Improving My December Daily

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Welcome to another week of the Make It Monday Blog Hop! Can you believe that this is the last Monday of October already! Their are some really cool things for you to learn this week from me and my other fellow crafty friends so don’t forget to hop along with everyone else at the end of my post!

Yes I know we are still in October but with November literally a week away I have already started prepping my December Daily album. This is the third year that I will be doing a December Daily album and I am really excited about it. I have some stamp sets that are just perfect for my album this year along with a Picture My Life Kit that is to die for, which you can get from my Close To My Heart shop! I am doing it a little diferently this year in that I am using the We R Memory Keepers 8×8 album. I used this album my first year doing December Daily and I found that I like this format more then the 6×8 Snap album that I used last year.

I have one issue with all this and that is that the 8×8 album only offers two styles of page protectors and that just doesn’t work for me so I had to get a little crafty this year and find a way to use my left over 6×8 Snap album protectors this year. Let me just say that I love the way it is turning out with my crafty idea. My crafty idea has been to add some washi tape to the 6×8 protectors and then just punch the holes where I need them. Thank goodness I have a crop-o-dile and left over Christmas washi tape from last year.

The first step is to add washi tape to the page protector. Look how pretty it looks already.

Add washi tape to the page protector
Add washi tape to the page protector

The next step is to flip the page protector and seal the washi tape on the other side of the protector.

Seal the washi tape on the other side of the protector
Seal the washi tape on the other side of the protector

Now you are going to cut the edges off of the washi tape so that you have nice pretty edges at the end of your pocket protector.

Cut the sealed edges of the washi tape off of your protector
Cut the sealed edges of the washi tape off of your protector

Now is when we get to play with the crop-o-dile! You are going to take the main protector that comes with whatever album that you are using and lay it over the washi taped protector. Next step is to add some washi tape to both ends of the protectors so that they are sealed together and your protectors won’t slide around while you are trying to punch holes. Then you get your trusty hole puncher (crop-o-dile in my case) and punch your holes.

put the main protector on top of the protector that you just added washi tape to
put the main protector on top of the protector that you just added washi tape to
Punch the holes that are needed so that the protector fits in your album
Punch the holes that are needed so that the protector fits in your album

The last step is you are going to cut out the little pieces that are still attached to your protector. The crop-o-dile doesn’t cut out the entire piece so that is where my trusty Close To My Heart scissors come into place. Just a little snip on each side of the hole and the plastic comes right out.

Cut out the remaining piece that is still there from the crop-o-dile
Cut out the remaining piece that is still there from the crop-o-dile

Now all that is left to put your new pretty pocket protector into your album!

Place the protector in the album!
Place the protector in the album!

There you have it! This is my plan to create the exact album that I want for my December Daily this year. I will continue to share my prepping techniques as I get my album ready this year. I have learned that prepping the album ahead of time makes it a lot easier to get my album done each week.

Now hop along with the other Make It Monday ladies and see what tricks they have up their sleeves today!

Connie Hanks shares her inspired new wall display for showcasing scrapbooking layouts, tags and cards!

 Beth is sharing the beginning of her December Daily album (You Are Here)

Jen is sharing a free template & her NEW! Count Your Blessings Project that starts on November 1st.  This project will include hybrid, traditional and smash style scrapbooking, all in one fun mini album for November.

Karen scanned her Gelli prints to use them digitally!  

GinaZee: A project for Christmas tag swap. Using Wrapping paper for a Seasonal tag.

Kristie Sloan shares an interesting way to create a background with handwriting and a water soluble medium

Alice Boll from Scrapbook Wonderland has and adorable card for a little girl. Bonus… it’s a gift too!

Alison Day is sharing how to tie a current photo with an older story that didn’t have one, on her layout today

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  1. Jen W.

    Thats a great idea and who doesnt love playing with their washi-tape!! Another fun reason to buy it!
    I can see I need to go buy holiday washi now!!

    1. Beth

      Yes Jen go grab some Holiday washi tape. I am on the lookout for some new ones.

  2. GinaZee

    What a genius way to make something work. I like the addition of a coordinating color in the tape. Yay!

    1. Beth

      Thanks Gina I am going to be switching between two different washi tapes for my protectors. I am almost done setting them all up.

  3. Kristie

    Beth that is was a brilliant idea! Washi tape to the rescue again!

    1. Beth

      Thanks Kristie, you really can do a lot of things with washi tape.

  4. Melissa Shanhun

    Beth, we all love some washi! I’ve not thought to cut off from the spine end! That’s a great idea. Much less fiddly!

    1. Beth

      Thank you Melissa and we all wish we had all that pretty washi that you now have hanging on your wall 🙂

  5. Libby Wiers

    Very clever way to make it work – and decorative besides!

    1. Beth

      Thank you Libby 🙂

  6. Connie Hanks

    Excellent tip, Beth! We all have TONS of washi and this is definitely a great way to get more off the rolls and on our projects! Thanks for playing along on the Make It Monday hop! xoxo

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