What About Wednesday: Changing up the photo size

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Aloha!! For Christmas My parents came to visit and we did a couple of things out and about. I took my DSLR with me to get some good and nice shots while out. I am so glad I did too. Having a nicer camera than my phone really makes the difference between nice shots and photos and AMAZING shots and photos.

After editing my photos in Photoshop, I arranged them on a template sized at 8 1/2 X11. I had the idea of printing my photos, thinner and longer. I wanted to try to do something different, even if I wasn’t sure what that would be.

I added three images to the 8 1/2X11 template and printed that out on my HP Photosmart Printer with glossy photo paper.

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Changing up the size of your images is a great way to spark creativity in your projects. Even if you don’t print at home like I do, many printing companies offer different sizes when you order.

Let’s take a look at the finished layout!

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I love this shot that I took in Poulsbo, Washington. This water dock shot is almost as pretty as it was in person. I love how it stretches across the layout, which is why I choose to scrap in the 9X12 size.

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I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the words Docks and Bay. I picked a font from my computer that had a Viking feel. The town of Poulsbo, is all things Vikings. The buildings and colors felt like you were walking down an Norwegian town. This font had that feel as well. They are nice and big and draw your eye right towards the photo.

I also cut the tickets from a patterned paper and scattered them near the title but also throughout the layout. Layering the tickets with Thickers and Cork Stars make a nice little cluster.

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I used a post card ephemera piece from Maggie Holmes Gather (the colors from this collection went so well with my photo too) for my journaling.

I clustered more ticket ends, cork stars, and mocha mint dreams sequins together on the journaling card.

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At the bottom of the picture I layered a gold doily with the ticket ends, cork stars and mocha mint dream sequins. I used some chipboard pieces from Ali Edwards Story Kits as well. The sentiments were perfect for a road trip.

I love how this gold doily peaks out though. It really catches your eye to the bottom of the photo.

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Also added a half gold doily up at the top of my layout with a wood grain tab layered with a ticket stub and cork star.

 

I really enjoyed using a different size photo for a change. It allowed me to focus on the photo, especially since it was a gorgeous shot. having it span across the layout really just made it the focal point.

I hope you are inspired to try out using a different size photo than what you are used too. If you do don’t forget to share it over at our Facebook group too.

You can also watch the process video for this layout.

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Have a great day!!

Hannah

 

What About Wednesday: Using the negative of a cut file

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Aloha My Scrappy Friends!! How is everyone’s winter/summer going? I live in Washington State and this year has had some really crazy weather for this area. Usually rain is the norm, but we have actually had snow quite a few times already this winter.

A bit of it is pretty nice, since it has been seven years since we have seen more than a dusting of snow covering the ground. Though I am not gonna lie though that I have been thinking about Hawaii quite a bit when my fingers and toes are freezing from the cold.

Just this past weekend we got about a foot of snow. Which is a lot for our area. It literally snowed for 24 hours. It was quite beautiful for a while, though my heart still cried out to another time just last year where I sat on the beach enjoying and taking in the waves from the North Shore. The sand warms your toes, the sun kisses your cheeks and the breeze has this special smell of tropical flowers and salt mixed together.

That is what this layout is all about. I used a picture from this weekend and a picture from last February. I printed them off at 3X4 because I knew I was making a 9X12 layout. I really wanted my background to be visible.

I used a cut file that was designed by Laura for January. If you check out the cut file section you should be able to get it on the blog.  it reminded me of shells so I really wanted to use it.

I decided to cut it out of striped colored pattern paper, I do this from time to time. especially with a paper like this bright colored from Cute Girl. It’s super fun but not knowing how to use it can throw you off. Using it with a cute file allows you to get all the colors on a layout but in smaller amounts.

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When I pulled it off the mat I really was inspired by the negative space of the cut file, or the inside of the cut file. I used liquid glue to attach the negative pieces down to some modeling paste mixed with Shimmerz Dazzlerz in Licorice Stick.

At this point I didn’t know if I was just plain crazy for spending twenty minutes glueing down the cut file until I pulled off the main part. It looked so cool.  It definitely reminded me of tropical Hawaii. I knew my pictures would be perfect.

I backed the white card stock with modeling paste and the negative cut file onto a dark gray patterned of stars. I really wanted the color to pop. I outlined with black pen around the white card stock. 

I tucked in a shipping tag with blue baker’s twine at the top of the layout. Later I ended up sticking a feltie cloud and small clothespin at the top too. The first current picture I held onto with the clothes pin. I also added a frame and some cloud puffy stickers.

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I added the date in pen on the photo at the bottom. I also used a flair bottom that we got last month from our collab from Cuts 2 Luv that said Baby it’s cold outside. It was perfect for that photo, because it was cold this weekend.  I splinted some sequins from Let’s Be Mermaids and My Clementine sequin mixes.

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I added a couple of other clothespins at the bottom of my layout. I really love the way this adds interest and dimension to the layout.

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To better see the cut file I put the second photo one the left side as far over as I could. IMG_2617

I layered behind the photo a white doily spritzed with Shimmerz Vibez Eggnoggin’ and Razzleberry . I wanted a bit of color that you might see in the sand and sun on the doily. I layered some ephemera with hearts on it above the picture. The wood chips used to be in the store and were from Studio Calico. They are super fun to layer with, and have a natural feel.

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I also added a feltie cloud to mirror what I did to the top photo. I added more sprinkles of My Clementine and Let’s Be Mermaids sequins. I love how these colors really play off of the bright colors in the Cute Girl Collection from Crate Paper.

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The colors are so bright and inviting. They worked perfectly with my ocean photo. The waves are so inviting too. Especially with a day filled with snow.

To match the brightness I used some really old Thickers from an old Dear Lizzy Collection. This made for a title. Mixed with the puffy stickers of the Cute Girl Collection and the sequins scattered around it really tied together the feeling I wanted to share.

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Even though my feelings about the snow and the beach are shining through on this layout, I still added a few sentences and tucked them behind the tag, in-between the white card stock and the patterned paper. I didn’t want to write on the negative cut file, I really wanted that to be the focal point. I did however want a few words somewhere about how I felt. Hidden journaling is a good way to do that.

Here is a look at the whole layout.

Look below and you can watch my process video from Youtube.

I hope you are inspired to try to use the negative of a cut file. I know I save them on occasion,  (I have a drawer full of them actually). This kind of layout is perfect way to use them up and tell a fun story. Because times and things change. You move, the weather patterns change, our routines change and the things of last year my be so different from this year! It was fun to see this difference side by side.

Have an inspired week!! Don’t forget to share with us the layouts you are making with your SpiegelMom Scraps products in our Facebook Group.

Hannah

What About Wednesday: Monochromatic Layout with Layers

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Aloha my scrappy friends!!  This past week the weather here in Washington has been so nice, high forties, sunny. It has me thinking about nature. All the photos I have been taking this summer/fall of nature around me.

Also lately I have been in a monochromatic mood. I really have been enjoying mixing different shades of the same color together. I really have been loving focusing on a couple colors that match or compliment each other and use just that. Picking out embellishments that match is like a scavenger hunt in my stash.

This fall I took some photos of the pinecones from our yard. I have been really into taking nature pictures of the things around us. Trying to get creative with my shots and take pictures of things I see everyday but don’t always capture. These are usually things that inspire me when I sit down at my scrap desk.

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I started off using my Shimmerz sprays with a paint brush for different size drops on top of White card stock. I like using a medium size brush so I can get bigger drops but also tap the brush for small splatters. I used Shimmerz Vibez Eggnoggin’ and Bamboo Leaf. I also used Tinsel from Heidi Swapp Color Shine to get a black gray color.

I knew the color would work with the outline I doodled along the outside of the layout. I also knew I wanted to use the black and white line crossed paper from Maggie Holmes Gather Collection to mat my two photos.

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I used lots of layers on this layout. I really wanted a natural feel to them, to mimic the images. I used a past kit from Clique Kits that had similar colors and a fall theme. I Used white doilies, ripped washi tape and Studio Calico wood chips in the layers for a chunky look to my layers.

Like I mentioned I wanted a monochromatic look, so I stuck with green, gray and orange tones throughout my layout. The Evergreen Bough Sequin mix was perfect for this layout. Paired with the Dear Lizzy chipboard Thicker plus signs it added a fun scattering of embellishments that I think didn’t over power the layout.

I added Pretty Little Studio word phrases and labels from a past spring line that was very nature themed. I even made a banner with bits from the labels in the layers.

The felt Evergreen Trees were given to me by a friend and they are so fun and look great tucked in next to my clusters. I used them with some baker’s twine and Maya Road white tassels. I love this element. It really draws your eyes to the photos.

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I really just love how it all turned out and really helps showcase these two really fun and cool pictures of pinecones from my yard. One during the summer when they were covered with sap, and in the fall fallen apart ready to drop seeds for future pine trees. I love that my kids are super thrilled to play and experience this nature around them, by collecting them and examine them.

I love that I get to remember their excitement for learning and experimenting with nature. I hope they don’t lose their wanderlust! Their joy for the beauty and world around them.

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I really, really love these Dear Lizzy Thicker word phrases. I couldn’t help but use one for the title. I layered it on top a Dear Lizzy cut apart that says Bliss Ave. With plus signs and sequins scattered around it, it really is a big focus.

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What is it that you love around you? What inspires you to pick up your camera and take a picture? Are you creating layouts or projects with those pictures. Are you sharing the theses around you that you see everyday and brings a smile to your face? I encourage you today to share what makes you smile with someone you love today!!

That is what scrapbooking is about, sharing the things we love, the things apart of our lives, the things that make up the stories in our lives.

Have a wonderfully inspired day!!!

Hannah

 

You can also watch the process video of me making this layout on my Youtube Channel and here.

 

 

What About Wednesday: Revitalizing Your Supplies

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Aloha!! It’s Hannah here. This year one of my personal scraps goals is to focus on Project Life. Last year I took off from Project Life for the most part and now looking through my albums I really miss some of the stories that I used to include in Project Life that I don’t want to make a scrapbook page about.

I have a dilemma though. Back when I first started Project Life I just went out and bought a huge multi pack of Project Life protecters. The problem was I didn’t know how I would use the different styles, since most of my photos aren’t in the orientation of the protecters. Now I have tons of protectors that I have a hard time using.

This year 9X12 style protectors are really stylish. I realized that with my Fuse I can make my own 9X12 protectors with some of the protectors I have left over. It is a really good feeling that I can use up the supplies that I have bought in the past, so I don’t waste them.

I started off using a sketch from Citrus Twist it give me a place to start off of and have an idea of the format I wanted to Fuse my protecters. I used a Design C which is a 6 pocket protecter with 4X6 size pockets. I used a ruler to measure off 3×4 size for the end.

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I decided to also make a shaker pocket to go next to the Month card. I am only going to add a title card for the month, that way I won’t have the pressure to do a certain amount of pages or photos for the week. I load photos and cards as I feel I have enough to share. One week I may do a whole page. Some weeks may only include 4 days like this spread. This is one way I am trying to simplify and streamline my process so I focus on the photos and stories and  not the amount of cards and pockets I need for a week.

In my shaker pocket I added silhouette cut snowflakes from the cut file last month. It really matches with the first photo of the month, in which we got a dusting of snow on the ground. It was a happy little surprise, since it really doesn’t snow where we live.

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I used the sequin mix Build A Snowman, which are perfect with all the pinks and blues in my papers and photos.

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I really kept my spread simple only adding a few embellishments along with sequins, so that the photos stand out.

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This is my favorite picture from the week, this view!! Mt. Rainer is so gorgeous covered in snow!!

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By using papers from my stash and an old Clique kit I was able to use up these cute puffy stickers. To keep things simple I am going to be using plain white card stock to do my journaling on. With doodles around the edges, it looks sharp and will match with no matter what pattern paper I use.

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Little details like staples make this card really fun.

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I scattered sequins on the cards for interest. Plus it really helps tie all the papers and cards together since I am not using just one collection.

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This is my favorite filler card. It was paper I used to die cut an ampersand out of but really didn’t want to get rid of the pattern because I liked it. I backed it with a scrap from the Gather collection. Added that American Crafts layered embellishment and Simple Stories clear word sticker. Finished with some sequins and Egg-noggin Shimmerz Vibez and I have an unique filler card.

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I hope I have inspired you to take a look at your old supplies and see how you can revitalize them to fit new trends. Like using the Fuse tool to make a pocket size protecter that you don’t have but want to use.

I hope you have an inspired week!!

Hannah

What About Wednesday: Highlights of 2016

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Aloha!! I love this time of the year. It’s a time for fresh and new starts. To know where I want to go from here though I think it is extremely important to take a step back and look at all we have accomplished in the year before. For my family this year was filled with so much.

I really wanted to make a layout that listed all these things. I want to keep it simple and make it fun too.

I decided to go with the 9×12 size to make my layout. I really love the way my albums look like with all these different sizes incorporated through it.

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I had so much fun layering papers and labels. Feltie Hearts and Build A Snowman Sequins were layered too. I really wanted the year to stand out.

There are so many ways to make a layout about highlights, right?! I really had to sit back and think about the approach I wanted to take for mine. I decided I wanted it to be focused on journaling and not on pictures. Even though that would have made for a really cool layout too. It is just not what I was feeling. Where I am in my journey of scrapbooking right now.

Because I I am not using a photo or multiple photos, If I did I think I would have loved to have tried circle photos. As crazy as that sounds. I think the smaller glimpses into our highlights would have been a fun approach. I decided to add a bold patterned paper on the bottom half of the layout. It really makes a statement and gets your attention.

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To separate the pattern from the open white space, which would soon be filled I used a branding strip from a scrap paper. I choose a black and white pattern to really ground the loud pattern. I layered some labels again as I did in the date title. This simple layering is such a little fun piece that helps give a little cluster to enjoy. I used more Feltie Hearts and Build A Snowman Sequins again to bring a cohesive feel throughout the page.  I also dated the labels with a light aqua date stamp.

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At the top of the layout I hand drew Highlights. My handwriting isn’t amazing but I really feel like it’s something that will be treasured. When I think about looking through old documents from the past, seeing a person’s handwriting it just stirs something in me. This is why it is so important for me to write on majority of my layouts, and this one even more so.

I also add a Feltie Heart and some Bulid A Snowman Sequins to the corner. After all the journaling I did I made sure there was Egg-noggin Shimmers ink splatters in that corner as well as throughout the layout.

If I had really planned this layout better, I would have thought the heart stamp as bullet points for my list from the beginning. I however am very much a scrapper of the moment, which I think really shows my passion. It can though make things look little messy, but I am ok with this. So know, that these little details really tells your family about who you are.  It is quite a fun element on a page, whether you pre-plan or wing it.

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I started off by hand drawing hearts and then later switched to using a stamp. This gave me the ability to change the color of the hearts easier. I used black and pink ink.

I really love how the journaling up up looking.

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It is so much fun seeing all the accomplishments of our family written done. Now I can’t wait to make a layout all about the things I want to reach for this year. I look forward to seeing even bigger and brighter things for my family too.

I hope you were inspired today to journal more and make a layout about things you have accomplished this past year or throughout your life. It would be so much fun to turn this layout into a bucket list type of layout too. There are so many different approaches you could take.

I hope to see you around next week and in the Facebook Group too.

Hannah

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What about Wednesday: Christmas Card Making

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Aloha My Scrappy Friends!! Christmas is almost here!! Are you ready?! I hope the holiday spirit is going strong in your lives.

This year instead of sending out  remade cards (which is what I mostly have done) I decided I would make cards to send out to family and friends. I forgot just how slow I am at making cards. Honestly though it’s because I like a little bit of a special touch on each one. It has been fun though punching and citing out circles with stamped out holiday themed items.

I thought today I would inspire you today with a couple of the cards I made. I had been using a card I made last year as a template to help make the process faster. Though I will admit I have been switching it up on each card so I am not really sure it is way faster.

I used a few different Christmas colors as the back. I used the standard 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 size, I really like this size, because I can fold it two different ways for a different look.

Here is a look at what I made. (Then I will talk a little about what I did to make them special.)

 

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I won’t lie though, I struggled a little. Most of my stamps are holiday inspired but don’t overly scream Christmas. Look at that holly berry stamp. It fits perfectly in the inch circle punch.  It felt a little superficial to me, so I paired it with this Christmas Tree cut file with the word Joy in it.

Joy is all what Christmas is about. I wanted to make sure what I am sending out to family and friends is a piece of that Joy.

I put the Joy tree on foam dimensional so it stands out. I really like the way the word Joy adds shadows on the background. I then added a green sequin from the Holly Berries sequin pack in the Spiegelmom Scraps Store.

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Really Simple but super cute. I am really digging the green and aqua color combo in the Christmas lines.

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Here is another card I made using that same first card as inspiration. Which another thing I wanted to mention. Don’t be afraid to use old cards you have made in the past as inspiration to help make cards. Using a great design over and over with different patterns and embellishments can really make it look like a different type of card.

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For this card I only used one scalloped circle instead of two. I added an extra tree to help fill up some of the empty space. I also made sure the pattern in the scalloped circle matches the theme of the cut file trees (These tree cut files are from Hip Kit Club).  I added some more foam dimension to the Joy tree.

I also added some foam dimension to the small holly berry stamped circle.

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I made sure I added colored card stock bordering Noel. I wanted it to stand out against the red patterned paper. I put the Holly Berry sequins around the trees to make them stand out.

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I love sending cards to people that I love and care about. I love spreading that Christmas Joy and Spirit. Which is why I love to take the time to make something homemade for others. I hope this inspires you to take some time out of your busy schedules to share your love to those you care about.

 

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Have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!

Hannah

What About Wednesday: December Daily Without Photos

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Aloha Sparklers!! We are knee deep in December. How are your December projects coming along? If your December is anything like mine, there are many obstacles (many good) that is causing me delays in my craft room.

I hope you are not too down on yourself. Decembers are busy, there are so many activities planned. Germs come out of the woodwork. The weather throws curveballs. We all love to see December and fun winter projects but they can be easily done when things slow done. During Christmas break or when the weather starts getting dreary. Just remember to save all the posts and pin the projects you want to use as inspiration!!

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On this note I wanted to talk about something different I am doing this year while working on my December Daily. This year for various reasons I am waiting to batch print all my December Daily and holiday photos together. Which ultimately means that I have no pictures in my album right now. I still do want to work on it while everything is happening. I scrap the best when I am documenting in the moment. Putting down on paper the things that are going on right now. That isn’t always possible though picture wise.

December Daily is one of those projects that works so well for this technique or decision to wait to add photos. Here are a few tips for making this making your album without the photos work>

  1. Remember to continue to take lots of photos. You will still need these photos at the end, use a photo a day prompt (there are tons on Pinterest) and look for stories that you want to tell in your December Daily. Like the stories behind your favorite ornament or how your kids routine changes in December. What your song playlist is this year, or what cookie is your spouses favorite to snack on. Look for those moments to capture. You can always narrow down what photos you use for that day later.
  2. Keep a notebook for writing down the things your children say, the things you thought about your day. Maybe write down some prompts you want to include in your album. I have a page for each day, so that I can write my thoughts of the day. What I want to focus on for that day.
  3. Pick your pictures before you create your days page. It is so easy to make a page ahead of time, but when push comes to shove, You really can’t have a page set unless you know what images you want to use. I use my notebook to write down the images I plan to include. When I build my page I then know where my pictures will go. This helps so I am not moving cards around when I finally get my pictures back after Christmas.
  4. Have fun!! Whether you have bought a kit, or using stuff from your stash keep your pages fun. Especially this time of the year when we are all busy and doing lots of fun things, this project is about the fun we are having. If you aren’t having fun it is okay to rethink your process to make it enjoyable and fun.

When you have gotten all your photos printed off, just add them to the pages and maybe add another sequin or two and then it will be all done. I think these tips can be helpful however you want to implement your album, simple, using all your favorite embellishments, lots of journaling, no journaling, how ever your focus too. There is no reason why not having photos should stop you from starting your album now while you are in the moment. Unless you want to wait 😉

Here is a look at what I did for pages 8 and 9 in my December Daily album. I am mixing up different sizes throughout the album. This helps for days I have lots of photos or on a day like day 8 where I don’t really have many photos. This spread is a SNAP 6×8 protector with 2 4×4 squares and 4 2×2 squares down the sides.

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I used the cut file for this month to make snowflakes to add to my day card. I like to have each day numbered. This year I am using lots of different fonts for the numbers. It is perfect since I am using mostly stash for my album this year.

I kept this card simple and didn’t add any sequins since I added the stars. Even though I contemplated using the translucent big sequins in the store.

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I chose a dark bottom I am figuring I will add my journaling with a typewriter font on this card. The edges only showing for a mat. I like to use my computer to type up some of the journaling in my December Daily. I am going to add the journaling when I add the photos, or at least when I am closer to being done. I will mostly just finish it all up in one day.

On the sides I added two small shakers with a silver hand made bows and Evergreen Bough sequins mix.

Then added circles to the two middle squares. One circle was a gift tag from last year. The other circle I cut an punched out from papers.

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Super simple but oh so much sequin fun!!

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Day 9 It snowed!! It hardly ever snows in the area I live, so my kids were so very excited to wake up and still see snow. Even though it was now raining, I let the kids go playing outside in the snow before breakfast. I know that a photo of the kids playing outside will be on this day and big. Who doesn’t like a big photo? I wanted something small though for the journaling for that photo. It will let my main feeling from the day be what you first see. I plan to add that journaling right to the 4×4 card that had the 9 day on it. I will probably also use a baseball protector pocket letter sleeves to hold more pictures from outside that day.

 

img_1558The bottom 4×4 card has a snowman and some Evergreen Bough sequins on the card. I wanted a card that was playful like my kids and puppy playing in the snow.

 

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I added a wooden snowflake to the back of the tag. I added some smaller circles in the other circle.

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Keeping my album pages simple and fun is key for me to keep going strong. I so love the end result and looking through all our memories from the month. I really am loving my approach this year and focusing more on recording the moments and journaling. focusing on the words, I know that the stories will come more alive when I add my photos after Christmas.

I hope you are checking out the store this week, there are tons of deals going on right now!! It is still time to grab some stocking stuffers. (The discount code for Dec 14th and the String Shop is 50STRING)

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Have a great week!!

Hannah

 

Watch the Process Video from my Youtube Channel for these days.