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On the 15th of each month in 2014, I documented a Day in the Life, a concept originated by Ali Edwards. Each month, I added a full spread in between weekly spreads (extra full spreads in addition to weekly spreads is sort of my M.O. this year).

I’m doing this on the 4th in 2015, so set your calendars and join in this Sunday!

Here’s December Day in the Life:

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I usually start with cards when it comes to decorating spreads, but this time I started with the January Freckled Fawn kit. I had fun testing out ways to make my own cards with stamps, embellishments, and a mix of papers from 6×6 paper pads with white card stock.

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For this page, I made a title card by adding a tag and decorating it a bit with the end of the 2015 stamp from the kit, a sewed on Dec transparency circle, and the “today” leather diecut (which I added with pop dots). Writing around the tag gave me extra journaling space.

To make the 3×4 cards, I repeated the cloud stamp to make a filler card (alternating colors of a single stamp is a great way to create a pattern!), added a strip of days of the week washi tape to one card and put the date stamp over the day this spread covers, and added parts of white cardstock over patterned papers to give myself room to write.

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I decided to keep going with the sewing on this page as well!

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For this card, I added lots of itty bitty iridescent stars in a strip and sewed them on. To attach them initially, I ran a straight line of adhesive down the side of the card and added them onto the adhesive strip in a randomized manner. Then I ran the card through my sewing machine to adhere them more permanently.

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I added a strip of cardstock for journaling to patterned paper and embellished with a resin cloud and leather cloud. Sewing along the borders of the cardstock gave the card a more finished look.

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I still needed more room for journaling, so I added a bit of white cardstock to the negative space to the bottom left photo, added a stamped label to the bottom right photo, and attached on an extra white card to the back of the right photo with washi tape for even more hidden journaling. I’m planning on adding more digital journaling in 2015 so I won’t have to do this so often.

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I really love the way this spread came out, and I’m looking forward to making a lot more of my own cards in 2015.

What’s your favorite way to make your own cards?

Selected Supplies: Freckled Fawn January Oh Deer Me Kit // Basic Grey Second City 6×6 paper pad // Studio Calico Take Note 6×6 paper pad // Project Life 3×4 white cards, 4×6 white cards, Design A page protectors, and Project Life corner rounder // StazOn Jet Black ink // sewing machine.

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