A few days ago I posted that I had things to prepare before Christmas ... shopping, cards, puddings ...
but there was another thing that I had to get done before December started: my prep for my third year of Journal Your Christmas!
I was lucky enough to win a prize from the Kaisercraft blog earlier this year and what better stash to use for a December journal than their Silly Season Range?! A lovely mix of red, white, green and pink papers with matching rub-ons, die-cuts, gems as well as stamps and journalling tags.
This year I decided to base my album on tags and wanted to use manilla envelopes to make pockets behind the pages from the pad of paper. I thought it was 6"x6" but after a page or two of preparation when nothing quite worked I realised that the pad is actually 6½" square (!) That's a new one on me!
For each page of the album I sealed two envelopes and sliced ⅛" off one short end to open up each envelope again. I layered the envelopes onto the back of one piece of patterned paper and covered them with a second sheet. Semi-circles cut out with a 2" punch give me access to the pockets:
By varying the placement of the envelopes I have varied where the pockets appear - left, middle or right along the top of the page, or top, middle or bottom of the side.
I have joined the pages together with strips of white card punched with my X-cut border punch ... I think I may yet have to sew the spine to the cover if the pages start to sag ... I'll have to see what happens once all the tags are in place, let alone photos, journalling spots and embellies!
If I was starting this project from scratch (don't you just love hindsight!) I'd have prepared the spine before sticking each pair of patterned pages together - no border punching would have been necessary as the edges would have been concealed.
As you can see, I'm not done yet - and the cover needs to be made too. I'm going to a Blogger's Retreat next weekend ... meeting several fellow bloggers, including, Mel, Julie, Alexa and Lizzie for the very first time ... so I'm hoping to put the finishing touches to this then.
In the meantime, here's a sneaky peek at some more Christmas preparation I've been doing!
|ETA - revealed here!|
P.S. That's ATDML's Thirsty Thursday K for Kaisercraft, JYC Kit and