Elizabeth’s Interactive December Daily Album

One of the “rules” that I grew up with and have adopted in my own household is that all Christmas decorations are banned until after Thanksgiving. This was a particularly important rule to have growing up with a mother whose love of holiday decorations and collectibles probably rivals that of Mrs. Claus. So when I first heard my coworkers from Scrapbooks Etc. discussing their December Daily projects, I was both intrigued and apprehensive to start my own book. The last thing I wanted was to burn my hypothetical Yule log too early and be low on Christmas spirit come December. However, once they explained the concept behind December Daily albums and I checked out some of scrapbooker Ali Edwards’ postings about her December Daily processes, I couldn’t wait to get started. Down with rules! If department stores can start piping “Jingle Bells” and “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” over their speakers in late October, then by gosh, by golly I can start scrapbooking early, too!

All my scrapbooking in the past has involved documenting life events and creating large albums that span multiple years. This has seemed very daunting lately, so I absolutely fell in love with the concept of concentrating on one theme or month and breaking it down into individual days. For my December Daily project, I began with a three-ring album with an acrylic cover and chipboard pages by Little Yellow Bicycle. I started by creating a four-page design that when stacked together the layers spell “NOEL.” I liked the results so much that I decided to use this as my “cover” instead of creating a separate piece. I love that the acrylic cover helps protect the pages and glitter chipboard letters.

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I love mixing vintage elements with more modern style and design. I think that is why I was drawn to the Noel holiday collection by Making Memories and the Cottage Christmas line by Imaginisce. I also incorporated a lot of embellishments from Little Yellow Bicycle’s Christmas Delight collection and also some rub ons and glitter cuts from Fancy Pants’ Traditions collection. I used a simple color palette of green, red, brown and turquoise throughout the pages for consistency. Here are some of my favorite details…

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1. Using an inkpad, I added some shading to chipboard letters to help them pop from the page. 2. I created a simple banner that spells “BELIEVE” out of small paper scraps, a ¾” circle punch, foam letters and a bit of ribbon. 3. Simple rhinestones add sparkle to the tips of elf shoes. 4. A fun way to add journaling using pocket and little tabs from Little Yellow Bicycle. 5. A simple paper pocket stitched in place holds a list ready to be filled in with Christmas wishes.

One of the things I struggle with the most when scrapbooking is adding journaling. I tend to leave journaling for the end and by that time I realize that I have already forgotten important details. To help with this, I added specific places for journaling and tried to create a theme for each page. I hope this will help inspire me when it comes to adding content. Here are a few of my favorite layouts…

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I love surprises, so I got a little creative with mini magnets and added a few interactive elements on a couple of pages. I’m really happy with the way these pages turned out…it’s almost like opening a small present on each page! Plus, the multiple layers give me extra room for journaling or adding photos.

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I also used some simple found materials like envelopes and business card pockets for three-ring binders to create pockets for various pull tags and hidden notes. For many of the pull tags, I stitched small scraps of colorful ribbon to the paper to make pulling them out of their pockets easier.

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The more I worked on my December Daily, the more I realized that (at least for me) it was all about breaking the rules. I realized that it’s okay to get a jump-start on your holiday planning and decorating–even if it is (gasp) before Thanksgiving! It’s okay to design layouts with varying page sizes and even have elements expand beyond the page. It’s okay to mix different paper collections and even found objects together. And it’s definitely okay to scrapbook before I have the perfect images printed. I can’t wait for Christmas to arrive, so I can sit back and enjoy my Starbucks’ Gingerbread Latte (yum!) while flipping through my month of memories.

{Elizabeth Stumbo is the Assistant Art Director for Quilts & More.}

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4 Responses to “Elizabeth’s Interactive December Daily Album”

  1. I love this! The DD album I started uses a 7 Gypsies double page album where I cut apart the pages to make pockets, sliders, fold out pages, etc, but yours is so much more interactive. I’m going to have to do some scrap lifting from you! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Fab u lous.

    JS

  3. Your album is great. I love that you used the business card pocket holders…I have used baseball card pockets before and been very happy with the result. I may need to try this one, too.

  4. I love interactive pages, and am crazy for your business card sleeve idea. I don’t have any business card sleeves, but I have some old sticker binder pages. I’m just gonna cut them up and use them in the same way you did. How did you glue them please? Thanks! cjdempsey9 at msn dot com