Such a fun post today...all about Christmas, with ways to make it even more memorable. Today's Papertrey Ink group project focuses on the new Countdown to Christmas and Countdown Details stamp sets. I've created a December Daily type of project but with a slightly different twist. For each day in December, I've created a pocket, tag, envelope, pillow box, and even a wooden spool with an act of service or kindness, or a simple Christmas activity to be done and enjoyed together as a family. I'll list a few of the ideas I have for each daily act at the end of this post.
What you're left with after the activity is completed, is a memory, so take along your camera, and you've got a tag and embellishments already created for you to add to your December Daily journal, all that's missing is your journaling.
Here are a few examples of how I created my tags and such for each day. This first tag was created using the Tag Sale #6. The date is mounted on a snowflake cut using the Snowflake Medley die, and the handmade felt embellishment you see here and on a few of the other dates was cut using the Love Lives Here: Holiday die collection. The mitten was cut from Pure Poppy, Vintage Cream, and Limeade Ice felt. I used Aqua Mist, Simply Chartreuse, Berry Sorbet, and Pure Poppy ink on each of these tags.
The inside tag uses stamps from these new releases...so many cute and fun images and sentiments ready and waiting to be used. This tag and the following are attached to a small glassine bag and used as a pocket of sorts where the fun awaits!
My December 2nd tag uses the Damask Snowflakes die collection as my base and decorative washi tape across the bottom from Freckled Fawn...the wide, red polka dot washi used on the 1st tag is also from Freckled Fawn. I love how washi looks on glassine.
Once again I used the Love Lives Here: Holiday die collection for my embellishments and used Melon Berry, Vintage Cream, Limeade Ice, and Simply Chartreuse felt. It's attached to the tag using a Maya Road trinket pin.
For December 3rd, I used the Seed Packet die and It's Official Patterned Paper to form my pocket. I used the By the Numbers die collection for my number and mounted it onto a frame cut from Fine Linen cardstock and the Fillable Frames #10 die and using the Fillable Frames #10 stamp set and Fresh Snow ink.
The felt embellishment on this pocket was cut from Limeade Ice using the Holly Jolly die and a bit of cream tulle.
Next up, I used the Essential Pillow Box die...just the right size for this project.
My last idea uses a wooden spool with paper wrapped around its center that contains the act of kindness of activity...just unravel to discover what it is and enjoy! My felt mitten was made from Limeade Ice, Vintage Cream, and Pure Poppy felt. A strip of Sweet Blush twill secures the paper around the spool.
I used a small, wire basket to hold each of these items throughout December, but you could use a small Christmas tree and hang each from it, a small, wooden drawer, make it into a garland, etc.
A few ideas I have for the Daily Acts are:
- Decorate the tree
- Sing carols at a nursing home
- Cut out paper snowflakes
- Pick out a toy for Toys for Tots
- Have hot cocoa with marshmallows
- Make a card for someone and mail it
- Watch a Christmas movie together
- Decorate a gingerbread house
- Draw Grandma a picture and mail it
- Sting together popcorn and cranberries for the Christmas tree
- Make a pinecone bird feeder
- Read a Christmas story
- Bake Christmas cookies
- Take a ride to see the Christmas lights
- Make a snowman
- Create a handmade ornament
- Take cinnamon rolls to a neighbor
- Pick out a special gift for someone, wrap it, and deliver it secretly
- Fill a stocking for someone in need
- Make cinnamon rolls and share them
We were also asked to create a card using these new sets to show their versatility. This card came together very simply, using the same elements as on the previous project. I used the calendar stamp as a background along the bottom edge of the card, stamped the sentiment vertically, and highlighted the number "25" but using dimensional adhesive. Just a few strips of washi tape, Aqua Mist Saddle Stitch ribbon, and Raspberry Fizz and Aqua Mist buttons, and I was done.
Thanks so much for visiting! I can't wait to see what the other girls have created to share:
- Dawn McVey
- Betsy Veldman
- Ashley Cannon Newell
- Maile Belles
- Jessica Witty
- Danielle Flanders
- Cristina Kowalczyk
- Erin Lincoln