Oh my goodness its been a while since my last post!!! But, I have been busy. I’ve decided to get as organized as I can for Christmas this year (don’t we all hope for that?), and have been working on my “Night(s) Before Christmas” Journal.
This concept is quite like the Golden Book Recipe Book that I made a while ago-you can find details of that project HERE.
This year’s Journal is made from the larger Golden Book, and is pretty simple to assemble. I removed the inside pages, trimmed the binding (separating the covers) and added spirals with my Zutter. If you don’t have a binding tool like the Zutter, simply punching holes along the edge and adding rings or ribbon will work just as well too. Before punching the binding holes, I trimmed the raw edges with red washi tape to give the book a more finished edge.
Of course, I had to add a little glitter to the title! What’s Christmas without some sparkle? I sporadically also added red flocking to Santa’s suit. Remember these vintage candy canes??? Love them!
I sparkled up the chimney top with vintage clear mica snow flakes and edged the chimney with silver tinsel. A vintage bottle brush tree and vintage hard-plastic holly add a bit more texture to the cover.
For the inside, I added pages of plain white cardstock and trimmed the title page to fit! Love these illustrations don’t you?
I “wrapped” a piece of chipboard with this fantastic paper by Cavallini Papers.
And, on the adjacent page, I printed a calendar from the internet. This will be my “go-to” for all the important dates next month! The Merry Christmas image in the corner is an image of a vintage Christmas card.
And, moving on to the next pages…
Shopping! I had to leave this page blank for blog purposes-don’t want anyone knowing what they’re getting for Christmas! :)
I decorated these pages “Smashbook” style with vintage Christmas shopping images and vintage Christmas card images. The combination of red and blue is very retro, and I wanted to tie these colors back to the cover of the book.
Bits of Soot Tinted Tape and red string add extra texture. Isn’t this vintage felt Santa cute??? It was a little packaging decoration, I think from the 60s/70s.
Well, that’s the first few pages of my Christmas Journal. I’ve been working on the others and will show you soon! I hope you’re inspired to make your own. What a fun reference book to revisit and add to each year!