Sunday, August 9, 2015

Project "Finish"

Back in 2008, I discovered Tim Holtz and his 12-days of Christmas project.  I was relatively new to crafting technique, and silly of me, but I thought that I could catch up and join the fun.  Little did I know that I was embarking on a whole new level of obsessive behavior.  

I managed to get all of the 2007 tags done and was working what I hoped was "back toward front," one new tag, one old one.  Things went along ok - until 2010 when Tim put this little goodie out there. I flipped out.  I didn't own any die cuts, and didn't know anyone else who was doing this little project.  I was shattered.  

So I put my project away and went on with my life - but I was not really satisfied with my "almost" done project.  I hung the tags that I had completed on a garland over my hallway entry and everyone who came in my house that Christmas commented on it.  All I could see was "it's not done…"  So I started adding Alterations dies to my stash - just one here and there, as I had a little money and as I found them on sale.  

I've learned that as long as Tim is alive there will be something new to want and something new to add and new techniques to learn, so I've decided that I'm going to finish what I started and get these last tags done.  There aren't many left - I think 9 of the originals from 2010 is all.  

Tim changed the plan in 2012, and now he does a tag a month, and they aren't all Christmas tags.  But the techniques are still fun, and as long as I have all this stuff, it seems silly not to continue.  This month I altered the August tag and managed to create a Christmas spin on the techniques Tim was teaching.  So maybe ~ AFTER I finish my original project ~ I'll continue on the journey.  

I'm really happy to have this tag done.  It's been a huge roadblock in my mind, and getting it into the "done pile" is a major win for me.  


Theresa said...

Do you still need any die cuts from 2010? If I have them, would be happy to cut and share.

Pat Gent said...

Oh Theresa! That's so sweet of you! Actually, I'm down to just three tags left of the 2010 list - #9,#10, and #11. I've got the Rosette die and the Winter Wonder, so I'm good for the first two. #11 is all about making a foam stamp from your own die cuts, so I'm going to see what I might have that will work. I know I have the snowflake on the edge that Tim used for it, so I think everything is lined up in my favor.

When the project is over, it's going to be kind of like seeing you kid go off to college. I'm going to sort of miss it. But there are all those annual tags that I've only done a couple of, so I can continue the fun with those if I want to. I already have some ideas of how to "Merry Christmas" some of those techniques!

Thanks so much for your generous offer! If I get stuck, I'll be sure to give you a shout!