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Friday, 2 December 2011

December Daily & Journal your Christmas day 1


***warning!! this post is text and photo heavy!!**

This Christmas I thought I would participate in not only December Daily (having a very firm plan to get the main 'bones' of my album done ahead of time, unlike last year!) but I really wanted to try Shimelle's Journal Your Christmas (JYC).  I was lucky enough to win a freebie spot in it thanks to a lovely lady on twitter who was doing a random giveaway so I decided to go for it!

Journal your Christmas is basically about bringing a writing aspect (or verbal if you prefer) to your Christmas. I like writing a lot so I thought this would be perfect--especially as sometimes in the middle of December, on my 10th day straight of staying at home wtih 2 little kids, i don't always have anything very super-special-christmassy to put into my December Daily (DD) album!

Anyhoo, here are the first few pages of my DD (which includes prompts/elements from JYC):

The inside cover is a print-out from Shimelle. I printed it onto kraft cardstock after changing the font colour to a grey, then I added my journalling using an old typewriter font (but through my PC and normal printer).

Inside cover

Insider cover_closeup

Page 2 is a piece of acetate I stamped using Hero Arts Fancy Flourishes stamp (seen in my DD video HERE). 

Page 3 is an insert I created today, following Shimelles Day 1 prompt, to write a manifesto--a public declaration (list of) intentions.  I thought it would be cute to make it form into the shape of a Christmas tree. I used some Ali Edwards and Lawn Fawn stamps to personalise the page even more. The little tag at the top is from Bananafish Studios.

Page 1 closeup JYC

Pge 1 tag
On the back page of page 3 I just repeated the final line of my manifesto using Thickers to really highlight the main point of what I hope to achieve/accomplish this Christmas season.

 Page 3 closeup

Page 4 is a mish mash of pieces (ironically, heavily inspired by Michelle Wooderson--who's blog is called Mish Mash lol. Most of the pieces are from Bananafish Studio again, an AC thicker (the asterisk), an office supply store tag, a Tim Holtz mini paperclip, 7 gypsies number tab, washi tape on the left side :). 

Page 4

page 4 closeup
Inside the vellum envelope I cut a piece of index card to size and stamped 'december' using an Ali Edwards (AE) stamp and Hero Arts Latte chalk ink. Then I proceeded to write a little blurb about the 6 of us (me, my hubs, 2 girls and 2 dogs). I thought it would be sweet for future generations (who will, of course be reading this!) to know what we were like now.

Pgae 4 insert

Page 4 insert_back

Next for the 'big 2 page spread'--finally at day 1 Lol.

Pge 5_6 DAY ONE spread

I added an AE overlay to a photo of Isabella--who just represents magic and everything good to me, and then printed it out to size. On the right side I added my journaling using my PC and printer (same Old typewriter font). 

To finish i added some Echo park paper, and AE stamp and some Tim Holtz tissue tape.

PHEW!! Are you still with me?!

Anyhoo, I'll be back tomorrow (hopefully!) with day 2. I'm sure it wont be as in depth or detailed as this was! (I'm sure you're breathing a sigh of relief! lol)

I hope you liked it! I'm really proud of it :)

thanks so much for stopping by!

may the magic of the season be with you!

Linda x


Joy said...

WOW!!! fabulous, now I am taking the deep breathe as I need to figure out what I am doing..LOL, love this Linda you can see the love and time you have put into this...hugs

Danielle said...

This is just stunning! I'm so inspired now :o) Can't wait to see every other day!

Anonymous said...

Still with you and loving all the layers! It'll be huge if you keep that up every day!

Janet White said...

I love this on so many levels - the stories, the combination of elements, just scrumptious!

Queenie said...

I adore it all..gorgeous!!!
Looking forward to seeing more.
My first time doing a journal and enjoying.

HEATHER said...


Suzanne said...

Wow, what a great album, I especially love how your journalling shapes into a Christmas Tree.

CraftyCat said...

This is beautiful not only the photos and design but in the sentiments and feelings. I've looked at so many DEC Dailys before but this is the first time I've felt a need to comment and say fabulous JOB love it! I'll keep coming back for more.

Kathy said...

Great job, I love what you did!

Raylene said...

Wow! I am very impressed! I LOVE the manifesto printed like a Tree and the vellum envelope with the journalling! Think I can snitch some ideas?? Will be following you DAILY!

Estellita said...

I like your idea of using a tree for the journaling !!! Great !

Anonymous said...

Your december daily is wonderful!
I really enjoyed all the pages and I think I will steal some ideas! :)
bye bye
flavia (from Italy)

ejmom said...

I really love that you included a bio of each member of your family! So cool.

Anonymous said...

Love this. You and me have the same plan. Only I am away from home without a printer and have to wait to finish my pages:)

Kimberly said...

GREAT pages! Lovin' your style!

Anonymous said...

I think it is fabulous, enjoy the month!

Michelle said...

Such a wonderful bunch of pages:-) I love the little touches you added to make it really unique, the stamping, the journalling here and there hidden away in pockets, are so pretty!