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PAPERCRAFTING KIT. This will be the first Christmas of my life that I will spend without my grandmother present, but I know that in our family, the legacy of my grandparents lives on. This layout serves as a reminder that the "real gift" is family, and that because of that, we keep Christmas in our hearts all year long. I made the photo of my grandparents the star of the layout (literally -- just under the photo is the star stencil), and I built around it in layers, pulling together papers and accents from the kit. In keeping with the "gift' idea, I overlapped "To" and "From" tags and added trimmings that might be found on gifts.
 
 
PAPERCRAFTING KIT + ANTIQUARIAN KIT. The exclusive patterned paper in this month's papercrafting kit reminds me of the plates at our favorite sushi restaurant, Kuru Kuru. I printed the journaling on some vellum, and stitched it over a post card from the antiquarian kit, adding some punched circles that complement the colors in the photos.
 
 
ANTIQUARIAN KIT + MINI-ALBUM KIT. My daughter recently performed a solo (in Norwegian!) at a holiday choir concert, so you can imagine how psyched I was to discover this "Little Alto" label in the antiquarian kit. The gold foil leaves in the mini-album kit add a few festive touches to the layout.
 
 
   I've made quite a dent in this month's kits, and this layout pulls together some of the little bits that remain. The journaling is tucked into the envelope from the Antiquarian kit.