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Today I will be sharing an idea that jumped straight into my head when I saw November 2017 Stamp of the Month: Through The Year. I absolutely love the font used for the months in this set. I am a huge fan of script fonts. The great thing is it is only $7.50 with a qualifying order during the month of November.
I know most of you will be thinking how often will I use this stamp set. However the Ideas shared today along the blog hop and the twists you can do on my design will have you using this stamp for many gifts all year round.
When I saw this stamp I wanted to decide how I was thinking of different ways I would use it. I know you could use it on frames for school pics or scrapbook layouts. However I though I would personally use it like a journal. I find If I set myself a goal and a time line I will strive to achieve it more than just an idea/wish. So I decided to create a mini album that has fold out pages. I decided to keep it small and have each side of card stock a different month.
To make this album you will need the following products.
- 3 sheets of Coloured Card Stock
- 1 sheet of B&T Paper (I used Basic Fudamentals which are at 30% saving for November)
- 1 sheet of White Daisy Card Stock
- Glitter cardstock, ribbon, shimmer Trim or anything you wish to embellish the project
- Ribbon or clip rings to join.
The front cover I decorated last and have used a image from the new You Are Here Cricut cartridge.
You will need to cut 6- 3.25″x12″ strips and 1- 3.25″x10.5″ from the coloured Card Stock. Then cut 12- 3″x3″ squares from both the B&T paper and White Daisy Card stock. Then you will need to cut 12- 7/8″x3″ strips from the white daisy card stock.
Stamp the months onto the 7/8″x3″ strips. I just stamped with Memento Ink. However, you could also use versa mark and heat embossing powders.
Score each of the 3.25″x12″ strips as follows. Score at 5/8″ then at 1.25″. Move that score line to 3.25″ and score. Move that score line to 3.25″ and score and again move that score line to 3.25″ and score. Using a bone folder fold the score lines. They should fold together so that the small score lines (the first two marks) are the binding and the other pieces fold behind each other. On one side glue the white 3×3 piece near the binding and on the opposite side adhere the white square to to the panel next to the Tab. Adhere the month to the tab. When folded it should look like the picture below.
Adhere the 3×3 B&T paper to the middle panel. Then score the 3.25″x10.5″ piece at 4.5″, 5″, 5.5″ and 6″ marks. Using a hole punch, punch holes in the binding area to be able to assemble. I found it easiest to go from Top and Bottom of each piece trying to make sure it was in the middle of the Binding area. This allowed me to easily punch the cover piece and assemble. You can join them all together with clip rings or with Ribbon.
If you feel you want the binding to be sturdier you can add a little bit of liquid glass to the small folds.
That is the album assembled.
What I intend to do is have the front piece that is seen my wish/goal for the month. The middle piece is a mount so I can add a photo either of the completed challenge or something that happened instead. The last panel that is hidden is for journaling. I will write if I achieved it, when, and what problems may have risen during the challenge.
The great thing about doing this album with the new card stock is the different shading of colours font and back. It allows for a nice mixture of colours and interest.
If you do not wish to do this as a goals/new years resolution album, you could do the same design for a brag book for Grandma or Aunts. A photo of the grandchild every month and what they did.
You could also do a Birthday Book and keep track of when everyone’s Birthday’s are.
Teacher Thank you gifts. Record what they did or what you loved most every month with the teacher.
If you do use it for a goals book you could make your goals on exploring your local area or trying something new every month.
Thank you for looking at my design. I hope it is something you feel you can recreate and will give a try. Keep an eye on my blog as I will be posting more ideas for this album and techniques with the Cricut. Remember this stamp set is only available this month through your CTMH consultant. If you do not have a consultant you can contact me here to order yours.
Please continue along this fun blog hop to Passionate about pages and see the amazing idea that Shaunna has designed for you.
Enjoy the inspiration and Happy Paper Crafting everyone