Gettin’ Crafty {Christmas in July}

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Before we get started on on today’s post, I just wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone who commented and emailed about my December Daily album. Ali was truly my inspiration for it, and I am honored that she would feature it on her blog. If you are stopping by THE DAILY DIGI for the first time, WELCOME! We are glad you are here. In short, we are a blog/site dedicated to bringing you great information and inspiration on digital scrapbooking each and every day. We are also home THE DIGI FILES — a “grab bag” of digital scrapbooking products from a variety of high quality designers. Each month, for just $5.00, you get a TON of great digi products. This allows you to try a bunch of designers for very little money. They contents are a secret but we slowly reveal them throughout the month. You can get a look at the whole DIGI FILES 6 if you look HERE.

A bunch of you asked questions about my album:

1. What kind of paper did you print on? I was going to use matte photo paper but I couldn’t find any (I’m an American gal living in SouthEast Asia). Instead, I printed on white cardstock.

2. What kind of printer do you use? Although I would love to own a nice wide-format printer at some point , currently I just have a cheap HP all-in-one. Works great, though!

3. How did you do the bracket shape? Would you be willing to share it? I made the bracket shape myself and I am happy to share it. You can download it HERE (with both an 8.5 x 11 size and and A4 size).

Okay…now back to the regular scheduled program 😉

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I think December is one of my favorite times of the year simply for the fact that I can surround myself with all sorts of craft projects and not feel guilty about it. The house needs decorating and people need gifts, right? I feel like I can justify every moment of crafty goodness with a, “It’s for the kids’ teachers” or “it will look just perfect on the mantel.” Sly, I know. Over the past few years I have done some fun projects including:

A tissue paper/Styrofoam Christmas Tree

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Button Ornaments (for the kids teachers 🙂

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And Advent Boxes inspired by Ali Edwards

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Since all this Christmas talk has me itching to start thinking about gifts and crafts for this year, I have started a folder on my computer with all the fun ideas I find on the web. When the time comes, I will have oodles of ideas and plans. Here is a just a small sampling of some of the ideas I am storing up.

Paper evergreens by Martha Stewart

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These adorable felt stockings

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These simple and oh-so-pretty paper ornaments

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And I LOVE the advent boxes/countdown calendars by our own Steph and reader Alisha

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More images and directions to Steph’s can be found HERE

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Here is what Alisha had to say about her super cool project: “I really wanted to focus on traditions and fitting all those fun things in the holidays. So each day has an activity, act of service or just something fun for the holidays! Then we turned the drawer around to reveal part of a puzzle on the backs. Would be done with any picture or message 😉

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And if you are itching for more cool inspiration, you can check out all of Ali’s Holiday Projects or just do a search of your favorite hybrid gallery to find gems like these (click for credits):

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