day or two before the actual holiday. I don't remember why else I went in Michael's, but when I spotted this and realized that many of the pages had glossy accents, I started breathing heavy (the same way I do when I see cake, now that I think about it). People might have started looking at me funny when I found another paper pad with glittery accents that elicited much the same reaction. It's truly a wonder no one called for paramedics when I was gasping over the paper pad with gold foiled pages. But I digress. This year, I'm already thinking about taking the easy way out and these little rectangles with different sentiments may be the answer.
First step of course is trimming the paper down into the little rectangular sentiments and then sorting to find the ones that would actually work as Christmas card fronts.
You can see the glossy in this one! Yay!
Next was one of my favorite parts: picking the backing cardstock that would form the body of the card.
I just did a basic trim right down the center of each 8.5 x 11" piece, then folded the cardstock in half and popped the trimmed glossy pieces down.
Now, confession time: I have to say these aren't all that bad to begin with and if you sent me one of these in the mail, I'd be very happy. However, I was hoping for a little more oomph so these card fronts aren't actually glued down yet. In some cases, I'm thinking about just trimming the base cardstock down a little more so the front piece is more of a presence. In other cases, I'm thinking about a second layer right under the front piece. Any way you look at it, though, I couldn't glue them down until I knew what I was going to do. So this post will have a part two (at some point) where I will post the real finished pictures of the cards!
Are you taking part in the Year of Christmas challenge? If so, let me know in the comments and I'll add you to the blog roll! If you don't have a blog, just send me some pics and I'll post them in a special update post. I'd also like to track it on Instagram and Twitter so just throw in a #yearofxmas so we can all find you!
And, finally, if you any suggestions for these card fronts, I am all ears!