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December Countdown Album Finished Pages

Merry Christmas. And Happy December!

Finally it’s here. Finally I get to share what’s happening inside my Winter Wonderland December Album. Finally!!!

 

Finished December Album Pages for Inspiration by Jamie Pate for @heidiswapp

 

I have been documenting our Decembers in an intentional album for over 10 years now. It is one of my most favorite mini albums in my collection. Christmas memories and traditions always make for a super emotional journey back into how life once was. And shines a light on life right now. While this project can take extra intention in a very busy time of year, in the end it means so very much to me to have this documentation that includes both words + photos. Are you ready for a look inside?

 

A few weeks back I shared a post for the front of this Winter Wonderland Album Kit cover:

 

Heidi Swapp Winter Wonderland December Album

 

You can find that post right HERE.

Today’s post will take you through a look at a couple of page spreads found inside this album. Pointing out a few features and interactive elements I will share several ideas with you for each of the pages. My hope is to inspire you to create your own December Album.

 

Heidi Swapp Winter Wonderland December Album

 

To start, the album opens up to a vellum gold foiled page inviting us to be Merry and Bright. Originally I thought I would be using this page someplace else, so I removed it. Well, as is always the case, I changed my mind. To return this page back to it’s original opening location I just used Winter Wonderland Washi Tape to adhere it back into my book. I also trimmed about an inch from the right side so as to allow the next pages to show through to the front of the mini album.

 

Heidi Swapp Winter Wonderland December Album

 

Turning the page, I added a large photo of our family. This book is me finishing 2018’s December Album. I am not alone in this endeavor. As I have been surfing around various social media channels, there are a whole lot of us December documenters who do not finish their book in the same year. You are never behind. But only always in good company.

To add a bit more structure to these pages, I matted most of them with cardstock. This photo is a tad larger than 6×4-inches. And it is actually adhered to a flap that I added to the right side. So this front photo page will open to the right to reveal the journaling underneath.

 

Heidi Swapp Winter Wonderland December Albumq

 

I love love the stamp sets that are included in the Winter Wonderland Collection. They will be timeless supplies that I will be using over and over again. I stamped a little strip of vellum with that ‘we wish you a’ sentiment and then attached it to the vellum Ephemera. The vellum ephemera is acting like a little tab to use to open to the page underneath.

 

Heidi Swapp Winter Wonderland December Album

 

Revealing the page underneath, I used the Stamp and Die set to make the ‘Christmas’ die cut. Then stamped around that sentiment. I typed my journaling on another piece of cardstock and adhered that piece under the title work. A piece of washi on the right edge sort of pulls the whole page together. And then a Layered Sticker tops it all off with some gold foil shine and color. Really love how this worked out.

 

Heidi Swapp Winter Wonderland December Album

 

On the back of the family photo flap, I added another 6×4-inch photo collage. These are photos from around our Christmas morning with our extended family. Oh how these photos are already priceless to me.

 

Heidi Swapp Winter Wonderland December Album

 

You will be seeing a bit of a hexagon vibe going on through these few page spreads. I am very much under the influence of hexagon shapes and sketches currently. I love having a theme run through my mini albums already. So that is the shape that you will be seeing pop up in various ways throughout this book as well as this year’s December Album. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

 

Heidi Swapp Winter Wonderland December Album

 

There is always at least one pocket page included in my December Album. I made this one to hold the story of my littlests concert last year. The photos were not awesome. Well. Actually. We were not allowed to take photos in the venue. But what I did have I added them to the back of those tags. Those tags belong to the Winter Wonderland 12×12 Paper Pad. In that selection of papers is a ‘cut-away’ pattern. Those tags are part of that pattern. And make for a great way to add journaling, an embellishment cluster, or even photos.

 

Heidi Swapp Winter Wonderland December Album

 

On the facing page is a traditional sort of scrapbook page layout. Using a Paige Evans Hexagon Cut File, the pattern was cut out on cardstock. Some of the openings were backed with Winter Wonderland Pattern Paper.

This page is a traditional page too in the fact that I always add a layout of my kids right now. This might just be my favorite story I add to my December Album. Oh…and the annual tree hunt…oh and the big family photo…oh…and the Advent story…do you get the idea I really love this mini album?

 

Heidi Swapp Winter Wonderland December Album

 

Using a word from the Color Fresh Foil Accent Puffy Phrases the title work is both gold foil puffy words plus the candy cane stripe alphas that are part of Winter Wonderland. Winter Wonderland of course is a perfect set to make a December Album from, but other non-holiday embellishments can be worked in too.

 

Heidi Swapp Winter Wonderland December Album

 

The free downloads that were made available in THIS post was put to work here. Now don’t judge. Stitching is all the trend right now in the scrapbook world. But I am super novice. That said, I had fun adding those stitches in to my Comfy Cozy cut file. It added just the right vibe to this page. It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.

 

Heidi Swapp Winter Wonderland December Album

 

On the facing page is an little mini hexagon shaped book that I added to this album. This little mini book holds three stories. They were smaller stories and did not need to take up a whole 8×8-inch page in this album.

 

Heidi Swapp Winter Wonderland December Album

 

The little book follows the same format. Pattern paper on the left side. Typed journaling cut into strips. And then the photo on the right side. Repeat. You don’t have to create huge original spreads for each day in a December Album. Sometimes a little interactive book can fill in with those smaller stories.

 

Heidi Swapp Winter Wonderland December Album

 

Heidi Swapp Winter Wonderland December Album

 

That is what I have so far in this catch up book from last year. I will be here in a few weeks again and show you the rest of this album. I am so very excited how it is shaping up.

Our words. Our photos. Our stories. They are beyond meaningful. They can be documented in a fancy way with all the embellishment. Or they can be a super large photo with a few words. It doesn’t matter what your style and approach may be. Just write your words. Print those photos. And no matter what time of year, tell your story.

 

Supplies| Heidi Swapp Winter Wonderland Collection: Album Kit, 12×12 Paper Pad, Cardstock Stickers, Alphabet Thickers, Clear Stamps, Ephemera, Layered Stickers, Stamp and Die Set, Washi Tape Set. Color Fresh Puffy Stickers.