Thursday, November 11, 2010

Countdown to Christmas Journal...

Good morning!

Wow, there is a lot to share here today for our Unity Stamp Co. Hip Hop!

Today we are talking about Christmas Journals. There are a couple of classes, Ali's December Daily and Shimelle's Journal Your Christmas,  that involve documenting the month of December. As a design team, this week we have each made our own version of these little journals.

Right now, mine is pretty much just the cover...

I created my cover using a 7gypsy cover which I decorated. 

Unity has come out with some amazing stamp kits that work beautifully for these little books this year and I used bits from each of these...
*Picture Perfect (nov. kom)

The title (above) was created using the "25 days" stamp from the 25 Days kit. Then the poinsettia is from this month's kit of the month...I simply colored it using my water-based markers to get all the different colors on it. Then I cut this out using one of my Nestabilities Labels Dies

The Countdown to Christmas sentiment came from the set of the same name. I stamped the frame collage (from the kom) in the background of this piece in a very light color of ink and then just added a touch of watercolored red to highlight the frames.

I created a numbered piece that will mark each page/day inside the book. I don't have the insides done yet so these are just waiting for some design inspiration for the interior. The frames are from the Kit of the month; the numbers and the snowflake are from the 25 Days kit. I used my Nestabilities Labels 5 dies to cut the layers of card stock.

I don't have the entire inside figured out yet, but I do have pages in there made from a little board book that I found of The Night Before Christmas. I simply cut the pages apart and punched them to fit into the book. I have some ideas of how I want to make this all work for the inside, but I wanted to give it a bit more thought and planning before I started altering it all. (I put huge book rings on this because I envision it being really chunky by the time I have it finished.)

Supplies used:
*Unity Stamp Co. Picture Perfect
*Unity Stamp Co. 25 days
*Unity Stamp Co. Countdown to Christmas
*7gypsies book cover and paper (2 strips on left)
*Making Memories ledger paper
*Nestabilities Labels dies
*Zig Writers
*Palette Haystack ink pad
*CTMH Sweet Leaf and Cranberry ink pads
*StazOn jet black ink pad
*EK Success Chain punch
*Martha Stewart border punch
*KaiserCraft flat backed gems
*book rings


My second project is a quick and simple layout using the new release stamps from Echo Park that Unity announced today.

I loved the sign-look to the design of these stamps and wanted to play with that so I pulled out some really old photos of Jacob when he was little. I think that these were taken in 1999. I just had fun putting this layout together. It isn't anything gorgeous design-wise, but I really liked making all the little signs which are so fun and perfect for layouts. 

Supplies used:
*Unity Stamp Co. Little Boy Echo Park kits
*Basic Grey Oliver 6x6 paper collection
*Nestabilities Labels 5 diecut
*Martha Stewart border punches
*Daisy D's rub-on stitches
*Zig Writer
*The Twinery red twine
*medium black brads

Now you need to head on over to...


Angie Blom said...

Awesome album Christi! I love that papers and all the Unity stamp images you used.. I especially love the book page.. awesome idea.
That layout is amazing.

Eva said...

GOrgeous work on the album, Christi and your layout totally ROCKS!!!

Jessica Diedrich said...

WOW, WOW, WOW This is BEAUTIFUL! I KNEW it would be amazing as soon as I clicked on it :) I love that you used the 25 days set too-so perfect for this project. I love your EP laoyout too-such a cute use of that twine and al the different fun sentiments!

farmhouse-story said...

i'm loving the 25 days stamp set! awesome album, and such a great page, christi! love the twine with the signs:)

Erika said...

your journal is amazing. and the little boy layout is adorable. love them both.

Bonita Rose said...

Your album is gonna be beautiful.. love those daily tags!

Lacey said...

FANTASTIC journaling book!! I"m loving those EP stamps!

Anonymous said...

I'm totally diggin yellow for christmas this year and this album is screaming HAPPY!!!!

Unknown said...

WOW, this is just totally AMAZING!!

Anonymous said...

Christ, this is so amazing and beautiful. Hope you'll share when it is all filled up!

Lisa a

Handmade Creations by Stephanie said...

wow your album is just gorgeos and the layout so cute really excited about these stamps and I think my little boy will be he loves to stamp with mamma!!!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

Super cute page--love the way you made the numbers! FAB! And I LOOOOOOVE your second page--those boy EP stamps are fun fun fun!! Great job:)

Julie said...

This is awesome, Christi!!! LOVE your book and your gorgeous scrapbook page!

Unknown said...

both your projects are fabulous! love them!

Kelly Mahany said...

Your album is AMAZING!!! I love how you created the numbers for each day!! It gives great consistency in your album!! And your EP layout is super duper!!!

Maria said...

This is beautiful!! LOVE what you did, fabulous job! Love how you used the board book great idea.

Brooke said...

WOWZA! Girl... you have been BUSY! Your December daily album is gorgeous.. I like the colors you chose.. and the numbered tags for each day are awesome... great shape and design!!!

Lisa H. said...

okay, so love your album! great idea and cute so far. and THAT page is terrific! love all those little frames hanging with the twine.

stampjourney said...

Great projects! I love seeing how your December book will come together!

Rona said...

Wow that album is going to be amazing!! I love the poinsettia stamp!! and using the board book is such a good idea!! VERY CLEVER!!

Anne Tussing said...

Fun journal use the board book as part of your base. Can't wait to see it finished!!

Lisa said...

Looooooooooooooove that album!!!!!

scrappyteacher said...

Excellen, excellent!!

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