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December 01, 2011

December Daily Altered Journal with Gloria

Hello G45ers!

We're hoping that your sweet cravings are amped up for December, because we have a treat for you today!  The lovely and talented Gloria Stengel has created this jaw dropping December Daily Journal for you to feast your eyes on, but wait it gets better... She will be doing a weekly tutorial so you can follow along every Thursday and create a journal of your own!  Sounds like the holidays have come early.  Journals are a great way to capture the memories durring these magical times and make for a great gift for the friend/family member who has it all.  So join in the fun and make one for you and one for a friend.  Gloria take it away...

  1 Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium Album Journal Gloria Stengel

Part 1: Let's Get Started!

Each year many of us crafters create a "December daily" journal. Some of us want a journal with lots of space in which to write. Some of us want a journal with lots of space for photos. But, some of us want a journal that is more of an art piece, a decoration for our table. We want to add journaling and photos, to be sure! But we also want to be able to have a beautiful "coffee table book" to enjoy each year!

  2 Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium Album Cover Journal Gloria Stengel

I love vintage items and enjoy making my own "vintage" pieces. This year I decided to make a December Daily in a vintage theme, using Graphic 45 papers. I wanted a journal that covered the entire month of December, since there are times when we have events, parties, and celebrations that happen AFTER December 25th! I also wanted something that would sit on my table each year; I wanted something pretty and festive! And I wanted YOU to be able to make a journal, too!

  2 Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium Album Journal Gloria Stengel

Take a journey with me each week, for the next four weeks, as we make this one-of-a-kind mini album! Visit my blog, Scraps of Life, for step-by-step directions, according to the following schedule.

Today, December 1st: gathering your supplies, binding techniques, instructions for creating the covers.

Graphic 45 Papers:

Christmas Emporium: A Christmas Carol, Toyland, 'Tis the Season, Christmas Emporium, Joyous Noel, Merry and Bright, Happy Holidays, Special Delivery, Santa Express, Believe!

Christmas Past: The Holly and the Ivy, Christmas Wishes, Jolly Old St. Nicholas, Deck the Halls, Victorian Greetings, Letters to Santa, Christmas Past Tags

Le Cirque: Wizards of Wonder

An ABC Primer: School Days, Bedtime Stories, Calico Kids

Fashionista: Buttons a la Mode, Perfumeries, Vintage Cherries

Graphic 45 Staples:

Ornate metal door plate, number stickers, Christmas Emporium chipboard, Christmas Emporium stamps

Album Supplies:

2 heavy chipboard covers, 5x8 inches

10 thin chipboard pages, 5x8 inches

3 tags made from Graphic 45 packaging

1 invitation size envelope

3 pages from a Graphic 45 Kraft Envelope Album

1 page from a Graphic 45 Black Policy Envelope

1 mini file folder

General Supplies:

Numbers 1-31 (stickers, chipboard, die cuts)

Journaling blocks

Stamps and rub-ons in a Christmas theme

Embellishments in a Christmas theme

Paint, ink, glitter, mist

Trims and ribbon

Adhesives: wet and dry

Tools: Hole punches, die cutting system or circle cutter, binding system or binding rings, paper trimmer, scissors, sanding block 

Other Supplies Used:

Stamps: Stampin Up!, Unity, Stampers Anonymous

Journaling spots: Sandy Lion, Cosmo Cricket, Teresa Collins, Making Memories Bo Bunny, Echo Park, Maya Road

Embellishments: Miss Cutiepie Inspirations vintage Christmas tickets, envelope, Teresa Collins brads, felt, Prima leaves and berries, Maya Road pins, Fancy Pants buttons, bottle caps, charms, Jenni Bowlin stickers and bingo cards, chipboard, mini clothes pin, K&Company epoxy numbers, American Crafts glitter numbers, Maya Road Jonathan mini alphabet

Rub-ons: Marrah Johnson, Daisy D's, Little Yellow Bicycle

Inks and paints: Deco Art white acrylic paint, Making Memories evergreen, Bordeaux, shopping bag acrylic paint, Clearsnap Smooch Spritz wine berry, ice rink, vanilla shimmer, ginger ale, green olive mist, Clearsnap Colorbox frost white pigment ink, Clearsnap Colorbox Decades dark cashmere, antique moss, triumphant red antiquing ink, Clearsnap Colorbox popcorn, chestnut roan, dark brown, creamy brown, warm red Fluid Chalk ink

Glitter: Ranger star dust, silver, gold, Christmas red Stickles, German glass glitter, other glitter

Trims: Really Reasonable Ribbon

Adhesive: Inkssentials Glossy Accents, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares and tape runner, Scotch 3M tape runner, Glue Dots adhesive dots, white glue, hot glue

Tools: Zutter Round-it-All, Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die Cutting Machine, Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Large and Standard Circles Small, We R Memory Keepers Cinch binding machine and Crop-a-dile hole punch

3 Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium Journal Album Gloria Stengel

December 8th: instructions for creating pages 1-10

December 15th: instructions for creating pages 11-21

December 22nd: instructions for creating pages 22-31

Each week, the Graphic 45 Blog will remind you to visit Gloria's blog  to get the next set of directions for your project!  So hop on over to Gloria's blog for the step by step directions for the covers and binding the book. 

As always, thank you for joining us today.  And a special thank you to Gloria for putting this fabulous journey together for us to follow along.  Stay tuned tomorrow where we will annouce this weeks contest winner and feature more inspiring projects.

Happy Papercrafting!

Team Graphic 45



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Very beautiful. Can't wait to see her tutorial. She's very talented. Thanks for sharing.

Wow - just beuatiful, can't wait to follow!!

So beautiful! I cannot wait to see the rest of it! Looks like some wonderful things are hiding inside!

What a great way to get into the spirit of Christmas with this beautiful journal! Can't wait to see all the techniques!


Coucou, c'est magnifique, merci pour le partage, bises

Soooo beautiful! :)

this journal is stunning, I will be following along for all the instructions! Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win some of you fabulous products!

You have the most amazing designers...and the BEST blog!!! Thank you!

beautiful book! i'd love to see the whole thing!

Beautiful! Gloria did a great teaser of this project on her blog and I was holding my breath! Now I am waiting for next week to see first 10 pages :))

Such a stunning journal! So generous of Gloria to do a weekly tutorial!!

That is just adorable! I love altered journals. The flower reminds me of a snowflake on the cover. Just beautiful! TFS

Gorgeous December Daily..:)

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