Sunday, November 22, 2015

December Daily Preparations

I might be a wee bit excited to actually be doing a December Daily album this year. I even have looked up several of our city's holiday events to mark them on the calendar. We already did one holiday tradition last weekend (making pierogi with the Polish side for Christmas Eve) and this Saturday, we plan on attending the Light Festival Parade downtown, where they ceremoniously light all the trees lining Michigan Avenue. 
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I'm going to show you what I have already set up to make this album go smoothly and get done! I knew I was going to be using the Take 10 DD sets and I wanted to do a 6x8 size album. I picked the Sn@p Simple Stories Teal album. As you can see, I haven't figured out the cover yet, so stay tuned! 
I am mainly using the kits but am supplementing with a few more items I purchased and some stuff from my stash. I ordered the Heidi Swapp Holiday Marquee papers that match her "Oh What Fun" collection, which is part of the Take 10 DD sets! I wanted these because they are larger than 6x8 and go great with the kit! Note, they are thinner single-sided papers. I'll show you what I did about that in a bit.
First, I started loosely laying out a 2-page spread per day or memory, with lots of blank space for photos. I have a mix of Simple Stories and Becky Higgins, LLC 6x8 page protectors. They are the very close to the same size, but you need to punch new holes in the BH pages. 
 Holly | Take 10 Kits 
Then, I started mixing and matching numbers 1-25. Fun! I wanted a eclectic feel, still sticking with the same color palette. I pulled out my Sticker stash in coordinating colors, and used the Take 10 Days of December Numbers Stamps, get them here.
 Holly | Take 10 Kits 
I put that lovely 6x8 calendar page right up front. It will probably not be done until the end, after I know what we did when! Below are a few more peeks at the foundation pages. 
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And that last photo shows what I did with those single-sided papers. I cut two to the full size of the page protectors, glued them together and then ran them through my laminator. I also cut them down to glue to the chipboard tabbed dividers that came with the Sn@p album.
 Holly | Take 10 Kits 
Next up, I got to work with the Days of December stamp set (here), making little embellishments to add later. Yes, I did a bunch of fussy cutting!
 Holly | Take 10 Kits
When I got to that "Believe" stamp, I really wanted it to be gold. I figured out how to get that with what I had on hand. Yellow mustard ink and Sticklers in "Crystal"  worked quite well.
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 Holly | Take 10 Kits
 Holly | Take 10 Kits
 I played around with the snowflake stamp and Liquid Pearls to make a custom card. 
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 And now, I have a bin full of coordinated items ready to pretty up my DD album, as I go. Are you doing anything to prep for a DD album? Let me know your tips!!
Here is a list of most of what I am using. Some of these links are affiliate links. (Thanks for your support!) I only link items I use and love! (click directly on image)
This is the Snap 6x8 album in teal that I am using.

If you didn't get the Take 10 Days of December Add on, the following items were from that:
     Heidi Swapp Oh What Fun Glitter Tags (18 pcs)

  HS Oh What Fun Clear Stickers (69 pcs)

HS Oh What Fun Alpha Glitter Stickers (includes Gold, Green and Red 192 pcs)

  Shimelle Tinsel Bows (8 pcs) 

   Pink Paislee Yuletide Gold Foil Words 
Pink Paislee Yuletide enamel shapes, Glitter Gold (17 pcs) 
  Pink Paislee Tree Clips, Gold (6 pcs)
Simple Stories Claus & Co Enamel Dots (60 pcs)
And here are more items I used:
Pink Paislee Merry & Bright Tags (note: the white is not as "bright" as pictured)
  Pop Dots
Xryon Sticker-Maker, Laminator, Magnet (many great uses)
Ranger Liquid Pearls, White Opal  Ranger Stickles, Crystal
I also pulled some cards from various Me & My Big Ideas Pocket Page Card Sets that I have. Here are some of the sets that I pulled from:
        MAMBI Months of the Year  Follow Your Heart
MAMBI Today                 This is My Life

Heidi Swapp Christmas Patterned Paper is back in stock. yay. love this paper. It's 8.5x8.5, so it's great for divider pages or full 6x8 pages. And, it goes perfectly with Take 10 Kit's Days of December kits.  

And here are all the TAKE 10 KIT links in one place that I reference in this post:
Days of December Numbers Stamps
Days of December Numbers Stamps
Days of December Kit
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