Thursday, November 15, 2012

I'm getting so excited ...

... because it's getting close to that time of year again when I can put up my christmas decorations, start baking yummy treats and enjoy being with family & friends.

To capture all those memories and special moments I've created a mini album, .... a December Daily.

Simple Stories is having a fabulous Blog Hop right now and you've most likely made your way here from their blog ... seeing as I was your 1st stop on today's blog hop.
So welcome! I'm thrilled that you've stopped by my blog today.

At the end of my post I'll some info on where you need to go next and a few other important details about the hop.

I started creating my project using the fabulous red 6 x8 Simple Stories album.  It comes with Sn@p pages (in red) and plastic sheets already inside. Plus I used the Handmade Holiday (8x8) album pages for extra pages.  I've incorporated most of the other Handmade Holiday products in my album too (as you will see from my supply list).





Here's the cover of my album.



The stickers are so much fun and add so much interest.
I used a LOT of foam squares to add depth to the cover.



On the spine of the album I put one of the 'ticket' stub stickers onto some cardstock, trimmed it down and stuck it in the label holder.

I continued carrying the green pom-pom ribbon to the inside cover where I decorated it a tiny little bit.


My 1st page of the album is quite simple and I'm not quite sure what I'll put on it yet.



For the inside pages: 
I cut up all the 4x6, 4x4, journal sheets and the small journal cards from the 6x6 paper pad as well.  This made it so easy to put into the plastic sheets and add as embellishments to my pages.
I then embellished it with stickers (12x12 Fundamental Cardstock Stickers, 12x12 Element Cardstock Stickers) , lace, ribbon and twine.  And of course, I used lots of foam squares!

My album isn't complete yet but it's getting there.
So are you ready for some pictures??
Ok! Here we go!

DAY ONE
I already know what picture I'll be putting here. Can you guess?
It'll be my 1st Starbucks drink for the month of December. (they make my favorites at this time of the year .... well, they already are now!!)


I embossed some Core'dinations Colorcore cardstock throughout my album
 to add more color & texture.


DAY TWO
As you will see - I've kept the numbers (for the month) in the same design to give my album some cohesiveness and balance.




DAY THREE



DAY FOUR
I'm hoping to fill these pages with holiday baking pictures 
and list of things that I've baked for the holidays.





DAY FIVE

I used a 4x6 jounal card in between the 2 pages of Day 5 to add some journaling or photos later.





I made little accordian folded mini to hold a bunch of smaller photos.




DAY SIX




DAY SEVEN



DAY EIGHT


Thank you SO much for stopping by.

And be sure to leave me a comment here on my blog because
Simple Stories will be randomly picking a winner from each Designer's blog on today's blog hop.
Plus they'll be a few other winners chose for some extra goodies!

Here's the Blog Hop order so that you can continue on this super fun & festive hop.

Simple Stories - Blog: www.simplestories.com
Cari Locken - blog: www.myandmythoughts.blogspot.com
Donna Januzzi - Blog: www.donnajannuzzi.blogspot.com

Emily Lanham - Blog: http://www.createserendipity.net/
Gail Lindner - blog: http://gaillindner.typepad.com/
Guiseppa Gubler - Blog: http://guiseppagubler.blogspot.com/
Jill Cornell Blog: Blog - www.jillcornell.blogspot.com
Kelli Rabideau - Blog: www.kelliesdesigns.blogspot.com
Rebecca Keppel - Blog: http://www.myclutteredcorner.com/
Shellye McDaniel - Blog: www.paperedcottage.blogspot.com
Tonya Dirk Blog: www.creativit-tonya.blogspot.com
Yuki Shimida - Blog: http://lovetodaybyluvbear.typepad.jp/

283 comments:

  1. what a beautiful album!!!! I am DYING to get one of those binders!

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  2. Pattie Brown5:53 AM

    Great album, I'm doing one this year too! Love all of the inspiration from Simple Stories. Thanks!

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  3. Beautiful album! I am so inspired to do my first December Daily album. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. WOW! This is so very amazing!!

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  5. This is gorgeous! i love all the details!

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  6. Cari, I really like the way you've done your numbers, with the circle bordered by a scalloped circle. That music print paper is a favorite of mine from this collection and I just love the way you've used it here. So many amazing details here, your album will be just lovely!

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  7. Wow! This looks so great already!

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  8. Love the dimension you added to your pages!

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  9. Gorgeous! It will be perfect with the pictures added. A special memory for the holiday time.

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  10. Gorgeous album! I especially love hwo you decorated the cover!

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  11. Beautiful-Love what you did for this album.

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  12. What a fun grouping of pages!

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  13. How cute is that using the red/white for the backgrounds. I really liked the little mitten on the inside cover, just a cute touch

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  14. So cute! You did an awesome job! I love the repetition in the numbers. Creates a very cohesive look!

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  15. love all the details

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  16. Anonymous8:15 AM

    sse6@juno.com
    what a fun project
    you do beautiful work

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  17. WOW!!!!I'm speechless, and in awe! Beautiful!

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  18. oh your album is sooooo great! Makes me excited to start mine!

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  19. WOW, Cari, can you say INSPIRATION?! What a wonderful album to cherish!! Thanks so much for sharing... loving all the Simple Stories stuff! Hugs!

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  20. Beautiful as always Cari :)))

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  21. Love the red binder and how you decorated it! Love all of your pages and I'm so inspired now to start one myself!

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  22. Michelle Mounts8:19 AM

    I love what you have done! I am also using Snap to do my DD this year and will be checking back on your blog for more inspiration once next month starts! Thanks!

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  23. Cari, now I know I must be a SN@P album. You album is beautiful and SN@P products appear to make it easy to put together. thanks for the ideas.

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  24. Love your album!

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  25. Love what you have done with the Simple Stories Christmas papers! I believe you have encouraged me to try the December Daily album this year - you have made it look a bit simpler with the SS papers and embellishments! Wonderful job and a real treasure!!

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  26. I'm having such a difficult time getting ANY story told in my scrapping so having something like this would sure make it easier!

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  27. Thanks so much for the tutorial! I have been so wanting to take a class with simple stories albums, but I don't live near a LSS. I am going to be crazy with glee by the end of this hop.

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  28. those pages look great! I was trying to find out if the albums came with any paper or protectors, now I know! great blog!

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  29. Oh my goodness. I love this album. Paper is fabulous... Now I am inspired to start my own album.
    Ginger

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  30. I love Simple Stories. Your album is looking great.

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  31. Amazing and beautiful!!!!

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  32. Your DD is so beautiful! This is my first year doing a DD so I'm very excited. thank you for your inspiration! I love the list idea. - Sonia

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  33. I love how some of your album is interactive. So creative!

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  34. Thnx for inspiration,

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  35. OMG!! I LOVE how your album turned out!!! I pinned it for inspiration! LOL!

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  36. Jen S8:35 AM

    WOW - what an amazing DD - I just ordered my SS holiday product to make my own. So many good ideas that I intend to scraplift! :)

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  37. wOW...there are no words!

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  38. Jocelyn Thompson8:37 AM

    Love, love, love your book! So inspiring!

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  39. Love your album! Simple but beautiful and it's perfect!

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  40. Cari, I LOVED your album (so far!)... can't wait to see more! Awesome job!

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  41. What a DARLING DD! It looks so "cozy and warm" - like the scent of ginger snaps and oranges. Love it! :D

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  42. Simple Stories is my favorite!! Thank you for the inspiration. I'm working on my DD now & will "lift" some of your ideas.
    love....love....love!!

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  43. this album is simply perfect!!! i really like it: i'm so excited to start mine!!
    monica

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  44. Love this Dec. Daily. I have been doing one every year.

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  45. This is fabulous, Love!!

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  46. Beautiful and inspiring album!

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  47. I'm in love with the embossing and am dying to know what embossing schtuff you are using.

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  48. Love this album. Great looking pages!

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  49. your album is beautiful! I'm excited to start on mine

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  50. Marilyn K9:20 AM

    LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!

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  51. This is awesome! I especially love the added embossing you did on the core- cardstock.

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  52. This is SOOO amazing! I love every bit of it. How perfect!

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  53. Thanks for sharing - I am trying a December Daily for the first time and have a hard time getting started on my pages. You've provided so much inspiration!

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  54. This collection is adorable! I love your album design. Thank you for the chance to win it!

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  55. Cari, you're my kind of scrapper! I just love the way you use Simple Stories and add your own touches. Thanks for great inspiration.

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  56. I so enjoyed looking at your snap album! Your December daily pages are wonderful!

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  57. Love the little accordian book! I now plan on adding that to my album! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  58. Luv these papers they just make you want to craft, gorgeous creation.
    Chris x

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  59. Super cute, really need to get my hands on one of the Snap binders!!!

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  60. Love the album!! I have always wanted to do a project like this.

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  61. Jill K.9:37 AM

    I Love your album. I can't wait to see more!

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  62. This album is fantastic! Not only is it beautiful but functional as well!And the best part is..it actually looks like something I could do! Love it!!!!

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  63. Beautiful pages! Does anyone know if I can buy snap albums in the UK ?

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  64. You have inspired me. Maybe I can make a December Daily album too! Beautiful work, I love Simple Stories.

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  65. wow, your daily is gorgeous. LOVE what you did with your binder. thank you for the fun inspiration! <3

    lauren
    craftsbyreadysetlove.com

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  66. Anonymous9:52 AM


    I love this album and everything you can do with it!
    Alicia Emrick

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  67. Your album is beautiful! Gosh I just love that cute little gingerbread card and gingerbread man! LOVE how you decorated the cover and the inside cover. :)

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  68. Amazing work!

    Cathy

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  69. Amazing keepsake. Beautiful work.

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  70. Beth Warner10:03 AM

    Beautiful cover, especially love it! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  71. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  72. This is faulous! I love all the detail. I can picture my own December and family pictures in this album. I'm definitely doing a December Daily this year. Simple Stories' products would be perfect!

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  73. wow, that is beautiful, even before any photos!

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  74. What a gorgeous album! I'd love to see how your other pages turned out. I've never done a Dec Daily, but always wanted to try. Maybe this year?

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  75. Wow, you've been busy! I love your pages and all the embellishment details. Beautiful job!

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  76. I took the pictures to make a Everyday In December album but have yet to put it together. Maybe this will inspire me!

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  77. Anonymous10:11 AM

    Wow, breathtaking! Love the little mittens and the layouts are georgeous!!

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  78. LuAnn M10:13 AM

    Love the Simple Stories paper lines!
    The color combinations are always beautiful. This blog hop was a great idea. Now I have lots of insperation on my Pinterest account!

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  79. Your album is just fabulous!

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  80. Love this product!! You have done a beautiful job of your album. Love all the little details.

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  81. Beautiful, Cari! Your album is totally lift-worthy and I'll be borrowing some of your ideas for my DD.

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  82. What a wonderful, fun cover (absolutely in love with the pom pom trim!) I just think the way you kept the numbers the same is perfect and the sweet little accordion album is so sweet! TFS!

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  83. Great job! Love what you did, just hopping on.

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  84. OMG
    This album is FABULOUS!

    SO MUCH DETAIL!

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  85. Oh wow what a wonderfully fabulous album. Love the Core'dinations cardstock mixed in too.

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  86. I love your album, especially the cover. I'd love to make mine just like yours!

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  87. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful album!! Very inspiring!

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  88. What a BEAUTIFUL album, you did a great job! Love the cohesiveness of your numbers!

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  89. Beautiful and so Inspirational!!

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  90. Your pgs are so gorgeous. Love the idea of decorating the inside front page. I keep the front of mine flat cuz my albums are just crammed onto the shelves, I need more space Santa!

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  91. Beautiful album!! I love all the dimension on the front, and how you carried it on to the inside.

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  92. Your album is amazing!

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  93. This is a beautiful xmas album!
    I love the fact that you used the same numbers for the days in order to allow more creativity with the other embellishments..and all flows together seamlessly.

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  94. I love your Christmas album! I would love to make one this year. The Snap papers are adorable ;)

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  95. This album is just beautiful! I love all the details, the little fold outs, just gorgeous!

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  96. WOW!! I just love your album and all of the little details. Makes me want some gingerbread cookies right now! :)

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  97. totally inspired now. looks like I will be hitting up my LSS for some supplies!

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  98. I LOVE your accordian mini album page Cari, what a great idea!

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  99. Oh wow!!! I really love all the cover and all of your pages are just awesome! This is the first year that I am planning to participate in the December Daily!

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  100. Beautiful Christmas album! I haven't even started making cards much less an album, although I do have a few items stashed for it. Thank you for sharing.

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  101. Well done! Good job for getting it done early.

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  102. Ellemieke11:47 AM

    Wow!

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  103. Love your cover and that mini accordion album, too cute!

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  104. Loved your december daily! It's beautiful!

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  105. you have inspired me to get one of these books immediately.

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  106. love your daily!!! i have seen a lot of ideas for my scrapbooks!

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  107. Wooooooooooooooooooh, this one is great!!

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  108. Maureen R12:01 PM

    What a beautiful keepsake. I'm inspired!

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  109. Fantastic example! Wonderful layers and details!

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  110. Love it!! Beautiful and so inspiring!! Thanks for sharing!

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  111. Gorgeous album! I love what you did with the cover! I need this book!!

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  112. There'll be a rush on this simple stories collection! Especially once everyone has seen this album! WOW!

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  113. Your album is just gorgeous and I need to get started on mine soon...so I can enjoy the holidays and not be frustrated with everything that needs to be done.
    THanks for all the wonderful inspiration!!!

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  114. How fun and creative you are! Thanks for the inspiration :)

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  115. Love the sn@p products!

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  116. Anonymous12:36 PM

    Great ideas. Love how you embossed into your pages and used the different pocket pages.

    Love it!
    Lori H.

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  117. Very cute!! I love the paper, that plaid is really pretty. But, I think the little mitten detail on the inside cover is just darling!

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  118. Beautiful album it's sure to hold some great memories

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  119. Gorgeous Album!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  120. This sounds like something that could get me into scrapbooking things other than vacations. If you start out with the basics handed to you, it's easy to start embellishing. My hold-up is getting started with the basics. Great album.

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  121. I love your pages! What a neat album.

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  122. I plan on using the sn@p line for my December Daily because it is just perfect for such a project! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  123. Great album! So many fun details!
    DeniseB

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  124. What a gorgeous album! I love it. Thank you for all the great inspiration!

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  125. Fabulous December Daily...makes me want to make one!

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  126. Your album is awesome ! Thank you for sharing .

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  127. Grammycher1:22 PM

    WOW... Such a beautiful December Daily..just love this paper with all the journaling cards etc.!!!!

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  128. candace1:23 PM

    Love your Christmas album!

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  129. Looking for ideas to get my december memory book started. I love the little mittens and the fold out book.
    Leslee

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  130. Janne McNeill1:27 PM

    Very cute ideas! So colorful and busy.

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  131. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! This is amazing - thank you for sharing :)

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  132. KellyC1:31 PM

    Wow....really love your album!

    KellyC

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  133. I love your progress...I'm looking forward to seeing your progression next month as you add photos! The Snap album looks great!!!

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  134. Great pages and you are so ahead of the game! Thank you.

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  135. this is awesome! I love the cover design and the itty bitty embellishing on the inside cover. I'm so gonna do that!

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  136. What an amazing album! This is giving me motivation to do one next year for sure!

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  137. I LOVE your album! It's definitely putting me in the festive holiday mood! As soon as I get off work (yes, I'm reading a blog while at my job that makes me money to craft!), I'll be getting together all my Christmas-y papers!

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  138. I love your album! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  139. OH MY GOSH... how awesome are your pages, thanks for sharing it's given me some great ideas!

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  140. Loving your ideas, real inspiration. Thank you

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  141. your book is very beautiful, cant wait to get started on mine!!!

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  142. Super cool! Awesome start on yours!!..xoxox

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  143. this gives me so much inspiration thanks so much, love each and everyone of your pages, great detail
    upnurse at aol dot com

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  144. I love it, thank you for the inspiration for my own DD that I have started!

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  145. Dari...I l..o..v..e you album its so inspiring. I am going back over your post with my sketch pad and " borrowing" some of your scrapping tenuous for my own album. Thanks for sharing your album in such great detail..its awesome!

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  148. Beautiful album...love all the little details! Wonderful inspiration!

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  149. Cari...I l..o..v..e your album its so inspiring. I am going back over your post with my sketch pad and " borrowing" some of your scrapping genius for my own album. Thanks for sharing your album in such great detail..its awesome!

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  150. I have purchased the same bones to my album as you have. Happy to see the red and white pages "fit" with the Handmade Holiday. Thought I was going to have to distress them all to coordinate.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  151. Amazing! Beautiful cover and so many wonderful details inside!

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  152. such a beautiful dd! i love all of the details you have put on each page and really love how you kept the album cohesive by keepign the design on the numbers very similar :)

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  153. I love the cover of your December Daily scrapbook and the Handmade Holiday collection is beautiful!

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  154. Great mini! I love the red!

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  155. Love your cover! The album is just beautiful!

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  156. This is absolutely beautiful! Love it!

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  157. Oh my gosh, your album is beautiful!!!

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  158. This is SO beautiful! You did such an amazing job!

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  159. Wow. this is just beautiful. What a great memory for your family this will be.

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  160. Amy B.3:31 PM

    Thanks for sharing your album - it is amazing and insiring!! Can't wait to get started!!!

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  161. Thanks for sharing. Great inspiration and beautiful details.

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  162. love your albums...thanks for the inspiration!

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  163. i love your album! im inspired already! :)

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  164. Ooh, love your album! So detailed and gorgeous!

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  165. Your cover is perfect. I hadn't thought of decorating that.

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  166. What a great album! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  167. This is gorgeous, Cari! Love how you added all of the embossed and distressed pages along with Handmade Holidays. So many great ideas throughout your album!!!

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  168. Love how you put together your pages! Fun blog hop! Thank you.

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  169. Such a great album--makes it so much fun to document the days leading to Christmas!

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  170. Dorina D4:50 PM

    Great album and I love all the fun pages and ideas. The decoration on the inside of the album, is so cute and clever and the pictures of the album give us such fabulous ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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  171. You did such a great job on this mini. You are so ready! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  172. Anonymous4:52 PM

    You did an amazing job. I wish I could see the rest of the days. I love this idea of a Dec. daily. Well done Cari.

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  173. I am loving these Christmas Albums and it is my most favorite time of the year. Great job. I would love to get one of these albums.
    God bless,
    Peggy Allen

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  174. Your album is gorgeous! I love the embossing and the mini album. I bought the red album too.

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  175. Gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing :)

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  176. Gorgeous album! I had to laugh at day one - the red cup.. well done - would be great to see it in the new year after you add the pics!

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  178. Beautiful album! I am excited to do my very first December Daily!

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  179. thanks for sharing this. love it.

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  180. Love your December Daily ! I love your style.

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  181. OMGoodness - this is just adorable - I have already gotten several pieces of Simple Stories Handmade Holiday from my LSS and I MUST GO BACK FOR MORE!!!

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  182. Your album is lovely! Can't wait to see the completed pages!

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  183. Your album is lovely! Can't wait to see the completed pages!

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  184. Love your book!!! Gotta get me some SNAP!!!

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  185. Love how you used the banners on cover and the layered numbers!

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  186. Anonymous6:08 PM

    Love to see your take on this. Can't wait to begin setting one up too. Would love to win some of this fun product! danthony@paulbunyan.net

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  187. Your album is beautiful! I love it!

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  188. Beautiful job. Thanks for sharing!

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  189. I absolutely love your cover. Thanks for sharing.

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  190. Your album is just gorgeous! Can't wait to see the rest of it!

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  191. thanks for all the inspiration, love your cover design and the mini accordion within, such a great idea!

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  192. Love you Album cover creation...ANd, your other pages are wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

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  193. Love your daily. I cant wait to get started on mine

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  194. Love that you added the little detail to the inside of the front cover.

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  195. What a wonderful album you have to document December Daily. I love how you used dry embossing.

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