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.

See how to put together a Project Life 2016 Hello December album from StampinFool.com

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.

See how to put together a Project Life 2016 Hello December album from StampinFool.com

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!!

 STAMPIN’ UP Supplies Used:

Pink & Gold: August Paper Pumpkin Kit Details

Did you see my Facebook post about the new Paper Pumpkin kit that just shipped? If you haven’t head over and Like the page to see specials first.

Here is a quick preview of the kit contents, as well as a finish project, and a bonus VIDEO for you!  I filmed a quick video (4 minutes) with quick tips and tricks for getting the most out of your kit, i.e. extra cards.  Also, you’ll want to watch the video so that you don’t make the same mistakes I made the first time around putting the kit together.

That’s all folks, enjoy the goodies today and if you haven’t signed up for Paper Pumpkin, get on the Pumpkin train with half off of your first two months using the code: HALFOFF (see details below).

August Paper Pumpkin preview at StampinFool.com

 

See the a finished gift box and Pink and Gold card. Ahhh, I can’t handle the cuteness.  The pink and gold make me think little girl birthday parties, or Paris, or Victoria’s Secret- but not all together, ha. Regardless, the cards are gorgeous and you will want to order a refill kit as soon as they are available!August Paper Pumpkin preview at StampinFool.com

Here’s the video for your viewing pleasure and be sure to share it with your Pumpkin friends!

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If you’ve never tried Paper Pumpkin, now is a great time-get 50% off your first two months. With a deal like this, you’ll want to invite everyone you know to give it a try too!

Offer Dates: July 23-September 10, 2015

Offer Details: Use the code HALFOFF to join Paper Pumpkin before September 10, 2015, and get 50% off the first two months! After that, keep the creativity coming for only $19.95 + tax per month (shipping included).

The Fine Print:

  • For new subscribers only.
  • Available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.
  • Discount applied to one kit per month for the first two months of a new subscription. After the first two months, the price for each month’s kit will go to the regular price: $19.95.
  • You need to visit PaperPumpkin.com to join.
  • Enter the Promo Code, HALFOFF when you sign up.
  • New subscribers must join by Thursday, September 10, 2015;

Friday Find: A Quick Project Life Mini Album

Project Life Playground Edition Mini Album Tutorial

Friday Find: PROJECT LIFE Mini Album

I have been trying to keep up my scrapbooking this year and I must say that keeping it simple with Project Life has been the key.  I have successfully documented the last 6 months of our family in a couple of mini albums, recording everything from special events (Christmas, doctor visits, playdates, mini vacations, trips to the museum, and daily activities).  Don’t underestimate the every day- you will be happy you jotted down the funny things they say or snapped a picture of a cute activity.

Last week I gave a few pointers on how to start Project Life.   I’ll recap them here and you can read the original post here:

How to Start Project Life

What you Need:

  • Album
  • Pocket Page Protectors
  • Photos
  • Project Life Cards
  • A Pen

What to do:

  • Decide where to start- Today or Past Photos
  • If starting with old photos, pick ONE subject to work with.  Pick your favorite with many fondmemories- it will make it easier.
    1. Suggestions: Holiday, Vacation trip to Disney, Graduation, Summer of 1999, Baby’s First Year, Summer spent with Grandchildren, Photos of your childhood home, a specific year that had many events.
    2. Collect the photos you have of that event or occasion/year and separate them by type of event, category or in order from January-December, whichever makes most sense for the duration you chose to work on.
    3. After you have put your photos in order, select your favorites- the ones that HAVE to make it into your album. If you are like me, you will have thousands of photos, but narrowing down the photos will help simplify the process.  *This doesn’t mean you have to leave out priceless photos of family members past, or that you don’t see, it just means, you don’t need 20 of the same exact child with 20 facial expressions, in the same outfit, on the same day, that all convey the same thing.  Keep grandma, limit the same photo of your child (I know, I love mine too, but let’s keep it simple- a few photos of that cute kiddo are enough for one day).
    4. Okay, now that you have pared down your photos, you are ready to get started.  I like to use this format for my spreads (two pages facing each other)- Photos, Title Cards, Decorative Cards, Journaling Cards.  Each spread needs a journaling card, a title or filler (just decorative) card, and photos.
    5. Start from the top of your stack of preselected photos, pick a few journaling cards, your favorite or coordinating filler card and then fill in the photos for that page.
    1. Pick Photos
    2. Cut & place photos in pockets as desired
    3. Journaling
    4. Filler Card/Title
    5. Add Embellishments

I have a new video for you today to show you how to put together an album.  I use this method when working with current photos.  You will have to have your mini album, page protectors, and Playground card kit ready to go.  I tend to prefill the pages with what I think I will use, then fill in photos and move things around as needed.

Check it out below:

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Pump Up the Pumpkin: Paper Pumpkin is 50% OFF

Paper Pumpkin kit alternative project at StampinFool.comPump up the Pumpkin

This month, Paper Pumpkin is offering 50% off for the first two months of your Paper Pumkpin kit for new susbcribers- that means it’s only $10 to try it!  So if you have been sitting on the fence, you have go to try it now!  USE CODE: SAVE50 Here’s what you’ll get each month in your kit:

  • A clear stamp block (with your first kit)
  • Stamps (exclusive- only available in PP kits)
  • Ink Spot
  • Cards/Paper
  • Embellishments
  • Adhesive (glue dots or dimensionals)
  • Everything you need to make COMPLETE projects without anything else!

So what can you do with Paper Pumpkin?

  • Makes the cards to have on hand for Birthday’s and Thank You’s
  • Gift it to a friend who needs a crafty getaway
  • Make the projects with your daughter/mother & enjoy the quality time
  • Make the project for or with your college kid
  • Have a Starbucks date by yourself with Paper Pumpkin (my favorite!)
  • Pump Up the Pumpkin by making something different with the kit contents
  • Send a note to a friend you don’t see often
  • Invite your BFF’s over for a night of crafting- you can be sure there’s enough for at least 8 people to each make something crafty
  • Complete the kit and give the projects as a gift- (everyone can use cards and gift items!)
  • Give a special Thanks to the doctor’s office, Grocery Clerk, Starbucks cashier (can you tell I like Starbucks?)
  • Any many more! These are just a few ideas to get you started.

Paper Pumpkin 50% OFF at stampinfool.com

 

So what are you waiting for?!?  You NEED Paper Pumpkin in your life.  It is truly my creative escape- a time for me to craft without thinking, and without having to prepare anything.  GET IT HERE.

 

Teach Me Tuesday: Creating a Project Life Mini Album

Project Life: How to get Started at Stampinfool.com

 TELL ME ABOUT: PROJECT LIFE Mini Album

I have been working on putting old family photos into Project Life Albums.  I recently updated a Family trip album to Project Life.  It was quick and easy and looks amazing. I kept it simple, but love the outcome.  But, before I started working on it, I felt overwhelmed and did not know where to start.  I know Project Life is supposed to make memory keeping and documenting life easy, but I was struggling to get there.  I read countless articles and couldn’t find a good list to help me get started, so, I created one.  I will outline for you the things I found helpful to get started!

Project Life – How to Start:

What you Need:

  • Album
  • Pocket Page Protectors
  • Photos
  • Project Life Cards
  • A Pen

 What to do

  • Decide where to start- Today or Past Photos
  • If starting with old photos, pick ONE subject to work with.  Pick your favorite with many fond memories- it will make it easier.
    1. Suggestions: Holiday, Vacation trip to Disney, Graduation, Summer of 1999, Baby’s First Year, Summer spent with Grandchildren, Photos of your childhood home, a specific year that had many events.
    2. Collect the photos you have of that event or occasion/year and separate them by type of event, category or in order from January-December, whichever makes most sense for the duration you chose to work on.
    3. After you have put your photos in order, select your favorites- the ones that HAVE to make it into your album. If you are like me, you will have thousands of photos, but narrowing down the photos will help simplify the process.  *This doesn’t mean you have to leave out priceless photos of family members past, or that you don’t see, it just means, you don’t need 20 of the same exact child with 20 facial expressions, in the same outfit, on the same day, that all convey the same thing.  Keep grandma, limit the same photo of your child (I know, I love mine too, but let’s keep it simple- a few photos of that cute kiddo are enough for one day).
    4. Okay, now that you have pared down your photos, you are ready to get started.  I like to use this format for my spreads (two pages facing each other)- Photos, Title Cards, Decorative Cards, Journaling Cards.  Each spread needs a journaling card, a title or filler (just decorative) card, and photos.
    5. Start from the top of your stack of preselected photos, pick a few journaling cards, your favorite or coordinating filler card and then fill in the photos for that page.
    1. Pick Photos
    2. Cut & place photos in pockets as desired
    3. Journaling
    4. Filler Card/Title
    5. Add Embellishments

I will be giving more concrete tips and ways to utilize and get started with Project Life over the coming weeks. 

I chose the Happiness Is Project Life kit by Stampin’ Up!  It coordinated with the colors in my photos.  Here is the result as well as a list of pointers and tips below the photos of the album. Enjoy and leave a comment to let me know what you think! Project Life: How to get Started at Stampinfool.com  

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Painted Blooms: 10 Minute Card Set

Painted Blooms Card Set at StampinFool.com

Do you have the Painted Petals stamp set and Painted Blooms designer series paper yet?  If not I hope it is on your list because you aren’t going to want to miss this.  Now, I have to admit, when I went to the Spring Catalog Movie Premiere  and saw this stamp set, it wasn’t the first set on my list.  Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t not like it, I just didn’t LOVE it.  (Want to know what I did love?).  But I knew it looked pretty, it would appeal to just about anyone, and that everyone else I knew was putting it at the top of their lists.  So, I figured if it was such a hot commodity, I better get it right away.  And OH MY am I glad I ordered it first.  It is AMAZING!  I have seen so many wonderful things made with this stamp set, and I have had the opportunity to create one of a kind cards.

See my first Painted Petals Mind Blowing, Amazing, Beautiful, Bright, Swanky Card here.

You will need a couple of things to get started.  Get your paper trimmer, precut a few standard card bases in Wild Wasabi, Melon Mambo, and Soft Sky.  You will also need Wild Wasbi and Melon Mambo ink.

Painted Blooms card set by StampinFool.com

 

April 2015 Paper Pumpkin Kit Gift Box

April 2015 Paper Pumpkin kit at StampinFool.com

Good Morning and welcome to Paper Pumpkin University!  I have filmed three amazing videos for you to watch using your April 2015 Paper Pumpkin kit.  You can see two of them in yesterday’s blog post and the third today.

I made a few traditional tags with the kit and then thought with Mother’s Day coming up it would be a good time to put together a lovely box for mom.  I wanted something large enough to hold a scarf and the notecards that were included in the kit were perfect.  So, grab your Paper Pumpkin, popcorn and some adhesive and let’s get to crafting.

April Paper Pumpkin kit alternative at StampinFool.com

What do you think?  Have you ordered yours yet?  Do you need more ideas for how to complete it?  If you want to step up the projects there are simple ways to use the bits and pieces to make them truly amazing.

Ready to give it a try and join the Paper Pumpkin club?

1. Go to www.paperpumpkin.com and click one of these three links:

. “Join Here” (middle of the page)
. “Join” (top right of the screen)
. “Subscribe” (top middle of the screen)

2. In the “Quantity” field, enter 1 (or more) and click “Continue.”
3 .Enter your general information and click “Continue.”
4. Enter your payment information and click “Continue.”
5. Select a demonstrator – April Bailey (Waltrip)

That’s it! You are official. You will receive an e-mail that invites you to come back to the site to create a password. You will need that if you ever want to change your information, skip a month, or cancel Paper Pumpkin kits.

Or you can go to http://www.stampinup.com/

After you order, you’ll receive a code via e-mail to redeem your subscription at PaperPumpkin.com.

Your Paper Pumpkin kit will be delivered to your door each month and ships by the 15th. It will have everything you need to complete the projects- stamps, ink, clear bock for stamps, cards, embellishments and adhesive dots. It’s awesome and you’re going to love it!

Click here to order online: http://bit.ly/1JoL6f1

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