Friday, 19 November 2010

Christmas is coming....?

Yes, I think I need to concede that it is! I managed to get some Christmas shopping done on Wednesday morning (as in, I actually went to some shops and fought my way through the crowds - dread to think what they'll be like once we get to December...) and I've been gradually picking up some items online and tucking them away in various hiding places for a few weeks now. What with The Doctor, The Boy, The Brother and The Sister all having birthdays in December, I need to be organised!

So I've also been working on my album for this year's Journal Your Christmas :-) I did most of this before we got 'the call' from Ofsted last week, but haven't had a chance to share it till now!

I'm using some rather lovely Vintage Book Covers by 7gypsies (available from 2Peas on that link, though I got mine from eBay) - thanks to Shimelle for the inspiration! I've added a Christmas card I saved from last year, some thickers and a couple of strips of ribbon to the front, and painted the inside covers with gold acrylic paint:


The card folds out like this, and I haven't stuck that flap down - the book rings I've added since taking these first few photos hold it in place, but I like the extra bit of dimension the card gives :-)


The pages of the album are just envelopes, the front of which I'll decorate each day; I plan to keep it fairly simple, with a title, maybe a photo or two, and a few embellishments. The journaling for each day will go inside the corresponding envelope. I want my main focus this year to be on the writing, so this way I can write as much as I want and not worry about taking up lots of space or about having private details on show! At the moment the album looks like this:


Which of course means that by the time I've added a layer or two to each envelope and some journaling inside, it'll be bulging! But that's OK, I rather like that effect - just hope the book rings are big enough, that's all!

I've also combined a few different digital supplies to make date tags for each day, sizing them to fit inside my big circle punch with a slight border, then printing onto cream cardstock:


I'm pleased with these, first time I've ever tried to do anything like this!


I also put together a few extra tags that I might want to use, and I've added those to my box of supplies in readiness :-)


So I just need to gather together some papers, stamps, embellishments and so on, and I'm all set!

How about you? Are you JYCing, DDing, both, neither, something else altogether? And are you ready yet?

25 comments:

helena said...

love the tags you made and that you have some phrases as well as the dates.

I really like your envelope approach. My plans for any kind of December album have gone on hold because I will not be doing a long buildup to christmas this year due to work demands. Still decidign what to do to cover the shortened Christmas season

Melissa said...

Sian, I really like your book cover - the fold out Christmas card looks great. Your date tags came out nice. I'm not doing JYC or a December Daily this year. I did an album last year with Jessica Sprague's free Holidays in Hand class but things got hectic. I finished up my album this past summer! :>)

Kirsty.a said...

I'll be doing JYc forthe 4th year, but i'm 'downsizing' to 6x4 this year to go in my Document 2010 dividers.
Also in throes of ofsted so won't be able to make title page or anything until week after next (as a college we got 3 weeks notice - not a good thing at all)

Linda said...

How nice things are looking in your preparation for Christmas. I debated about doing Shimelle's class, then thought better of it.

I see all the Christmas goings on and a part of me wishes I could concentrate on those things. But, I've been cooking, grocery shopping, chopping, baking, and sewing in preparation for Thanksgiving and an upcoming cruise, both of which I'm looking forward to.

I'll have to do Christmas simply this time. Looking forward to that.

Miriam said...

I love your cover Mel & the Christmas card gives it a real 'something extra' and for me the recycling element is perfect! I have my advent book ready, not sure if I will follow JYC yet. :)

scrappyjacky said...

Love your cover....and the tags are great...am doing a very simple version myself this year...as so busy this December.

Lizzie said...

This is great Mel! I like the gold-painted edges (and insides that we can't see!).
The circular tags are wonderful - very clever. I would like some of those... Maybe I could make some too. It's time I had a try at something like that.
I think your JYC album is going to be fabulous - even if you only use brown paper and fibre-tip pens for the rest of the pages!

JO SOWERBY said...

wow u have been hard at work. loving the tags and the recycling. i have loads of jyc 2010 ideas and lots of bits left from last year, just need to settle down to it really,
Jo xxx

Cheri said...

Mel- LOVE the album cover and the date tags you made. I recognize Ali's "December" but could you share the other supplies you used for those of who might want to scraplift this great idea?

mise said...

Your tags are beautiful, a lovely understated design, but you forgot about me, The Blogging Friend - I too have a birthday in December.

Ladkyis said...

Ooh, ooh, I love the cover. I have done mune too but haven't taken a picture yet. I spent a while looking at stamps and things to make the date tags. I have a neat journalling stamp which is round and I could get a big number and the December in it AND I have a large circle punch, I just couldn't be bothered last night to do it. I wanted to watch Sarah Beany and then it was bedtime because I was taking Miss Em to school this morning. I am looking forward to doing JYC again this year.

Clair said...

The tags you've designed look amazing. You've come a long way with the digital baby! :)

Cheryl said...

wow you have been bust Mel love your digi tags I realy need to get a move on x

Maria Ontiveros said...

Uh oh. Now I'm starting to feel behind.
Rinda

Amy said...

Mel I love how you have adapted the card for the cover, that is a fantastic idea!
I know my size and that I'll be going digi - apart from that I really think I need to get a wriggle on!

Karen said...

I love what you've done with this, Mel. The cover is spectacular. I got most of the transparency pages done before we left for CA, but I still need to do the covers. I was hoping it would all be done by now, but other projects had to be moved to the top of the list.

Deb said...

I love the looks of your book so far, Mel. And those tags are adorable. I haven't planned to do a journal for December - just too many other things pulling my attention and I decided to not add to the mix of things to do. I'll look forward to seeing your book progress though! Have fun. xo

Cal said...

Mel I love your idea for using envelopes and your number tags are FAB!! I want some!!!

furrypig said...

Hiya Mel great looking journal so far! I am also using envelopes after I spotted 20 red ones in a pack back in Sept for a whole 50p! I don't plan on using an envelope everyday as some will just be quick entries I suspect! Look forward to seeing more!

Sian said...

Looking SO good Mel! I can't wait to see more. I'm starting to realise how far behind I am in the preparation stakes..

The Scrappy Tree said...

Great job Mel :) I am trying December Daily for the first time this year, still slowly gathering supplies! Need to lay hands on some more patterned acetate...
Gayle xx

Liberty :) said...

I am really loving those printables!!!! You are so talented, did you use PSE? If so, how did you do the circle? I have to know!! ;) Glad your back xx

Rachel B said...

I love the tags Mel, they are brilliant. :)

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

wonderful cover! Love the date circles as well. I'm working on getting my date/number embies made now. But I have not decided yet if I am going with Day 1 or Dec 1 & really need to make that call.

Kirsty.a said...

Love what you have done. If you check my blog you will see I'm using your little book as the basis of my JYC - after much deliberation. I know I said I was doing just 6x4 cards, but I changed my mind!