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My Top Favorite December Daily Pages

I haven’t photographed many of my pages in these albums. Maybe I’ll catch up on that this season. For now, these are my favorites of the pages I have photographed.

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And just to avoid any confusion, I call mine my Merry Days albums. They aren’t daily and they’re not just of December. One of them covers 36 days from November 26th (my birthday) to Christmas day.

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Cute fabric on packaging chipboard. Since the fabric is sheer I only adhered it underneath the sticker where it could be hidden. Love!!

36 Merry Days - inside cover

The photo does not show this off at all. I love it in person. It’s a silver glittered snowflake ornament on a gold screen-printed transparency.

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The ornament was missing a “leg” and it looked weird on the tree. But it’s asymmetry is perfect at the side of a page.

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Turned this little guy into a pocket page. See the comments card inside the pocket? I covered the other side with paper and added my journaling with the date number.

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It’s all the glitter and the three colors that make me happy when it comes to this page.

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I attached the die cut paper to a transparency to make it sturdy.

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These photos capture the magic of Christmas for me. Great photos stand well on their own.

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I did a glittered scalloped page like this in a previous album and it was a favorite back then, too. I had to repeat it. Still love it.

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Some of my very favorite Christmas products of all time were these stickers by Creative Memories many years ago. I love how whimsical and “Whoville-ish” they are. I wish I could find current products like this.

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I enjoyed getting my hands colored with this. Sprays, stencils, stamps, distress inks, embossing. All fun and I love my results. The only thing I don’t like is that the white is a Mister Huey and whenever I touch the page it rubs onto my hands. It doesn’t take away from the page itself, at least.

Wish I had a white opaque spray that didn’t rub off, though!

A few more of my favorite pages are in a video tutorial but I have not yet photographed them. If you are a Paperclipping Member, you can find that episode in the Member’s Area. Look for Paperclipping 183 – Interactive and Dimensional Minibook Techniques.

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Easier Vacation Scrapbooking

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How many un-scrapped vacations do you have?


I really don’t mean to initiate a state of guilt. Most of my vacations are unscrapped, too, so I’m right there with you.

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But this summer we took our biggest vacation ever, and guess what? I actually made the mini-album! I made it within a few weeks of returning home, and I’m going to share a few secrets for how to turn your vacation memories into a giant mini-album in a very short amount of time.

1. Start with the foundations.

Don’t complete each page at a time. You’ll start off ambitious, have a few spectacularly amazing first pages, and then you’ll never finish. Either that, or all the remaining pages will be suddenly simple compared to those first ones.

Instead, quickly make a bunch of foundations for pages, then go back and add the photos (although sometimes the foundations pages ARE the photos).

Your ephemera can be foundations too. Don’t worry about the embellishments, journaling, or other detailing yet.

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To me this is the funnest part because we get to come up with ingenious ways to solve the dilemmas of how to display the vacation stuff in an interesting way.

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Here I made an 8×10 photo fit into my 8×8 album…

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And here I turned an amusement park map into a fold-out page…

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2. Hold off on the embellishments and other details until after all the photos are on pages.

I know, we get so excited about the embellishments. But they are a common cause of overwhelm. If you wait until all your photos are down on page foundations, you can now assess your book with a good honest reality check.

How much time or motivation do you have left for lots of embellishing? If you’re getting tired of your project at this point, or if you have other things you need to do, you can decide to add embellishments sparingly. You’ll have a nice consistent album, front to back.

If you’re still excited and still have lots of time, you can go to town with your embellishments.

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I demonstrated how to make that flower embellishment out of patterned paper in Paperclipping 178 – Transform Old Products Into Ones You’ll Love. Paperclipping Members can find it in the archives.

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(Note to Paperclipping Members who have the video of me creating this “page.” To reduce the bulk I moved the corner embellies to the opposite side).

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Task-Batch Mini-booking

I call this approach (building all the “foundations” before adding any detailing) Task-Batch Mini-booking. Before it occurred to me to mini-book this way it was very hard for me to complete mini’s because they took so long. But in this way you can make intricate books in no time! Even BIG ones (mine are always big).

If you have a vacation from this summer that deserves a mini-album, you might want to try it!

Shine on,

P.S.> I have a video tutorial where I demonstrate the Task-Batching process on two different mini-books — one is a dimensional tactile book, while the other is mostly digital and graphic. Paperclipping Members can watch it — it’s #150.

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CHA 2012 – Prima Launched Their Prima Press Stamp System and Mixed Media Albums

The Prima Press was in the top 20 innovations for CHA! Sharon shows it to us, along with their new Mixed Media Albums. They have a resist effect, which can be used with any color art medium.

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We got our first Christmas card on Dec. 1 and I decided to put this year’s cards in my mini-album instead of my Holiday Cards Altered Book.

The left page was a fun one to make. Maybe I’ll share the technique in a Paperclipping tutorial at some point. Aiden made the tag on the right and I need to add a couple journal strips for my words. I’m just waiting until I have other journaling to type up so I can print it all one piece of cardstock.

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I chose two of the cards to add as individual pages to my album. I punched page holes in the envelopes, scalloped the opening of one, and then stuck the photo cards back inside. Because of the page holes, the cards poke out to reveal themselves just a bit and create curiosity.

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All the rest of the cards are inside this third envelope, which I taped to a transparency that is the foundation for the second half of Dec. 1st.

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One envelope had this cute wreath on it, so I punched it out with my Fiskars Scalloped Punch and taped it to this envelope.

(Actually, I taped the wreath to scrap cardstock before I punched it to make it sturdy).

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And here on the left is the 2nd half of Dec. 1st. I turned my photos into pockets for my journaling cards. I added these cute Christmas brads by Teresa Collins to the ends of my journal cards and tied some string for easy pullout.

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My digital journaling overlays were designed by Ali Edwards. The bottom one came with her Yesterday & Today class last year, but you can purchase the top one — Title and Journal Photo Overlay No. 1 — at Designer Digitals.

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36 Merry Days: Nov. 28 + 29

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I think it’s time I catch up on posting my Christmas book pages, which documents much of our Christmas season for 2011.

Most years I buy a something new for the holiday decorating, and this year it was two boxes of these beautiful peppermint-themed ornaments from Martha Stewart. I also finally bought a tree skirt after years of wishing I had one.

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One of my most favorite pages from my December Daily 2009 album was a page very similar to this glittered scalloped partial circle. I loved it so much I decided it deserved a redo.

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Available Supplies:
American Crafts Twinkling Eyes and Red Suit patterned paper.
Christmas Red Stickles
Barn Door Distress Ink – I inked my scalloped chipboard page red before adding the glitter to ensure even red coverage. The scalloped paper on the left side was a scrap of red paper.
Apron Lace Border Punch by Fiskars
Martha Stewart fine glitter in green – I think it’s Peridot
American Crafts Elf Thickers (numbers and top asterick chipboard piece)
Studio Calico Wood Veneer Asterick – These are on clearance!
Ali Edwards Love You Circle Overlays and Frames

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36 Merry Days Christmas Book: Nov. 27

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When Ali shared her page for December Daily on the 2nd, I knew her banner was just what my photo of Christmas lights needed. And since I’ve had a sudden desire to use stars over the last few months (in all of my 15 years of scrapbooking I’ve never cared for stars), I went along and added stars to my page, like she did.

Other than those two elements, my overall page is different. Remember this fabric-covered piece from my last page?

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It’s the other side of the bingo card for Nov. 27th.

The foundation of my page is a glittered die cut. To stabilize it, I attached it to an old Hambly transparency with a loose silver flourish design.

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Here’s what the back of that looks like:

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I think the white back of that XOXO paper is just find so I’m leaving it as is, as you can see in this little sneak peek of the next day.

So how are you doing keeping up with assembling these pages every day? I’m quite a bit behind (though I DO have more pages done that I have shared so far).

36 Merry Days: Nov. 26th

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I started my album on my birthday this year. This is a picture of the vegan cheesecake Izzy bought me from one of our favorite restaurants, where we had gone for my birthday breakfast.

The red and white polka dotted paper is the wrapping paper he wrapped my gifts in. I really like doing that. For me, wrapping paper takes me back to a memory in a way that patterned paper does not.

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This is the back side of the cake page. I used an Ali Edwards Day and Month Overlay for my journaling and added the “26.”

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Those presents are from the Martha Stewart Deep Edge Gifts Punch — which I highly recommend! It cut wonderfully through my thick cardstock-quality patterned paper (Imaginisce from a couple years ago).

I added red rhinestones to some of the presents.

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I love this little page. It was a great way to balance my two different reds and make everything flow. It’s a piece of textured dotted fabric on top of the back of a vintage bingo card, which introduces the next day.

Observation On My Process

I explained my process for this year last week. Having worked this way for a number of days now, here’s what I’ve observed: my process this year is just right for me! I’m so much happier doing it this way. Believe it or not, I’m finding it easier to assemble my pages by not having them prepped.

I also like working behind a bit and being able to do a couple days at a time. It’s easier for me to get a nice flow with all these different page types when I’m thinking about what’s coming up next.

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