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December Daily® 2021 | Story 08

Welcome to Story #08 in my December Daily® album for 2021. 

Today I stared with one idea and it evolved in a different direction that was a combination of a couple blue sticky-note ideas I had in my album. Initially I was going to create 1/2 circle pockets on top of this vellum wreath pattern paper to hold "stuff" like candle packaging but pivoted to add wrapping paper "swatches" to the 1/2 circle pockets. I had a seriously fun time working on this one - totally worth the effort to make it happen. 

Let's dive right into the process video: 

Here are some images of the project in and out of my album: 

Today's story opens with a page of Hero Arts Woodgrain Vellum cut on my Silhouette. "It's possible that we may never, ever run out of wrapping paper." Ha. Yep. I have banned myself from buying any new wrapping paper until we work through a much bigger chunk, if not all of the selection we have here right now. For this text I simply opened up the Silhouette software and typed out my words and sent it to cut. I did save the file in case this is a sentiment you want to add to your own album. 

You can download the .Studio file and/or the SVG file here

As you'll see in the video the words cut a little too close to the outer edge so I ended up adding some Tim Holtz Christmas tape along the outside edge (you could also use fun ribbon, washi, or pattern paper here). 

When you turn the page you come to the vellum wreath page which becomes the home for my wrapping paper swatches. 

In the video I mention some encouragement to become a translator of ideas. What else could you put into those 1/2 circle pockets? Photos and/or journaling for sure. 

This project started with creating the 1/2 circle pockets. I used a 3 inch circle punch to punch circles from this white dot vellum. I used my sewing machine to stitch the half circle onto the background wreath vellum. The transparent eight is from a past Week In The Life kit

After stitching all the pockets I did two things: (1) used my 2.5 inch circle punch to punch circles from the different wrapping paper patterns in my wrapping tub and organized them into five categories, and (2) printed title strips for my pockets that were then adhered along the top edge of each pocket. The font I used for those titles is called Blackout

I cut the "December stories" banner from one of the 10x8 pattern papers in the extra pack and adhered it with foam adhesive

I had five categories of wrapping paper: brown papers (as in brown paper packages tied up with string), woodlands, stripes, Santas, and words. After punching out all the circles I used my Crop A Dileeyelets (oh yeah you read that right) to attach each group together before slipping them back into the pockets. I ran red + white twine through the eyelets to finish off those swatch books. 

One thing I added after I turned off the camera was one 2.5 inch journal circle that gave a little more context to this story. 

I don't think I'll ever get tried of cut out/see through words on paper, especially when Christmasy things are peeking through. 

I really like how this one turned out! I love starting with a pattern paper or vellum that has spaces already built into the design (often in a grid) that can become homes for journaling, photos or ephemera. 



You are invited to leave a link in the comment section if you'd like to share your daily pages. Please include a direct link to your blog post sharing your Day 8 vs. a general blog address link.

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  1. AnnieCarignan says…

    I really love this ! Beautiful thank you!

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  2. Laura_Steingiser says…

    Love this! I can think of so many ways to use this idea.I must admit, I am behind which is unusual for me with no prepped pages, despite everything you offer to prepare. I do find such inspiration in what you create. It is clean, "simple" and visually beautiful. Your daily shares have jump started my pages, not to necessarily do the same exact things, but my creativity and joy have been spartked, finally. Thank you.

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  3. sleepeybear says…

    I love, love, love seeing the old-school eyelets making an appearance! As someone who always tries to save pieces of the wrapping paper that comes off gifts on Christmas, to use them in my scrapbooking of that occasion, I like the twist in highlighting the variety of wrapping papers to choose from in the gift-wrapping. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  5. achaffin39 says…

    I have so many eyelets that I have almost gotten rid of over the years. So glad I have a reason to use them today! I feel vindicated! Lol

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  6. barefootscrapbooker says…

    Totally love this! What a great way to capture memories of those papers. I'm in the same boat: no new wrapping paper for the last few years, and many years to come. I swear it multiplies in storage!

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  7. ahiggins83 says…

    I love your "oh yeah you read that right" about eyelets :) Too funny. Love how you made little homes for all the circles with the stitched circle pockets!

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  8. audmac says…

    Wrapping paper! Great idea, I can totally relate 😊
    Do you have a favorite plain inkjet vellum you could share a link to? Thanks

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    1. AliEdwards says…

      This is the one I have on hand here:

  9. mshanhun says…

    Those pockets are just adorable!! :)

    Here's my page for today:

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  10. Maxpuppy says…

    I love this ... I really should look at using vellum.
    I have my Days 1 to 5 here |

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  11. adawson816 says…

    I LOVE this one!

    Sharing my Day 8 (inspired by Ali’s Day 9):

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  12. virginiegoujon says…

    Perfect!!! Love this so much!

    Here's my story #8 :

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