Prepping Your Document December Project : Week One

Hello there, friends! November is here and we’re less than 30 days away from the first day of our Document December project! If you haven’t even taken your DD contents out of their box yet, we are ready to inspire you to do so, and get your project prepped for the busy month of December. Chances are, if you do some of the leg-work ahead of time, your project will be more successful, and (dare we say it?) even complete this year at the end of December? Today and the next three Fridays will bring a new post of inspiration from our DT members on how you can make the most of your kit, prep your project and build a successful Document December. Today, we’re kicking it all off with Susan Brochu, Amanda-jayne Baldwin, and our owner, Elle Price! 
 
Elle | Hey everyone! I am so excited to be able to share my Document December album with you next month! This year I will be using a 6″ x 8″ pocket page binder and telling a story from each day in December. I was able to find a storage container at Michaels that holds our entire Document December Kit, along with some add-ons, stamps, and the entire album itself! I love how this will help me keep everything in one spot, and allow me to move to a different area of the house when working on it.
 

 
This year I decided to not prep any pages in advance and work on them as I go, but I did put together a cover page using our Holiday Pages Cut File and some vellum. I then added a gold heart and star from our Gold Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers. I love this being the first thing you see when you open the album!
 

 
The Oh What Fun Stamp has a fun striped label on it that I plan on using quite a bit for adding little notes to photos, so I did pre-stamp these in five different colors, along with the December label! I love pre-stamping something that I know will get a lot of use–especially for a daily project like this. It makes them easier to use when they are already ready for you!
 

 
I also plan on using the puffy numbers from our Document December Kit and the Mini Dated Stamp to date each story and/or photo, and I wanted to show you how I have my acrylic block set up for that! The photo above shows how you can space the number stamps out on a clear block and be able to ink just the number you need by using the corner of the ink pad! You can then leave the numbers on the clear block for the entire month—this saves so much time from having to pull them off and reset for each date! Just make sure you clean your stamp well before stamping the next number. I recently started using a Lawn Fawn Shammy and that works great! Look for some 6″ x 2″ inch acrylic blocks in our shop on November 10th that this set up will be perfect for putting the numbers on one side and the months on the other!
 
Supplies | Document December KitHoliday Pages Cut FileGold Shapes and Dots Puffy StickersOh What Fun StampMini Dated Stamp
 

 
Susan | Hello everyone! Are you ready to start documenting your December?  I know that the beginning of December is still a few weeks away but I like to help myself out by jazzing up some of my pocket tags before that busy holiday season begins.  The tags in the Document December Kit are already completely appropriate for the holiday and can certainly be used as is, but I like to change them up just a little bit—it helps get me into the spirit of the season! Today I’m going to share a couple of the updates I made to the tags.
 

 
I punched a large circle out of the 3×4 green grid card and stitched it onto the 3×4 card with the holly pattern. Then I placed the negative from the green grid card on top of the “fa la la” 3″ x 4″ tag, added a puffy tree from the Fa La La Puffy Stickers found in the kit, and a heart from the Christmas Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers, along with one of the Christmas Phrase Stickers.  A little stitching around the edge was the finishing touch.
 

 
I embellished two of the tags from the Document December Kit by stamping the “oh what fun” sentiment from the Oh What Fun Stamp on the pink striped piece I had left over from making a pocket card, trimming it into a banner shape and adding it to the top of the tag with the tiny stars. A house from the Sweet Christmas Treat Wood Veneers and three more Christmas Phrase Stickers were the perfect additions to the large tag with the heart border.
 

 
Adding just a little more embellishment to some of the pocket tags from the Document December Kit really didn’t take much time, and now I’ve got a little stack of personalized cards handy when I’m ready to start my project.  I hope I gave you some ideas to help you prep your Document December project!
 
Supplies | Document December KitChristmas Phrase StickersChristmas Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers, Christmas Wood Confetti, Sweet Christmas Treat Wood Veneers, Oh What Fun Stamp, Christmas Seals Stamp
 

 
Amanda-jayne | I can hardly wait for Christmas, and I am SO excited to be prepping my December album with the gorgeous Elle’s Studio Document December Kit! For this year’s album, I am using an old journal that I picked up from my local scrapbook store. It has a beautifully bound spine and most importantly, pre-cut photo pockets on every single opening! (I know, how awesome is that?!) This is a huge time saver for me, and means minimal prep time. Yay!
 

 
Pockets are fantastic in any DD album, as they’re not only perfect for housing our precious photographs, but also ideal for storing memorabilia & creating shaker pockets too! With so little to prepare, I got straight onto decorating my journal cover.
 

 
Isn’t this festive & fun?! I adore that snow drops patterned paper—it’s so crisp and fresh for Christmas! I couldn’t resist teaming it with the wood veneer trees and that giant ’25’ acrylic—so effective! Here’s a little peak at my inside opening page:
 

 
I have used more of that divine snow drops pattern paper to line my pages with, and added a thick line of washi tape down the center to strengthen the album’s spine. On the left hand side, I feature the white Hazel Alphabet Stickers found in the Document December Kit for my “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” quote. On the right, I foam mounted one of the tags found in the kit, and embellished with the Candy Cane Puffy Alphabet Stickers and the gold acrylic stars!
 
I hope I’ve inspired you to make a start on your DD album today!
 
Supplies | Document December KitCandy Cane Puffy Alphabet StickersUnder The Tree Wood Veneers25 Acrylic
 

 
What great ideas! We’ll be back next week for a fresh round of Document December inspiration! Don’t have your Document December Kit yet? A limited quantity is still in stock in our shop! Be sure to get yours today to give yourself enough time to prepare for this merry project! 

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