Friday, 20 December 2013

JAI #196: Just Add Christmas Projects


I'm pretty certain that it's Friday (see my previous post!!), which means it's time for the very last Just Add Ink challenge for 2013.

This week we are challenging you to show us your Christmas projects.  Apart from Christmas cards my biggest Christmas project is my December Daily album.  This year it's been a much easier task thanks to Stampin' Up!'s Season Of Style suite of products.

This is the first page, which isn't actually the first page.  The Adelaide Christmas Pageant is on in early November and really marks the start of the Christmas season for us.  I couldn't possibly leave it out!  I also included the Special Children's Christmas Party which is on in late November.

This is my title page.  I'm still deciding on a photo for the bottom left pocket, which is why it's blank for now.  I will add the year over the photo when I choose one.

The hardest part, which isn't really hard at all, is choosing which pocket page to use for which day.  You also have to think about the day that is going on the other side of the page.  The page above is the front and the page below is the back.  I knew that I would have a lot of photos on day 6, but not many on day 5.  I picked the 16 squares page to suit the busier day and then cropped my photos for day 5 to fit the pockets.  It's a really cool effect!

Any spare squares I just fill with some of the Season Of Style DSP Stack papers.

My main tips for completing a December Daily are:
  • Keep it simple - don't try to document everything every day.  Pick one thing from the day and document that.
  • Plan ahead!  I wrote down what we were doing each day so I knew which days would be quiet and which would be busy. On the days where we have nothing on I will do a page about a Christmas tradition, or favourite things about December.
  • I also made my date numbers in advance.  I made them all on 2x2 inch squares and used the same colours and materials for them all to keep the look uniform.
  • Having a home photo printer certainly helps to keep on top of the album and up to date, but it's certainly not an essential.
See you over at Just Add Ink with your fabulous Christmas projects.

Bye for now,



  1. I just love your passion for scrapbooking Tina! This is a such a fabulous project which I'm sure the kids will pull out in years to come to laugh and reminisce

  2. That looks fabulous! Love your little photos and the large ones chopped into squares.

  3. Tina what a lovely tradition you've got by recording December! Such a good idea :)

  4. I love seeing your pages Tina, they always bring a smile and make me wish l did more myself. A fabulous way to remember such special moments. xxx


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