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December Daily, Part 2

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More 8 x 8 layouts for my December Daily Albums to share with you.  As I progress I find myself stuck trying to add mixed media to my pages.  I did add some stamping, embellishment collage, and a some mixed media.

Christmas Parade

The Story
This is the first time Jim and I attended the Carolina Christmas parade.  Of course, what is a parade without a grandchild?

Notables
Bo Bunny Christmas Carousel collection
Tim Holtz Retro Christmas stamps and Thinlets, Chitchat Words, Distress Ink Vintage Photo
Copics

I am not in the habit of stamping and coloring my images.  I often tell the local scrapbook owner "I am not a stamper."  Secretly I really am.  It helps now that I have a collection of Copics.

Fussy Cutting continues to be the rage with scrapbookers and manufacturers know it.  They create beautiful paper with details to satisfy my "fussy cut" addiction.

This is my "little guy." (Not the husband but the reindeer!)  A sweet crafter gave me a bag of these foam …

December Daily 2017 ... Part 1

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One of my gifts and curses is that I can't work on another project unless I finish the one I am currently working one.  I am working to complete my December Daily 2017.  I am making a list of new projects to do and techniques to learn once I finish this project.

I created a mix of scrapbook layouts and digital collages for my December Daily books.  I have so many photos I could not leave them out so I created collages to satisfy that desire to include as many photos that I could.

I am not sharing everything but I want to highlight a few layouts and my famous "Story within a Story" that I do I every year in my DD books.  Today is my book cover and a few layouts.
The Story
I promised my granddaughter for her birthday she would have a "Mimi Day."  We didn't get to do it due to circumstances.  So December 1st we started out the holiday season with a day just for her and Mimi.

Notables
Bo Bunny's Carousel Christmas, chipboard ornaments,
Ranger Glossy Accents, …

A Forest...Crafty Project Team Play

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Yes, my husband has finally jumped on board my crafty train.  On the afternoon of the 23rd of December, I showed my husband a picture of a wooden..looks artsy...Christmas Tree.  He was so funny as he jumped in with excitement and made ONE tree.  After he finished he declared he was going to build a forest for next Christmas.  Not a bad idea.

 Totally fun and quick.
Looking at his workshop if messy means you are being creative he beats me.
 Jim: "why are you painting the back?"  Deb:  "So it can look nice when people are leaving."  LOL
We purchased the lights and bulbs that afternoon.  There wasn't much left at the stores at this point. We will be ready next year and build our forest for Christmas.

Not bad for a "quick" addition to our Christmas decorations.  It was fun working together on a crafty project.  I can't wait to see the forest next year.

UPDATEGayle requested some measurements.  
-Pallet wood
-The bottom level is 26" long cut at a …

Inspriation for Kids

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Two of my grandgirls and I were talking a few days ago about the word "inspiration."  How would you describe inspiration?  Inspiration is so tied to our emotion and is often described "moving our soul" that "inspiration is hard to define.   Regardless, I defined inspiration by example, aka. music, dance, art, mommy, etc. Children are often more inspired than adults because of the world around them is still new.

Here are a few examples of things that inspired me, but ended up in their capable hands.

Tim Holtz and Julie Nutting
Little and LS discovered my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform.  I demonstrated it one time and there was no stopping them.  Of course being little girls in love with dolls they gravitated towards my Julie Nutting Doll Stamps.

The photo is of  LS at a  Julie Nutting Doll Meet-up at our local scrapbooking store.  It was their first craft event.  FYI:  well behaved, crafted the whole time, 6 and 4 years of age respectfully.
LS (Look at the stamping jo…

Last Julie Nutting Christmas Tag of 2017

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Here is my last Christmas tag I made this year.  I had so much fun making Christmas Tags with Julie Nutting doll stamps.  It is fun to personalize them in my layouts as well.  Color their hair, skin color, clothing color, and prints.  I can match them up to a time in history or look like one of my grands.  I highly recommend these stamps by Julie Nutting and I'm sure you will see more of them from me in 2018.

60's
The doll stamp and car remind me of the style of the 60's.  
Notables
Julie Nutting doll stamp Camille
Tim Holtz Thinlets Home for the Holidays, Distress Glitter Antique Linen, Distress Ink Vintage Photo,
Ranger Stickles Diamond
I found this fussy cut bow at the last minute (remember I keep everything) and added it to the headband.  Cool.
The dress is made of Graphic 45 scraps.  The presents are from Basic Grey's Figgy Pudding.  The shoes are glitter with Tim's Distress Glitter.

Note:  for me, cutting out the shoe pieces is difficult.  I found, for this o…

Glittery Christmas Tag #6...Julie Nutting Doll Stamp

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Only a few more days of 2017 and a few more tags.  I used a solid white glitter cardstock for the base of this tag and love the Christmas/Wintry effect.

Tag #6
Notables
Julie Nutting's doll stamp
Graphic 45 paper.. bits and pieces I hoarded...LOL
Michael's Arts and Crafts...Glitter cardstock...Michael's Arts and Crafts
Tim Holtz...Flashcards, Fire Brick distress ink, Broken China Oxide ink, chit-chat words, snowflakes Thinlet dies, deer, gumdrops
Prima flowers
Aleen's Glitter Snow
Elizabeth Craft Designs Peel off
Copic Alcohol Inks
I made the doll first, before designing the tag, so I went back and replaced the vest and headband with the glitter cardstock.

I covered the chit-chat words with Rock Candy Stickles and outlined the edges with Fire Brick distress ink.  I wish I would have used Broken China.
The outline of this piece is the Elizabeth Craft Design Peel Off.  I adhered it to the glitter cardstock and use the Copic pens to color it.  I topped off the branches with…

Christmas Tag #5 Julie Nutting Doll Stamp

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Here is another of my Christmas tags that did not make it to the Christmas card mailing list.  I do have them hanging with garland as part of my holiday decor.  Christmas may be a day old but my garland is staying up in order to warm the wintry cold days ahead.
Christmas Tag #1 Peace on Earth
Christmas Tag #2 Partridge in a Pear Tree
Christmas Tag #3 Wings and Reindeer
Christmas Tag #4 Coffee Embellishments w/ Lil Witch ... turned Christmas
Julie Nutting doll stamp, Lil' Witch
Bits and pieces of Bo Bunny papers and other pieces I've kept through the years.
Prima leaf
Red heart from my "I don't remember where I got it from" collection.
Blue Fern Studio wings
Gears, picked up at the little shop...they are plastic.  I just added gesso and Ranger's Diamond Stickles
Tim Holtz's vintage photo Distress Ink, chit chat words

Ideas
-Archive or Pinterest Christmas ideas you want to try next Christmas
-Add or substitute the doll stamp for a Christmas photo you have ta…