Craft Sale @ Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack

Happy Wednesday! Today is accounting day- I attempt to go into the law office and get a little bookkeeping done, generally while the baby sits at my feet getting into things.

Meanwhile, I am daydreaming about what crafty things I will come up with next. Ha!  I periodically check the clearance rack from Stampin’ Up! and I have to say there are some impressive deals.  The acorn punch, balloon framelits, and Christmas paper galore (I’m looking at you Merry Music)!

As always, it is limited availability so snag it while you still can.

 

How to make the DIY Instagram Themed Birthday Card

How to make DIY Instagram themed Birthday Card at StampinFool.com

Give the Gift of Instagram

I love Instagram!! If you follow my feed (stampin.fool) you will see sneak peeks of projects, lots of coffee, and the occasional cute baby picture in my Story feed. I enjoy posting photos and short videos and I love my Instagram friends, a lot of whom craft with me, DIY, and parent. Some I’ve met, some are new, and some I would love to get together with and share a coffee!

Instagram is popular across all ages. With that in mind, I made the *perfect* DIY birthday card for the instagram lover. You can recreate this card and give put a huge smile on their face! It mimics the Instagram icon, which is a camera–  because Instagram is all about photos!

How to make DIY Instagram themed Birthday Card at StampinFool.com

How to make DIY Instagram themed Birthday Card at StampinFool.com

(Here is a snapshot of the layers coming together before it is put onto the yellow card stock)

How to make the DIY Instagram Themed Birthday Card

Directions:

  1. Cut Crushed Curry card stock to 4 3/4″ x 4 3/4″. Cut White to 4 1/4″ X 8 1/2″, score at 4 1/4″ and fold in half.
  2. Sponging tip: Cut full sponge into 3-4 wedges. Starting in the top left corner with Rich Razzleberry, sponge ink onto card stock by dabbing sponge lightly into ink pad and rubbing the color onto card stock in a circular motion, blending out hard lines. Sponge Melon Mambo next starting in top right corner and working down and towards the center.
  3. Blend Razzleberry and Melon with Calypso Coral ink throughout the center, leaving the bottom left corner uncolored. With Crushed Curry ink, sponge the bottom left corner upwards filling in any blank spots (making sure not to get inky fingers into the yellow).
  4. On scrap White card stock, stamp You Make me Smile (from Colorful Seasons stamp set) in Versamark clear ink, shake Gold Emboss powder, tap off excess and heat set with heat tool until it turns shiny. Punch out with Tailored Tag punch.
  5. Using the second to largest square Stitched thinlit, cut out the middle of the 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ sponged card stock. Then use the 1″ circle punch to cut out the center of the sponged layer layer. Your sponged layer will now essentially have holes in it, but they will be covered by the white layers in between and the shading will be undisrupted which is why I designed it this way instead of sponging each layer.
  6. Cut a white layer of 3″ x 3″ for the outermost camera part.  Use the 1 3/4″ circle to punch out a white circle for the middle of the camera.
  7. Round the corner of each layer except the base and largest White layer.
  8. Begin layering the pieces with dimesionals. Finish with a glitter enamel dot in the right corner of the camera.
  9. Glue then entire 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ white folded card to the 4 3/4″ Crushed Curry card stock. The yellow part will remain one layer while the photo part opens.
  10. Add the greeting with a dimensional or two and embellish with ribbon if desired.

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A Handmade Mother’s Day

Honey Bee Stampin' Up Mother's Day card featuring Dragonfly Dreams from StampinFool.com

Mother’s Day Bee

Mother’s Day is around the corner. It’s in about two weeks- May 13th. Have you done any planning? What will you give to mom, grandma, your best momma friend?
Mom’s spend so much time imparting wisdom, love and graciousness into our lives that it is a “holiday” that requires special attention.

I couldn’t think of a better way to make mom feel special than to make a handmade card that is a little more fluffy than normal and pulls out all the supplies.

You can see what I’m getting all the mom’s in my life on this post {Ultimate Mother’s Day Gift Guide}!

Honey Bee Stampin' Up Mother's Day card featuring Dragonfly Dreams from StampinFool.com

This card has texture, soft colors, elevated wings on the cutest honey bee, making it the perfect card for Mom.

Honey Bee Stampin' Up Mother's Day card featuring Dragonfly Dreams from StampinFool.com

Directions:

  1. Cut Crumb Cake card stock base 5 1/2 x 8 1/2. Cut Vanilla to 4″ x 5 1/4″ & emboss by running Sequin folder through Big Shot.
  2. Cut Soft Sky with largest Stitched Circle thinlit with Big Shot. Punch 2 1/2″ Vanilla circle.
  3. Stamp bee from Dragonfly Dreams in Momento Black Ink on 2 1/2″ circle. Stamp 2 Crumb Cake branches from Jar of Love stamp set. Stamp Jar of love flowers in Crushed Curry stamped off once. Stamp the inner flower parts with Crushed Curry. Stamp “For You” in Espresso ink.
  4. Stamp greeting on a scrap of paper and cut out. Cut a 1/2″ scrap of Petal Passion paper to layer greeting.
  5. Assemble stamped vanilla circle onto Soft Sky circle onto Doily. Adhere Vanilla layer to Crumb Cake base.  Adhere to card with dimensionals.
  6. Stamp wings in Momento ink onto scrap paper, cut out and adhere to bee.
  7. Stamp large Jar of Love flower in Soft Sky. Stamp inside flower in Bermuda Bay (stamped off once). Die cut with framelit. Adhere to banners with dimensional.
  8. Tie Bakers twine bow around greeting banner and adhere banner to card with  two dimensionals on back.
  9. Stamp inside corner of card with bee in Momento black ink.

 

Honey Bee Stampin' Up Mother's Day card featuring Dragonfly Dreams from StampinFool.com

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Honey Bee Stampin' Up Mother's Day card featuring Dragonfly Dreams from StampinFool.com

Supply List:

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Southern Serenade Double Z Fold Tutorial

It’s been busy around my house from Christmas to January’s flu epidemic, to February going non stop, plus this sweet little baby of mine. I haven’t had as much time to craft and blog as I would like, but I am working on making time for the things I love.

I finally got a chance to play with a few new products from the Occasions Catalog.  I LOVE the Southern Serenade stamp set for a few reasons:

1 It’s eclectic and the images are great for layering.

2 There are words for both the outer greeting and inside sentiment.

3 Lace. I love lace.

4 Outline images can be watercolored.

5 You can make an entire card with only one stamp set.

Here’s a snapshot of the stamps in the Southern Serenade set.

This card is relatively simple, but the fancy fold gives it a little something extra. It is essentially monochromatic with Berry Burst being the focal color and a little black and pop of Wild Wasabi. Keep reading for directions on how to make the double Z fold.

Southern Serenade Double Z Fold Tutorial from StampinFool.com

While some double Z fold cards open sideways, I opted for one that pulls down, but still folds flat to a standard size of 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″.

 

Southern Serenade Double Z Fold Tutorial from StampinFool.com

Southern Serenade Double Z Fold Tutorial from StampinFool.com

Southern Serenade Double Z Fold Tutorial from StampinFool.com

Directions:

  1. Cut card base from Berry Burst card stock to 4 1/4 x 11″.
  2. Score at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″.
  3. Cut Black card stock to 3 1/2″ x 10″.  Score at 2 3/4″ x  5 1/2″.
  4. Cut White panels as follows: 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ and 2 1/2″ x 3″ (2 panels).
  5. Stamp lace randomly on Berry Burst card base.
  6. Stamp floral outline in Momento Black ink on white panel front.
  7. Stamp sentiments and flower on bottom two panels (they are the same size so it does not matter which piece you stamp on).
  8. Stamp lace onto sentiment panel.  Watercolor floral with Berry Burst and Wild Wasabi ink using Aquapainters.
  9. Adhere white panels to Basic Black folding piece.
  10. To adhere black panel to card base, place Tear & Tape as follows (picture below also for reference):
    1. On the TOP back panel of black piece.
    2. Two strips on the top and bottom of the very bottom panel.
    3. Directly above the first score line of the Berry Burst base in the center (about two inches, not extending to the sides of the base or it will show).
  11. Remove white paper backing from Tear Tape. Center the top Black panel over Berry Burst base about of 1/2″ down and adhere. To adhere the bottom section to the base, slowly begin to fold the card front down as if you are closing it, line up the bottom black portion over the bottom card base, and once the card is folded closed, the black portion will fall into place, press down to adhere.

Southern Serenade Double Z Fold Tutorial from StampinFool.com

Southern Serenade Double Z Fold Tutorial from StampinFool.com

Southern Serenade Double Z Fold Tutorial from StampinFool.com

 

 

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How To Make Instagram Stories Highlight Icons + Free Checklist

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Have you seen the new Instagram Story highlights?  If you have a business account on Instagram (you can switch over under your profile) you can add your favorite “My Story” posts to the favorites bar, which will stay posted at the top of your IG page.  I love that I can feature my favorite on the go moments or deals of the day.

Not sure what I am talking about? Here is a snapshot of mine.

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{{ PS- if you haven’t already, hit that follow button so you don’t miss a thing! }}

While you can choose your favorite snapshots, you can also take it up a notch by branding your IG page and using icons to separate your posts into categories.  How cool is that?!  And it is super easy.

I’m going to walk you through creating these icons and uploading them, for FREE, and I’ll finish up the post with a checklist of how to get them going.

STEP 1: CREATE A CANVA ACCOUNT

Canva is a great free tool for creating graphics for everything from Facebook covers to ads to post cards, business cards and banner ads that arhttp://(itunes.apple.com/au/app/canva-graphic-design-photo-editing/id897446215?mt=8e already pre-sized to fit.  It is free; but note there is a paid version and paid graphics. If you want to keep it free, just look for the images that have a little “FREE” banner on them.

I suggest connecting to your Facebook account. It’s easy to log in and you can easily upload images to Facebook that you have created for albums, albums sales, covers, profile photos, and sponsored ads.

How To Make Instagram Stories Highlight Icons + FREE CHECKLIST from StampinFool.com

STEP 2: FIND THE IG STORIES TEMPLATE

On the left hand side, click the Template button, then in the search bar (top middle) type “Instagram Stories”. A ton of options will come up. Choose a free template and double click. It will open a design page with the template.

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STEP 3: DELETE EVERYTHING

Select the elements on the template and delete them (top left, trash can button). Delete all of them so that you are left with a blank white template.

How To Make Instagram Stories Highlight Icons + FREE CHECKLIST from StampinFool.com

STEP 4: CHOOSE A BACKGROUND

On the left menu, choose Background. Scroll through and find a background you like or better yet, that coordinates with your brand.  My blog, StampinFool.com, is pink, gold and black themed. I choose a light pink with circles background to mimic my blog header.  I LOVE the marble background. You can add the background to your template by clicking on it.

STEP 5: CHOOSE ICONS

Back to the left hand menu: Elements. Here you will find icons to your hearts content. I started with Shapes and added a circle design. I then selected Icons and chose icons that represented what I want to feature.  You can resize and recolor the icons easily.  If you center the image (Canva gives you placement guides), it will show up in the Instagram Stories Highlight circle once you upload the image.

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STEP 6: DOWNLOAD

On the top bar you will want to first rename the document by clicking the current design title.  Now you need to get the cover graphics onto your phone. You can 1) Click Download and email the image to yourself, open email on phone and Save to each image to Camera Roll or 2) download the Canva App.

In Canva App (iPhone): This one is a little trickier, so if you are tech saavy keep reading, if not, revert to downloading and email to yourself. Your Designs > Open the document > Share- let it process > Save to Files. Under the Files App, Open the file by clicking on it, select the upload button (bottom left) and Save Image to your photo roll.

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Here’s what it looks like in the Canva App on iPhone once you have saved it to the Files App.

STEP 7: LOAD ‘EM UP TO INSTAGRAM

On your phone: Open Instagram. Go to your profile. Click New + on the Stories bar. Upload the LAST IMAGE FIRST. The images will appear in the order uploaded, being newest first. So, make sure you upload them in reverse order.  To add stories to the icon, select each icon and click the More elipses (bottom right) > Edit Highlight > Archive. Archive will be where you select the photos you want to appear under that category. Click back over to Highlighted before hitting done and make sure te cover photo is the icon. You can Edit Cover and reselect the icon if needed.

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You’re all set!  Now this post may seem a little wordy, but really uploading them to Instagram in the correct order is the most difficult part, and I already learned that by trial and error for you. So, read the directions, make those icons and let me know what you come up with.

Instagram Stories Highlight Icons FREE CHECKLIST

Download the PDF CHECKLIST HERE.

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I’d love to see what you made- comment below with your IG handle once you’ve uploaded your Instagram Stories Highlight Icons and I will check them out!

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DESIGNER SERIES PAPER SALE

Let’s admit it: we all just love gorgeous Designer Series Paper! By popular demand, we are bringing back an incredible offer on Designer Series Paper. You can buy three packages of select Designer Series Paper and get one FREE during October! This sale includes Designer Series Paper from both the annual and holiday catalogs. And we’re even including select Specialty and Designer Series Paper Stacks on sale! So take advantage of this excellent opportunity to sell lots and lots of pretty paper.

Details

  • Sale period: October 1–31, 2017
  • All order types qualify for this promotion.
  • There is no limit to how many times you can buy three packages of Designer Series Paper and get one free during this sale.
  • YOU can choose which three packages of Designer Series Paper they will order from the sale items and which package to receive for free.
  • Designer Series Paper purchased as part of a Starter Kit does not qualify for this sale.
  • Designer Series Paper ordered with Stampin’ Rewards does not qualify for this sale.

 

DIY Make It: Coffee Break Gift Card Holder

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Coffee Break Gift Card Holder Tutorial

How stinkin’ cute is this coffee cup gift card holder?!! Y’all know I love Starbuck, like really love it. I have stamping at Starbucks events, half of my Instagram feed is filled with photos of my Starbucks choice of the day, and if you lived in my house you would hear my husband ask me how much I spent at Starbucks this month every time we sit down to go over our budget.

Supply List

  • Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Garden Green
  • Ink: Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Garden Green, Early Espresso
  • Stamps: Coffee Break & Framelits Bundle, Brush Strokes background stamp
  • Paper Trimmer
  • TomBow & Tear Tape adhesive
  • Dimensions
  • Big Shot

Dimensions

Normally I would jump right into the directions, but with this card, I found it was easier to cut all of the pieces first, then start assembling them.  Make sure you follow the precise order, otherwise things won’t line up.

  • Card base: 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ Crumb Cake
  • Front Pocket: 2 3/4″ x 4 1/4″ Crumb Cake
  • Stripes & Straws: 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ Garden Green, Straws cut in half lengthwise
  • Gift Card Holder insert: 2 3/4″ x 3 1/2″ Whisper White
  • 1 Large Coffee cup
  • 2 whipped toppings- Stamp in Sahara Sand first, then die cut
  • 1 acetate round lid

Directions

  1. Cut all pieces described above.
  2. Stamp Brush Strokes in Crumb Cake ink on Crumb Cake card stock.
  3. Adhere two 1/4″ Garden Green stripes to the front pocket.  I lined up the bottom of the pocket with the grid paper and placed the stripes at the fourth from the bottom, skipped one, then added the other at the 6th from the bottom. This also made sure the pieces were straight.
  4. Score the White Pocket Insert at 1/4″ on the long edge & fold towards you so that it creates a lip.  (You can place a gift card here).
  5. Stamp sentiment in Garden Green on large Coffee Cup die cut piece.
  6. Stamp coffee beans on outer edges of card pocket with Early Espresso ink.
  7. Add tear tape or TomBow glue to three edges of the front pocket (leaving the top edge without adhesive) and adhere to the middle of the card base, towards the bottom.  Make sure the glue is right along the edge so that there is plenty of room for the insert. Set aside to dry.
  8. For the insert- run a thin line of glue on the back bottom of one whipped cream and adhere to top of insert, in the middle, with most of the whipped cream above the top of the insert.
  9. Adhere the straw (half of the skinny Garden Green strips mentioned above) to the insert, pointing slightly to the side with about 1″ above the top of the insert.
  10. Grab the large stamped cup and another whipped cream and adhere a thin line of glue to the front bottom of the whipped cream.  Place the middle top of the cup over the glue and press to seal. Let dry 30 seconds.
  11. Run a thin line of liquid glue over the middle top of the coffee cup (right under the whipped cream) and adhere the acetate rounded lid die cut.  Press firmly so that glue disperses (This will hide the glue  well once it dries).
  12. Place dry insert into the front pocket. Push down so that the whipped cream is peeking out as far as it can without the insert showing across the top.
  13. Put 4 dimensionals on the back of the finished coffee cup- NOT ON WHIPPED CREAM- only on the cup portion.
  14. Adhere the coffee cup to the front of the pocket making sure the whipped cream from the cup covers the whipped cream on the gift card insert.
  15. Ta-Da! You’re finished. Enjoy a coffee!

DIY Make It: Coffee Break Gift Card Holder from StampinFool.com

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DIY Make It: Coffee Break Gift Card Holder from StampinFool.com

 

PROMOTIONS

Promotion Details

  • Promotion dates: June 1–30
  • Party, Customer, and online orders all qualify for this promotion!
  • Starter Kit orders do not qualify for this promotion, however the extra Stampin’ Rewards can be used towards the purchase of the Starter Kit.
  • The qualifying amount must be reached prior to shipping and tax.

June 2017 Stampin Up Hostess Extras

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me HERE by email. I am expecting lots to join my team and also lots of orders to come through for this amazing new catalog – so I am here for you!
Thanks for all your support – I am truly appreciative.  I still get excited when I see an online order come through, a new team member join, or a new customer sign up for a class.  It is a blessing to share my favorite things with you and see the joy you share in these amazing crafting goodies!

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Must Have NEW 2017 Stampin’ Up! Products

MUST HAVES

Have you had a chance to browse through the new catalog yet?  [You can see it here].  I’ve made a list of my favorite things in the new catalog and I know they will be must haves on your list too!  So print out a copy of this Wishlist & start shopping!!

Get the Wishlist here!

Soft Sayings card kit (pg 10-11)

Soft Sayings Card Kit from Stampin Up!

Coffee Break DSP & Stamps with Framelit Bundle (30-1)

Coffee Break from Stampin Up!

At Home with You Bundle (54)

Fresh Florals with new In Color DSP Stack (95)

Ribbon of Courage (96)

Color Theory & Colorful Seasons Bundle (146-7)

Wood Textured 6×6 Paper Stack (159)

Floral Statements (163)

Crafting Forever (181)

Happy Birthday Thinlits (213, bottom row)

*BONUS* HOSTESS SET:  In The City (222)

PROMOTIONS

Promotion Details

  • Promotion dates: June 1–30
  • Party, Customer, and online orders all qualify for this promotion!
  • Starter Kit orders do not qualify for this promotion, however the extra Stampin’ Rewards can be used towards the purchase of the Starter Kit.
  • The qualifying amount must be reached prior to shipping and tax.

June 2017 Stampin Up Hostess Extras

PAPER PUMPKIN KITS

Don’t have time to plan a creative project? Paper Pumpkin has you covered. Get three months at 25% off if you sign up by June 10. Contact me for details.

EXCLUSIVE JUNE HOST CODE OFFER!June 2017 Hostess Code

GET CLEAR FACETED GEMS

GIFT & HOST CODE:  PLACE A PRODUCT ORDER OF $75 or more (before shipping and tax) thru ME in my on-line store in June, enter the host code JV2D7XE2 (see below) and you will earn the NEW Clear Faceted Gems (shown above) FREE.  This offer is available exclusively for orders placed through my online shop.   Your Gems will arrive in mid-July, separate from your order.

PLEASE REMEMBER!  If your order is $150 or more (before shipping and tax), you should NOT enter the code.  You will automatically qualify for Stampin’ (HOST) Rewards.

How to use the Stampin Up Hostess Code

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me HERE by email. I am expecting lots to join my team and also lots of orders to come through for this amazing new catalog – so I am here for you!
Thanks for all your support – I am truly appreciative.  I still get excited when I see an online order come through, a new team member join, or a new customer sign up for a class.  It is a blessing to share my favorite things with you and see the joy you share in these amazing crafting goodies!

SEE IT NOW! The NEW 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! Crafting Catalog & Guide

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  I get excited ever June when our New Annual Catalog comes out.  It is always fun to see the cover, look at the newest stamps and paper, and see hundreds of card samples that I can easily recreate.

Love crafting?  You’re going to fall in LOVE with this new Stampin’ Up! Catalog.  It truly is a guide book to crafting.  It has built in product lists, “how to” tidbits, and hundreds of card and gift samples you can make for yourself.  Don’t you need a copy?

See the Catalog

I have uploaded the catalog here so that you can see a side by side page view of the entire thing.  You can also view it below- make sure you click “full screen” so that you can see everything better.

 

PROMOTIONS

Promotion Details

  • Promotion dates: June 1–30
  • Party, Customer, and online orders all qualify for this promotion!
  • Starter Kit orders do not qualify for this promotion, however the extra Stampin’ Rewards can be used towards the purchase of the Starter Kit.
  • The qualifying amount must be reached prior to shipping and tax.

June 2017 Stampin Up Hostess Extras

PAPER PUMPKIN KITS

Don’t have time to plan a creative project? Paper Pumpkin has you covered. Get three months at 25% off if you sign up by June 10. Contact me for details.

EXCLUSIVE JUNE HOST CODE OFFER!June 2017 Hostess Code

GET CLEAR FACETED GEMS

GIFT & HOST CODE:  PLACE A PRODUCT ORDER OF $75 or more (before shipping and tax) thru ME in my on-line store in June, enter the host code JV2D7XE2 (see below) and you will earn the NEW Clear Faceted Gems (shown above) FREE.  This offer is available exclusively for orders placed through my online shop.   Your Gems will arrive in mid-July, separate from your order.

PLEASE REMEMBER!  If your order is $150 or more (before shipping and tax), you should NOT enter the code.  You will automatically qualify for Stampin’ (HOST) Rewards.

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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.

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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’.

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

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.

 

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