I'm the guest designer over at Gossamer Blue this month for their December Memories Kit. It's a really beautiful kit with tons of supplies for those that like to document their December. Look at all that was in the box! :
I was seriously wowed when I opened the box. There is so much to love.
I love the unique colors in the kit, especially the golden striped binder. I like to leave my binder covers plain, for stacking on shelves, and sliding in and out bookcases without knocking off any embellishments. This cover, with it's gold stripes and pretty sage green binding make it decorated without requiring anything extra in my mind. The pink and red combination on some papers, and less traditional mixes are a favorite too, as well as the products designed by designers exclusive to the Gossamer Blue kit.
These colors....the minty turquoise, warm red, gold and white...I'm not usually a huge fan of red, but I'm really liking this combo this Christmas.
So very many fun embellishments in this kit. I love it when kits have exclusive items, and this kit is choc full of them!
And so many fun papers, with duplicates so you can try out different ideas and use different ways.
So fun to unpack each item, taking them out of their packages and putting in something that makes it easier to use over the month. Once I'd done all the sorting, I put everything back in the box the kit was shipped in for easy access this December
I included a few items to the box that I had bought additionally:
I love the new designer collections, Gramercy Road, On my Desk, and Get Happy over at Gossamer Blue too, and added a few items from each.
With the kit unpacked and all extras gathered, I was good to go.
Let the fun begin! This will be the third year I've documented December. For those books I just put the book together as the days went by, without any planning or page prep ahead. That works out for me because I use the photo captured on the day as my jumping off point for choosing colors, papers, and embellishments.
This year I decided to follow a few ideas I had from seeing the kit items, but make them non specific so I could still remain flexible as to where they will fit in over the month.
I took one of the paper cut out trees, attaching it to another tree sticker from the darling Get Happy line and added a paper banner cut out of one of the 3x4 cards. It'll make a very cute see through pocket item:
Added one of the stars from the kit...and mabye a number for the day of the month will be added. I like to have each day numbered somewhere on the page.
I printed out the design I made for the blog hop (seen at the top of the blog post) and decided to use it as a title page.
I was thinking about using the puffy word "magic" and puffy arrow....but then I tried this paper banner:
I like it better, a stronger statement.
Just a fun little date number tag for the first day in the book.
On another page one of the 4x6 papers with a paper banner on top. I'll wait to see what happens on the day I want to use it to decide what to write on the banner. I like to add some embellishments on top of the page protectors on occasion.
Ever year I like to keep all receipts that are holiday oriented in my December book. This year I'm using one of the gold and white striped bags in the kit. I'm going to simply punch holes in the bag and slip it on the rings. I added a few different items from the kit on top which seemed a little tongue in cheek for the bag full of receipts. ;)
I have also kept a to do list in past books. I thought this striped paper was perfect for that use in this year's. A few more fitting embellishments on it seemed to make it more fun than the average to do list.
I plan to sew these JOY flags onto the page on top of a photo when I get one that matches the colors.
The last page I prepped was one I think will be placed toward the end of the month. I used a piece of printed transparency (Allison Kreft) that I had left over from last year, punched holes in it and put it directly in the binder. We're actually going to Paris in December (!!!) and I think the silver Joy to the World is a great embellishment for a photo of us from the trip. The acrylic snowflake is so sweet as a finishing touch.
One more day until December officially begins! Want to see some more December Memories fun? Here are the other participants in today's Blog Hop, click over to see what they're up to in their December Memories prep: