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December Daily® 2023 | Story 20

Welcome to Story 20 in my 2023 December Daily® album!

Just a quick note that I will be out of town for a few days on a family adventure. I'll jump back into the project when I get home and continuing sharing on + off both leading up to and after Christmas. 

I woke up this morning with a page idea and I started down that path and decided it just wasn't what I wanted/needed for today so I did a full pivot to tell the story of these gummy bear ornaments that finally arrived after being backordered for a couple of months (ordered from Terrain + no longer available). They are definitely fitting in with my colorful, festive fun vibe this year. 

Let's dive in: 

Here's my Table Of Contents for today: 

When the collection first released back in late August I made some stamp samples and this circle was one that I made using the Wreath Stamp Set. I've had it in my album since then and my original idea for today included using it on the green floral pattern paper. My pivot included still using this circle and adhering it to the pattern vellum from the specialty paper pack. 

I've had these gold rimmed vellum stars on my table (they are from the December Stories By The Month 2023 kit) just waiting to support a story and today was the day. 

To attach the vellum stars I used embroidery floss to create French knots. Here's the French knot tutorial I followed for my imperfect knots. 

When you turn the page open you'll find a second stamped wreath, more stars, my journaling, and a large photo of one of the gummy bear ornaments. 

Journaling in a circle again for this one and decided to make my journaling a hunter green. I arranged my text in a 2.5 inch circle and printed it on Maco Sticker Paper. 

As you'll see if you watch the video, I made up an embossing powder mix for this one - literally mixing a variety of colors together: it started as an accident + turned into something fun. Have you ever done that? I've never done it before but it was really so fun. I've got the colors listed below that I ended up mixing together. I saved my mix in one of those little plastic cups with a lid (they are also great for custom paint mixing + saving). 

I used a star punch to punch out a couple more vellum stars from some plain vellum sheets. On top of those I added Tim Holtz rub ons and then attached them with French knots before adhering the whole thing to the back of the pattern vellum. 

I printed my full page photo 8 inches wide x 8.25 inches tall. On top I added "joy" using the large gold puffy letters. On the inside of the "O" I added a chipboard circle from my stash and I also added a main kit chipboard phrase below. I added a couple more vellum stars using French knots on top of the large ornament balls. 

Along the outside edge I used red line tape to adhere a strip of pom pom trim

This one definitely took some time but it was so fun. 

Also, as I was finishing this one up I was looking at the back of the envelope I used for Story 19. I ended up adding one of the large clear stickers from this sheet

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8 thoughts

  1. imartinez601 says…
    12/21/2023

    Love this sooooo much!! Merry Xmas, Ali! Have fun on your family adventure!!

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  2. SFK14 says…
    12/21/2023

    What a fun page and happy accident with the mixed powders! Love it! A suggestion for punching bendy paper that works well for me is to put a piece of scrap cardstock behind the flimsier paper and punch them together. The cardstock seems to provide the needed resistance for a clean punch.

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  3. Jeannew says…
    12/21/2023

    Love, love, love! It just epitomizes festive, colorful fun!

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  4. laura_g_ says…
    12/21/2023

    What a super fun COLORFUL Page!! Love ALL the ideas! 💕 Merry Christmas Ali, to you and your family!

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  5. stagnaromel says…
    12/21/2023

    And...this is why you're the professional! Just when I think they can't get any more amazing. So beautiful. Have the best time with your wonderful family. Merry Christmas!

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  6. ginaegg says…
    12/21/2023

    The giddiness in your voice when you mixed the embossing powders was fun to hear. This is SUCH a great page. Like a previous comment says - just when I think "that looks so amazing" you toss those extra two stars on the photo and BAM...even more amazing. Also, all hail the excellence of good gummy bears! And of colorful festive fun.

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  7. mandyreedyk says…
    12/21/2023

    Absolutely LOVE this layout! Also can you link where you got the gummy bear ornament from? ❤️😊

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  8. dpowersfabian says…
    12/25/2023

    Tim Holtz calls that a "party mix"

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