Scrapping the End of 2010

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:

*Confetti

*Jewel brads

*3D stickers

*Eyelets

*Glitter

*Silver and black Mylar strips

*Photos shot at midnight

*Stickers and stamps featuring champagne bottles, fireworks, party hats and noisemakers

*2010 punch-outs

*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.

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.

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