Christmas In July | Recording It All + Vinyl Video

I have a confession. I am not so good in the recording department. I always have good intentions. In fact, I even started this project last Christmas season. But as per usual, the craziness of the time got in the way. My kids are also older now (three, 20-25) and so that ‘magic’ part of it isn’t really a part of our Christmas in the child-like sense.

I’ve also not necessarily been one to record the whole month of December. Doing December Daily sounds like a grand idea at the time, but as usual, life is just so crazy. Well, in 2013, when my daughter was getting ready to leave for Jacksonville on December 18 to serve an LDS mission, I made an effort to document more. I love that I did that. (Now I just need to get it in an album.)

In 2014, much of December was spent dealing with the aftermath of a tragedy that occurred  at Thanksgiving with some close family friends and our involvement with that. To say it did not feel like the Christmas season is putting it mildly. Christmas seemed rather trivial. I don’t think I got any kind of decorations up until about the middle of the month when the kids finally put up their own Christmas tree. I think I finally put up a couple other items found in one box and that was it.

But as Christmas grew closer, so did we. Even though I had much to do for work, I chose not to during that time and we spent quality family time together–watching movies, doing puzzles, making great food, and having a truly white Christmas thanks to an awesome snow storm. It’s not often we get snow like that. Sometimes we have some snow and sometimes there’s none. So the fact that it snowed so much that evening and into Christmas…it made it magical. One of my favorite moments of that holiday–besides doing a puzzle with my girls, was playing Mexican Train with Zach at the kitchen table. Our Christmas dinner contributions were cooking in the oven and we played many games and watched the snow fall.

I say that was the worst Christmas and the best Christmas we’ve had. I think the bad time is what made the good times so much sweeter. It was all about family for us and it was just what we needed.

As I pulled out this project once again and looked at the photos, I was amazed at how many emotions came to surface again. I can’t tell you just how grateful I was that I made the effort–even during that tragic time–to document our Christmas.

It means the world to me that we have that.

And now, on this final Christmas In July day, here are my pages for 2014…in an album….all finished. Yay!

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On this page I create a 6×8 page (rectangle), typed my text where I wanted it, and placed the Winter Tree temporarily so I could size it. Once I knew what I wanted, I moved the tree to the side, printed  the page and trimmed it to size. Then I cut one tree from a scrap of vinyl and three more on white cardstock–all at the same time on the same mat. Then I just glued them all together to create that ‘golden chipboard’ look. 


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[ Designs | Elf Culture + Deck The Halls ]



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[ Designs | Hello December (Christmas card) / Snowflake / Santa+Elves Card / Oh What Fun ]



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I used a plastic page from Bazzil Basics to put the vinyl on. I don’t think they make them anymore, but you could use a transparency. There’s a how-to video on this at the end of the album.


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[ Designs | Hello December (snowflake card) / Merry Everything (snowMerry Little Words (dreaming of a white christmas, snow, and winter wonderland text made into a 3×4 card) ]



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[ Designs | Merry Everything (christmas) / Merry Little Words (believe + be merry) / Hello December (tis the season card) / Winter Tree ]


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I used Brilliance Moonlight White ink to stamp a sentiment directly to my photo.

[ Designs | Merry Everything (fa la la) / Confetti.  Stamps | Holiday Magic (be merry) ]



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The one nice things about the gold vinyl is that it conveniently looks like gold vinyl from both sides. Sweet! And to create the snowflake page, again, draw a 6×8 rectangle. place the snowflake, type your text, move the snowflake off, print on cardstock, cut the snowflake, and adhere it in place. Embellish with other sparkly bits and title.

[ Designs | Confetti / Christmas Countdown (snowflake) / Merry Everything (magic).  Stamps | Believe (trees and title).


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I’m all about keeping things simple. One thing I did to make things quick was to cut out the Merry Little Words and have them on hand. I also used a lot of the Hello December and changed the color on the Christmas card.

The other thing that worked for me was the fact that I didn’t worry about documenting December on a daily basis, but rather was just sure to record all the moments that occurred. I plan on doing this for more Decembers and keep them in this album. Now I need to get 2013 done. :)


And now, the video you’ve all been waiting for ;), a video that shows how to use vinyl from start to finish using your Silhouette.

2017-05-18T13:38:04+00:00 July 19th, 2015|december daily, projects|8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Melanie A. July 19, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    We seem to have had similar journeys. I tried December Daily for the first time in 2013 (still haven’t finished, but much closer!) I love the concept. Christmas 2014 I didn’t document anything as my husband had been laid off that August, I was dealing with some health issues and things were anything but normal. I have always loved the Christmas season and I love giving gifts. I love the decorations, the music, wrapping packages, the MEANING…the whole nine yards. Unfortunately looking back I wish I hadn’t let it all get to me and that I had done what you did and simply documented the change. All of the other stuff might not have been there, but the meaning still was and I let the other stuff cloud that. As always love your pages and wasn’t Mitty awesome! (sorry for the book lol)

  2. K in PA July 20, 2015 at 7:41 am

    Fantastic and very educational video, Kerri. Thanks for the tips and for taking the time to make this helpful video. Additionally, your album is beautiful! Well done!

  3. Betsy July 20, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    What a beautiful and touching keepsake you created, Kerri. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Margaret July 20, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    I love your Christmas album! I am a visual learner so your video was very helpful. I learned some new things about how to use my Cameo. Thank you!

  5. Dolly July 20, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    I am embarrassed to say that I have not used my SIL to cut vinyl (Or do heat transfer or rhinestones or….) I find it intimidating but you made me believe I could do it and it didn’t look that intimidating at all! TFS

  6. […] In case you’re looking for more December-themed pocket page ideas, here’s a little look at my December album from last year. I find that if I document the month, it’s much easier for me to capture the magic than worrying about doing something every day. I think it’s one of my most favorite projects I’ve ever done. For the whole ball of snow, click HERE. […]

  7. […] picked up the image, and placed it on the outside of the glass. (For a vinyl how-to, check out THIS […]

  8. heidig July 21, 2016 at 7:54 am

    I remember seeing these pages previously on your blog and I love them as much now as I did then. Magnificent job!

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