12″x12″ Layout: Christmas Eve Checklist

Simple Stories Cozy Christmas

I’m back with another layout from the Simple Stories Cozy Christmas line. I’m so happy I was able to squeeze another layout out of this collection – I also made some cute gift card holders, too. I think I will use up the rest of it on some cards.

I decided to go with a “checklist” as my way of telling this story. Just some things that we did at home on Christmas Eve, 2014. Nothing crazy or wild – just a calm night with our little family. So great!

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This last pic of the kids in front of the tree is one of my all time faves. So much so that I just ordered a giant canvas that I can display at Christmas time in our home :)Simple Stories Cozy Christmas

I’m doing very well so far on my Holiday list of to-do’s…so I am hoping that leaves me plenty of time for my December Daily Album. Woohoo! Hopefully I will be back soon to share some pages from my 2015 album.

12″x12″ Layout: Cozy Christmas morning

Aside from my December Daily album, I hadn’t documented any photos from Christmas last year. I had even purchased this line from Simple Stories (Cozy Christmas) last year during the Holiday season, but had yet to use it! It was time. I will admit, I struggled with the papers in this collection. It was hard to figure out a way to use them, as most of them have patterns somewhere on the paper – not many neutrals.

I ran across this layout from Nancy Damiano and I was inspired by how she stitched together 2 neutral colored background papers to form the foundation of her page. Once I did that, the rest of the layout fell together very quickly.

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I love chipboard embellishments. They add so much to a page!Simple Stories Cozy Christmas

I recently placed a HUGE order on Snapfish.com for some prints. I decided to give their 4″x4″ prints a try and I am very pleased with the results! I do love me some square pics (Hello, entire Instagram feed). Scrapping with them is fun. In fact, it’s what made this layout come together so easily. I did mount them on white cardstock to give them that white border (Snapfish doesn’t print them with one). I think this page design is one that I will use again and again. Simple Stories Cozy Christmas

I’m a big fan of getting more than just a picture or two onto a page. I always have a LOT of pictures to tell my story – so this page makes me happy. 4 pics on a page = win in my book! Simple Stories Cozy Christmas

I’ve got another layout with this collection to share, be back soon with that one! Thanks for looking.


December Daily 2014 Pages 16-25

OK, here’s the rest of my 2014 album! Click here & here to see previous pages.

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We had a TON of pics on day 20, because we had a family day in Boston looking at Christmas lights, the tree, etc. I decided to print them all out and stuff them into a pocket, along with our train ticket stubs for memorabilia.


this is where I started losing steam…I do believe I worked on these pages after Christmas was over…as you can see, there isn’t even a “22”. I got lazy 😉


We waited until 12/23 to go and see Santa! Henry’s face in that pic is priceless to me! He wasn’t sure what to think…

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I made up for my laziness with 2 full pages for Christmas Eve. That black and white pic is one of my most favorites. It’s Brook peeking at the oven to see if Santa’s cookies are done yet. So darn cute. The pics of my kids sitting in their PJ’s were terrible because Henry was grumpy. But that’s life with 2 small kiddos, so…into the album it went!


I am very glad I documented this day in detail because Christmas Eve is so fun and magical with little ones!


And I finished this album off with the most lazy last page ever. LOL. Really though, one pic was all I needed. I was ready to be done 😉

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Brooke got an ENORMOUS doll house from Santa. What a lucky little girl, eh?? I do love this pic of our living room on Christmas morning. It’s just what Christmas should be like :)December Daily Simple Stories December Documented

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I’m back with more pages from my 2014 December Daily Album!

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For Day 12, I listed out things about the day and just printed it out on a card and tucked into this pocket. I thought it added a unique and fun element to the album. I have photos that correspond to each # of journaling on the clear page insert behind the pocket.December Daily 2014 Simple Stories December Documented

Here’s a closeup of the 2″x2″ photo squares from day 12:

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This is one of my favorite layouts in this album, it was documenting our annual Playgroup Christmas party that we host:

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These are Brooke and all her friends & their siblings lined up for our annual Hanna Andersson Christmas PJ photo op!! Every year, we buy all the kids Hanna PJ’s and take a giant photo. And every year, this photo GROWS and GROWS…!!

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Days 14 and 15 were low key (recovering from our party!) So I decided to showcase the photos that I took of the kids for our Christmas card.
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I will be back again with the rest of the pages from the album. Thanks for looking!