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December Daily : Stories 7 + 8

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Up until now, each of my Stories this month have been double-page spreads. Stories 7 + 8 will be placed side-by side in my album. Let’s take a look:

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Story 7

You can view Ali’s Story 7 here and compare her physical page with the one I created in Affinity Photo on my iPad. 

During the month some stories may not have a photo to accompany them–like my Story 7. I took Ali’s lead using the journal prompt “December is...” and just wrote a few thoughts. It was a nice little break from working with photos.

To create the page I first started by placing a hi-res photo of a fabric texture background I had in my personal stash. Then using the Art Text Tool in Affinity Photo, I made the large “December is...” paragraph using the font “Blackout.” I gave it a little bit of dimension by adding a drop shadow. It look like a die cut, doesn’t it?  The red text reads:

December is cozy
December is magical
December is sparkly
December is love

I then created a white rectangle and placed my text on top. Even though I know Ali has a Digital Tab Christmas Bundle, I ended up creating my own “Noel” tab and used my staple to attach it to the journal block. I finish the page by sprinkling a few gold glitter stars around and the number 7 chipboard.

Story 8

When I saw Ali’s page for Story 8, I knew exactly what I was going to do for mine. You can view her story here.

My story is about donating Christmas decorations to a local women’s shelter. I took a photo of the decorations that were loaded in the back of my car. Where Ali used her “Working” word art from the 2020 Prep Day Downloads, I used the “give love” acrylic word art from the main kit. Instead of using Pom-Pom ribbon, I used a strip of green glitter paper. Ali used a large gold glitter star where she attached a number 8 sticker to. I tried that, but that glitter star was getting lost within the photo, so instead I used a speckled, transparent circle and placed the chipboard number 8 on top. To finish, I used the red enamel heart.

I really like the way these two stories look side-by-side! 

Thanks for reading! Leave any thoughts or questions below!


December Daily : Stories 5 + 6

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I want to thank everyone for all the love you guys have been showing me here on the blog and on my social media platforms. The approach I’ve been taking with my December Daily this year has been so fun! If this is your first time visiting the blog and are not familiar as to how I am going about creating my pages, you can read this post for a better understanding. I’m basically mimicking the physical page layouts Ali Edwards creates for her album this year in digital format using Affinity Photo on my iPad. They may not be exactly the same, but I explain how the layouts I create are reflective of Ali’s.

If possible, it may be helpful to have two devices open or two windows browser windows open while reading this post. One device/window can have my blog post open and the other can have Ali’s blog post open so you can compare the physical and digital pages. This has been a lot of fun so far. So let’s take a look at Stories 5 and 6.

Story 5

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You can view Ali's Story 5 here if you would like to compare physical vs. digital.

We were so excited to finally have a night on a weekend that was cold enough to build a fire in the fire pit! We had such a lovely evening and I think this layout reflects that! 

If you remember my Story 2, I created digital star shaker boxes to because Ali used physical ones on her layout. Well, Story 5 has something similar–a star shaker page.

I started out with a blank canvas in Affinity and created a white rectangle to cover the entire page. Then I switched over to the “Selections Persona” where I created three rectangles and removed the insides of the rectangle to create “windows.” I then added an inner drop shadow and a small bevel to this layer.

I placed the 3x8 Merry transparency from the 3x8 Transparency Journal Card Set behind the window layer so the transparency will show through the windows. 

With Ali’s Story 5 blog post opened, I referred to her shaker page for placement of the little stars. I know–that’s a little OCD.😂 The stars were created using the Shape Tool in Affinity. I added a slight drop shadow to each of them and then it was just a matter of copy/paste and changing the colors when needed.

I used the Glitter Stars from the Main Kit on the top and bottom window. In that center window, Ali used the “Make Magic...” transparency from the Transparency Journal Card Set. I used this on the cover of my album and didn’t want to repeat it here. So I ended up creating a white box and lowered the transparency, then attached the “holiday magic” die cut from the 2x2 Die Cut Bundle using my staple. 

For the right side of the page I used a black and white photo of the fire. In Ali’s layout, she repeated the “magic is something we make” three times at different opacities. It wasn’t looking right on my photo so just using it once was good enough for me! She also used a star transparency on the back of her photo that she printed on vellum, which faintly shows through her photo. To represent this on my page, I used the 3x8 Star Border Transparency, which I  believe is from a previous December Daily collection. I duplicated it and placed them both at the bottom of the page.

I finished off the page by adding the “magic is in the air” circle transparency, and a gold star.

 

Story 6

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The outside looking in. Super simple story. Super simple page. While this doesn't really look anything like Ali's physical page (check out her Story 6 post here), let me show you how elements of her layout are representative in mine. 

First let's talk about the photo. I love me some great photo editing apps, and A Color Story is one of my faves. While playing around with the filters, I was in the "Vintage" pack and loved the way the "Summer of '59" filter made this photo look. It added a hint of pink to it and gave it such a 50s vibe to me. 

Ali uses glittered letters in her layout. To represent that element in my digital layout, I clipped a silver glitter background to the Chipboard Number 6 and applied a 3D effect along with a drop shadow to give it some dimension. I then added a pink transparent circle and puffy star sticker. I thought the pink transparent circle picked up the pinkish tone the photo filter gave the picture.

Instead of recreating the metallic quote tag from Tim Holtz that she placed on her layout, I typed out the quote on the right hand side of the page and clipped the same silver glitter background to it. By adding a 3D effect, it really gives the illusion that the letters have embossing powder on them! The background is just a plain, pink rectangle with a 6x8 Small Speckled Pattern Transparency Sheet on top. I believe this sheet has gold speckles. But I used a white color overlay to recolor it and then duplicated the layer to make it a little more vibrant. I really, really love the way this spread turned out!

Thank you so much for reading! Let me know if you have any questions! I love working in Affinity Photo for iPad and will be happy to help!

 

 

 

 


December Daily : Stories 3 + 4

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Not all of my photos and stories in my December Daily album will revolve around Christmas. My third story is one that does not, per say. But it does bring me lots of joy, so I guess that does embody the spirit of the season! I’ve adopted a row of strawberries at the University of Florida’s IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center Center. The picking season has started and I love to share what I pick with friends and neighbors. 

You can view Ali's blog post about her third story for the month here, as it may help to see how I reflected her physical layout into a digital page.

Story 3:

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In Ali's spread she had a photo of her advent calendars shot on an angle. To replicate that on the left hand side of my page, I made a template with placeholders on the diagonal and clipped my photos into those placeholders. I gave some dimension to the "pleather" digital sticker by separating the text from it's background in Affinity Photo for iPad. Once separated I applied a bevel effect to that background. By doing this, it gives the illusion that the white text is embossed into the green background. I also added a stroke to the inside of the rectangle and applied the same effect. Once done, I merged the two layers and added a drop shadow.

The page on the right took a little more manipulation. If you look at Ali's page, she used a the 3x8 "Fa-la-la" Kraft Pocket. Here is what I did to mimic this pocket.

1) I placed the 4x6 Fa-la-la filler card from the main kit in the bottom half of the screen. In it’s original form it is red with light pink text. I put a white color overlay on it and changed the blend mode of that color overlay to "Hue." This desaturated the colors to a dark gray background with white text.

2) I then used the background kraft texture from the digital version of the 3x8 pockets, and enlarged it to fit in the bottom half of the page, making sure it is above the Fa-la-la card. I applied a layer adjustment of "lighter color" to let the white text from the card below it show through!

Just like I did in my first story, I applied a felt texture to the number 3. I used the red, digital enamel heart and gave it a little bit of dimension by adding a 3D effect to it. I made my own "a merry little christmas" label tape just by creating a black rectangle and using the Courier font for the text. I did decrease the tracking between the letters because Courier is a font that is spread out when you use it.

The "Holiday Memories" is actually from the December Daily 3x8 Shipping Tag set. I increased the size of it, extended the two black lines to the edges of the page and covered the hole at the top of the tag with the green diagonal strip of paper from one of Ali's previous collections (I don't think it was from a December Daily kit). This green diagonal strip represents the green and white ribbon she looped through the tag on her physical page.

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I love our Friday Night Pizza tradition. We have three places in town where we usually order from and we rotate between each one. This week we had pizza from our friend's “permanent” pizza truck! You can view Ali's Story Four here.

Ali's fourth story layout was quite simple to replicate into a digital version. In Ali's layout, the page on the left was a photo of 3 cookies lined up in a vertical orientation. I represented that with three photos of the pizza truck and menu board. I added a transparency circle and typed in the name of the pizza place. The staple is one I created a few years back and I keep in in the December Daily stash to use over and over again. 

For the page on the right, I believe Ali used some transparencies and sewed them together. I followed her lead with the transparent circles and "attached" them with my staple. The stitches around the "wonder of the season" circle are by Kristin AAgard Designs. I bought them off  The Lilypad a few years ago. I am not sure if they are still available. 

The entire background of this page is white. But to make it look like I have two pieces of paper stitched together, I made a white rectangle and placed it on the right side of the page and added a drop shadow to it, so it looks like there is one piece of white digital paper on top of another. I placed the Be Merry and Bright filler card to the top of that white rectangle and applied a drop shadow to it as well. Then I used a stitch brush from Katie Pertiet to "attach" the pieces to the white background (yes you can use install ABR files in Affinity Photo!). 

The number 4 is the black chipboard number from the Main Kit. I added a 3D effect and drop shadow to give it dimension. 

Thank you for taking the time to read! I'd love to hear any thoughts your may have!

 

 


December Daily : Stories 1 + 2

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Usually I have several December Daily posts published by now, but 2020 has been anything but “usual,” right? Even though I have already been sharing this year’s pages on my social media accounts already, I wanted to go into a little more detail here about my approach this year. If you make it through the entire post, there is a freebie waiting for you at the end!

So my 2020 December Daily Album. Some of my processes are staying the same: I will only be using December Daily Digital Products by Ali Edwards. All of my digital supplies are stored in iCloud Drive. My pages are being created in Affinity Photo on my iPad. Storing my supplies in iCloud Drive makes it easy for me search for, and drag/drop exactly what I am looking for into Affinity. The size of my album is the same as in years past, 6x8. When the book is finished, it will be printed through ZNO. Their quality is amazing, and as far as I know they are the only printer around that print hard bound 6x8 books in landscape or portrait orientation. Several months ago, I did a walkthrough of these albums on my Pixels to Pages Facebook page. You can watch it here when you get a free moment!

The big change I am making this year is how I am creating my pages. When I did my 2016-2019 I was using Ali’s digital templates. I think I have every single one of her December Daily templates. But this year I didn’t purchase them. While I LOVE the templates, I wanted to do something that was a little more “organic” this year, as I felt that my albums were all starting to look the same. So what I decided to do was attempt to recreate or “interpret” Ali’s 2020 physical pages in digital format. I’ve been waiting to work on my stories until Ali publishes her December Daily pages on her blog. When I see that she has posted, the wheels immediately start turning, figuring out how I can mirror what she created, but digitally. I have REALLY been enjoying this process. It’s been so much fun. Let’s take a peek at what I’ve done so far:

But first here is my cover page. Now I did not mimic Ali’s cover page (although I loved it). One of my favorite shapes I’ve seen in her collection this year is that little tree from the 6x8 Tree Stamp Set. I wanted to incorporate it into my cover and did so by duplicating it three times on the page and combining it with the “Make Magic” card from the 2020 December Daily Digitals Transparency Journal Card Set. I added the “twenty-twenty” text on top of a red rectangle.

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Story One:

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You can view Ali’s Story One here if you’d like. It will give you a better idea of how I took some of her ideas from her physical pages and applied them on my digital page. I used “around here” word art from her Product Play class on the left hand side. Ali used this on each of the photo tags she created.

I interpreted the page on the right in this way: Ali created a pocket page using a printed star transparency. If you look at the back of those photo tags she created, one of them has the black patterned paper from the 2020 December Daily Main Kit. That is what I used to create the “pocket” on my page. The red stripe behind the pocket is a digital paper from one of her previous kits. It represents the ribbons she used on her tags. On top of the pocket I used the Large Felt Number 1. While the digital felt numbers are white and have the gold stitching around them, they do not have a felt texture. In Affinity,  I clipped a high-resolution photo of a felt texture to the number and applied a 3D effect and drop shadow to it. I love the way it turned out! I used a digital cork star and the gold star from the main kit and placed them on the top of the number, just as Ali did on her physical page. I added the tag with the photo, which I guess you can look at it as representative of those individual photo tags she did. 

Story Two:

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Ali’s Story Two is here. Looking at Ali’s spread, the left side of the layout is actually the backside of her pocket page from Story One. The “Joy” background is from the 2020 Prep Day downloads. I played around with several color options, but they were too bold next to the black and white photo on the right. I ended up applying a very light gray color overlay to the digital file and sprinkled some stars around. 

Now for the page on the right: I took a photo of items in my cart while at Target. But the lighting in the store cast such a glare on the cellophane wrap on the products, I felt the need to change the color to black and white. And while I love the colors of the wrapping paper and wooden houses, I knew I would be telling individual stories about these two things later in the month were there will be full-color photos. Black and white for the win.

I’ll admit, I was a little intimidated to recreate those shaker boxes in digital format that Ali used on her page. But I was up for the challenge and couldn’t be happier with the results. The first star I created is the one placed near the center left of the page. During my process of creating this, I was a little OCD, and while working in Affinity, I had a second window open on my screen with Ali’s blog post be refer to it for placement of the stars in the shaker box. That first star shaker box took about an hour to create the other two went a lot quicker as it was just a matter of copy/pasting the different elements, again, referring to Ali’s blog post for star placement.

In Ali’s layout she created a pocket to hold her journal card using a a piece of a page protector and the “Let Your Heart Be Light” fabric half-circle. I made mine by just using the digital version of those half-circle and clipped a fabric texture to it to make it look like the physical piece. I used the same journal card as she did although I did manipulate it a little bit to make it longer. I created my own “number two” brad in Affinity Photo. 

By the way, I love these little star shaker boxes so much that I want you guys to have them. Click the photo below to download. Enjoy! 

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So there you have it. Stories One + Two. I am loving my process. I look forward each day to Ali’s blog posts to see how my app-scrapping skills will be challenged! Leave any thoughts or questions below!


Getting Crafty : An Advent Calendar

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During my studio refresh, I found an Advent Calendar that I bought YEARS ago from Kaisercraft and never put it together. I mean I think I had this thing for over 10 years. Well, this year I decided I was going to put it together. My niece Jessica and her family were coming over for Thanksgiving and I wanted to give it to her daughters (my great-nieces), Elsie & Penny, to take home with them. 
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I’m not sure what type of material this is made from (some sort of pressboard), it comes unassembled, but really easy to put together. The little boxes were unassembled, too. They are made of chipboard material and were flat in the package. I used some craft glue on the edges of each side to put them together. 

As far as what I covered the little boxes with, all of the products I used are left over December Daily papers and embellishments from Ali Edwards. I have so much of Ali’s December Daily products left over from years past, that I really want to use it in a variety of Christmas decorations. This little project was the perfect place to start!

I filled the boxes with a variety of Hershey’s Christmas chocolates, stickers, mini ornaments, mini cookie cutters, coin, and a few dollar bills.

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However on days 5, 10, 15, 20, and 24, I did something a little different. I found several little Christmas craft kits at Joann’s a few weeks ago (see photo below).

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So on those days mentioned, I put a few of the pieces for each craft in a designated day, along with a note that says “Check Santa’s Magic Bag.” The rest of the supplies went into a muslin bag, along with the directions. I told Jessica that she had to be sure to fill the Magic Bag with the other craft items for the other days. I provided Jessica with the other crafts in ziplock bags with the day written in it so she would know which craft went with each specific day. So for example, on Day Five, you can see in the photo below there are a few pipe cleaners with the little tag “Check Santa’s Magic Bag.”

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The next photo shows the supplies to complete the craft that are in the bag. Cute, huh?

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I used some card stock to cover the inside of the calendar and created title on my Silhouette. The patterned trees are from one of the past December Daily collections. I used a few pop dots to adhere the middle tree on to the background to add a bit of dimension. 

This was such a fun project to do and I’m glad I was able to use up some of my paper supplies (although I still have a lot left!).  Leave questions or comments below! 

 

 


Journal Blocks: Winter Collection

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Hey friends! The Pixels to Pages Journal Block Winter Collection is now live in the shop!!! Memory keepers are LOVING these kits because they offer extra-large, decorative journal cards, giving documenters a little more space to tell their stories than the standard 4x6 or 3x4 journal card allows. To celebrate I am offering a "Buy 3 Get 1 Free" Promo this weekend! Beginning today, November 20th, 2020, when you purchase ANY 3 Journal Block Kits, the 4th one will be free! Place 4 kits in your cart, use promo code WINTER2020 at checkout, and a $5.99 discount will be applied to your order! This offer will end at 11:59pm EST on Sunday, November 22!

Keep reading to view each kit and see what some Santa's Elves created with them! Be sure to read all the way through as there is a freebie at the end of the post!!! For more inso, hop over to my Instagram feed where there are a few more layouts in the "Journal Block" Story Highlights!

Farmhouse Christmas

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I did something a little different with the 4x12 Vertical Journal Card with this release. Instead of it being a “journal card” is now a patterned “filler card.” You will have to rotate it in its placeholder when dropping it into a horizontal pocket so the pattern doesn’t look extra-large. I think you will enjoy having a pattern to accent your pages with!

The Farmhouse Christmas kit follow the same aesthetic as my Christmas Planner! You may be able to use some of the 3x4 and 4x6 cards from either kit on both your scrapbook pages or in the planner!

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Carla Jennings created the 6x8 spread by using the 6x8 Vertical Journal Card from the kit as a full page! Great idea! 

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You can follow Carla on Instagram: @tybromom

Teresa Carlucci shares her festive spread, too!

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You can follow Teresa on Instagram: @totallycre8tive

Happy New Year

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Let's celebrate the new year with a little sparkle! There is a little digital glitter in this kit. It's the perfect way to add some bling to your pages without the messy clean up of the real stuff!

Here is a spread Ingrid did using the Happy New Year Kit. She used over half of the cards in the kit in this spread!

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You can follow Ingrid on Instagram: @ingrid_u_lim

I love how Heather used the 4x12 Celebrate Journal Card for a Disney Page!

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You can follow Heather on Instagram: @moonpiegirl

Frosty Fun

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It is still hot here in Florida and the photos these scrappers used in their layouts helped to keep me cool! Check them out:

Sean Eyring, aka "Project Life App Dude," and his family look like they have a blast when it comes to hanging out in the snow! And he's right, that snow beard and eyebrows are EPIC!

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You can follow Sean on Instagram: @projectlifeappdude

Check out these layouts from Dawn Bowra:

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She did the above layout in the Project Life App. Can you figure out how? She used some fun techniques here!!! And I love how she placed the photo(s) in the layout below:

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You can follow Dawn on Instagram: @proudtobemrsb

The photo Stephanie used in this layout is stunning! Don't you think? Although Stephanie created this layout in Photoshop, it can easily done in the Project Life App using the  The Big Shot 4 Template!

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You can follow Stephanie on Instagram: @stephhokenson

Christmas in the Sand–U.S. Version

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Not all of us celebrate Christmas in the snow, including yours truly!!! It's about time there was a kit for those who prefer to make a sandman instead of a snowman! Check out the quick spread I did using photos from 2018:

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I also experimented with placing a filler card in an Editorial Template and super happy with the result!!!

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And finally...

Christmas in the Sand–Australian Version

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I've never seen a Christmas kit geared towards an Australian Christmas. A little while ago I asked my followers from Australia about how they celebrate the Christmas season being in a warm weather climate. I have a lot of followers and students from this beautiful country and I wanted to create a little something for my them. The response to my question was overwhelming! Based on their answers, this is what I came up with! 

Susan Bunning has a TON of photos to share in her spread! Read her journaling about these photos! This is exactly why I wanted to create kits for a warm-weather Christmas! Susan placed the 6x12  Christmas In The Sand Vertical Journal Card, into a 4x6 placeholder and arranged it so the top portion of the card is showing. This is a good example of how to experiment with the cards by placing them in a different placeholder that it is intended for! She did the same with the Christmas BBQ filler card-that is actually a 3x4 horizontal filler card–and she used the Free Form Text feature in the PL App to add more text to the card! Susan-XmasintheSand

You can follow Susan on Instagram: @brisbaneangel

Now Elmi doesn’t live in Australia, but in South Africa! Turns out they celebrate in much of the same way Australia does! Elmi got really creative and not only used the Project Life App to make her pages on her Android device, but she used the Over App as well. In addition, Elmi used Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer on her Mac, to accommodate her style of Project Life! While she doesn’t share her pages on social media, she does have a blog you can visit: creativedepths.wordpress.com.

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It turns out that Elmi is a graphic designer. While she was making her pages, she also created a few extra cards to coordinate with the kit and wanted to share them. Click on the image below and you can download these cute cards for free! THANK YOU ELMI for sharing your talents!!!

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To all of those who provided page samples for the launch of these kits, THANK YOU!!! I appreciate each and every one of you!!!

Questions? Comments? Feel free to leave them below!


Progress Update : My Christmas Planner

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It’s the middle of September. Kind of hard to believe there are less than 100 days until Christmas! Yes, you read that right! Less than 100 days until Christmas. When it comes to the holidays, are you a planner or more of a last minute kind of elf? Personally, I consider myself to be more on the organized side of the Christmas chaos. Sure there will always be last minute things to take care of or the unexpected house guest, but for the most part I try and get a grasp on the reigns of the Christmas sleigh a few months before the madness begins.

Back in July I created a printable Christmas Planner and made it available for purchase in my shop. I’ve made a few of these over the years, and I think this is my favorite. Although this is still a work in progress, I’ve got enough done and wanted to share with you what I’ve completed so far! 

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Let’s take a look at each section:

The first section is my calendar. The printable planner comes with 3 month-at-a-glance and week-at-a-glance calendars (November-January). It’s up to you if you want to use one or all of the months. I use the month-at-a-glance calendars for November, December, and January. 

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Even though the calendars looks a little sparse, more events will be added to them as time goes on. There are several things we do during the season that have become a tradition, such as going to the Holiday Pops concert by the Florida Symphony Orchestra and various Holiday Boat Parades. But due to Covid, venues and organizer still trying to figure all these things out. We also may be throwing in a getaway in November, so as soon as these plans are finalized, I will add them to the calendars. And guys, I know there are a lot of planner addicts out there and would be prettying up their calendars. But not this girl. I really don't have time to do that. I just want a space to write in and leave it at that.

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The next section in my planner is the address section. As I was looking at the address from my old Christmas Planner, I realized many friends, and some family members had moved over the past year. So I wrote several messages through Facebook and some text messages asking for their new addresses. I was so happy to here back from almost everyone! I’m still waiting on about 3 or 4, but they will be easy to add in. I’m so glad these addresses are all updated now and I won’t be scrambling to find them when it comes time to send out Christmas cards! (addresses have been blocked for privacy)

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There are other 3x4 cards and overlays in the kit for Christmas stamps and photos that are not pictured here. They will be added to this section when the time comes!

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The Gift Section of the planner is going to be so helpful! My “Master Gift List” page will be filled in as we get closer to the holidays, but these “Santa Reports” are being filled in now! There are two different sized “Santa Reports” in the kit, a 4x6 and a 6x8. The 6x8 size I am using for our immediate family: Chris, our two sons, our daughter-in-law, and I filled one out for myself as well (sometimes the Sill men can use a little help when it comes to gift-giving 🙄). To make these reports resemble something like a “case file” I cropped photos of everyone into 1.75” squares, put them in a 4x6 document in Photoshop and printed it out. Then I just trimmed each photo from that 4x6 printout and attached them to the “Santa Report.” Super fun!

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The "Santa Reports" for Chris and Ryley will be filled in one night over dinner. The ones for Dustin & Becca just came in last night. I texted each of them and asked them for the information I needed. They wrote it out on a sheet of paper for me and took a photo of that paper. So all I have to do is copy what they had written onto their individual reports!

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I am using the 4x6 “Santa Reports” for extended family members. Shortly after I first released the kit in my shop, I visited my niece and her family (they live about 45 minutes away). I brought two of the 4x6 Reports with me and had Jessica fill them out for her girls (my great-nieces, Elsie & Penny). I used a 6x8 page protector with two 4x6 pockets and placed the completed card in the bottom pocket and a photo of each girl in the top. When my sister was visiting, I printed out a card for each of her kids and had them fill out a card. I ran out of those two-pocket page protectors to place them in. I ordered a few packs from Ali Edwards and they should be here in the next few days!

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The Decorations Section is partially done.

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I have my inventory sheet filled out and I’m looking forward to replacing or purchasing those items needed. I will be going down the Pinterest rabbit hole over the next few weeks for decorating and craft ideas. Last year instead of going shopping on Black Friday, I had my bestie Jill, come over for Bloody Marys and Christmas crafting. I want to find a few ideas of what craft to do this year, print them out and place them on the various cards 6x8 and 3x4 cards that are also included in this section (not shown). And even though we may not do every project I find, these are ideas are fun to refer to and see what is trending from year to year.

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And finally we have the Recipe Section.

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One of my main goals with this planner was to consolidate all of the recipes I make throughout the holiday season into one place. Whether they were recipes for Thanksgiving Dinner, Christmas Morning Breakfast, or Christmas Cookies, I wanted all of these recipes in one binder instead of having to pull out various cookbooks old magazines or search the web for these recipes I use year after year. Because there were so many recipes, I ended up using InDesign on my iMac to create these cards. I know, I know, I’m a mobile memory keeper! But there are some projects where the hybrid scrapper in me comes out! As a graphic designer InDesign is a program I use for page layout. It was easy for me to set up pages and drop the JPG of the 4x6 or 6x8 Recipe Cards into my document. I then I took the time and gathered all of those recipes together and started to type everything out! I then exported my documents as PDFs, printed it out, and then trimmed to place them in the page protectors. 

Screen Shot 2020-09-18 at 9.33.23 AMSome of the recipes have photos and some do not. That will definitely change once these dishes are made. I will make note of which recipes I want to photograph and will be prepared to do so when the time comes. Some recipes I may prepare between now and the holidays just to get the shot prior to the busy day they will be prepared on. (Hmm...I may need to select a few days to do this and add them to my calendars!) So although this section is very recipe card heavy, this will definitely change once the photos are taken. I know these recipes will not stay in the order they are in now. Using this binder for my planner will make it easy to move things around when the time comes!

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Some of the recipes are crazy long. So long that the instructions needed to be carried over to a second card. I turned these recipe cards into flip pages to accommodate a photo. So far I have two of these pages. One for the Christmas Tree Puff Pastry and the other for the Beef Wellington. I think I’ll have two more (cookies) once I get the photos taken. I will do another post with a tutorial on how I did this in the upcoming weeks.

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I can’t even begin to tell you how good it feels to have all of these recipes in one place! Goal achieved!

The printable Christmas Planner is available in my shop. The pictures above do not show all that comes in the kit! To get a better idea of what is include, click the link to the shop in the navigation bar above There is a link to the shop in in navigation bar at the top of the page or go directly to the product listing by clicking the image below:

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