And if you've been paying attention, you'll also know that we are up to November. So here I am.
I chose November as a few years ago, I decided to change my attitude to this month that has such bad PR. You won't find many people telling you it's their favourite month or even that they love it. But I decided to start to feel more positive about it and that attitude has worked for me - I really do like it a lot more than I used to. You might even say that I love it!
Ok, it can be grey and cold and miserable but so can any month. It makes you appreciate the wonderful blue skies even more when they do appear. And the build up to Christmas starts in November which was my starting point for my mini-kit.
I decided to focus on Traditions. And there are a few I thought of straight away for November which I thought might be good starting points for you to think about.
There's Bonfire Night for those of you in the UK, complete with hot sausages, a roaring fire and fireworks. Then there's Thanksgiving for all of my stateside friends. A huge X on the US calendar for sure.
But how about the traditions in the build up to Christmas, many of which start in November?
- Your family might have the obligatory unveiling of the decorations.
- You might always put the tree up the last weekend in November.
- You might wait to start playing Christmas music until the beginning of November (or is that just me?).
- You might take an evening to write all your Christmas cards.
- You might be organised enough to get all your presents and then spend an afternoon in front of It's a Wonderful Life and wrap them all up.
- Here in Germany, the Christmas markets all open up at the end of November and it's tradition to head out and get the first Glühwein of the season.
- Of course a big one is the first Starbucks Christmas drink in those long awaited red cups
- But the big one that came to mind for me is all about Advent. Lighting the first candle on our Advent Wreath on the first Sunday of Advent. And that is more often than not in November. Of course this year it's 2nd December, but you know what I mean!
So, with all these November Christmas traditions, I decided to delve into some of my Christmas stash which doesn't actually get used for so many layouts, and create a mini kit I called Anticipate
|Page Maps sketch November 2011|
The products I've used in my kit are mostly quite old and to be honest, could be used for more than just Christmas which I thought was important for my November kit. I could use it to make layouts about winter, cold days, cosy times or ski-holidays if you take out the Christmas themed stamps. Very versatile. Why not look at your Christmas products to see how else they could be used? It's a shame to just use them for those three or four days of the year.
the important thing about a mini kit is to really restrict yourself but to make sure the amount of stuff you have in it reflects how much stash you pile up on your background cardstock/paper. If you put too much in, it's just another monthly kit. Too little and it's not enough to motivate me to use it and I will reach for the rest of my stash while creating which defeats the point of a kit.
I've included two pieces of cardstock as my page kit is really big enough for two. There may therefore be a second layout to come. I've made sure there are large and small letters, a good flurry of embellishments and as a challenge to myself as I buy them and don't use them, some stamps.
But in the meantime, here is my Advent layout for you.
ADVENT LAYOUT HERE
Thanks for joining the Master Forgers this month for a look through a year's worth of inspiration. Please make sure you let me know you were here and share your creations with us over at the Counterfeit site.