Jennifer’s December Daily Album #3

Here it is, my third and final December Daily album…adapted to my “12 Days of Christmas” theme. If you recall, I decided to make mine for each of my three college-age children. {Look here for details of the first and second albums.} Every day includes a space to write a brief personal note from Mom. For this one, I tried to create the album entirely myself using a line of Martha Stewart papers and a ribbon binding that I stitched on.

A little sparkly buckle holds a wire-edge ribbon belt in place. My love of all things embellishing means the book is bulging a bit. Oh well, what’s the holiday season without a little excess, right?

Inside are more of my favorite tiny envelopes with tags that pull out for journaling.

On some pages, I hid the journaling behind paper cut to match the layer beneath it—think matching up the patterns on wallpaper here.

Hands down, my favorite tiny journaling spot is on a red-and-white page made from paper that has a rickrack design and the words “Happy Holidays” printed across it. I stitched down the ends of green rickrack, tacking it also at the book’s center.

Then I adhered journaling paper to the backs of these ornament stickers. I’ll write a short and sweet message on them. The little clothespins really work! They hold the notes in place.

Knowing I’d have more to say than I could fit on the backs of those stickers, I also added some larger journaling places. Inside this envelope (whose edge I embellished with a border punch) is a small notebook page with more room to write.

A little matchbook cover gives me the chance to unfurl another hidden journaling spot. I used a foam-backed sticker to cover the spot where the brad pierces the paper.

Always one to finish up with some sparkle, I added a few jewelry dangles and a key to the top edge of the binding. {I confess, there’s almost nothing I see in the scrapbook store from 7Gypsies or Tim Holtz that I couldn’t incorporate into my projects.}

Now, I’d better get busy working on my little love notes to my kids. Remember, my goal was to simplify. That means I’ve got to have these books done by Thanksgiving so the kids can take them back to college after break. What was I thinking? YIKES! Gotta write….

{Jennifer Keltner is the Executive Editor of Scrapbooks etc., American Patchwork & Quilting, and Quilts and More.}

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4 Responses to “Jennifer’s December Daily Album #3”

  1. your albums are awesome! what a great gift to each of your children (*grown* kids). you are inspiring me big time!

  2. So cute! Love all your embellishements!

  3. how did you make the binding for this album??

  4. Jen, I made the binding from a length of ribbon I had on hand. I sewed it in place and wrapped th ends under. Thanks for asking. Jennifer