Suggested Supply List


Suggested Supply List

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You Can! Create:

Christmas Journal


About six years ago, I discovered Shimelle Laine's Journal Your Christmas class. When you sign up for Shimelle's class, you get a daily prompt to encourage you to journal about current and past Christmas memories. Shimelle also encouragemes her students to take photos of their decorations, activities and traditions. Once you sign up for Shimelle's class, she includes you in her daily prompts for all Christmases yet to be!

My annual Christmas Mini-Album has become a "morphed" version of both of these classes - and I look forward to it every year. Do you already have a tradition of creating a mini-album like this, or have you been thinking about starting one? If so, this just might be the class for you! I have found that this project can be a bit overwhelming if I try to wait until December to start...and so, I have begun preparing the basic album in October and November for the past few years.

I want to invite you to begin yours along with me. I have chosen to use Tim Holtz's Large Portfolio as the basis for my album. I am going to have the foundation done so that when December arrives, I am not stressed out and can enjoy taking pictures and telling stories. I will have my base pages done and a good stack of tags, journaling spots and embellishments assembled and ready to go. You can use your album in a lot of different ways.

                    1. As a daily journal for you and your family's activities throughout the Christmas season.

                    2. As the basis for your December Daily or Journal Your Christmas Album  

                    3. As a gift for a friend or family.

This is a multi-session class...and my goal is to share some techniques and ideas that you can then take and make your own...

I have selected several products from different manufacturers and placed them into the supply list. I am not planning to use ALL of these items...I just am showing you things that I think would work well together. If you are wanting to have your supplies on hand and ready to go when the class begins you can check out the supply list here on Bluemoon Scrapbooking. Let me give you an overview of the types of things you will want to have - regardless of which manufacturer or product line you choose to use.

               The Basics:

                    * Large Portfolio

                    * Cardstock (12x12) 3-4 sheets of 2 neutrals (black, kraft, brown, white or cream)

                    * Patterned paper (12x12) I suggest a minimum of 5 patterns 1-2 sheets of each. You may want to also have a 6x6  

                        pad of the matching paper.

                    * Patterned paper (12x12) for your front and back covers. I usually choose a pattern I won't use elsewhere.

                    * Chipboard letters/stickers: At least 2 sets for titling

                    * Small alpha stickers.

                    * Christmas Ephemera (all the manufacturers listed have Christmas themed ephemera packs - choose one that has  

                         elements that appeal to you even if you choose a different product line)

                    * Numbers (stamps, metal embelishments or stickers) I use these to create labels for the different days.

                    * Assortment of tags/labels

                    * Matching trims

This class will “go live” on October 15, 2014, but you may begin whenever you like after that…it is a self-paced curriculum so you can work on it at your own speed - Jann will be posting sessions every few days - giving you time to work on each step...but with the goal of having the basic pages and embellishments completed by Thanksgiving.

If you have enjoyed Jann's YouTube tutorials and are planning to create a Christmas Mini Album, then this is the class for you.  In the You Can! Classroom, Jann will have the freedom to show you more tips and tricks than time allows in her regular YouTube videos.

Jann will walk you through putting your album together - from start to finish.

The classroom will also have a place for you to post your projects to share with your fellow students.  Jann's desire is for you to get encouragement from each other…and that you will be inspired by other artist's work as well.                        


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Suggested Supply List

You will find a list of supplies that Jann will be using in this multi-session class by clicking here:

Bluemoon Scrapbooking


I have been creating a December Daily

mini-album for almost 10 years now. It began for

me after reading a blog post by Ali Edwards

telling us about her plans for her December Daily

album! I was hooked! Her mini-albums and

story-telling have been a source of inspiration for me

almost since I began scrapbooking. Her blog was the

first time I realized that there were creative people

out there that loved the "storytelling" part of

scrapbooking as much as the creative part. Ali helped me develop my balance between the joy of the creation process with being the "family documentarian!" Both live easily within me now - and I get super excited about doing projects where I know I will get to do both. My December Daily album is that kind of project for me. It let's me capture with photo's and stories an overview of every day in December.