Step-by-Step Christmas: Reviewing & Revising


Around the beginning of December, I review my progress so far & make any revisions to my plans if I need to.
I like to do this as close to the 1st December as I can. This year, I did it this weekend - 8th / 9th - so it was a little later than I like.

The 1st December is usually the day I start feeling a sense of urgency to get things made. All of a sudden, it's December, and I'm not finished! This year I'm beginning to feel the pressure a little. I know I'm not finished crafting & Christmas is only 2 weeks away!

Reviewing my progress helps me do two things.
- be very clear how much I can realistically make in the time I have left. How much time am I going to need to complete everything I want? Can I find that time? Do I need to make any adjustments?
- check how I am doing using my craft supplies. As I said before, I don't like to store too much from one Christmas to the next.

This year then, I still have time to make a few more cards. Possibly not all the cards I initially wanted to make. Buy I'm going to try. If I get to a stage where I am definitely running out of time, or I am no longer enjoying making them, I'll stop making cards and just buy some.
I also need to choose a Sweetie / Baking Gift to make. I like to give handmade sweet treats. And they're usually very well-received.

As for my craft supplies, at the moment I have more in my Christmas stash than when I began crafting for Christmas this year. And my scraps are accumulating! So I am going to need to be very disciplined with myself and not print any more Papers or Sentiments. For anything I make from this point onwards I am going to use only the supplies I currently, physically have.

My Little Bow Cards, were made from the Silver Glitter Card Blanks I bought from Hobbycraft earlier this year, dotty papers I already had printed, including some I had left over from my Big Bow Cards & a selection of sentiments from different sets of Sentiments. They were basically any that I already had printed which could be nicely cut out using a circle die.

I was more than a little disappointed in my photos of these cards. In reality, the card blanks are super sparkly. And the contrast between that sparkle and the very simply made handmade embellishments is very, very effective. The photos really don't justice to how lovely these cards actually are. I did try several times to improve the photos. But it just wasn't working for me. I'm sorry about that. If you've seen the card bases I've used in Hobbycraft, or have bought them too, then you'll know what I mean. But if anyone has any tips for taking photos of very glittery cards, I'd love to hear them!

I'm going to share any more cards I make on Facebook, Pinterest & my new Instagram page.
Anything else, I'll add to the Blog too.

Love Liz xx

Card Credits
Silver Glitter Card Blanks: Hobbycraft.
Patterned Paper: 'Lots of Smaller Dots' in 'Pure Crimson'. From the The Colour Collection. Printed onto lightweight {160gsm} White Card.
Sentiments: 'Merry Wishes' & 'Happy Noel' Digital Sentiments printed onto Smooth White Card.
Circle Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities.
Bow Die: Lil' Inkers
White Twine.

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