The Merriest! by Niki Rowland

The Merriest! by Niki Rowland

Hey everyone! This is Niki (@nikiclairecreates) and here are a few December Album base pages using the Make it Merry collection. My December Album this year is a mixture of both this collection and the Holly Days collection but today I’m focusing just on Make it Merry. 

I’m keeping my album more simple this year. Last year I made it rather complicated, and whilst I love what I created, the overall project wasn’t as enjoyable as past years as I spend so much time on every page. So this year is stripped back and is much more simple and has been far more enjoyable which is ultimately what makes me happy. 



For Days 21 and 22 I have focused on red as my main colour. Day 21 is a white card base with four square photo mounts from the red gingham print from the Make it Merry 6x8 Paper Pad. I distressed the edges of each and stitched with white machine stitching. They are all in a strip on the right side of the page. These could hold four photos, or less, depending on what photos I take that day. I could easily also turn those into journaling spots too. This allows me to have some flexibility. On the left side of the page I’ve created a little cluster with two poinsettias from the Make it Merry Bits & Pieces, and my number which is a sticker from the Make it Merry Sticker Book on a glittery punched circle. I’ve added Decorative Brads and some Enamel Dots. 



Day 22 is a red patterned paper background and I’ve created a block at the top for two photos and a journaling card from the Bits & Pieces pack. Underneath the block I’ve punched circles from one of the Make It Merry papers and my number. I also added a few stickers from the Cardstock Stickers and Enamel Dots. 



For Day 23 I decided to make a hanging sign out of my photo for that day, inspired by the hanging sign icon in the Make It Merry collection. I often look to the icons in the collection I’m using for inspiration and this was one of those times! Currently I have a white photo placeholder with woodgrain strips of paper top and bottom. I’ve added some white cord around a Decorative Brad for the hanging. At the bottom of the sign I added my number together with a few Bits & Pieces. 



Day 24 is super simple. The black background is an insert that came with the Make it Merry album. I’ve added a full sized photo placeholder to the background. Across the bottom I cut a strip of Make it Merry paper and machine stitched it to the bottom with zig zag stitch. This creates a fold down section. I decorated the front with my number, Decorative Brads and ‘falala’ stickers from the Foam Stickers. Inside the fold down section I plan to add some journaling and maybe some further embellishments.  



Day 25 is Christmas Day so is a double spread. The left side is the back of the insert used for Day 24, and is lime green. I’ve added a full sized photo placeholder to this page together with a small embellishment cluster made from Bits & Pieces and a foam arrow. This is tacked into place for now and can be moved around when the photo is in place. 



The right side of Day 25 is a white background with a piece of lime green Make it Merry on the right side. I machine stitched around the outside edge of this page which created a vertical pocket. I embellished the outside of the pocket with ‘Good Cheer’ foam sticker and the large 25 number from the Make it Merry Number Bits pack. 



Inside the pocket I’ve put in the Very Merry Memories Insert from the Make it Merry album, and I’ve also created a little mini album too. The mini album is made from the 3x4 Elements paper and is folded and stuck together to make a 3”x4” booklet. I can add photos from Christmas Day in here and journaling and of course more embellishments! 



For Day 26 I have used a cut file of stacked gifts which I have backed with different Make it Merry papers. I’ve kept this page very simple, with the cut file on the left side and ‘JOY’ from the Foam Stickers down on the bottom right. I’ve only added my number, a few Cardstock Stickers and some Decorative Brads for decoration but I can always add more after I have my photos printed and added. 



So that’s it for today! Check back next month for more December Album pages made with Holly Days next time! I have you have enjoyed seeing this process, I can’t wait for December to begin now!  I have made a process video for these layouts which you can watch here:  

Happy scrapping 

Niki xx 


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