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I have tons and tons of pics of my foundation pages but I promise you, they’re not all going to be posted here – you’re welcome! πŸ™‚

I’ll give you an overview and post everything on my Flickr page so those of you who are interested can check it all out. Of course, let me know if you have any questions! It’s all pretty simple – I’d never make it through the whole month otherwise – but there are some fun elements that I’ll share here.

Once again this year I got the Ali Edwards kit (it was sold through Studio Calico last year) and I made the splurge again because 2013 was the only time I’ve ever finished it! I’ve tried four other times and it was a disaster! The kit idea definitely works for me. I also added the Freckled Fawn Very Merry embellishment kit this year (I must have been feeling rich or something!) and I was altogether too excited when I discovered they matched perfectly! Seriously people, I squealed like a little girl and clapped my hands, sad….

foundation pages - cover

I love my album! I went with the off white instead of red (two options were offered this year) and I’m so glad I did! I misted the fabric cover with Tarnished Brass Distress Spray Stain and flicked Heidi Swapp Gold ColorShine over that. The tree, star gems, and washi tape are Freckled Fawn while the rubber banners are from the DD kit. I did love Ali’s idea of using the huge gold letters are part of her cover but I moved that element to the inside along with the DD printed masking tape, FF washi and cork sticker:

foundation pages - inside cover

I also added a fun present to the spine. I’ll be honest, when I saw these two presents in my FF kit I really didn’t think i would use them, just not my thing normally. However, when I gold embossed the white one I loved it!

foundation pages - spine

For Day 1 I used a whole sheet of the DD patterned paper, added some Wink of Stella shimmer to the bulbs, and the wood veneer 1 plus a heart puffy sticker to the out side of the page protector. I gold sparkle embossed all the numbers but I have changed some to silver already. I still think Christmas albums should be all gold and silver – love overloading on the bling!

foundation pages - 1

For Day 4 I used some of the striped patterned paper and stamped all over it with the DD stamps:


foundation pages - 4

Day 5 I used a trick of Ali’s from last year – I stapled a gold 5 to a scrap od page protector I cut up and slid it in the pocket:

foundation pages - 5 spreadYou can see I stole an idea from her this year as well and cut the included transparencies in half – I love that ombre circle one! The star and heart combo you see is the back of day 6. Again, it’s a gold number and it’s all attached to a page protector scrap.

For Day 10 I simply added some FF washi, the DD velvet rickrack ribbon and a number on a gold diecut over some patterned paper. Simple but I love how it looks. The papers in this year’s kit are gorgeous so I don’t really want to cover them up very much!

foundation pages - 10Day 12 is by far my favourite! I thought Ali’s idea of using the chipboard piece with the twelve holes was genius but I used one of my funnest (that’s a real word, I swear!) techniques to cover it – sprinkles of gold, silver, glitter, and ultra thick embossing powders. Then I backed the page with a thin sheet of acetate so I could stick elements on and still get a peek of the next pages:

foundation pages - 12Day 24 was an old tag I had with some stamping and embossing. You can see I used the big gold foil “25” page for Christmas Day because it’s awesome:

foundation pages - 24 spreadI also filled a pocket with paper confetti and two of the plastic words for the 25th:

foundation pages - 25 confettiAnd that’s it for now! I have lots more in my December Daily album if you want to check out Flickr.

So how about all of you? Anyone doing a December Daily or something similar? Link me up so I can see!