Hello everyone, it’s Deb Riddell here with you today and welcome back to Mixed Up Monday!  In keeping with Christmas Week here on Therm O Web’s blog, I took the opportunity to create a December daily journal featuring Rebekah Meier Designs Mixed Media line, some of Gina K. Designs brand new Fancy Foils and a fun mosaic technique featuring Therm O Web’s Deco Foil.

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Merry Mosaic December Daily Journal

Therm O Web Supplies Used:

Rebekah Meier Designs Mixed Media Art Paper 9″ x 12″ (4 sheets per pack)
Rebekah Meier Designs Mixed Media Art Tape 1.5″ x 8 yd
Rebekah Meier Designs Mixed Media Medium Jar 4 fl oz
Rebekah Meier Designs Transfer Foil 6″ x 6″ (12 sheets per pack) • Vintage Tin
Rebekah Meier Designs Transfer Foil 6″ x 6″ (12 sheets per pack) • Old Gold (Satin)
Deco Foil™ PeelnStick Toner Sheets
Deco Foil™ Transfer Sheets • Emerald Watercolor
Deco Foil™ Transfer Sheets • Spring Green
Deco Foil™ Transfer Sheets • Lime (Satin)
Deco Foil™ Transfer Sheets • Champagne
Gina K. Designs Fancy Foils™ 6″ x 8″ • Glittering Green
Gina K. Designs Fancy Foils™ 6″ x 8″ • Radiant Red
Gina K. Designs Fancy Foils™ 6″ x 8″ • Sparkling Silver
SuperTape™ Roll • 1/4 in
Memory Tape Runner XL™

Other supplies:

Eileen Hull Designs Journal Scoreboards XL die; Tim Holtz Movers & Shapers dies: Mini Retro Packages, Mini Wreath & Bow; Tim Holtz Thinlits dies: Tree Line, Holiday Knit, Holiday Words 2 Script; Tim Holtz Bigz dies: Prancing Deer, XL Alphabet Die Broadway; Little Sizzles Mat Board – Sizzix
Tim Holtz Layering Stencils: Rosette, Concerto, Holiday Script, Snowflakes, Poinsettia, Nordic; Tim Holtz Holiday Drawings stamps – Stampers Anonymous
Tim Holtz Adornments Pinecones; Adornments Snowflakes; Ice Skates Adornments; Typed Token Christmas; Swivel Clasp; Christmastime Ephemera; Tidings Design Tape – Advantus
Perfect Pearls Powder; Distress Ink; Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder – Ranger Ink
Foil Laminator • 12 inch
Soft Fallen Snow Embossing Powder; Deer Charm – Emerald Creek Craft Supplies
Holiday Cheer Paper Pad – My Mind’s Eye
Miscellaneous – scissors; paper trimmer; assorted Christmas ephemera images; hole punch and eyelet setter; eyelet; Christmas gift tags and thank you notes; heat gun; hole punch; star die


Merry Mosaic December Daily Journal Instructions:

Die cut 2 covers for your December daily with Eileen Hull Designs Journal XL Scoreboards die from Mat Board.

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Cut two pieces of Rebekah Meier Designs Mixed Media Art Paper to approximately 5″ x 9″ and ink completely with green Distress ink (Iced Spruce was used here).  Stencil holiday/Christmas designs randomly on both pieces of Art Paper, using green colored inks on one and red on the other (design tip: keep the backgrounds feeling cohesive by using each stencil two or three times and by using at least one of the stencils on both pieces).  Cover each piece of stenciled Art Paper with Rebekah Meier Designs Mixed Media Medium and once dry brush mica powder over top for a shimmery finish.

Peel the backing paper off of each piece of stenciled Art Paper and adhere to the die cut journal covers, wrapping the Art Paper around the sides to cover the edges.  Ink the edges and spine with brown Distress Ink.

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Stencil some Christmas words/sentiments randomly onto the front cover with a contrasting color of Distress Ink.

Cut a piece of Rebekah Meier Designs Mixed Media Art Tape long enough to cover the spine of the journal (approximately 9″ long) and remove the backing paper from the tape.  Position a snowflake stencil overtop the sticky side of the tape, place a piece of Rebekah Meier Designs Transfer Foil in Vintage Tin over top of the stencil and use a stylus to transfer the snowflake images to the Art Tape (click here for a step by step tutorial on this technique).  Sprinkle Vintage Platinum embossing powder over the sticky side of the tape once the foiled snowflakes have been transferred and heat to activate.

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Cut a paper template for a simple Christmas tree shape (also known as a triangle!) and cut the paper triangle up into random mosaic pieces, numbering them if you like to keep track of where they go.  Heat up your foil laminator and cover pieces of Deco Foil PeelnStick Toner Sheet with several colors of green Deco Foil (Emerald Watercolour, Spring Green and Lime Green were used here).  Cover another piece of PeelnStick Toner Sheet with Champagne Deco Foil, making sure the piece is large enough to back the entire mosaic Christmas tree plus a couple of inches extra for a die cut sentiment.  Use the paper pattern to cut out random mosaic pieces from the three colors of green Deco Foil covered Toner Sheet.

Peel off the backing paper from your green mosaic pieces and apply them to the Champagne Deco Foil covered backing piece to recreate your Christmas tree, allowing a bit of the Champagne Deco Foil to show between the mosaic pieces.  Trim the Christmas tree to shape and cut a tree stand from the Champagne Deco Foil covered PeelnStick Toner sheet.

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Die cut the word Merry from the Champagne Deco Foiled PeelnStick Toner sheet (this is the Broadway Alphabet die).

Remove the backing paper from the mosaic Christmas tree and stand and adhere them to the front cover.  Remove the backing paper from the die cut Merry sentiment and adhere it to the top of the front cover.  Use a hole punch to cut some ‘ornaments’ for your tree from the Champagne Deco Foiled Toner Sheet.  Die cut a star from the same Toner Sheet and add it to the top of your tree.

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Merry Mosaic December Daily Journal Inside Pages:

Cover more PeelnStick Toner Sheet with two colours of Rebekah Meier Designs Transfer Foil (Old Gold and Vintage Tin were used here).  Die cut the top and bottom borders with the Holiday Knits die from the Old Gold covered Toner Sheet and back them with a piece of Vintage Tin covered Toner Sheet.  Adhere the layered borders to the top and bottom of the back cover by peeling off the adhesive backing.  Die cut a deer and a sentiment of your choice from the Vintage Tin covered Toner Sheet (this is the Prancing Deer die and Holiday Words 2: Script die) and position them on the back cover as shown.

Cover the inside of the journal covers with some Christmas scrapbooking paper of your choice, use the Journal die to cut them out so that they will fit perfectly.  Attach the front and back covers together with iCraft SuperTape.

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Use more SuperTape to cover the spine of your journal with the foil stenciled Art Tape, wrapping the ends of the tape around the edges to the inside.  Use a CropADile or a hole punch to open up the holes already punched in your journal die through the Art Tape covered spine.

Add a pocket created from scrapbook paper to the inside of the front and back covers and embellish as desired with some Christmas themed ephemera and washi tapes.  Add some Christmas gift tags to the pocket on the front cover (you can download these tags on my blog if you’d like or even better, use Gina K Designs’ Holiday Release 2017 to create your own tags!);

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And add some thank you cards in the back pocket to send out after the holidays.

Create a closure for your December daily journal by embossing a snowflake charm with Vintage Platinum embossing powder and adhering it to the front cover, adding a jump ring through the charm hanger.  Punch a hole in the back cover and insert an eyelet.  Attach a Swivel Clasp to the eyelet with another jump ring and then attach some charms to the Swivel Clasp, embossing some of them with Fresh Fallen Snow embossing powder.

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Create signatures for your December daily journal from scrapbook paper.  Number each page with scrapbook paper embellishments or die cuts from the 1st of December through to the first of January.  I created three signatures for my December daily, the first two signatures had three pages each and the third signature had two pages with a fold out page for December 25th.

Sew the three signatures into your journal with a pamphlet stitch (click here for an easy how-to tutorial).  Embellish the front of the fold-out page for December 25th with your favourite Christmas ephemera and images.

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The double fold out page will give you lots of room to record all of your Christmas day memories!

Continue to decorate the pages of your December daily as you’d like, I made a start by die cutting some holiday images from PeelnStick Toner Sheet covered with Gina K. Designs new Holiday 2017 Fancy Foils.

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A wreath and bow for December 1st.

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and a Glittering Green tree line for December 12th.

Add some stamping here and there as well, the Santa and sentiment stamped on December 24th are from Tim Holtz’s Holiday Drawings stamp set.

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And here are more Gina K Designs Fancy Foils die cuts, so sparkly!

I hope that you have enjoyed seeing my Merry December daily journal, can’t wait till December 1st to start recording all of our Christmas preparations and traditions in it.

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Thank you so much for stopping by today and as always, happy creating!

Deb xo

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4 Comments on Mix It Up Monday – Merry Mosaic December Daily Journal

  1. Anne R
    September 19, 2017 at 4:02 am (3 months ago)

    A fabulous tutorial Deb! I love your December daily journal, such a great idea – the embossed snowflakes on the spine are gorgeous and I love your mosaic Christmas tree! Anne x

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    • Deb Riddell
      September 19, 2017 at 2:40 pm (3 months ago)

      Thanks so much Anne, glad you enjoyed it! Deb xo

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  2. sewpaperpaint
    September 19, 2017 at 1:23 pm (3 months ago)

    Deb, this is absolutely gorgeous! As if that marvelous cover wasn’t enough, you’ve filled this album with page after page of gorgeous work. I love all of the clever ways you used these fabulous products, well done!

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    • Deb Riddell
      September 19, 2017 at 2:41 pm (3 months ago)

      Thank you for your kind words Autumn! Deb xo

      Reply

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