Michelle Ward's January Crusade was #47- "It's a Wrap" and themed around Holiday paper.
The pure genius of this was that Christmas is over! I have no idea why it never occurred to me before, but I've always tried to do this during the holidays which basically just compounds the stress of an already too-full season. It's these simple concepts that sometimes stump me. Duh. This is clearly where I've been going about it all wrong!
I pulled down from my shelf a secret holiday box of shame and dumped it's contents out onto the floor and started sorting. For four years now I've been adding to the box while telling myself "next year I'll put it all together!" Which of course has never happened. Until now.
I've been sewing all morning. I've never assembled a journal in this order before. This time I cut the pages for the signatures and then immediately put the holiday stuff on the paper. No watercolor, acrylic or spray paint. Just scraps directly onto the plain white paper. At first I was freaking out that it was really boring and dull. But the sewing has added a lot over my selection of postage stamps, wine labels, wrapping paper, and small bags.
The good news about this Crusade is that I've managed to tamper with the evidence of my own hoarding crime scene and alter it into something more fun and tangible. So thank you Michelle for another great challenge. And a quick salute noting two fellow Crusaders who totally inspired me to actually make the book I've always wanted instead of just shoving all that extra ephemera back into a box: both Hanna's Holiday journal and Lay Hoons Christmas Spreads are total amazing eye candy!!