Are you into card making or holiday paper-crafting? Around this time of year it is on my mind to make some hand made gifts, like calendars or mini scrapbooks. I enjoy using up some of my supply stash and making my own coordinating pieces of a kit, but there are lots of cute kits available, and you will see them at the bottom of this post.
December Daily, Pocket Pages, Christmas Project Life
First off, I will give a shout out to my last local mom n pop scrapbook shop in my area: Stamp Delights in La Mesa, California. They do so many fun make and takes and cards…sooo many rubber stamps too. The owner, Debbie is so creative and she obviously loves what she does. Visit their Facebook page for more info on classes. I will always support small businesses in my area if I can! Amen.
For the past 6 or 7 years I have been doing my own version of December Daily. If you don’t know what this is, you’re in for a treat. It is a way to document the 25 days in December leading up to Christmas. I treasure my books! The way I do it is a hybrid of pocket pages and December Daily. So essentially I take a crafting day or two and make up a ton of coordinating Christmas pocket page cards. Typically my cards are either 3×4 or 4×6, standard sizes that slide into pockets of a plastic sheet protector. Hence, pocket pages.
I’ve included my Pinterest December Daily board below in case you need some inspiration. I’ve been pinning away for a few years now on this board. I like to make my own “kits” for December Daily, but the official kit is available every year at aliedwards.com…
I go crazy and get into my creative zone, so that later, when I’m in the holiday thick of it, I can write on these already decorated cards with my special journaling, photos and memories. It works for me. I know others are more particular than this, and make a layout for every day of December. I don’t, mostly because I know I can’t keep up if I do it that way. I tend to pre-fab some of the traditions we have each year in a more generic way, like a cookie making page, a trip to The Nutcracker, etc. A finished album is better than a half finished more artistic album, in my opinion… 🙂 I also find the transition between organizing my layouts and being creative at the same time slows me down, so this way I can focus on one or the other and get in a good groove.
Concord & 9th
So here a a few of the awesome items available out there for your Christmas memories.
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More Christmas (link) at Concord & 9th.
Simple Stories Brand for mini Christmas Albums
More Must Haves…
Vintage Ideas…get those old photos in custom Christmas scrapbooks!
Amazon Vintage Christmas – Tim Holtz Ideology & Distressed Ink
Authentique Vintage Winter Line at Craft For Less
Other Fun Collections
Amazon Die Cutters/Cricut Explore Air 2 Oh, Santa?!
Echo Park Collection – My Favorite Christmas Line at Craft For Less
DoodleBug Collection – Christmas Magic Line at Craft For Less
Simple Stories – Freezin’ Season Line at Craft For Less
Jesse James Dress It Up (Ana and Elsa) at Craft For Less
Thanks for reading!