I made a mini-layout for day 21 about wrapping gifts. I slipped a Project Life card under the photo to add some journaling– the card is from the old baby core kit! But the yellow was the perfect shade. I need to remember to use those cards more often. I have a whole box full of extras!
On the back of the day 21 mini-layout is another mini-layout for day 22. Another warm day– and lots of poor-quality iPhone photos… We had so much fun playing outside, I had to tell the story. I used my Silhouette to print-and-cut a journaling label (the font is my own handwriting) and then cut four layers of white cardstock to stack under the top patterned layer for each of the twos in the date.
In between days 22 and 23/24, I added a card a friend sent me as a thank-you.
I completely forgot to take photos of a fun playdate that we had on day 23. I remembered at the very last minute and photographed the craft we did together. I used the rest of the page to start documenting our relaxed Christmas Eve.
For day 24, I took some very old no-name-brand chipboard numbers and peeled off the glossy top layer (the colors didn’t match–neither the layout nor each other), and I finally tried my hand at heat embossing chipboard. The first three photos were mini-stories about my daughter, so I numbered them and added the stories all on one card with coordinating numbers.
Yes, there are two night photos of the Christmas tree with the gifts under it (and another with the kids in front of it on day 13!). I just love the glow of the tree in the dark, and I just can’t resist taking photos.
Christmas day is a number of pages in the album, because so many things were going on! I started the day with a 6″x8″ photo of our family (backing up to the 6″x8″ Christmas eve tree photo). I used another 2″ square grid divided page protector to fit lots of photos of our kids opening their gifts. I had a lot of little stories that I wanted to record with them.
The number for day 25 (as well as for day 11!) is from a set that I created for my daughter’s December album. I enlarged it to fill the 2″ square on this page and wrapped some red-and-white twine around to add a bit of detail and dimension.
There were a few photos from the gift-opening that were composed in such a way that did not allow for them to be cropped into squares. These photos I actually adhered on the outside of the page protector. To continue the look, I used a few labels on the outside of the protector to write journaling.
Clearly, one 2″ grid page wasn’t enough– I added another page that had 2″ squares along the top and bottom and a 4″x6″ spot in the middle, where I added even more photos and stories. Throughout these pages for consistency, I used the same set of papers and red labels, and I embellished with the same buttons, doily bits, crochet thread, and silver thread. In between these two pages, I added a 4″x6″ Project Life card (Jade edition; one of the title cards) upon which I made mini layouts about the gifts that Husband I and I exchanged.
Later in the afternoon, my in-laws arrived, and so I finished day 25 with a page highlighting the big gift they gave to our kids.
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I’m using the Crate Paper “Peppermint” collection as the main set of products for this album, supplemented heavily by BasicGrey’s “Nordic Holiday;” but I am also adding in various Christmassy and not-themed products (including doilies!) from my stash. If you have any questions about a particular product, let me know in the comments.
See all my posts about this album HERE.