On every holiday road trip, I love bringing a project along to keep my creative energy from bottling up and making me crazy in the car or while the kids are busy having fun with grandparents. Sometimes that’s a weaving project, other times I’m finishing up a handmade gift. This year it was bringing along my December Messy Box kit to put together a quick mini album using some photos I took for a Christmas Home Tour on my blog. This month’s kit had such fun colors and accessories, so all I had to add-in were some extra alpha, fun glitter stickers and a stamp from my stash. I printed out my photos on the road and bought an inexpensive photo book, and I had an easy project on my hands!
The inside of my album was less than cute, so I cut some paper to cover it up and glued it down. Then I used double-sided tape to attach another layer of pattern on top and then one of the darling die-cuts on top of that. The ‘Merry’ clip was another way to help keep the papers together on both the outer cover and the inside cover.
I made sure to include photos of the kids and journal some of the elements of this year’s build up to Christmas so I don’t forget that time one of them decided on their own we should make cookies to pass out to strangers downtown.
This has been a watershed year for my oldest who is starting to make up his own mind about Santa. He’s nostalgic about how that all plays out but has also heard the origin stories of that tradition. He’s decided he’s willing to be a good big brother and still join in the fun for the sake of his little brother and sister.
The best part of the drive to our first holiday destination was singing Christmas carols through that last twenty minute stretch to keep everyone from asking how much longer. I love knowing our kids will probably be doing the same thing with their own kids on their way to our house some Christmas break years from now.
Simple and sweet was the name of the game for this Scrapbook Sunday, and I now have a sweet little mini album to add to my growing shelf of big albums. Do you take supplies for crafting when you go on road trips or does it make you crazy crafting out of a suitcase? What are your essentials that you bring with you? –Rachel