Also known as Birthday Calendars... this Christmas gift for our moms was meant to give them a place to record family and friend birthdays and anniversaries AND also give them a place to keep cards to send on those occasions.
These notebooks were completely inspired by Nichole Heady and use Papertrey Ink products specifically designed for such projects.
As you can see in the photo above, each page inside is formed into a pocket so cards can be stored for each month — and the dates are listed on the flap, to help you keep track of those important occasions.
Adding two more pockets seemed like a good thing to do. One is for Thank You cards and the other is for Thinking of You/Sympathy cards.
I just patterned my pockets after the PTI pre-printed ones and then decorated them sort of like the notebook's front cover. (You can click on the photos to make them larger.)
You may be able to tell from the cards that you see peeking out of the pockets, that many of the cards I've been making, especially the birthday cards, were for our moms' Christmas gifts. I haven't shared them all yet. There's a lot to post in upcoming days... now to just find the time...
AND TELL: stamps are from Papertrey Ink (Calendar Basics, Turning a New Leaf, Floral Fusion); cardstock is PTI (Rustic White) and Stampin' Up (Marina Mist); ink is SU (Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Marina Mist); ribbon is PTI (Spring Moss grosgrain); felt is PTI (Fine Linen); button and twine are PTI (Blueberry Sky; Rustic Jute); also used dies from PTI (Eyelet Lace border, Victorian Lace border, Mat Stack #1, Beautiful Blooms #3, Tea Label) and PTI's Kraft Binder and Birthday Calendar Pages.
And here is how I wrapped the gifts. Nothing special. Just brightly colored giftwrap and a homemade tag using PTI's Tag Sale #2 die and a couple stamp sets (2008 Holiday Tags, Borders & Corners: Circles). The ink is from Stampin' Up (Melon Mambo, Green Galore, and Basic Black).
Now I thought I'd show you some pictures from our trip to New York City a couple weeks ago. Oh, I had so much fun!
But, it started out like this...
It was snowing in Charlotte (!) so we were delayed since we had to be de-iced. But we had both been upgraded to First Class, so it sure could've been worse. If you have to spend an extra hour in a long line of planes waiting to be serviced at the de-icing station, it's nice to not have to be elbow to elbow with a stranger.
Now — I know I'm not the most cosmopolitan woman, but I've never thought myself to be a hick either. However, when we were flying into New York City and I saw this view from the window...
Our cab driver had a little trouble getting us to our hotel...
After checking into our room we went for a walk and I discovered that it must be impossible to be in Manhattan and not get into the Christmas spirit.
We walked toward Central Park and had a late lunch/early dinner at Sarabeth's.
I ordered the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Sandwich:
After dinner we walked back to our hotel in Times Square, taking in the sights (and lights!) on our way:
We stopped inside FAO Schwarz:
which was unbelievably fun, and then dove into the crowd at Rockefeller Center,
Thanks so much for stopping by. I really appreciate your visits!