November 15, 2012

Document Christmas with Sn@p!


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.


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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:

Cari Locken
 *you are here* 
Emily Lanham

240 comments:

  1. Wow, neat idea! I love your layouts and thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful Christmas season.

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  2. Your album is going to be amazing! Love your work!!

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  3. Yep...I know you will have a fabulous album! I can't wait to see the whole thing!

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  4. Donna, this is going to be incredible. I love the pockets!

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  5. I love to see how versatile the simple stories products are. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Great ideas! Love your pages.

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  7. I love how you have adjusted the project to be more meaningful to you and your family.

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  8. LOVE the album, especially the folders you cut and the sketches! Thanks for sharing :).

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  9. Love this line! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on how you are going to use it!

    lcushman 76 at gmail

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  10. I really like your ideas. I'm Catholic too so I usually do Journal Your Christmas which continues through 3 Kings. So I really like. The idea of using the dividers - I kept trying to figure out what to do with those & now I know

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  11. Those sketches are awesome! They will come in handy for sure! Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to see your cover!

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  12. Love the sketches! Thanks for the extra giveaway!
    cherylosaurus@gmail.com

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  13. I love how you gave the SS papers a little different look with your extra supplies out of your stash! Very cool!

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  14. I bought the same album and SS papers for my December Daily album! Can't wait to compare how we use them! Love the giveaway! Love the paper tape. Never can have too much! Thanks for sharing your sketches! I will put them to good use!

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  15. I am using a Snap album for my DD this year and am excited! Love seeing what others are doing! Thanks

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  16. sse6@juno.com
    what a fun project
    you do bautiful work

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  17. Thanks for sharing you ideas and inspiration.

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  18. Ohmigoodness---this is awesome! Love this!

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  19. Thanks for the ideas and the chance to win!

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  20. oh I adore the added folders! Such a great idea! Thank you for the chance! crystalbella77 at gmail dot com

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  21. So inspiring! Love those Bingo cards!!

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  22. I'm having such a difficult time getting ANY story told in my scrapping so having something like this would sure make it easier!

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  23. Loved all the examples. Thank you for sharing such great ideas!

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  25. Thanks for a chance to win. I'm looking forward to starting my own Dec. Daily.

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  26. I love the idea of having the sketches all ready to go and everything prepared. Thanks for the great inspiration!!!! And the chance to win a great prize!!!

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  27. Thank you for your inspiration! I have been preparing some of my cards in advance also. I love this collection! -Sonia

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  28. I love that you have a plan...so often I don't. Can't get enough of of Simple Stories!

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  29. Beautiful and simple! Cant wait to se what u do with rest,

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  30. Just adorable DD! Love your sketches too - super pretty and versatile. Thanks for sharing, and for the extra chance to win! :D

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  31. So glad I stumbled on to Simple Stories! Absolutely love it! Thank you for the inspiration! jt

    jociejubug@yahoo.com

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  32. JUST LOVE what you did so far for the album! I have also debated whether or not to document each day, I LOVE that you seperated into three sections! Brilliant! Off to download that silhouette Cut file!LOVE them!

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  33. love....love....love!! I will definitely be "lifting" some of your pages. I just started my DD. Hope to win & use some Simple Stories products in mine!!
    Thanks

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  34. Thank your for the great inspiration. I love the big photos, and with your sketches is perfect! the pocket "dear santa" is my favorite
    Monica

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  35. Love simple stories! Love your pages -Looking forward to seeing the cover .

    robnlisa98@gmail.com

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  36. Looks like a great start to your album! Will be lovely when finished!

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  37. I love everything about this new product. No matter what it is used for, it looks wonderful.

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  38. your album looks great! love the pockets and the sketch ideas too

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  39. I have got to get my hands on this collection! It's awesome!

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  40. Love your album - thanks for the chance to win.

    juliee181@gmail.com

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  41. Love that Dear Santa pocket! Thanks for the chance to win!!!

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  42. Love the project!! Thanks for the chance to win

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  43. Just luv these papers the whole team have been so inspiring.
    Chris x

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  44. This just may be the year I finally finish a December Daily!!!

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  45. I love the idea of getting everything ready but doing the actual pages when you know what photos and memorabilia you will have! You want your December Daily to reflect your pictures and family! Love your journaling cards.

    scotty50dog@yahoo.com

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  46. I am so into this! The snap system will make documenting Christmas so much easier and the Handmade Holiday papers and embellies are gorgeous! I'm so pinning this!

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  47. Love how you show your planning process ... anxious to see your finished cover. Love this product!

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  48. Love how you show your planning process ... anxious to see your finished cover. Love this product!

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  49. mkm9278@yahoo.com
    I have not been aware of that washi tape. Thanks for sharing in the hop.

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  50. beautiful work and sketches! thank you for the inspiration. <3

    lauren
    craftsbyreadysetlove.com

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  51. lovely...thanks for sharing the sketches!

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  52. Beautiful project. This will be a wonderful keepsake.

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  53. Thanks for sharing your wonderful project. I love those folders! I want to make some too, you have encouraged me so much! :)

    sylviasushi27@gmail.com

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  54. This is fabulous! I can picture my own December and family pictures in one of these albums. I’m definitely doing a December Daily this year. Simple Stories’ products would be perfect. I love their products.

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  55. Beautiful, thanks for the chance to win.....twice!

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  56. Just beautiful, SS is so perfect for a December Daily, thank you for the inspiration!

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  57. Beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  58. Great product! Love your journaling cards and sketches. Thanks for the opportunity to win a 2nd wonderful prize!!

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  59. AS Christians we celebrate Advent, but I have never thought to scrapbook it specifically! I think this year will be the year. Thank you for the great idea.

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  60. Thanks for the sketch and the inspiration. I have my base already made for my DD (I always make it in the summer) but I hope to use some SS products for my pages!

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  61. Lots of great ideas! Thanks for sharing.

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  62. Wonderful album!
    and thanks for the 'extra' chance at some goodies

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  63. Such beautiful work!! Love all the inspiration!

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  64. Wow, great sketches and wonderful ideas! Beautiful! Thank you!

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  65. Thank you so much for all of the great ideas! I can't wait to get started on mine now!

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  66. I love your planning. Love how other ranges of SS work so well together too. :)

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  67. I really like the folders you made! You page for you son's letter to santa is so cute, too!

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  68. Thanks for sharing your great ideas! I think you have a wonderful plan!!

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  69. Great start to the album, I like your approach....keeping things simple is always best. Can't wait to see the finished project!

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  70. Simple is good! I like your sketches and your organization/prep work is inspiring! Thanks for sharing!
    agollihur@comcast.net

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  71. I adore the "Dear Santa" page <3 I really like how you embellished the journaling cards and how you've incorporated things you already have into your album to go with the Snap line.

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  72. I love the pocket for the letter to Santa! Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win!

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  73. Thank you for the sketches, such a lovely idea.

    girliemish at yahoo dot com

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  74. I can't wait to see your album cover Donna! I really like your pocket page for the Santa letter, so cute!

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  75. easy products to make a beautifull daily, just what i need!

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  76. I love the pocket for the letter to Santa! I like your sketches and your organization/prep work, and keeping it simple is always the best.

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  77. Thanks for all the great ideas -- like the idea of using the Silhouette to create pages. Thanks for the chance to win. I have almost all of the SS collections and use them all the time in scrapping, craft projects, and my PL. I think SN@P is the greatest!

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  78. Fantastic ideas! At least you have a plan - you are light years ahead of me. Thank you for sharing.

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  79. OH I LOVE your DD! Great job, SO cute!

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  80. That is what it is all about. Making the DD yours and documenting how you & your family Celebrate!!!

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  81. Thanks for the sketches and the tips!

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  82. I'm gonna use this sketches. Thanks!

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  83. I love your ideas. I thought I wanted a brown one, but now I am torn between that and red. OH NO!

    michellebrooks2001 at yahoo dot com

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  84. Thanks for all the ideas and information!! I like your album very much!
    Thanks for the prizes your are giving! Great way to begin the holidays season! lettygov@yahoo.com.mx

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  85. Fabulous inspiration for a DD! TFS!

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  86. I can't wait to see it when it's finished! I would be torn between the red and brown also....there is still time to change your mind, yet again...lol

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  87. So lovely! Loved the journaling cards!

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  88. I love all of your great ideas and tips...thansk for inspiring me for my own album....

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  89. I love the sn@p products too. So cute for DD project

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  90. Thank you for all the fun giveaways! I love the idea of doing a Daily December mini album!

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  91. I plan on using the sn@p line for my December Daily because it is just perfect for such a project! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  92. I agree that designing a lot of pages ahead of time would be hard. Who knows what your pictures will be during the season. I do like the idea of having the basics there to start and then embellishing from there. I'll be watching your progress.

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      txmlhl@yahoo.com I'd love to win the stamp sets.
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  93. I love your ideas, especially the sketches.
    arandall1303@yahoo.com

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  94. Thanks for the inspiration Donna, Love the folders you cut with your Silhouette.

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  95. I really appreciate when a blogger takes the time to share their process - I've learned a lot from this - thank you! I'll be using some of your ideas. I just started working on mine this week!

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  96. Wow! Double prizes?? Your mini album is fabulous and I'm lifting your Silhouette shapes!
    onejr@aol.com

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  97. I really like the idea of getting things done before hand . I really love the Sn@p line and would love to win . Also , Thank you for your giveaway . Happy Holidays to all .
    julieshearer@sbcglobal.net

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  98. Love the idea of this album!
    Candace
    hazel24_98@yahoo.com

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  99. So many awesome ideas... Thanks for sharing it :)

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  100. This is so great, and I love the page for your son's letter to Santa!

    KellyC

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  101. Thank you for sharing your great ideas, these are tips that can be put to great use in making any album. I don't believe there would be something to document every day in the month either for some people.Thank you also for your kind give away. cher_dh@hotmail.com Hope your holidays are full of joy.

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  102. Thanks for your sketches! Those are great for any mini album.

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  103. So much inspiration! Great job!

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  104. I really like simple stories style. Thanks.

    Klepac@suddenlink.net

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  105. I love that these simple stories/SN@P lines can be so personalized! That is wonderful that you can document the way your family celebrates this season in the way that means the most to you. It really shows the versatility of all the simple stories lines. Thank you for reminding me that the holiday season means something different to every family and it's okay to document it the way YOU choose. Here's my email address: hburg2@gmail.com

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  106. Thanks for the inspiration and a chance to win!

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  107. Love the folders, def think I will put some of these in my DD this year!

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  108. looks like your off to a great start!! cant wait to see your album!!!
    dreenie4@yahoo

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  109. I love using sketches to motivate my mojo. Thanks for the ideas and the chance to win..xoxox

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  110. i love how you broke the whole time up into smaller tasks love this idea and also the idea about mixing and matching other collection thanks for the great tricks and tips
    upnurse at aol dot com

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  111. I love the idea of a December Daily, but I'm like you - I need to have the pictures in hand to know how my days will be laid out. I'm glad to know there's someone else out there with that same feeling! TFS!
    rgauss at sbcglobal dot net

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  112. What a great blog hop, I will definitely be using one of your sketches in my own DD. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  113. You did such a beautiful job with this project!!

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  114. Thanks for sharing your well thought out process. Love the journaling cards!

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  115. Great instructions! I may have to make one of these!

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  116. you have some really good ideas! bookmarking you so i can come back when my paper gets here! I'll be using Carta Bella's Merry and Bright for mine. We love the whimsy of that stack, so that's why we chose it. My daughters and I will be doing our album together! I can't wait to see what I come up wtih.

    And my e mail is rdmmcox67@gmail.com

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  117. I love how you're using the Simple Stories products! So cute!

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  118. Thanks for the sketches. That is a good idea. I may try a DD album NEXT year!

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  119. Thanks for sharing your album ideas Donna...I love your "reminder" to raid the Christmas's past scrap stash (try saying that one fast...lol) . Id have to say my favorite idea is to include a pocket for the letter to Santa, I'm stealing that one...thanks!

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  120. Ooop...forgot my email...amybaby715@roadrunner.com. and thanks for the extra goofy giveaway!

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  121. I had NO IDEA about SN@P Cards! And the 3x4 Bingo cards are too cute!

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  122. So many cute ideas - Thanks

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  123. the ore I see this collection, the more I love it. Those cards are perfect. well done, love how it mixes with other ranges. and your photo page plans....think I'll steal them :)

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  124. love your ideas! i think i will do what u are doing. just prep everything then do as i go along! so help me God! :)

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  125. Thanks for sharing your approach...this will be the first year also I have documented the activities of the Christmas season. I plan to include some rather unique ideas because I decorate with my grandkids before December 1 even hits so somehow plan to work that in!

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      teresascraps@gmail.com

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  126. I LOVE the Sn@p albums for December Dailys. That is what I'm using to do mine. I may have to "borrow" some of your ideas. Love!!!

    tctrimble@aol.com

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  127. This is some great inspiration for DD. Thanks for sharing!

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  128. Thanks for the sketches. Very helpful.

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  129. I'm using the red Sn@p album as well. Thanks for sharing what you've done so far! And thanks for the chance to win!

    monica (at) scrapinspired (dot) com

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  130. Just wonderful ideas! Love how you stepped everything out...some very inspiring things to try :)

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  131. I so want to make one of these albums!
    shar226@gmail.com

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  132. Lovely pages! this is a great way to prepare the album ahead of time. Thank you for the giveaway and have a Blessed Christmas.

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  133. Great page ideas. Love that you kept it simple, especially at this time of year.
    God bless,
    Peggy Allen

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  134. May advent be a season of preparation for you.

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  135. I love the sketches, the products you've pulled together and the red album (I bought one too). Can't wait to see your album cover. Thanks for a chance to win.
    predman (at) atlanticbb (dot) net

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  136. I love how you got everything ready so you can put it together as you go. I have a hard time premaking an album, so your method is something I think I could do! Thanks for sharing :)
    Morechocolateplease@yahoo.com

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  137. I love that you are making the December album concept fit your lifestyle and the way you celebrate... looking forward to seeing the finished product! Thanks for the chance to win! Mrenkawitz@Gmail.com

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  138. Love the cards you made for the Simple Stories Handmade Christmas! I've been looking for a
    Christmas journal I wanted and this is It! Thank you for the wonderful ideas and the chance to window. Love Simple Stores!!
    Sharon Kidwell
    kidwell5@att.net

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  139. That is such a great idea, having a prepared album ready to go... but not pre-determining the number of pics per day - how could you?? I always put together my December album after the holidays but I love your formula and it would work well for me since I don't need to know in advance how things will unfold! Thank you for the chance to win beatricelawson@gmail.com

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  140. Love the pages you have created! Great inspiration!

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  141. great sketches thanks for sharing them

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  142. Love the ideas and I am sooo glad that you shared!

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  143. Great plan ! Your album is sure to be a success.

    gbsgirl4ever@aol.com

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  144. I love your embellished journaling cards and silhouette folders! Thanks for sharing :)

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  145. love your journaling cards and your sketches. I can see myself looking for them when I begin my album! Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win. danthony@paulbunyan.net

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  146. I can't wait to see the cover you do. I have a pink album here that I want to decorate the cover of...looking for some ideas to lift!

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  147. I might have to use those sketches too! Thanks
    lynnklane@gmail.com

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  148. Thank you for sharing. Thanks bunches for the chance to win.

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  149. thanks for all the inspiration and the sketches! lindacchen@gmail.com

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  150. Love your pages! Thanks for sharing!

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  151. Thanks for the sketches. I never thought of using them to jump start my daily.

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  152. What a wonderful album you have made to document December Daily. I love how you made the special pocket page to go through the ring binder for your Son's letter. I also love how you are using items from your stash that coordinate with your kit.
    mandalovestaz@hotmail.com

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  153. Love that you added little sketches for "help". Love what you have planned.

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  154. Love this collection! You did an awesome job with it. The pocket you made was a great addition. TFS

    Happy Holidays
    *gina*

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  155. Awesome collection to use! Great daily!!

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  156. It's really amazing to see how much planning can go into creating an album. I'm like you and have a tough time pre-making the whole album. I need to see the photo's taken and work around that. These products do make either way easier. I LOVE SS!!! Hugs!
    Eulanda
    eulandas@rocketmail.com

    Merry Christmas!!!

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  157. I really love how organized you are when you began creating this album. I usually just wing it, but I will definitely be looking at your blog for inspiration! Thank you!

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  158. I love what you've done so far. I love the folders you created and the dear santa pocket.

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  159. I loved seeing what other paper you chose to use with the Simple Stories. I'm one of the people who has to SEE how it all works so I end up dragging out everything. I also liked learning about your process...how you planned and sketched before starting. Most times we only see the step-by-step of making. I'll be stopping by more often to tap into your process!
    Beckiv@aol.com

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  160. What great planning tips - this is my first 'daily' and I am still trying to 'figure it out.' I'll be back to see more of your pages.
    Margaret (writer714@juno.com

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  161. I love how your Daily is looking so far! I can't wait to start mine! I will definitly be using a red Snap binder! Thanks for the hop and the chance to win some goodies!
    Kayla Foister
    aurorwillow@gmail.com

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  162. Thank you for the inspiration and for the giveaways. Monica L. (cosis09@yahoo.com)

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  163. Looks super so far...Thanks for the chance to win this giveaway!
    Groetjes Holly.
    holly@bluebus.nl

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  164. Thanks for the great ideas. I like how you pulled in other products that coordinated with SS.

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  165. Thanks for your ideas! Love it!

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  166. Awesome ideas, thanks! Winterwhite28atgmaildotcom.

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  167. Great ideas and inspirations. A good way to start in order to save your time later on when compile your artwork together. tripley_308@gmail.com

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  168. Some fantastic inspiration -thank you! Jules.mojo@gmail.com

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  169. Thank you for the inspiration and for the giveaways.
    statalil@hotmail.com

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  170. love this inspiration, will be starting my DD soon.

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  171. I love your approach of the three 'phases' of Christmas I guess that's the great thing about recording those memories and traditions

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  172. Love your approach! Thanks for sharing your work process. I love how you embellished the journaling cards further. Thanks for the giveaway.

    cutiephinphin (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  173. I love the folders you've made. Nice to see the process of your work.
    Thands for sharing it.

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  174. Love the folders and mini accordions! Can't wait to have a chance to make my own December Daily! Thanks!

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  175. OH! Love you projects and I would do the parts like you, leaves room for changes at the last minute. Thanks for your giveaway too.
    avonsherry2003@yahoo.com

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  176. I agree with your approach. I think documenting every day will be setting myself up for failure. I would like to document the preparations, our church activities and the family gatherings after the 25th. THanks for sharing your approach.

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  177. Love the papers you chose! good xstuff here!

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  178. I love your homemade journaling cards! I'm so glad you did those again!

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  179. Love your ideas! I also know I can't document everyday, but the special days have a place!
    aceason@hotmail.com

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  180. Totally awesome inspiration! TFS!

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  181. I really enjoyed all your ideas and I really love the Handmade Holiday collection. With sn@ap, scrapbooking is a snap!
    margdougherty@hotmail.com

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  182. Love your ideas and inspiration for a Christmas album. This will also be my first time doing a December Daily and I love all the ideas in this Blog Hop.

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    1. LOL... looks like many of us do not read the fine (bold even) print. My e-mail is jellybean1770@yahoo.com

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  183. Thanks so much for sharing with us and for the inspiration.

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