Welcome to the Simple Stories December Daily blog hop! You should have arrived here from Cari Locken's blog. Today a few of my fellow teammates and I are sharing projects and inspiration using the new Sn@p! albums to document Christmas.
Confession: At the last minute I decided to go with a red album instead of brown, so I don't have a cover to share with you today. But, my album is on its way, and as soon as I finish the cover I will post it here.
Today I'm going to share my approach to this project and how I plan on documenting the season. I don't have any completed album pages yet because I don't plan on documenting every day of December. It didn't make sense to me to make pages ahead of time when I don't know what my photos will be or how many of them I will have. What I do have to share are lots of ideas, a couple of sketches, and a giveaway too! I hope you find something here today that will inspire you as you set out to document your Christmas this year.
This will be my first year to make an album specifically for Christmas. I have never really been drawn to the idea of a December Daily because as Catholics we celebrate the season a little differently. As a family we try to observe the season of Advent, which begins on December 2nd this year. That doesn't mean that we don't decorate, or bake cookies, or listen to Christmas music until December 25th. It just means that we try to hold off on the full-blown celebrating until Christmas day. December 25th is when the Christmas season begins for us, and it will continue until January 13th with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.
And so that is what I will be documenting this year. There are three dividers in the album, one section will be for Advent, one for Christmas Day, and one for the remainder of the season.
Of course, I'm using Handmade Holiday as the foundation of my album.
But, if you are like me, you probably have a substantial amount of Christmas products already stashed away. I wanted to be sure to use some of what I already had, and so I went through my papers and chose a few that coordinated with the Simple Stories collection. This is what I came up with
I cut all of my papers down to the same size as the journaling pages, which I will also be including in my album.
The pages measure 6 3/4 x 8 3/8 inches. I've kept what remained from the papers above, and I will use those scraps to embellish the pages I make as I go.
In addition, I'll be using the divided page protectors that come with the album, and whatever additional designs I need as I go along.
Something I have started to do with the element cards that are included in each collection kit is to go ahead and cut them all apart ahead of time. This is such a small thing, but it saves so much time later.
You'll see that I also pre-cut the 3x4 inch bingo cards and the flash cards.
I did make a few things ahead of time, and I'd like to share them with you.
First, I used my Silhouette to cut these folders.
I'm sort of in love with these... I can embellish them or leave them plain. Either way, I thought they would add a fun dimension to the album.
The second is a pocket that I decorated to hold my oldest son's letter to Santa.
I used one of the pockets from Documented, and embellished it with papers from Handmade Holiday. I plan on putting it directly into the binder, and so you'll notice I reinforced the holes with canvas stickers.
Finally, in the spirit of working ahead, I created some journaling cards using the 3x4 Sn@p! Cards.
In case you didn't know, the Sn@p! cards
are double-sided. And so while one side may have a design or pattern you may not want to use, the other side will be neutral. Can I tell you that I love them? I do...
I had so much fun making these, I wanted to make some more, and noticed that the Dots paper from the Awesome Collection,
coordinated perfectly with Handmade Holiday.
My plan for Documenting Christmas is keep it easy and simple. Design-wise, I want to have a variety of pages. Most photos will go into the divided page protectors, and I'll use the pre-embellished journaling cards above to write down any notes or stories to go along with those photos. If I want to include just photos, then I can always use one of the decorative bingo or quote cards to fill in empty spaces, easy.
Other photos might require more attention or a layout all their own. Again, in the interest of keeping things simple, I made a couple of sketches for my stand-alone pages.
This next sketch is designed for a 4 x 6 photo, but it would work for a 5 x 7 too. And instead of adding journaling in the space designated in the design, you could always put a number sticker for the day the photo was taken.
So, that is what I have so far. I've gathered my materials and I have a plan. My hope is to capture a bit of our preparation during Advent, our festivities on Christmas Day, and a little of the season as it progresses through New Year's Day, the Feast of the Epiphany, and until the end of the season. I do hope you will stop in periodically to see how my album is coming along! I won't be updating daily, but I do hope to update often.
Now for the really fun part! Simple Stories is giving away a Sn@p! December Daily prize pack as well as a other fun prizes. The winners will be chosen at random from all of the blogs in today's hop. To enter please leave a comment below. Be sure to visit all of the blogs in the hop today and comment on each one, since the more comments you leave, the better your chances of winning!!
I also have a giveaway for you today! I'll be giving away this fun prize to one lucky commenter.
If you want a chance to enter my giveaway, then when you comment, be sure to leave your email address so that I can contact you if you win. Comments for my giveaway will remain open until Monday, November 19th, 11:59 pm PST. I will select a winner at random and they will be contacted shortly thereafter.
And just in case you get lost, here is a list of all the participants in today's blog hop: