How to Put Together a Project Life: Hello December 2016 Album

Hello December

Each year I take a few minutes to document December: the cool weather, Christmas lights, family traditions, favorite recipes, and how we remember Christmas.  Luckily, Stampin’ Up! makes this awesome set of Project Life cards (called Hello December) as well as a mini 6″ x 8″ album to put it all in one place.  I love this year’s colors and theme: Emerald Envy and Real Red are the highlighted colors and it has a light, fun wintery theme.  I am so excited to share this year’s project!

First, I want to give you some tips on how to get on board with Documenting December.  Then I’ll show you my album and notes on how I will to complete it.

Documenting December:

  1. Prepare the album ahead of time.  I prep mine in early November.  I place all of the cards in the order I want, as well as the photo pocket pages.
  2. Leave room to write down feelings, traditions, memories, and thoughts.
  3. Pick a theme for each day.  You can follow along with a photo a day challenge or come up with your own list of things to document.
  4. Put post it notes in the album to remind yourself what you will document.
  5. Take pictures throughout December and at the end of the month, print them out and pop them into the album.
  6. Share the album with family and friends and enjoy for years to come!!

Alright, are you ready to see my 2016 Hello December Album? [I’m going to leave some commentary in between the photos – mostly because you won’t be able to read my handwriting, but also to give you ideas of how to make your own.]

Page 1: Title Page

I like to use a 6 x 8″ title page. I will add this card to a White background with a red border and embellish the page. I am planning on snapping a photo of a wreath, or stamping one onto the white page as well.

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Page 1: Calendar

I like to start the December album with a calendar.  I will remember what days of the week things occurred and it helps me plan the album.

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Page 1 & 2 Spread

Part of my documenting December experience is reflecting on the year, the close of 2016 and the start of 2017.  I want to share a quick blurb on my 2016/2017 journaling.  I have chosen “In Love” to be my focus for 2017 because:

Matthew 22:37 says, “Jesus replied“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”  

With tensions being high in our Country, with this election season, within the Christian community, and with those around us, I have strong biblical convictions rooted in this verse that we must love our neighbors as ourselves.  We must first love God, but then we love our neighbors and if our focus shifts outwards from ourselves to Christ and those around us we can impact the communities around us in an amazing way.

I have journaled about this on my opening page for December.  I am also printing this passage out and placing it where I will see it every day in 2017 so that I will be intentional and prayerful about doing all things ‘In Love’.

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Page 3 & 4 spread

I haven’t decided what I will say on day 2, but I have room to write about things we do together as a family.  I want to add a photo of our weekly bonfire and my favorite Target shopping decor.

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Page 5 & 6 spread

Decorations!!  I’ll add a photo of our tree and tree skirt, the stockings hung from my newish stocking holders and the christmas lights on the house.  I’ll journal about my favorite Christmas decoration, my German Windmill (nativity pyramid).  I plan to finish off the bottom of the page with glitter and sequins.

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Page 7 & 8 spread

Baking.  Most of the year we eat clean, paleo, but I do love to bake Christmas cookies and make paleo truffles.  I will add a photo of me and the little one baking and the recipe for my favorite Buckeye Brownie Cookies will go into the full page sleeve.

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Page 9 & 10 I somehow missed.  Page 10 & 11:

Every Friday night we have family movie night.  I am sure we will watch a Christmas movie.  Also, mom and me like to knit so I would like to document that on day 10.

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Page 12 & 13 spread

By now the tree will be up (we put it up around Thanksgiving) and I’ll add photos of ornaments and journal about sentimental ones and traditions surrounding the ornaments we buy and give.

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Page 14 & 15 spread

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Page 16 & 17 spread

Starbucks.  Starbucks plays a huge role in my life.  I love coffee and I love the atmosphere of Starbucks.  It is my relaxing place.  So, I’ll document this year’s cup, the coffee sleeve and my favorite drink.

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Page 18 & 19 spread

In December we go to the local park and see a drive through light display.  I can’t wait to add a picture of this year’s lights.  Good wine and food are going on day 18 & 19.

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Page 20 & 21 spread

These two boxed cards are going to be great for making lists.  I can’t wait to list my favorite things & traditions for December.

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Page 22 & 23 spread

This week in December is Christmas Eve dinner prep.  I clean, make a menu, shop and decorate the dining room.  That will all go here on page 22 & 23.

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Page 24 & 25 spread

Christmas Eve Dinner!  My favorite meal of the year. We host this every year and I can’t wait to fill the next three pages with photos of family, food and fun from our Eve festivities.

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December 25

Ive devoted 3 pages to the 25th to journal, add photos and make lists of favorite things from this 2016 December.

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I hope you found these notes helpful and encouraging for creating your very own December Album.  I really enjoy making this album each year and preparing it ahead of time relives the stress of putting it together during a busy season and it ensures I’ll actually get things finished and it won’t be another unfinished project.

You can see the list of supplies here.

 

Designer Series Paper SALE: Buy 3, Get FREE

Woot Woot!  It’s a SALE that you won’t be able to pass up.   Designer paper is on sale during the month of October, which is perfect because with Christmas around the corner you’ll need lots of paper to make those Holiday cards!

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Fine Print:

Promotion period: October 1–31, 2016
All order types qualify for this promotion.
There is no limit to how many times participants can buy three packages of Designer Series Paper and get one free during this promotion.
Specialty Designer Series Paper and Designer Series Paper Stacks do not qualify for this promotion and cannot be redeemed through this offer.
Designer Series Paper purchased with Stampin’ Rewards or the Stampin’ Rewards 50%-off perk does not qualify for this promotion.
Designer Series Paper purchased as part of a Starter Kit does not qualify for this promotion.

Like what you see:  SHOP HERE!!!

Here are a few really great template samples of cards where the paper stands out and stops the show.

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September Paper Pumpkin: Extra Projects

As  a Paper Pumpkin customer myself, I am always looking for ways to get more bang out of my buck. I love that Paper Pumpkin is only $19 a month and includes new stamps, ink and paper in each kit, but I also like to spice things up.

The September 2015 Paper Pumpkin kit was a great fall kit.  It reminds me of candy apples, halloween, and  raffia wreaths. The kit comes with 8 bags, fringe, twine, raffia, tags, stamps & ink, and paper straws that look like birch wood.

I brainstormed things that reminded me of fall before starting the kit.  I came up with a list and here’s what I made:

  • Candy Corn treat bags
  • White dots on a craft bag
  • Rustic Doily treat with raffia
  • OWLS!

September 2015 Paper Pumpkin extra projects from StampinFool.com

September 2015 Paper Pumpkin extra projects from StampinFool.com

Below are the supplies used to make the owls.

September 2015 Paper Pumpkin extra projects from StampinFool.com

September 2015 Paper Pumpkin extra projects from StampinFool.com

 

Woodland Flurry Sneak Peek Card Set

Woodlands Embossing, Flurry of Wishes Stampin Up Holiday Card Set at StampinFool.com

Have you seen the New 2015 Holiday Catalog from Stampin’ Up! full of crafty ideas, projects, and supplies for everyone from the new crafter to the expert?  I absolutely LOVE the new stamps, paper and Holiday accessories.  I posted a winter Wonderland card yesterday that you will fall for so check that out if you haven’t seen it yet.

I know it’s only September, so I won’t focus too much on Christmas, but I want you to get excited for this year’s HUGE Christmas Card E-Class and Stamp-A-Stack.  I have started making a special set of cards and a coordinating full color PDF tutorial that will be chocked full of never before seen cards, available only here at Stampin Fool just for you!

I am formatting this year’s Holiday classes in a new way. First, I will have both LIVE and TO-GO classes available.  Local classes will be held, kits with instructions will be mailed, and a PDF only download will be available for crafters and demonstrators alike.

The main change to my classes this year is that I will feature ONE stamp set used MANY ways.  This cuts the cost to you, as you will only need one stamp set to complete every card in the tutorial!  I will have additional classes with a variety of cards using multiple stamp sets like in previous years.

So what’s in store? Here is a quick preview of a few bits and pieces that will be included in this year’s Flurry Class.

Flurry of Wishes card class preview at Stampin Fool

Woodlands Embossing, Flurry of Wishes Stampin Up Holiday Card Set at StampinFool.com

 

Do you want to know how to make this Wintery card above?  Here are the directions and supplies you’ll need from the new Holiday Catalog.

Directions:

  1. Cut Soft Sky card base to 4 1/4″ x 11, score and fold at 5.5″.
  2. Cut Whisper White card stock to 4″ x 5 1/4″.
  3. Cut Silver Foil paper to 4″ x 3″. Emboss with Woodlands embossing folder and Big Shot.
  4. Stamp small connected snowflakes in Soft Sky onto White layer. (You’ll want to order the stamp and punch bundle to save 15% and use the punch for punching snowflakes!)
  5. Stamp the sentiment in Night of Navy ink in the bottom right corner of the White layer.
  6. Adhere the Silver embossed layer to the White layer.
  7. Add a strip of 6″ White Glitter ribbon or Silver Sequin trim to the top layer with SNAIL adhesive.
  8. Adhere the White and Foil layer to the Soft Sky card front.
  9. Embellish the snowflakes with Dazzling details.
  10. Ta-Da! WOW your friends with this awesome card!!

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