December is finally here! Today Jill, Mou, and myself will be sharing the first few pages of our Very Merry December Albums with you.
The first twenty-four days of the month are dedicated to the season of Advent, and I have come up with a focal word to guide my journaling each day. A full explanation of my approach to journaling (as well as the full list of words that I will be using this December) may be found on my blog.
Each album page includes a focal word and the journaling related to it, as well as a photo taken that day. The Daily Flash album pages will allow me to vary the design as the days go by, since they come in a variety of styles. I'm also working in some holiday ephemera, such as the photo of the peppermint bark seen in the sidebar. It was taken from the first of the holiday catalogs that we will receive this December.
I stamped over the negative space left behind after die-cutting letters, added strips of tape to peek through the negative space, and then stitched around the block.
Here's what Mou had to say about her album:
I'm having fun! My first 4 pages are now done and ideas are wiggling around in my head about how I'll fill out the rest of the album. I am staying mainly with the kit, just adding a couple of sheets of cream cardstock for stamping and cutting out accents. And I couldn't resist this pack of translucent sequins.
The kit products will blend great with any other things you want to add from your stash such as paints, buttons, etc. I hope you are playing along!
I'm keeping my album pretty simple adding a few things here and there. I'm sticking mainly with the kit but adding a few items and I will share that information on my blog.
I've changed things up a little bit so that my album will be different from years past(and will be completed by January 1st). This year I'm focusing on the everyday life along with the Holiday season because we don't do something Christmas related daily and my album will also include the days following Christmas.
I really love the mix of page protectors you get in the Very Merry December kit but you'll see as the days go on this month I cut them down, stitch them together, and put my own spin on them making them work for the kind of documenting I need.
There are many,many different approaches to creating a Very Merry December album. No matter what route you take, enjoy the process! ~Mandy