Friday, January 15, 2016

December Memories- Part Two (using Shimelle, Color Cast Design and The Cut Shoppe)


Welcome back! Today I wanted to share part two of my December mini album (see part one HERE). I have recently discovered two small paper companies I am excited to share with you. Like I said in my last post I let myself go creatively on this project. I added as much 'extra' stuff (sequins, embellishments, etc) as I wanted, when normally my style is a little more simplified.  I also added a bunch of die cuts I made with silver foil cardstock-because, why not

A note before I share the last few pages: this album is really 95% done. I am still waiting for a few pictures from family members, so you'll see a few blank spaces. Let's roll.

The backside of the last page I shared on Monday. Two FB pics from family, and I love the size of these pockets, made it perfect for these square photos! In the side pocket I added a few random sequins and a wood piece from Color Cast Designs. I used one of my Christmas Gifts (a Photo Fuse!) to seal the top. (p.s. I love that thing, but I am trying to get the hang of it. I am going to share more projects with it soon-stay tuned!) I'm skipping over the next page you see a peek of there-because of blank spaces. Moving on...

What? A page with no pictures? Well, it wasn't on purpose (I'd love to say I was suave enough to plan the book pages in order ahead of time...feel free to be impressed ; ) ). I had a few things to share that I included here: a list of holiday movies I watched (I watch alot of moovies when I am making cards and such), receipts from holiday gatherings, then the right hand side is this quote I found on the Ali Edwards blog. It really spoke to me, it talks about how Christmas changes as you grow into an adult. It can be hard to accept those changes, but that's the real spirit of Christmas. Growth, birth, change. My holidays are definitely different than they were we I was growing up. A few years ago it was hard for me to accept that. However, I have worked on creating my new normal and I really appreciate all the things I do now! I am in a much happier place on the subject. 


A spread with Christmas Eve at my uncles' home. On the left is a die cut I made on my Silohuette using this free file from The Cut Shoppe


A mix of Christmas Day and Christmas prep. Top right pocket is a little Santa and some sequins , all zipped up with my Photo Fuse!  In case you're wondering the bottom left picture is me working on ornaments, like I do every year. Painted Christmas trees on wood slices!


Backside of that page. I had an empty picture slot, so I cut another free file from The Cut Shoppe and added some patterned paper. Because why not. On the right is an empty page protector waiting for family pics (although you can see a couple of those acrylic pieces waiting to be added). Behind that is a few funny pictures of me and my siblings goofing off- the internet doesn't need to see those ; )


My tribe. Pictures from my family Christmas (actually 2 1/2 days, because we like to party). Mostly just hanging out pictures. Because I love those, and them. Bottom right is some journaling about the weekend on vellum, slipped over a piece of patterned paper.


More family photos! New Years day I see my mother's side of the family.



 Last page of the album is actually out of order a bit time wise. New Years Eve included a few drinks with a few friends. The first time I have gone out on NYE in years-but so fun! 

That's it folks. I had a lot of fun putting together this project and I am really grateful you can back to see it. December is always chock full of activities, so it's nice to look back and see everything. Plus, the colors and papers and patterns just make me happy. Worth the price I think ; )

I linked most of the products I used below, in case you would like to make your own holiday project. (and I highly recommend the Simple Stories binders if you are new to memory keeping!). Make sure to check out Color Cast and The Cut Shoppe- both fun new companies you'll see me use more in the future.

Did you make a December album? I want to see it!! Link me up. Also, leave a comment if you have questions on anything I did here.

Have a great weekend, see you soon! Michelle

Find Part One of my December album HERE.


Products Used:












Merry & Bright-Color Cast Designs




P hoto Fuse Tool











Shimelle Christmas Magic Paper Pad













Shimelle Christmas Magic Die Cut Pack













Simple Stories 6x8 Binder
Simple Stories Page Protectors












Silhouette Digital Machine
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