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December Daily® 2023 | Paper Play with Pam

Hello, hello friends! I am thrilled to be spending some time with you this month, playing with the December Daily 2023 collection and getting my hands dirty. (My hands are literally dirty this week, because we’re playing with stamps, lol!) 

First, very important information; Saturday, September 10th is the last day to guarantee availability of the stamps in this years December Daily Collection. If you have not yet added them to your box (and checked out), please do so ASAP. AFTER September 10th, the availability of stamps cannot be guaranteed. 

I consider myself to be a stamping novice; I am not a person who does a lot of stamping in my projects. I like dimension, layers and texture. Those things seemed beyond my stamping skill level, but I made a short list of things I wanted to try. My list included: 

  1. make a mini book(s) with a stamped foundation
  2. stamp custom journaling/filler cards 
  3. stamp a background 
  4. create dimensional embellishments 
  5. create some interactive elements (nothing crazy! Just a little bit of hands on to engage.) 
  6. stamp a title
  7. make custom pockets. 

I believe I hit all the points on my list at least once (with varying degrees of success) and I’m excited to share what I came up with! (Even as I sit here writing this, my brain is swirling with more things I’d like to try.) In this post, you’ll find process videos for 7 different projects. You’ll also find several “Bob Ross, happy little accident” moments, but I do hope this sparks a sense of playfulness and creativity for you! Rest assured, there will be more stamping content from amazing contributors and community members in the coming weeks. Thanks again for being here!

Project 1: Wreath 6x8 Stamp SetA Very Merry 4x6 Stamp Set by Paislee Press

  • The wreath stamp is AWESOME, and very large. App 5.25 inches in diameter. Definitely recommend a stamping platform to get the most out of this stamp. 
  • Use two or more ink colors in multiple layers to create visual depth and fullness. Start with lighter colours and layer dark colors on top. Rotate the stamp with each impression to vary the location of the stamped branches. 
  • Consider using alternative holiday colours (pinks and blues and yellows) for a non-traditional twist. 
  • In this video, I’m demonstrating 4 different ways to use the wreath stamp. (There are many more!). 1) mini-book / interactive cover, 2) home for photos and hidden journaling, 3) home for a stamped and stitched title, 3) ideas to turn the wreath into a pocket.

Project 2: Trees 6x8 Stamp SetAli’s Christmas Phrases 4x6 Stamp Set,  A Very Merry 4x6 Stamp Set by Paislee Press

  • The number of potential stamping combinations with this one stamp set is exponential. I chose to stamp and fussy cut / die cut multiple colorful combinations. If you intend to make an entire rainbow worth of Christmas trees, I highly recommend you pick up the digital version of this stamp to use with an electronic die cutting machine. Stamping technique on already cut shapes is demonstrated in this video.

  • This project features a large pocket, dimensional die cuts, a stamped canvas tag, and a very cute tree + tag turned pocket that didn’t make the cut for this spread, but will definitely get used.

Project 3: Ali’s Christmas Phrases 4x6 stamp SetTrees 6x8 Stamp SetTags 6x8 Stamp Set

  • Heat embossing is a really fun tool to give your stamping more “oomph”. I used embossing powder to help make this title stand out from the background. It’s also used on the trees that form a dimensional rosette to make it shine. I am really loving the gold and white embossing powders with this release (I already added a second container to my cart. It works really well!) 
  • One of the challenges I’d love for you to consider is to think of other ways a shape can be interpreted. For example, the Christmas trees in the tree stamp set could be turned into banners/flags, alphabet letters, cartoon people, etc. This is a really fun creative exercise. 
  • Sometimes things just don’t go the way you planned, and sometimes that makes them even better. “Pivot” as needed.

Project 4: Tabs 4x6 Stamp SetTrees 6x8 Stamp Set

  • Creating custom pockets is a really fun way to add extra storage space in your projects. It may also mean more room to include additional pics and longer stories. Here are a few more custom pockets that came together while working on these projects. They can be added directly on top of full page photos, outside page protectors, or as embellishments that serve a secondary function. (Sorry, no process video for these guys, but I think they’re pretty self explanatory).

Project 5: Merry & Bright 4x6 Stamp SetA Very Merry Christmas by Paislee Press 4x6Trees 6x8 Stamp Set

  • This quick little project brought me SO. MUCH. JOY! I’ve already put a few of them to work, and I’m excited to sprinkle them throughout other upcoming projects. 

Project 6: Trees 4x6 Stamp SetA Very Merry Christmas by Paislee Press 4x6

  • This is another example of non-traditional colors in a December / holiday story. I let the photo guide my choices of pink, purple and blue. I thin it looks kind of magical! In retrospect, I wish I had turned the pocket on the back of the transparency into a flip open / flip out element instead.

Project 7: Number 6x8 Stamp SetTrees 6x8 Stamp Set,  A Very Merry Christmas by Paislee Press 4x6

  • Lots of love for this custom little notebook! It’s sized at 3x4 and should fit into a pocket when it’s time to put it away. I truly believe that the key to being “successful” with this project is to jot down something every day.

That’s a wrap for our first Paper Play Friday! I hope you’ve found some inspiration here today. I’ll be back next week with a plan to continue working on my (many) projects with a focus on the 2023 Main Kit. Please don’t hesitate to leave questions or comments below!

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39 thoughts

  1. ohmydosch says…
    09/08/2023

    So much CUTE inspiration. I will definitely be making SEVERAL of these!

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    1. PamBaldwin says…
      09/08/2023

      So much fun! Thank you :D

  2. 4sharon says…
    09/08/2023

    WOW!! So many great ideas…thank you so very much Pam! And of course I added to my box after watching your tree videos🤣

    Reply 1 Reply
    1. PamBaldwin says…
      09/08/2023

      So many ideas for those trees (my brain is still whirling). It’s super fun!!

  3. Michellemharris says…
    09/08/2023

    Isn’t the stamp deadline on SUNDAY the 10th?

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    1. PamBaldwin says…
      09/08/2023

      Yep! Apologies for the confusion. It’s definitely the 10th!

  4. journal says…
    09/08/2023

    Today's video says that the deadline for December
    Daily products are on Saturday, the 10th. Saturday is September 9th! So is the deadline for December Daily and the Halloween kit on Saturday the 9th, or Sunday the 10th. How confusing. I am ordering more products + the Halloween kit so I need to know TODAY! Thanks!

    Reply 1 Reply
    1. PamBaldwin says…
      09/08/2023

      My fault! It’s the 10th, for sure. I’m excited to pick up that Halloween kit too! :)

  5. cjdragonfly says…
    09/08/2023

    Great selection of fun projects! Question about the paperclips...are they standard size or large?

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    1. PamBaldwin says…
      09/08/2023

      I used large clips (purchased from Staples), but you could probably use any size!

  6. JHogno says…
    09/08/2023

    Pam, your creativity is always amazing. Thanks so much for sharing. I added to my box. Thanks again.

    Reply 1 Reply
    1. PamBaldwin says…
      09/09/2023

      Thanks for being here!! I hope you have as much fun with them as I did :)

  7. CathyMac says…
    09/08/2023

    I might have missed it, but what letter stamp did you use for the letters in FA LA LA? thanks!

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    1. PamBaldwin says…
      09/09/2023

      I actually see the tree stamp set! The A’s are the small sized solid trees, and the F and L’s were cut out from extras of the same trees :)

  8. inouyeflo says…
    09/09/2023

    Okay, Pam, you MADE me buy the Xmas tree stamp set and 3 embossing powders! I told myself I would have self-control this year and not buy stamps....but your projects pushed me over the edge! Thanks (I think =)! Always love your ideas!

    Reply 1 Reply
    1. PamBaldwin says…
      09/09/2023

      The trees are so good!! I kept coming back to that set again and again. The embossing powders are fantastic too. I hope you have fun with them :)

  9. femke says…
    09/09/2023

    WoW! These projects are amazing. You are so creative. Thank you for al the inspiration!

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    1. PamBaldwin says…
      09/10/2023

      Thank you so much!

  10. kellyharper says…
    09/09/2023

    I think I'm obsessed with the stamped canvas tag. Loving it!

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    1. PamBaldwin says…
      09/10/2023

      Oooooh, me too!! I'd definitely like to play more with that technique :)

  11. stagnaromel says…
    09/09/2023

    You're amazing as always! LOVE all the tree stuff, but omg the paperclips!!! Those will be all over my dd album!

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    1. PamBaldwin says…
      09/10/2023

      Thank you!! I added one to the top of another page, and seeing it stick out from the other pages brings me so much joy, lol. It's the little things :)

  12. NinaChow says…
    09/10/2023

    Thank you Pam for all of the ideas and inspiration. You are awesome.

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    1. PamBaldwin says…
      09/10/2023

      Thanks so much, Nina! :)

  13. ahiggins83 says…
    09/10/2023

    Pam, wow!! You always amaze me with your creativity! I loved hearing you discover the other side of that rosette when you flipped it over! :) I just couldn't help but add the tree stamp to my box today. Your colorful forest clinched it! Thank you for the inspiration!!

    Reply 1 Reply
    1. PamBaldwin says…
      09/16/2023

      Aw thank you!! That was such a surprise, lol 🤗

  14. Jeannew says…
    09/10/2023

    These projects are so great! So much inspiration! Love the rosette and the paper clips and all the pockets! You are so creative, Pam!

    Reply 1 Reply
    1. PamBaldwin says…
      09/16/2023

      Thank you so much friend!

  15. Lisabell323 says…
    09/11/2023

    Wonderful ideas!! You inspired me to buy the tree stamp (which I had talked myself out of). Can't wait to play!

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    1. PamBaldwin says…
      09/16/2023

      It’s such a great one! I hope you have fun with it too 🤗

  16. neeta says…
    09/12/2023

    Soooo much inspiration in all of these! Love them all and now want aaalll the stamp sets! My bank acct tells me otherwise though! lol I jotted down tons of notes and feel I can do most of it with the digi versions - thanks so much for sharing so many ideas with us!

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    1. PamBaldwin says…
      09/16/2023

      That’s awesome! Thank you 🤗

  17. User39396 says…
    09/15/2023

    Amazing ideas Pam thank you so much!

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    1. PamBaldwin says…
      09/16/2023

      Thanks friend! 🤗

  18. BrendaWeschke says…
    09/16/2023

    I love all of these ideas, so many possibilities!

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    1. PamBaldwin says…
      09/16/2023

      Thank you!!

  19. mecastro says…
    09/16/2023

    I love your ideas and will definitely try project 2 with the trees but also with my large heart stamps, so this works beyond December Daily. I also wanted to say how much I love your voice. It is so calm and soothing, and I feel relaxed just listening to you!

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    1. PamBaldwin says…
      09/16/2023

      Yes!! Love that you can make this work for you, and thank you! 🤗

  20. ScrappinMyHeartOut says…
    09/20/2023

    So many great ideas, thank you!

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