Monday, January 19, 2009

The Christmas Album (Partial)

I have to say I have been quite productive this month. At least, before I got addicted to The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hour Glass. I haven't scrapped for almost a week, and I don't think I will be able to until I finish the game.

There is something to be said about working with theme albums. I didn't spend too much time rummaging for appropriate papers and embellishments because I have all of them in just one box. There is also that feeling of accomplishment, or at least that feeling that there is an end to all this. I can say, "I am caught up" at least, with the Christmases of my married life.

I call this my first generation Christmas layouts. First Gen because I used photos that had already been printed in 4x3 sizes which I rescued from my magnetic photo albums. It was hard to be creative with these sizes as there wasn't much room for cropping but am quite happy with the results. Mainly because now I have a visual chronicle of our family's Christmases past.

1997

First Among Many

1998

Christmas Three

Trim the Tree

The following layout was to be my entry to the AdThis wrapper and tag challenge but wasn't able to take a photo of it in time for the deadline.

Christmas Morning

1999
Sadly, I couldn't find this year's photos. I am hopeful it's one of those undeveloped film canisters in the drawers. Keeping my fingers crossed. Otherwise, it will be a layout without photos. Good thing I have some good memories of this year.

2000
Republishing - I actually finished these late last year.

Xmas 2000

Santa Baby

2001

M is for Merry Christmas

Have You Been Naughty or Nice?

2002 (not)
I thought the following photos were from the year 2002, when we moved to a new house. But when I checked my digital files, I realized to my horror that they were actually taken in 2003. I had to do some quick thinking to fix the title.

A New Home for Christmas

Thank God for acrylic paint, and the fact that we did have a new tree that year and voila! I simply had to change the journaling tag which was hung with a safety pin and not glued on. Otherwise, it would have been more work. Can you spot the differences? :-)

2003

A New Tree for Christmas

But Not Here...

I got to play with my new Quickutz dies and Martha Steward border punchers. The Christmas ribbons DH bought for me were put to good use, too. I particularly enjoyed making "A New Tree/Home" because I got to make my own background with ribbons and scraps. The best thing? I got to use really old stash. Remember those border strips from Craft Express? I hoarded quite a number of these from National Book Store way back when.

Now I have to make my Second Generation layouts using digital photos that are still stored in my laptop. I'm going to use sketches this time. And maybe go for spreads.

Thanks for looking!

6 comments:

tnapay said...

wow lee. these are a lot of Christmas layouts. great job. :)

Liza said...

Lee, I commend you for being able to scrap your Christmas photos as far back as 1997. Naku, isa kang inspirasyon sa ginawa mong yan. And ang ganda ng iyong "spot-the-difference" LO. LOL! Di halata ha, in fairness.

the dreamer said...

Ay ang galing-galing naman talaga! Kainggit! Gusto ko din ganito ka-organized at kagaganda Christmas layouts ko. Kaya lang halata na sabog din ang scrapbooker kasi kung saan-saan lang napapadpad ang mga photos namin. Hehe.

Sayang talaga yung sa Ad This. Kaganda naman ng layout! Love how you hung the tag on the star.

Hope you are doing well, my friend. Miss you!

*hugs*
Nina

Scrapgurl14 said...

Way to go Lee! Congrats for {almost} finishing this album!

bjay said...

wow, gandaaaaaa! I especially love the progress of the LOs leading up to "padami ng padami" ang mga anak :)

you have such a beautiful family, mrs. imao :)

and I spotted the difference sa 2003 xmas LO! yung tag design :)

Issa Virtucio-Lucido said...

Ang galing! Talagang pinaghirapan ang mga los mo... you can see the growth of your family!