Hello friends! Did you have a good weekend? I hope you got some crafty time. It is Monday again, and a new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, this week our challenge is to make something that starts with the letter N.
I thought of 'Noel' and 'notebook' and decided to make the cover and inside pages for this year's December Daily journal. I love Ali Edwards' concept of documenting the month of December and I have done it for three years now. You can find my previous albums here: 2012, 2013, and 2014. The past two years, I have used two different worn journals by Tim Holtz as my covers, and I really like the flexibility of these, so I decided to use a third cover this year, the Journaler Worn Cover.
I didn't add too much to the cover since I wanted it to be relatively flat so that it can stand easily on a book shelf, together with my previous December albums.
You might remember my Christmas Countdown Calendar Tutorial from October. The countdown tags on the calendar will go into this album as journaling cards. I used similar textures and shades of green on both projects, so that they will go together. I will add some small photos into the journal, but it is mainly about the words. I usually do a few scrapbooking layouts about our Christmas as a complement to it.
On the inside, there is a Large Ring Binder and I tied it with Linen Ribbon. Some fun metallic trinkets are hanging from the ribbon, giving a great detail to the spine of the book. Since I didn't want anything bulky on the front, I placed some bulky items here instead.
Inside the book, you'll find a Tag Pocket for each of my countdown tags, as well as a bunch of other pages. I stamped the inside covers.
Apart from the journaling tags, I wanted some extra space in my journal, and also more decorative elements. I used papers from the Pocket Cards set, as well as quite a few pieces of Festive Ephemera.
I used a pack of Assorted Page Pockets, which have three different types of pockets with different sized pockets. I like the variation this brought to the album. All the papers were sanded, inked and stamped. I used the same snowflake background stamp and Cracked Pistachio ink as on all the journaling tags.
Some of the cards are ephemera pieces, but most are from the Pocket Cards pack. These cards are double sided and a few of them had flowery images on the back, but then I simply placed another card there.
I like the combination of neutral journaling cards and more decorative vintage Christmas images.
I hope you will join us in our Letter N challenge! As always you have a chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp. You have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in.
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Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope my post inspired you to document the month of December - or you could easily use the same concept to document any month or holiday of the year.