December Daily Simple Setup + Giveaway
I have never put together a December Daily. This is a first shot for me. So I had to really sit down and think about what I wanted to accomplish with this. I want my family to know why we celebrate Christmas, what are the traditions that we have, tell the funny stories, and recall important Scriptures & Prayers for the birth of Jesus Christ, our Savior.
So my thought process is that if I set up my December Daily now, I have no reason to procrastinate later ~ Right? Well I am sure I will find excuses and reasons to justify why I am behind, but that is on me. I have decided that I will not put on the pressure for 1 picture every single day or that the photo be in order, for that matter. I have one card for journaling, one card for the date #1 – 25, and one spot open for a photo. On a side note, I will included these pages in my regular Project Life album, and will not be making it seperate.
For a couple of weeks I have been brainstorming on how to make this flow with ease. So I started with my stash, gathering Christmas-themed papers and rummaging through my washi tape. Here is a photo of what I came up: Baseball Trading Card pocket pages purchased from Target (cards will need to be 2 ½” x 3 ½”) a great deal $4.99 for 35 pages!, 25+ of Becky Higgins grid cards, a stack of my random Christmas papers already cut down to 4x6 size, corner rounder, washi tape & the piece that made this project super easy was Sleigh Ride vellum tags & numbers from Crate Paper. These vellum pieces were gifted to me earlier in the year & so I have 2 sets! One which I will be giving away! Yes, a GIVEAWAY!!! More on that later ...
Next is the most timely step. Cutting, trimming, and rounding corners. I took 25 of Becky Higgins grid cards and trimmed them down to the size that would fit in the pocket pages 2 ½ “x 3 ½ “ and then rounded all those corners. My corner rounder doesn’t match up perfectly, but it does the trick with a pretty decent outcome. I wanted to have my pattern papers matted, so with the white cardstock cut strips of 2 ½ “and then cut the 3 ½ “mark to finish off the card… back to rounding all corners. And finally the Christmas-themed pattern papers, I cut to size 2” x3” and again rounding corners. I put away my paper trimmer & corner rounder at this point I wouldn’t be needing it again.
The fun part for me was coordinating the papers in the order I wanted them to go. The papers I used for the December Daily I really don’t even know the brand names anymore. Because they have been hanging around so long, recently I went and cut all of the 12x12 papers into 4x6 size. So they were super easy to grab my stack & select a few favorites. Next I placed each vellum number circle on the pattern paper attaching with a piece of washi tape. Then I glued down the pattern paper on to the white cardstock, for a nice finished look.
I placed them in the pocket pages & there ya go… now we are just waiting for Christmas to fill in our memories & photos. There are still a couple of things I might add at a later time for embellishing. I might include some stitching, sequins & I would really like to distress all the edges of the cards with ink. But thats only if I make the time! You get out of it what you put in to it, every time ~
One more thing to help with the process as the Christmas season approaches, I am creating a prompt list. This will help with the journaling ideas & prompts for photos. I will blog about this in a couple of weeks so follow me & maybe I’ll share a cute printable of my prompts.
So the giveaway…. I know you are excited! I will be giving away one package of the Sleigh Ride Vellum Tags & Numbers!!! + a couple of extras. Leave a comment below & tell me of your favorite Christmas season memory or tradition. Merry Christmas in July! I will draw a random winner on Wednesday, July 31, 2013.
Thank you for reading! Now you may continue with your Summer!!! :)