As usual, I have fallen behind with my December Daily. No surprise there.
Luckily, I’ve learned over the years that if I write down the highlights + corresponding photos for each day, I can catch up in no time at all! So here’s a spread from what I completed this afternoon:
LEFT PAGE // I used a journaling card from Kelly’s kit (which my good friend Sarah designed!), a ledger paper from one of Jamaica’s Duly Noted installments, and washi tape from Freckled Fawn. The floral paper is (I think) by Heidi Swapp + I am obsessed with that shade of yellow! If you haven’t already guessed, I am a big believer in making the holidays whatever colors you enjoy! No need to go red + green all the time (unless, of course, that’s your thing!).
RIGHT PAGE // I used a large glassine envelope that I received as the packaging for a gift bag from Urbanic (but you can always find more here). Originally, I was just going to leave the bag as is, but then I decided to place a sheet of hot pink cardstock inside the envelope to give it a little bit more visual interest. (You know I had to sneak some neon in there!) The awesome hexagon overlay behind my photo is from Life Love Paper and the date stamp is from Oh Hello Friend – both ladies run equally fantastic shops! I also used these Amy Tangerine Thickers and my most favorite pen of all time (seriously). Sidenote: To make sure the date stamp didn’t smudge, I used my trusty StazOn black ink pad and let it dry for a few minutes longer than I would have with regular paper. So far, so good.
I have to say, it’s pages like these that make me want to return to this hobby over + over again. I love being able to repurpose things (such as the glassine bag) + find new ways to document my life. Cue the happy scrapbooking feelings…
How are you guys doing? Are you staying up to date or are you falling behind like me?
Reusable tote bags are a big thing around these here parts. They’re so big, in fact, that when I went to NYC last March, I excitedly bought my mom a canvas grocery bag from the Zabars featured in You’ve Got Mail (“get in another line”) because I knew she would appreciate both the reference AND the usability. So in the spirit of recycling + good packaging (no longer mutually exclusive!), I decided to create a few tote bags for myself and for others this holiday season. Here’s how to create your own tote bag design:
1. Make a stencil. I designed mine in Silhouette Studio and had my Cameo Die-Cutting Machine do the hard work for me. If you don’t have a machine, fear not! You can always use an xacto knife to achieve very similar results.
2. Place a sheet of chipboard / cardboard / heavyweight paper inside your tote. (Note: If your bag needs ironing – ugh, ironing! – do this beforehand. It’ll be worth it, I promise.)
3. Position your stencil over the area you would like to paint and adhere it to the bag with removable tape.
4. Using a multi-surface craft paint and a foam paint pouncer, dot over your stencil gently yet firmly until the whole area is covered in paint. I only applied a single coat because that was all I needed. Apply as many coats as you deem necessary.
5. Let dry. Slowly lift your stencil and check for any areas that may need a touch-up.
6. Bring your tote everywhere you shop and let the compliments roll in!
Martha Stewart Gold Metallic Paint // Martha Stewart Crafts Foam Pouncer // Tote Bags // Silhouette Cameo
December Daily season is finally here and I am so psyched about getting back into paper + glue again. Here’s what I’ve been working on:
COVER. The original state of my book was an old leather day planner that I found at a thrift store for a dollar. To make it my own, I stripped off the leather covering right down to the three chipboard sheets (two covers + one spine). I then re-covered each chipboard sheet with woodgrain contact paper, attached the three components with two strips of lightweight paper, added even more contact paper over that, and finally hot-glued the binder mechanism back in. It definitely took a good chunk of time, but in my opinion, it was totally worth it. As for the embellishment, I just added a few strips of washi + glitter tapes to both covers, a 2012 flair button from Kelly’s December Daily kit, and an Instagram pic with photo corners.
INTRO. I knew I didn’t want the first page of my book to feature the first day of month, so I used one of the awesome vellum screenprints from Kelly’s kit in front and placed this sheet of paper from Freckled Fawn behind it to create the sunburst effect under the phrase. And of course, all three of my favorite washi tape colors made it on there. (Nothing says “Happy Holidays” quite like hot pink, am I right?)
DAY ONE. Clearly I am out of practice when it comes to scrapbooking for myself because this simple spread took nearly two hours! However, in those two hours, I was reminded of how much I miss this hobby + how grateful I am for all the fun (omg, so much fun) supplies that I still have on hand. The little kraft envelope on the right is part of the packaging from Tina’s screenprints that I ordered last week – love when I can recycle! It was also fun using the stamp set that I designed for SC’s 25 Days class (as seen on the righthand page). Lots of good things going on. I am so excited to see how the rest of the book unfolds…
American Crafts Brown Sugar Glitter Tape // American Crafts Aqua Glitter Tape
// Adhesive Photo Corners // Kikkerland Paper Clips // Woodgrain Contact Paper // Oh Hello Friend Number Stamp //
I don’t know if it’s my “recycle, reduce, reuse” California upbringing (anyone else remember that song??) or if it’s simply my personal inclination to hoard anything made from a tree, but the thought of throwing away something that can easily be repurposed pains me. Especially anything from Anthropologie. (Have you ever watched an Anthro employee wrap a gift with the quintessential brown tissue paper + that giant washi tape dispenser? It is a true delight, my friends.) The other day while I was organizing all my various packaging supplies, I realized that the paper quality of an Anthro bag would be perfect for creating envelopes!
The process of turning a paper bag into an envelope is as basic as you would imagine. First, I cut out one side of the bag (the side that doesn’t fold up) and turned it over to the backside. Using a 4-bar Paper Source envelope template as my guide, I traced the shape with a pencil and then cut it out by hand. Next, I folded up all the flaps, adhered with a tape runner, and applied a liberal amount of washi tape. Done and done!
Tis the season to repurpose!
While designing this year’s holiday cards, I realized I never shared the ones I made for last year! So here they are:
Lots of Crate Paper, kraft cardstock + a few custom stamps = happy 2011! While I was thrilled with how they turned out (nothing better than a fat stack of handmade cards!), I had no idea how long the process would take. It took FOR-E-VER. But as we all know, I totally live for this stuff, so I was more than happy to spend hours and hours cranking them out.
My 2012 cards are slightly less involved (I learned my lesson!), but still handmade – I can’t wait to show you!
Martha Stewart Medium Double Punch – Nordic Snowflake // Crate Paper Paper Pad 12 Inch X12 Inch Heart // American Crafts Textured Cardstock 12X12 – Kraft Kraft // American Crafts Precision Pen 5-Pack, All Sizes, Black // Fiskars Squeeze Punch X-Large, Round ‘n Round // Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Stamp // Kindly Send To Stamp
Admittedly, scrapbooking and I have had a pretty rocky relationship this year.
I was always happy to do it as a job, but when it came down to my own free time, it just wasn’t high on my list of priorities anymore. But somehow, someway, probably by the grace of a Christmas miracle, the lure of the December Daily reigned me in again and I have to say…it feels good to be back! I love this time of year for so many reasons, but one of my favorite parts is all the paper that’s involved: the packaging, the holiday cards, the “to & from” tags, the Starbucks red cups, the wish lists, the receipts, the gift cards, the shopping bags…the list goes on and on. Needless to say, having a December Daily to house all these treasures is a MUST.
I’m so excited to be contributing some of my pages and tips + tricks to Studio Calico’s 25 Days class (registration closes TONIGHT!), but of course, there will be plenty for me to share here (and the ‘gram!) as well.
P.S. You can see my take on December Daily from last year right here.
I am so happy (and so relieved) to announce that my new stamps are officially up in my brand new shop! It took way longer than I anticipated to pull everything together, but now that it is finally done, I am so thrilled with the results!
I can’t even tell you how much I agonized over how I wanted things to look. I shot and re-shot everything three separate times. That’s approximately 5 million photos and two days straight of editing right there. The first two times, it just didn’t feel right…you know that feeling? I wanted to be proud of it. I wanted to be excited about it. I wanted it to be an accurate representation of how I envision my brand. Well, third time’s the charm! Halle-freakin-lujah.
There’s still a few more stamps that need to be shot + listed. I will definitely keep you posted when those go up! And thank you so much for your patience! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts (:
But in the meantime…I’m going to bed!
This dog was made for Halloween. Sometimes he looks like a black bear. Sometimes he looks like a wolverine. Occasionally he looks like a dog. But all the time he look likes a fruit bat.
Wally the Fruit Bat.
Here’s to the start of the holiday season! Wahoo!
Congratulations Kathryne! Shoot me an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your address and I will send your stamp out right away!
Thank you all for entering the giveaway! I thoroughly enjoyed reading each and every one of your Fall traditions and am mildly (okay, wildly) envious of anything involving hot drinks + cold weather. Must be nice (;
In other news, I am spending the better part of today styling and shooting my new holiday stamps (debuting November 1st!). I’ve been so torn over how I want my holiday styling to look. I love rustic + earthy just as much as I love bright + bold. Knowing my track record, there will probably be a healthy dose of neon involved. Can’t wait to show you what I have up my sleeve!