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.


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This week, I am sharing the Party Pop Up Thinlits which create two pop-up birthday themed cards. All you will need to make these special cards are the thinlits, your big shot, and the card stock colors of your choice.  Watch the video and see how easy it is to use the thinlits to make one of a kind pop up cards.


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Woodland Baby Shower + Gift Favor Tutorial

I love party planning and I had the honor of planning my best friend’s baby shower.  To say I was excited is an understatement. I was STOKED!!  And, on top of it, we were going with a Woodlands theme for the new baby girl. I started by hitting Pinterest and looking at ideas for throwing a great shower.  Combined with the ideas I had floating around in my head, I’ll show you what I came up with, give you a list of basics for throwing a Woodland baby or bridal shower, and a how to on the baby shower gift favors.

I started out with a menu.  We both love food- all the food.  I wanted a simple menu, but filling enough to keep everyone happy and have a little leftover for momma so she would have snacks on hand for the next few days! Let me just say that I had plenty left over, except for the chicken salad on apples.  It went like crazy and I put out two batches.  (See recipe below).


  • Almond Chicken Salad, on granny smith apple slices and on hawaiian rolls
  • fruit platter
  • veggie cups with quartered cucumbers, celery, carrots and ranch dressing
  • cheese board (water crackers, gorgonzola, aged cheddar, alluette spread)
  • some premade trail mix in a bowl
  • ‘Smores mix (Golden Grahams, chocolate chips, mini marshmallows)
  • cookies (baby & woodland themed sugar cookies & choc chip cookie sandwiches)
  • vanilla vanilla cake (8″ four layer, from walmart- aaaamazing)

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A quick list of things that make a super easy, super chic baby shower are:

  • cute invitations
  • burlap or ribbon bunting/banner
  • craft paper roll for a table runner
  • menu or food tent signs
  • drink menu, clear cups/mason jars, ice, juices & sparkles (ginger ale, lemon lime soda, Welch’s sparkling white grape)
  • party food: cheese platter & crackers, apple slices topped with chicken salad, veggie cups, sweets, cake
  • handmade tag for favors

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Here is a close up of the favor table.  I punched 2″ circles of Crumb Cake, gold embossed the backs with a stamp, used Blushing Bride for the Foxy Friends punch and stamped eyes and nose.  Really simple, but super cute.  I tied them with gold cording to ruffled ribbon around the hand sanitizers from Bath & Body Works. Woodland Baby Shower + Free Favor Tutorial from Woodland Baby Shower + Free Favor Tutorial from

Another way to make this baby shower special was to be strategic about the “games”.  Who likes baby shower games?  No one. {I literally asked this question at the shower, and the response was accurate.}  So, instead of the eat candy out of a diaper, taste baby food, what’s in your purse, how huge is the momma run of the mill standard baby shower games, we painted onesies.

Let me take a minute to talk about this.  I’m going to be brutally honest, as a mother and a party planner.  I have seen hundreds of tutorials.  I have read a thousand articles.  I have been to baby showers and decorated diapers with sharpies, I have painted burp clothes with puffy paint, I have painted onesies with markers.  I have had these given to me. You know what I did with them? Here’s a secret- I cleaned with them. I tossed. I did not keep and I certainly didn’t put my sweet newborn baby in them.

Moms aren’t going to keep these handmade masterpieces where you can’t tell if its a turtle or a goat painted on it in bright, bold kindergarten colors.  {On a quick side note, we did hand cut fabric on iron on backing and those I kept and my sweet babes wore. Totally acceptable).

But, I have a solution.  Painted onesies.  But you just said no one likes them and moms throw them out.  Not if they are done right ladies!  I have a specific ingredient list to make this work.  Don’t deviate, it won’t work.


  • Craft Paint (five colors in a similar palate)
  • Foam brushes
  • 1 pack of detail brushes
  • 6 little paint cups (one for water)
  • fabric paint medium (Martha Stewart)
  • Onesies – cotton, in multiple sizes (NB, 3 month, 6 month, 9-12 month)  Be aware of the season and what is appropriate for that age/season. Long sleeves for winter, short for summer.
  • Cardboard to go in between onsie
  • Freezer paper
  • Iron
  • Silhouette cutting machine


  1. Wash onesies & tumble dry low.
  2. Pick outline silhouette images for your theme.
  3. Using Silhouette machine, cut them out of freezer paper (leaving the outline and negative space open). One or more for each onsie. Remove from cutting mat. Cut freezer paper to size of once. {See detailed Silhouette Instructions below; you’re welcome.}
  4. Heat iron, lay the freezer paper image on the onsie waxy side down. Cover with a tea towel.  Iron for 20-30 seconds or until freezer paper is bonded, including all edges. Repeat with all onesies and stencils.
  5. Put paint and medium into cups. Add a water cup for cleaning brushes. Lay out a tea towel to dry brushes.
  6. Mix medium and paint well.
  7. Choose a onsie. Unsnap and insert cardboard to middle for firm surface and to protect from bleeding.  Paint onsies. Lightly. Not to heavy.
  8. Let dry. (About 20 minutes)
  9. Peel off stencil freezer paper.
  10. Admire.
  11. Air dry overnight. Wash on gentle.

** I explained how to paint them to my guests and that there were plenty to paint one or two each. That they should grab a drink and some food and half could be painting while the other half were snacking. This worked really well so that it was not too crowded and everyone, including the mom to be got a chance. I also bought mom a t-shirt to paint.

** I stuck with my woodland theme and choose gold, light peach, light mint green, light brown (fawn), and a magenta.

** Mix the paint with fabric medium 1:1, meaning half paint, half medium.  I squirted the paint in the cups, then the medium and swirled around with a foam brush.

** It was easy to paint with more than one color on the onesies & add detail with the smaller brushes.

Detailed Silhouette Directions

I tried this by trial and error. I read many directions, but non that were specific enough to actually work. I almost quit. I tried cutting with a blade or exacto knife- a straight blade doesn’t cut curves. Lesson learned. Stick to the silhouette.

** To make the stencils, I imported dark, solid silhouette images into Silhouette Studio. > Click the trace box. > “Select trace area” and make a box around the objects. > Deselect high pass filter. This will turn the image all yellow, making the outline cuttable. > Click “Trace”. > Go to the Cut Settings tab. > Style: Cut. Cut settings: 2 for the blade, type: heat transfer material. > “Send to Sihouette”. > Make sure you actually ratchet the blade down to 2.

Here’s where you can purchase the products to make these adorable onesies!


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So what do you think? Isn’t this the sweetest baby shower?  XOXO


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