Today is Matt's 31st birthday. I'm not quite sure where 31 years have gone---passed by very quickly! I'm having lunch with him today, and we're celebrating with him, Betsy and Skylar at his favorite restaurant tomorrow night. I'm so grateful to have them just around the corner.
For his birthday card, I pulled out a new cover plate die from Papertrey Ink. The die is meant to be horizontal on a portrait card, but I wanted to use it horizontally. It was easy to cut it down for a 4-bar card, and I was really pleased with how it came out.
I die cut the cover plate first in Soft Stone cardstock, then four more times in Vintage Cream, Fine Linen, Classic Kraft and Smoky Shadow to inlay the stripes. I saved all the extras and I'm sure I'll come up with some way to use them. The stars were cut with the Large Holiday Shapes die from Simon Says-it's getting to be a real favorite. A couple of AMuse pearls finished it off. It may be a bit strange to submit a masculine card to a challenge on pearls, but it fits Simon Says' Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes with Pearls.
We've come to the end of the December Project Life pages. It's unlikely I'll have another month as full as this one for many months to come. Rest assured today's post is much shorter.
The day after Christmas we left for Chicago. We drove as far as Port Huron, Michigan the first day, and arrived in Chicago at Sarah and Adam's on the 27th. We celebrated Christmas with them that afternoon.
Every year the Hess gasoline company comes out with a different truck at Christmas time. Tracy couldn't wait to get one for Caleb, and its battery-operated lights and power were a huge hit with Caleb. The next day we took off for the Chicago Botanic Gardens to see the Wonderland Express. We'd been to the Model Railroad Garden in September, but for the holiday they move the trains inside and decorate for Christmas. It's much harder to take good photos as it's much more crowded. In fact, you get timed tickets for the event. I included one of the tickets with some Washi tape as a border.
You can tell by the looks on Caleb's face and his Grandfather's face that the crowds did not diminish their enjoyment! We were lucky enough to be there for an ice carving event as well. The last photo shows Caleb helping to put away the Christmas decorations. Caleb turned two on December 30th and Sarah was determined to put Christmas away before we celebrated his birthday.
This might be one of the busiest PL pages I've ever made. The title page was created with a Simple Stories journaling card, some stamps and die cuts from Papertrey Ink and two candle stickers from Michaels. The banner on the photo below it was also a die cut I found in my stash, stamped with a sentiment from a Papertrey Ink set. Caleb woke up to a huge banner Adam made and hung on the stairs for his birthday. The biggest hit of the birthday presents was a garage Sarah and I found at Pottery Barn Kids for 50% off the day before Caleb's birthday. It's provided hours of enjoyment since.
In some ways, I prefer the stand-alone Christmas Journal, but I know I can't do that and Project Life. Since this format works so well for the rest of the year, I'll probably continue to document our December journeys in the Project Life album and forgo the Christmas Journal. I admit to mixed feelings about it, but the continuity is more important to me in the end.