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Journal your Christmas 2010 :: Date Tags

Journal your Christmas date tags
Journal your Christmas date tags
Journal your Christmas is so close – it starts the day after tomorrow! So excited to see all these albums come together and share lots of crafty projects throughout December!

Every year I number my pages in some way, and many years I’ve made each date tag on the day as a way to start my entry, even if the date tags were all the same. This year I decided to make them all in advance from punches and scraps of paper and ribbon. The numbers are all stickers from a variety of sheets – I very rarely use the numbers on a sticker sheet so that seems like the perfect match. Here’s a short video that shows the process.

By the way, if you have a YouTube account, you can subscribe to my videos and I’ll send you imaginary cupcakes and generally think you are downright awesome.

Of course there are plenty of ways to make date tags – both simpler and more complicated than these! I wanted something that would work equally well with something simple, like just a photo and a journaling card, or something more ornate with lots of other embellishments. Making the full set of 37 took just over an hour, including all the punching, inking and sewing, so that might help you plan what you would like to include in your Christmas journal.

Elsie interviews Shimelle
In other news, Elsie interviewed me and therein you can read about all sorts of things from my love of Mary Tyler Moore to learning to talk with a pen in my mouth… oh, and a bit more about the big upcoming journey that will be here before I know it! Thanks Miss Elsiecake!

Also don’t miss out on the giveaway post – it ends at midnight tonight!


29 November 2010

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15 Comments for Journal your Christmas 2010 :: Date Tags

  1. Carolyn Says:

    Lovely tags. I really need to take this class.

  2. Madeline Says:

    Love your tags, going to keep that in mind too.
    What a trip you two have planned, WOW
    I am going to miss reading your blog while you are gone

  3. Carol Says:

    Love the tags! I really hope to win the chance to take the class. If not this year, there is always next!!!

    Thank you

  4. Lara Says:

    Lovely! Cute video and super-cute design xx

  5. Beth Chepil Says:

    I am very confused. I have received nothing about JYC this year and it begins in 1 day. My stomach aches from the thought of starting this year behind on day 1. Apparently i am not the only one confused by the looks of posts on the I have bookmarked. Could that link be from 2009? Others are asking for help as well. I stumbled onto this video somehow – thankfully. Will we be getting emails about JYC 2010? I have received nothing yet. I am very very nervous about this. Please help….and soon! thank you, Shimelle.

  6. shimelle Says:

    Hi Beth! (I’ve emailed this to you as well, but wanted to post here for anyone with similar concerns.)

    Class emails start on the first of December – not long! :) Past participants don’t need to do anything to receive messages again – provided your email address is the same and you have not requested to opt out, messages will be sent to you from the first of December.

    There was a reminder message that went out earlier this month, but it may have gone to your spam folder.
    The class forum is open at If you don’t remember your username and/or password from last year, let me know and I can get that for you. :)

    If you sign in there, go to the User Control Panel at the top left corner, then go to profile – account settings. Whatever email address you select there is where your prompts will be sent.

    If I can help with anything else, just let me know!

  7. Jenna Upson Says:

    Hi Shimelle, thanks for sharing the video with us. Just wondered what ink and applicator you were using! jx

  8. Beth Chepil Says:

    Thank you so much Shimelle! I can relax now :) I did not have the forum part of the website. makes all the difference in the world! :D I am happy once again.

  9. TiaraHelen Says:

    I’m so excited I’m practically SQUEAKING. I had not decided on a daily number theme yet, but this is a gorgeous idea.
    I have spent all morning making my lovely numbers and was inspired to do my manifesto and advent sunday pages too. I feel a bit guilty because I was going to take loads of garden waste to the dump…what the heck I’ll do it tomorrow.
    Thanks Shimelle.

  10. Sarah Says:

    gorgeous dates, and video looking forward to tomorrow.

  11. alissa Says:

    LOVE your number embellies!
    i think i may use a similar idea for my gift tags this year!
    can’t wait for tomorrow! :)

  12. Annie M. Says:

    I adore your date tags! I never would have thought of layering those particular punches in that way, but it works SO well. Also, I just have to know what color is on your fingernails—it’s to die for! :)

  13. Debby B Says:

    Those tags are lovely and I do have some of the punches but I think they are a bit too involved for me to do this time.
    Still trying to clear my desk and find paper that I like. Might end up making all my pages because I cannot find anything I like yet!
    I would love to have some clear acetate pages but how safe are they?
    I am also very jealous of anyone who has such lovely nails in such a lovely colour! Sigh!

  14. Alexa Gill Says:

    Hi Shimelle, i read about the adventure you are going on with The Boy. i am super excited for you both! i travelled on my own in Tokyo, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. i know you’ve already been to Japan but if you’d like any advice on the other countries don’t hesitate to shoot me an e-mail!

  15. temple run Says:

    The day cards you make are very beautiful and outstanding. I like so much. I appreciate your workmanship.

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