I have been wanting to do a December Daily for a while, now, but anytime that I really think about sitting down to prep it and get ready to take pictures every single day, it's usually prime Christmas shopping, preparation, present wrapping, time. There's just not enough time to fit it all in. So, the Christmas in July kits from Flamingo Scraps was a great prompt to get me on it before my lack of time became my excuse.
For my project, I things that are available through Flamingo Scraps:
Christmas in July Kit -- Brights
We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board
And a few other things that may be available special order:
White grossgrain ribbon
Snowflake acetate shapes
Silhouette Cameo Design Cutter
Large Binder Rings
And here's what I came up with! I'm not going to show every page, because there's 31 of them, but here are a few of my favorites:
As you can see, the white grossgrain ribbon was used to keep the album shut when it's not being used. I kept the design throughout fairly clean and simple, as I knew I was going to have to put together a whole lot of pages without photos (which is a challenge for me, for sure), and I don't have hours to spend on each page.
I made 31 envelopes for this project, in varying colors of red, white, and kraft. It didn't take much time at all with the envelope punch board! And the nice thing about using envelopes is that I will have places to hold memorabilia and extra photos as I go through and add to this album.
On the second day, I figured I'd talk about Christmas card creation and making them. I put a copy of one of my Christmas cards in the album (from this post) so that it would be available. I figured I could additionally put whatever photo is sent in the card in there somewhere, as well, and our Christmas letter, if I type one up this year.
I tried to keep everything flat, since much more bulk will make this album too big, so I stuck to using the sticker sheets that came with the kit and a few of the chipboard embellishments, and only a small sampling of brads. I don't want to add more because I don't know how much bulk will be added by the photos and memorabilia I add to it in December.
As you can see, each envelope is separated by a strip of patterned paper from the kit. This strip is not attached to the envelopes, so it gives me a little extra room to put things... extra photos, journaling, etc.
To give the strips more interest, I used the stickers from the sheets in the kit and would put them off the edge. Because there was sticky parts that I didn't want to stick to the envelopes, I coated it with white chalk so that it wouldn't stick!
I also took some acetate snowflakes from my stash, pierced them in the middle, and put the brads that came with the kit through the middle. I thought it added some fun interest without too much bulk and gave me a good use for the brads.
On some pages, I also cut the tags that came on sheets in the kit and used them to show my day. It was a cute way to add some variance to the album without adding complication.
And, there you have it! A simple December Daily album that I put together in just a few hours, though I have a feeling that when I actually start adding content, I will probably add more to the album in terms of embellishment. But, for a prep, it was quick and easy and not overwhelming, which is how I like it. I hope it gave you inspiration to start your own December Daily album using envelopes! It sure was quick, easy, and less expensive that way!
Until next time!