Thursday, November 15, 2012

Simple Stories: December Daily Blog Hop!


Good morning, and welcome to Simple Stories' December Daily Blog Hop! (Stay with me for an epic length post and a chance to win some Simple Stories goodies!) Okay, first I must confess that I had absolutely no plans to create a December album this year. At. all. While I certainly loved my album from last year, it ended up being a bigger project that I envisioned despite my attempts to keep it simple. (Take a peek here if you would like to see what I created last year). But, then Simple Stories came out with the "Handmade Holiday" collection and a little brand called Sn@p and I decided that perhaps maybe, just maybe I could do another album.

Last year, I did not create "foundation pages" for my album at all and I am excited to share that I did make foundation pages this year. Also, something you need to know about my album is that I do not create with a December Daily format. I found last year and the year before when I thought about doing an album that the idea of a daily album stressed.me.out. Instead, I chose 31 December memories for my album and created around them. It seemed to work much better for my family when we had several activities on the same day and I wanted to share more than one.

So, here is my album cover... (and I have a LOT of photos to share with you today...all the foundation pages).

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The "December" sticker and the calendar are from the Sn@p collection. For me, creating a December album is a time where I not only use whatever new collection caught my eye but also bring in some older items from my stash.

LOVE the ribbon from May Arts...the red just matches the cover of the Sn@p 6 x 8 album perfectly! The button is from Fancy Pants Designs and I threaded it with twine and then dangled some jingle bells.

Also loving the Simple Stories ticket stickers that I mixed up for my favorite sayings...I also used some older October Afternoon cream snowflake rub-ons on the cover.


On the inside cover, I placed a Handmade Holiday pocket (the largest one) to serve as a catch all for photos and memorabilia as I work on the album. The front page is one of the chipboard dividers that comes in the album. I did some misting and added a few things from my stash plus an Elle's Studio tag.

And now the foundation pages...I used a combination of the divided page protectors, the Sn@p divider pages and the Handmade Holiday divider pages.


I added some Studio Calico wood veneer trees and snowflakes here and there as well as some Elle's Studio tags.

At every 10 pages, I placed a chipboard tabbed divider page. I thought this was a good resting point and might serve as a place to add more photos and journaling if needed.


And here's the last chipboard divider page..


December 24th and 25th are usually my most photo heavy pages so I might add more to the album when I get to this point. (I like using a binder album for more flexibility!)

And there you have it! You'll notice that my design is very simple at this point but I don't see myself adding too many more embellishments once I put in photos and journaling. During an already stressful time of year, my mantra is simple.simple.simple.

Please visit the other design team member's blogs and see what they have cooked up for their December Daily albums. And be sure to leave comments on all the blogs along the way for a chance at winning some fabulous Simple Stories products!

Here's the order for the blog hop:
Simple Stories -  www.simplestories.com
Cari Locken - www.myandmythoughts.blogspot.com
Donna Januzzi - www.donnajannuzzi.blogspot.com
Thanks for visiting today! :)

230 comments:

  1. I LOVE your album Jill! I have been wanting to do a little bit larger album and I'm DYING to get my hands on one of those sn@p binders!!!! We do not have a LSS :(

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  2. Pattie Brown8:10 AM

    I love the idea of 31 Christmas memories. No stress of taking a photo a day!! Your album is perfect, thanks for sharing.

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  3. This is amazing Jill!!! Awesome album!!

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  4. Wow...love this Jill! You do amazing stuff!

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  5. Awesome album, love it!

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  6. Wow Jill!! This is fabulous - each page is wonderful. And I love the big pocket at the front to hold everthing while you're working.

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  7. Your album is so pretty! Love it. Can't wait to get some of the sn@p products.

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  8. Beautiful! Thanks for ahsring!

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  9. Love your album. Great work

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  10. You really are ready to go! Being a simple girl myself, I love what you've created here. And those jingle bells on the cover are the perfect touch!

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  11. More use of that yummy ribbon! Love your pocket pages and simpleness of your album!

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  12. I LOVE your album! The ribbon on the front cover is amazing..

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  13. Love everything about this...so fabulous!

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  14. I'm with you simple during this time of year is great. I always struggle with base pages too, but I love yours & how you used the dividers.

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  15. wow what more can I say

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  16. Anonymous10:20 AM

    sse6@juno.com
    what a fun project
    you do beautiful work

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  17. LOVE it all!!! WANT to start this!

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  18. I love how you put some things on the outside of the page protectors! Very nice album, ma'am!

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  19. Love it!!! Love all of your pages!

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  20. I like the idea of the 31 christmas memories. Less stress of having to come up with something every day!

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  21. Thanks for showing all the pages.

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  22. Thanks for showing all the pages.

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  23. Great job. Thanks for sharing.

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  24. Loved the bells and those xmas tickets. Gorgeous!

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  25. I love your album! the foundation pages are so beautiful! this is my first DD and I'm loving all the inspiration! TFS - Sonia

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  26. I really love the idea of 31 Christmas memories also.....so much less stress!!!! Beautiful album!!!!

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  27. Maybe with using helpers like this I could actually get some scrapbooking completed instead of just collecting stuff.

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  28. I love the idea of Christmas memories instead of a photo a day! Great Album

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  29. Just beautiful!! It'll sure be fun and rewarding to add photos to that beauty. :D

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  30. Simple Stories is my favorite!! Thank you for the inspiration. I'm working on my DD now & will "lift" some of your ideas.
    love....love....love!!

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  31. This is fabulous!! Love it:)

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  32. Jocelyn Thompson11:07 AM

    So fabulous! Really love these products! ;) jt

    jociejubug@yahoo.com

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  33. love your album, amazing

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  34. Awesome album! Simple is my mantra too!

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  35. Okay, totally using your idea of 31 memories of December! I too have become very stressed out of creating a page for every day! I love that you kept everything simple too, but yet still stunning! Awesome job!

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  36. Love your simple but beautiful design. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  37. your foundation pages are so inspiring!

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  38. So much fun looking through your post!!

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  39. What great ideas! I'm definitely going to put a pocket inside my cover for cards

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  40. This is so gorgeous! I want to scraplift every bit of it!!

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  41. I really need to get to the store and make me one of these. It is gorgeous!

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  42. can i scrap lift some page??? it's really nice!

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  43. Love it!! Everything you added works in just perfectly!

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  44. Stunning album WOW.
    Chris x

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  45. Beautiful Album!! I love all the pages!

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  46. LuAnn M11:52 AM

    Great job on the album! I love these papers.

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  47. absolutely stunning work! thank you for the inspiration. <3

    lauren
    craftsbyreadysetlove.com

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  48. I love how simple and easy this line makes to design a album...I love it!

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  49. WOW....love! Fantastic album! I am hoping to make & finish one this year.

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  50. Just wonderful! I loved the simple beautiful designs you have created! This album makes it so do-able! I am going to try it this year!

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  51. Anonymous12:08 PM

    Love the simple but lovely pages. Thanks for sharing. Debk

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  52. This is gorgeous! I so want a snap system for Christmas!

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  53. wow, what a great start to you DD, love this album!

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  54. Really cute, love the bells! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  55. WOW! Your album is really amazing! I love that you used so much of the product! Thanks for sharing!

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  56. Love love love how your album is turning out so far. I love the chipboard divider pages, with the misting and snowflakes... very inspiring. Love how you combined Elle's Studio and Studio Calico bits in as well. :) Thanks so much for sharing!

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  57. This is fabulous! I love all the detail. I can picture my own December and family pictures in this album. Thanks for the inspiration. I’m definitely doing a December Daily this year. Simple Stories’ products would be perfect.

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  58. Love it! I also do a Christmas memories album instead of a Dec Daily, as half the month the kids have school, i work and it's the normal routine.

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  59. Very cute...I especially love the detail of the hanging jingle bells!

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  60. I love your work! Every time I see it, I say the same thing! You gave me so many ideas for the two Christmas gifts I am making ... Snap Binders, but with the non-themed Snap products. Thank you, thank you!

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  61. WOW! SO MUCH FUN!! Such a great foundation to build upon through out the month of December! Your album looks GREAT!

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  62. LOVE the idea of 31 memories. I am definitely going to steal that idea. Your whole album is just fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  63. I love the way you've divided the album into three sections, and the 31 Christmas memories. No stress. Thanks!

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  64. OMG!
    Wonderful album
    Love the ribbon on your cover!

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  65. BEautiful! I love these albums!! So creative, I can't wait to make one of my own!

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  66. WOW! You did such a great job! It is beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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  67. I love the 31 memories of Christmas and what an amazing album. :)

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  68. I love your simple design and around the holidays I want simple! I think I'll take a cue from your beautiful album!

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  69. Man, you guys seriously have me impressed! I can't imagine already being this far along with things, but I love it! It's December ready!

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  70. Wow beautiful!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  71. I LOVE the simple, simple mantra at Christmas time, and I LOVE how creative you have been with your album.

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  72. You created a great album, love it!

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  73. Love your idea of 31 memories instead of a daily format...that works best for me, too!!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful album and ideas!!

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  74. Beautiful, Jill! I love it!

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  75. Adorable album! I love the cover with the bells and tickets! I really like how you blended it all together.

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  76. YES!! I really love how you have the whole thing ready to go! Just add pics and journaling and voila! Very nice!

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  77. love it! it's just amazing

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  78. OMG - what great pages. I'm going to bookmark this blog for ideas. I Love SN@P--the colors, the ease of use, and the way the books turn out.

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  79. I really like your plan of doing 31 December memories! Great idea Jill!!

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  80. I love your idea of 31 Christmas memories. Love all your pages. Can't wait to start working on mine.

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  81. This is great! I really like that you did the whole month of December. We usually have Christmas with one side or the other the weekend after Christmas, so that's a great idea!

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  82. love your book, maybe i can start my daily this year also...i see a lot of inspiration!

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  83. WOW I am loving your album! Beautiful cover and your pages are simple yet unique! Thank you for sharing

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  84. Great album, love your style.

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  85. An awesome album.
    I really like the gorgeous cover.

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  86. Awesome cover! Love that burlap trim! Wonderfully inspiring project! Love the layers and details!

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  87. I like how you do the 31 days. It captures all of it, not just the excitement leading up to the big day.

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  88. I love your album! The chipboard dividers is a great idea! I know I would have to add more pictures and this is a great way to mark the spot!

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  89. Pockets are so fun :)

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  90. I like to document 31 days as well. I work full time, so the days off after Christmas are important holiday times for us as well. I LOVE your album. So many great ideas!

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  91. Anonymous2:26 PM

    Wow. I love had you did this. Simple, but so easy to go back and add photos. Love the Simple Stories lines!!

    Awesome album!

    Lori H.

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  92. Love the sn@p products!

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  93. Maureen R2:29 PM

    Beautiful! I love your cover! Love the ribbon and jingle bells.

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  94. You have an amazing and gorgeous album...Thanks so much for all of the great inspiration and amazing ideas...

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  95. Love your foundation pages! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  96. This si simply stunning. Great job.

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  97. Beautiful job. Love the cover! Thanks for sharing.

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  98. Nice job on your album!! I love how you can mix the photo insert pages with decorative pages!

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  99. Great Album! Love the Ribbon and jingle bells on the cover.

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  100. These Sn@ps are gorgeous! And yours is fantastic!

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  101. I love your pages! Thanks for sharing.

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  102. I love the May Arts ribbon too! Your pages are beautiful and very inspiring.

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  103. I love the ribbon on your cover. Pages don't need to be heavily ornamented. The pictures should be the focal point. Great job.

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  104. I love the 31 Memories of Christmas. It gives you more flexibility. I've already started my album so I'll keep that in mind for next year. Thanks for sharing what you did with the pockets and chipboard dividers. Didn't know what I was going to do with the pockets -now I have ideas. And I was thinking of painting or staining the chipboard but it looks lovely just the way you have it - and who doesn't need simple?!

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  105. Loving your album. I like the memory idea too. Like the jingle bells for that little something special!!!
    Leslee

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  106. KellyC3:41 PM

    Another great album on this blog hop....really love your cover too!!!!!

    KellyC

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  107. Love the simple elegance that will let the photos/stories shine :)

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  108. Sure would love to win this wonderful product! Thank you.

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  109. Your album is just so adorable . I like that you put Tabs at every ten pages for journaling . Very good idea . TFS .

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    1. I just have to say something about your cover . It's beautiful and I Love that May Arts Ribbon . I have the blue one .

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  110. Love the idea of the tab dividers and don't the pockets make it sooo easy!

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  111. Grammycher4:22 PM

    Love your album. What a great idea, Christmas memories...leaving yourself room to add pictures, journaling etc. when needed and not necessarily everyday.Many thanks for sharing.

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  112. Love the spin on your Album. Super Creative!!xoxox

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  113. i really like your idea about the month as a whole instead of individual days this is also have my family works thanks for the tip never thought of it myself
    upnurse at aol dot com

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  114. Very very nice, thanks for sharing. Love the pocket on the cover!

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  115. I don't go my DD daily either! I show memories by category - like decorations, food, things we did, people we saw, etc. Thanks for sharing your album!

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  116. So many ideas to file away for my own DD album! Thanks for sharing!

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  117. Wow! This looks fabulous! Thanks!

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  118. Love that ribbon! Your album looks lovely!

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  119. Your album is very pretty,cant wait to start mine :fingers crossed:

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  120. This is simply stunning! The bow on the front cover just makes it!

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  121. i love how simple you kept your album. you are so right, with the stress that is the holidays, sometimes simple is best.

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  122. Oh my gosh...this may be my favorite album yet! Beautiful!!

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  123. I wouldn't call it simple Jill.....'Classy" is the word you want.
    I just love it. well done.

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  124. I will be borrowing your idea for the chipboard tabbed divider pages! You book is amazing! :)

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  125. Gorgeous album! I need to get started on mine!

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  126. Amazing album. This is a beautiful keepsake.

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  127. I like that you are doing 31 memories as opposed to getting stressed out doing something every day. Good idea!

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  128. I like that you are doing 31 memories as opposed to getting stressed out doing something every day. Good idea!

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  129. What a nice but simple DD mini album!

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  130. I love your cover! Thanks for sharing your talents.

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  131. I adore the jingle bells on the cover! You do such great work!

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  132. Your pages are wonderful as always.

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  133. Just as beautiful as I knew it would be...awesome album!

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  134. You did an awesome job on this album! It looks great!

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  135. Love that bow on the front and all the special touches inside!
    shar226@gmail.com

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  136. Love your album! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  137. Your Christmas album is fabulous and what I love most about it is that it is something you can do relatively quickly. Love Simple Stories and these albums.
    God bless,
    Peggy Allen

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  138. Love the idea of 31 pictures! I've never made foundation pages before, but I am thinking about them.

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  139. Great album. I love the idea of premade pages but I just don't think I'd be happy if the days photos don't match my premade page.

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  140. love it. i am so inspired

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  141. The pockets are the best. I love to save all the little bits - tickets from the Nutcracker, the school concert program and the pockets are a life saver.

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  142. Beautiful album! Love it! Thanks for sharing.

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  143. I have to agree with some of the other posts that having 31 memories vs. a daily photo might be a better way to go for me personally. Thank you for sharing your project - I'll be over the day after Thanksgiving (hee hee!) so that you can help me with my project!

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  144. Wow your foundation pages are awesome! Love the jingle bells too :)

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  145. Great start to your album! The last 2 years I've done a DD I took a similar approach... "memories" versus days and prepping in advance. Looking forward to seeing your completed project. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  146. What a great album! Love your idea to do memories and not dates. That will work better for me also! Thank you!

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  147. Love the warm golden tones on your cover ! the inside pages are lovely !

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  148. Anonymous8:28 PM

    It is so much fun to see all of the different ideas in this blog hop. Can't wait to start one of my own. Thanks for the chance to win. danthony@paulbunyan.net

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  149. Your album is great! It's going to be a great album!

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  150. Love how these products make doing a dd so easy to do! can't wait to see yours as you add your touch to the pages!

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  151. The more blogs I visit, the more I want to make a December daily too!!! Thanks for sharing :)

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  152. amazing december daily, thanks for sharing! love your cover and the chipboard pages are such a great addition!

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  153. Your pages are just beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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  154. What a wonderful album you have to document December Daily. I love the big bow on the front.

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  155. I like that you added the pocket in the front to be a little catch area for things.

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  156. oh your pages are sooo beautiful! I love the big bow on your cover. fabulous!

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  157. Your album is gorgeous! You make it look so simple, I'm thinking I may be putting together a December Daily album. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  158. Wow this came out perfect. It is all ready to add photos and stories and it seems that you did leave plenty of spaces fof that. I love that you did not overdo the embellishments and let the collection work for you. Thanks for sharing

    Happy Holidays
    *gina*

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  159. Okay...wow...your book is awesome!!!

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  160. Oooo I love the idea of 31 memories. I failed miserably at my DD last year, so this may just be the encouragement I need! Thankyou!

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  161. OK wow I love your simple mantra. I do love what you did last year but this is so much simpler and easier but not necessarily looking that way. Adding an album full of pictures will make it perfect. I luv luv luv Simple Stories and I might just be back when I need inspiration. I'm definitely making an album after seeing all these. Merry Christmas!! Hugs!

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  162. Way to keep it do-able! I tried to do a December Daily last year and ended at about day 9. The 31 memories idea I probably could have done with what I had, though! TFS!

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  163. Love it! Such a great album.

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  164. I love how your Daily is looking so far! I can't wait to start mine! I will definitly be using a red Snap binder! Thanks for the hop and the chance to win some goodies!
    Kayla Foister
    aurorwillow@gmail.com

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  165. Holly Saveur12:48 AM

    Amazing..LOVE your pages!

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  166. Beautiful. Almost to pretty to put on top of those pages! Thanks for sharing!

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  167. absolutly fantastic! I love it

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  168. Colourful and exciting album that you have made. Feel like starting a project soon like yours.

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  169. I also follow that mantra. 31 memories is such a nice gift to your family

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  170. What a brilliant idea to do 31 memories rather than a daily album, so much more manageable - especially for the days when nothing Christmassy happens! Love your album :D

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  171. Your cover is awesome, love the jingle bells!

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  172. love this album and the line of papers you used.

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  173. Your album is so pretty! Love it.

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  174. i love seeing your whole album together, it is so great to see the big picture, so inspiring.

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  175. Lovely album! Love your idea of documenting each day. Thanks for sharing.

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  176. Love the cover (and the rest). Hope I can find ribbon like that in Holland.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

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  177. LOVE the album!! Great inspiration! Now I can't wait to make my own :)

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  178. Like the daily documenting each day and the tabs every 10 days. TFS.

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  179. Wonderful album. I've only just discovered December Daily and while I love the concept the thought of all that work made me kind of shy away from it. Simple Stories has made it so much easier and now the ideas are floating around in my head haha. Thanks for sharing.

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  180. This looks fantastic. You've done so much!!

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  181. So beautiful TFS!

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  182. That is one beautiful album!! TFS!

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  183. Simple is better!

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  184. Keeping it simple is absolutely fabulous. LOve it!

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  185. I essentially copied your DD album from last year, and looking at this one you've just made, I think I'm going to have to copy again!! Great work!

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  186. I love your album... getting more inspiration to start working on mine. Can't wait.

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  187. I gotta get some of that ribbon you've used on the cover of the album, it's perfect for all holiday themed projects. Love the look of your's by the way, thanks for sharing it with us. Happy Holidays to you and yours!!

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  188. I love your album...I love the Handmade Holiday collection and the sn@p products make it so easy...

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  189. Wow, your album is all set and ready to go! You are definately ahead of the game. Love what you have done. Val from IL.

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  190. I love the flow and simplicity of your album, it's fantastic! I like the idea of leaving those dividers in there for added stability and as a place for more scrapping. P.S. the jingle bells are a perfect touch!

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  191. Great DD! Love the cover! Have fun filling it with photos.

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  192. I love how you did your album! I would feel the same way about doing the 31 days but changing it to the 31 memories would be so much easier.

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  193. Anonymous5:07 PM

    I love that yu did the whole month of december. With my aniversary on new years eve I could not imagine me stopping at December 25.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Tara-Lynn

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  194. Very nice and lovely looking album! Will be fun to fill in as the days go by.

    Carla from Utah

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  195. Just gorgeous, I love it.

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  196. Darling cover sheet and I love your mantra - simple !!

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  197. I love the memories idea rather than a 'daily.' I am leaning that way, but definitely will use Sn@p products!

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  198. Simply ADORABLE!!!

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