Celebrate the Season! by Jen McMurtrey

Celebrate the Season! by Jen McMurtrey

Hello Simple Stories friends! The Christmas season is upon us and I am so excited to document memories – past and present. When it comes to December albums, I inevitably struggle each year to make and/or complete one, so it absolutely makes sense that I have two albums in progress right now!

To keep my process simple and streamlined, I decided to use the Jingle All the Way collection and matching 6” x 8” SN@P! album to document my family’s 2018 Christmas memories. Keeping to one set of products definitely makes it easier to complete a project!

  

  

For the cover, I used ribbon and twine with a cut apart tag, and I love the results. To keep the project from becoming too overwhelming, I committed to using only what’s on my desk . . . no sewing, cut files, or mixed media this time around.

  

  

The first page in the album is a 4” x 6” card with number die cuts and a sticker attached. Following that is a calendar from the 6” x 8” paper pad.

  

  

I stamped a couple of sentiments and the string of lights on the calendar, which I then colored and added glitter.

  

  

After the first couple of pages, the album came together very quickly. I am not completely finished, but did make it to Christmas eve. Using the patterned papers, SN@P cards, stickers, chipboard, and die cuts made the assembly and embellishing a breeze.

  

  

One of my favorite elements of the Jingle All the Way collection is the die cut numbers, which I used to notate the date on each story. Rather than hand-written journaling, I opted to type the stories in MS Word and print them to fit whichever size page/pocket I was using.

  

  

I was even able to include a bit of ephemera from a holiday concert my husband and I attended.

  

  

Even though I’ve yet to complete my 2018 album, I did make it through Christmas Eve and plan on recording the remainder of the stories while I am on vacation in a couple of weeks.

  

  

Christmas Day will be the final addition, and I will be certain to share those pages once they are complete.

  

   

Thank you sticking with me to the end of this very long post! I hope that you are inspired to document all of your special holiday memories . . . the Jingle All the Way collection makes it super simple and it is adorable!!

Have a great day!

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2 comments

  • Jennifer : December 14, 2020

    Thank you so much, roxanne! I hope you will share your album when you are done . . . or show us the progress you’re making.

  • Roxanne: December 14, 2020

    Lovely albun and it inspires me to work on my album

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