Memory Keeping

25 Days of Christmas Journal: Preview of Em’s Gift

This is a little overdue, as it’s been complete for more than a week, but here are some pictures of the gift journal I gave to my sister Em to capture the excitement of this month [you can read more about the journal and download the free PDF in the original post]. She was SO thrilled to receive it. And even though it’s not being opened on the day, I would say this may be the best gift I give this year. What is it about giving that makes you feel so wonderful??

Enjoy!

25 Days of Christmas (gift) - Album Cover

25 Days of Christmas (gift) – Album Cover

25 Days of Christmas (gift) - First Page

25 Days of Christmas (gift) – Intro Page

25 Days of Christmas (gift) - First Page

25 Days of Christmas (gift) – First Page (I added our Christmas card, since she didn’t get it until the 2nd! Opportunistic, I know..  🙂  )

25 Days of Christmas (gift)

25 Days of Christmas (gift)

25 Days of Christmas (gift) - Select Pages

25 Days of Christmas (gift) – Select Pages

25 Days of Christmas (gift) - Select Pages

25 Days of Christmas (gift) – Select Pages

25 Days of Christmas (gift) - Select Pages

25 Days of Christmas (gift) – Select Pages

25 Days of Christmas (gift) - A note on the last page

25 Days of Christmas (gift) – A note on the last page

Products Used:

I like to keep it simple. Use limited, high-quality products as often as possible. Of course, no matter what you do there is always too much left over! This year, this project was one of the ways I’m trying to reduce my stash of papers and embellishments.

Tip: print digital images from Pinterest on cardstock (I chose 8×8 cardstock – see #1). Textured cardstock gives the image a worn, leathery look and shimmery cardstock gives an incredible washed-out glow. It’s a great way to get a unique effect and professional look for the cost of a little ink and some paper.

1. It all starts with the right stack of paper. And as soon as I saw this album I knew it was meant to be! Michael’s exclusive collection – Recollections brand “Frosty Cabin.” This Etsy seller offers you a half-stack which is a great way to save on materials.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/112857614/recollections-frosty-cabin-christmas

And, of course, you need your plain paper as well. This is 8×8 ’tis the season cardstock that I picked up over the summer at a seasonal closeout sale for $4. Score!

2. Recollections brand journaling tags and advent calendar pages. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to sell online so I can’t show pictures.

3. You can find all the free printables on my Holiday Inspiration Pinterest Board. There are printables and SO MUCH MORE! Good tip: if you have a printer, you don’t need to buy gift tags. Get them free on the internet and I guarantee they’ll be better than anything you would buy!

4. Ali Edwards Christmas Story printable 3×4 journaling cards. It’s great that they’re printable, because I will probably use these all through December.

5. Hambly Screen Prints holiday rub-ons. I tried to find this online and it looks like they might have gone out of business. Suffice to say, rub-ons are fantastic! And I love the fact that this company prints in the US. But, alas, it may be too late..

6. The stickers are envelope / holiday card seals from the card section of Target. A great, cheap way to add a little extra flare to your book.

Happy December!