Monday, November 25, 2013

The Holiday Preparations Begin!

Happy Monday! We have a new challenge up over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.

December is coming, and with it a wealth of holidays, parties, and lots of important numbers. Children are counting the days until school goes on break, and in general counting seems to be the theme at this time of year. With that in mind, DT member Ashli (hey, that's me!) challenges us to use holiday countdown as this week’s inspiration!

Whether you’re working on December Daily, doing an advent calendar, creating home décor with numbers, or perhaps just making holiday cards and counting down how many you have left to make – we can’t wait to see how you’re counting down to the holidays this week.

So, how am I counting down? Well, last year was my first attempt at a Christmas Album. I chose to embark on a massive project, completing a full 12x12 album of Our Christmas Heritage. I really had SO much fun doing it and it is such a treasure!

With that in mind, and those stories told... I have decided to keep my December Album to a much smaller scale this year. Let's take a look....

To begin, I have a plain 'ole file folder from the office supply store that I have folded a bit differently on the right hand side:
 And a gorgeous selection of papers:
 Then, I just cover my folder with that gorgeous paper:
 Until it looks something like this:
 And after a bit of stitching....
 Time for some white paint and such to spruce this up and add some personality to it:
 Coming along!
 Title time! I used my Tim Holtz Alpha die to cut these numbers:
 A final touch of some Perfect Pearls:
 And there we have it!
 My December 2013 Album, all ready to go...
I also covered the interior with white paper to provide a nice blank slate:
 I can't wait to fill it with all of my memories from this season... 
 And how on earth will I fit a month's worth of memories into this file? Stay tuned...
Alrighty! You know what to do :) Go get crafty and link-up with us! 

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Here is a complete supply list for my layout:


  1. Ingenious as ever Ashli. Can't wait to see how you fill this. Jenny x

  2. Ashli...very cute album cover. I love the papers you've chosen to use and the way you've put your own personal touch on it with the paints and glitz. <3 Candy

  3. Love the stitching and the beautiful soft hints of blue mixed into the beautiful patterns. Gorgeous Album. Going to be beautiful inside and out!

  4. Such a great idea to use a file folder, Ashli. Love how this turned out!

  5. So pretty Ashli! Love the touch of shimmer and whimsical, colorful stitching!

  6. Beautiful start & I certainly am curious to see how you get a month inside!

  7. Lovely way to house your memories from the festive season . Love the random stitching and touch of shimmer. Tracy x

  8. Using a file folder is such a brilliant idea, Ashli. I love the beautiful colors and your great stitching on this creation. Gorgeous! :)

  9. What a fun project! And so great to store your memories in! Really pretty! Hugs, Sandra

  10. Totally gorgeous collection of papers and I love the stitching!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  11. I love this project, Ashli! I hope you'll post some of the pages later. I love seeing your work. Your mixed media is pretty spectacular. And you nails are pretty cute too. :)

  12. Fabulous foundation for your album! Love the smaller size, but it's still a big enough canvas to work on. Can't wait to see you fill it up with awesome pages. :)

  13. It's all ready~can't wirt to see it filled.

  14. Awesome cover Ashli, and I can't wait to see what you fill the Memory File up with!!

  15. Holy ultimate folder make-over!! Never have I seen a manila folder taken to such a snazzy level! As always, I am awed by your skills at combining patterns and elements. I adore your stitching on this and the glittery bling you added! It's always so fun to see what your super-clever mind has been up to!

  16. Just gorgeous - love the paint and stitching to really give that paper some extra zing, and the touch of glitter is so cool. Great theme!
    Alison x

  17. You are absolutely wonderful! You can mix patterns, colors, textures and different materials so amazing! BArbarayaya

  18. Love your take on the DD! You always look at things from a different POV.

  19. Wow Ashli, this is so cool! What a great idea and as always I love all the special touches and great colours.

  20. Just love the cover! Can 't wait to see what you do for the inside, I have the folders because I wanted to make something like this, thanks for sharing!

  21. LOVE,LOVE,LOVE IT!!!! So amazingly clever...a file folder!!! why didn't I think of that!! Just one Question... Why fold the end where the tab is?

    1. Hi! So it can wrap around the contents inside :)


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