The Beginnings: 2010 Christmas Journal

I am using an 8" x 8" acrylic album this year for my Christmas Journal.  So I stamped some images, the year with number stamps (Autumn Leaves Scribble Numbers by Rhonna Farrer, which have been discontinued), a wreath, a snowflake, and "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas."  (This was a Hampton Art Holiday Stamp Set that I picked up at Michael's or AC Moore.  The other stamps say Celebrate the Season, Seasons Greetings, 'twas the night before Christmas, December 25th, Merry Christmas.) For all the stamped images on the acrylic covers, I used Staz On ink which can be used on non-porous surfaces such as plastic, metal, glass, ceramic, laminated paper, coated paper, and leather.  Also, around the wreath and in the center of all the snowflakes, I used Stickles which is glitter glue that comes in an assortment of colors.  Critical to let the ink and Stickles dry overnight.  Probably doesn't take that long to dry, but why put all of that effort into stamping and "stickling" only to touch and smudge the ink or Stickles.  

I really strived to use stuff I already had on hand.  The two items at the bottom were the remains of my Starbucks coffee cup from the other day, they are using their holiday cups, and I love what the sleeve says Stores are Gifts, Share.  I am saving these pieces to use somewhere in my album.

I have cut all of my pages into 8"x8", and following Ali Edwards' example, I am also using a transparency (Hambly Screen Prints or velum sheets) of some sort over my original page where I will put my chipboard numbers for each day (which are unpainted on the right).  I plan to paint my numbers a combination of red, green and white.  I also plan to add some embellishments to my pages, again, using what I have on hand.  I have A LOT of stuff on hand.

Hopefully another update about the album tomorrow.

I am also SO looking forward to making some of these snowflakes.  You go, Martha!


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