I love the holidays just as much as the next guy, but let’s get through Halloween before we start concentrating on New Year’s Eve, or is that too much to ask from retail America?
Yesterday my local scrapbook supply shop erected a New Year’s Eve sticker, stamp and die-cut display. I was too disgusted by its timing that I didn’t even bother to browse through the clearly marked “BRAND NEW” items.
My defiant act should not be misinterpreted. I have nothing against New Year’s Eve scrapbook themes. In fact, I made a few memorable layouts utilizing the party theme just last year when the clock struck 12 and we welcomed in 2010.
Some of the design highlights included:
*Silver and black Mylar strips
*Photos shot at midnight
*Stickers and stamps featuring champagne bottles, fireworks, party hats and noisemakers
*Happy New Year rub-ons
*Glitter paper with stars and snowflakes
*Clock die-cuts with the hands pointing to 12
*A sticker of a big ball dropping down a pole
*Number stickers counting down from 10 to 1
I also made a kid’s page illustrating what took place earlier in the day. If you host daytime parties because you have young children or you turn in early on New Year’s Eve, these types of layouts are ideal for showing off your favorite photos. You can display pictures of your children toasting marshmallows around the fireplace, playing board games, sharing eggnog or completing craft projects. I also took a few pictures of the buffet table lined with our favorite holiday dishes. Add some New Year’s Eve quotes or sayings, such as “Let the Good Times Roll” or “Auld Lang Syne” and you have the makings of a festive holiday layout. To cap off the page add a few resolutions from different members of your family.