Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter, Mini Books

December Daily / JYC

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities Blog Event)

Last year I tried out a December album for the first time. I joined Shimelle’s ‘Journal Your Christmas’ class, and prepared my album, even stitching lots of 8×8 page protectors to make them 4×8, and cutting all the papers to size, and making all my ‘dates’. I only completed it up to day 4!

I blame the fact that my baby was still quite young (5 months old) at the time, we were away for Christmas, and I was using old supplies that didn’t really excite me to create.

So I’m giving it another go this year – now baby is a bit older (and sleeping through the night – yay!), we’re at home this year, and I’ve got lovely new stash to play with!

I’ve decorated the front of my album:

I’m using Pink Paislee’s Portfolio album. I’ve misted the cover, first with two layers of Letter Jacket Mr Huey Mist, then one layer of Heidi Swapp Gold Lame Spritz, and a few droplets of White Calico Mr Huey’s.
The rest is a variety of Pink Paislee City Sidewalks, Artisan, and Portfolio items, plus Studio Calico Hey Day numbers, and some gems (of course!). I took the album out of it’s protective cover to decorate and photograph it, but it’s back inside it now – I love that it has a clear protective cover so my gems and ephemera won’t get knocked off:
I haven’t done much of the inside yet, but when I’ve had off-cuts of paper from other projects I’ve begun cutting them down to slip into the page protectors. 
Most of the dividers will work well with the colour scheme, but I took out the bright yellow one and made a replacement from a sheet of Crate Paper ‘Rudolph’ paper, which I love love love:
And I know that I’m going to use the Crate Paper Sleigh Ride vellum numbers for my dates, except for the 25th, which I’m using a piece of City Sidewalks ephemera for. I’ve also put by a few other embellishments that I really want to use in the album (I want to keep them for myself rather than using them on cards!):
Otherwise I shall just be using bits and pieces from my new and old Christmas stash boxes. I shall keep cutting down bits of paper in preparation, and maybe die-cut some shapes and words. I think I’ll be ready by the 1st of December to give the project a good try!
Be Inspired:
  • Do some misting or painting to turn something bright red/gold
  • Add some white ribbon or embellishments to your next wintry project
  • Start cutting your paper scraps down to squares or rectangles ready to go on something

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Are you doing an album this December? I know some of you are! Leave a link in the comments if you’ve already blogged about your preparations! See you again soon. x

34 thoughts on “December Daily / JYC”

  1. Yay! I’ll see you in class 🙂 I haven’t managed to prep yet, other than I already put a kit of papers and ‘bits and bobs’ together last December (nothing like planning ahead!!) I’d thought I’d do a fair bit of planning and putting together but of course my foot put paid to that idea…. Yours look so lovely, can’t wait to see it come together 🙂


  2. I’ve been collecting ideas and bits of stash, not doing JYC but will be doing something with the family – similar to the idea of our thankful November album.Do like those Portfolio albums – they look so fun to use.


  3. Good luck with it this year. I did it last year on 6×4 cards but only got as far as Christmas Day – I have just done the Boxing Day layout this weekend, thanks to the inspiration here. I never blogged any of my JYC last year so must get each photographed and blog what I did this year.


  4. oh jennifer i do hope you manage to complete jyc this year. I’ve done the past five years and have five finished albums all different sizes. This is my fave project of the year!! love it!


  5. I love JYC….though mine is a bit of a December Daily as well…it also starts in November as our first real ‘christmas related’ meal out is in November!Last year I got all my pages prepped in advance and found it so much easier to complete a page a day when the background was already for me.


  6. I really hope I manage to do more of JYC this year. I did several pages last year but got behind then my dad ended up in hospital and Christmas became rather difficult! So hoping this year I manage and thank you for suggesting starting to prepare I really think this might help! Hope to see you in class!


  7. I struggle to keep up with JYC and thought I’d give it a miss this year – but I KNOW I will do it because I just love this time of year and making mini albums. Your papers are gorgeous. I need to keep mine simple so I can get it finished. Every time I do one of Shimelle’s courses I learn by my mistake and so each one gets slightly easier than the last.Will look forward to seeing yours come together.


  8. Love your JYC supplies! I managed to complete a Christmas Journal 3 out of the last 4 years. The key for me has been to keep it REALLY simple. This year (similar to what I did last year except it was 5×7 prints) I plan to print 4×6 photos for each day and stick them back to back to make the pages. I’ll either journal direct onto the photos or add a journalling spot. Not much creative-ness but it gets the job done and helps tell the story!Good luck with your journal 🙂


  9. I think this will be my seventh year. None of the albums are the same, and I stopped worrying about a layout every day a couple of years ago. I have all the supplies gathered, and a few embellishments made. I love this project!


  10. I love the album. I am doing JYC again and may even complete it this year. I am unsure what size I am doing but I love the idea of using divided protectors this year like in PL. As for the prepping? That will all be sketchs and notes as I have ordered Shimelles Xmas box but got it sent to my Uncles address where it will stay until the week before Xmas!!! It will keep me busy over the holiday anyway when I am not playing at being Auntie 🙂 lol


  11. I hope you get further than last year – I spent part of last year’s bloggers weekend finishing my prep … and got bored with JYC after about day 5 :o( We’ll see how far I get this year!


  12. Lovely to see what you’re doing with JYC.I did December Daily for the first time last year and amazed myself by completing it! I’m going to attempt to do the same again this year. I’ve just prepped my pages and I’m just about ready For December! Pictures and details on my blog.


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