Tara Chaussee's Blog Posts

Even though I'm not a kid anymore, there is still a lot of anticipation and excitement in the days leading up to Christmas and one of my favorite ways to document that is with a December Daily! You can include a simple photo or memento along with a bit of journaling for each day through Christmas or even for the whole month and by making your December Daily mini in size makes it easier to log a memory for each day .

The new Simple Stories Country Christmas collection is full of gorgeously detailed vintage and woodland images that would make any project beautiful. Besides all of the stunning papers in traditionally classic Christmas colors, there are a ton of beautiful embellishments, including lots of numbers, that make creating a page for every day in December a breeze!

For my December Daily, I made a double sided card for every day and added numbers of varying shapes and sizes to each.  I knew all of these cards would be sitting in a decorative box and to give them more visual interest, I made each set of five a bit taller than the previous and used dies to cut fancy borders on the tops. Once all of the cards were done, I made a matching box from chipboard and more of the patterned papers!

Then each card was decked out and decorated with this fabulous collection. There are plenty of pockets, frames, tags and flip outs to hold all the special memories! These are the fronts of all the cards….

and this is the back of the cards!

These are just a few of my favorite cards in this December Daily but if you want to have a look at each and every card in detail, please visit my YouTube channel for a short video. I hope this inspires you to get started on making a beautiful December Daily of your very own!

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Hi everyone! It’s Tara with Secretbees Studio  I don't want to panic anyone but as of today there are only 92 days until Christmas! Believe me, it is never too early to start thinking about gifts, decorations and Christmas albums. I have already started my Christmas crafting and this sweet little album would fit any of the afore mentioned categories!

This mini album, which measures about 6 x8 at its largest point, is actually made up of three separate folders made from the brightly adorable Holly Jolly paper collection from Simple Stories. The smallest folder was cut to size from one of the patterned paper sheets and then the bottom portion was folded up to make a pocket. I then folded that whole paper in half to make the folder. The other two were made in the same way but I created hidden pockets in them by adhering another full piece of paper over the non pocket side and leaving spaces free of adhesive.

This cute album may be small but it sure packs a punch! It is full of interactive elements and will hold a ton of holiday photos and mementos. Not only are there the hidden pockets filled with tags,  but there are also some fold out pieces, photo flips and pockets on pockets!  

To fill some of the pockets, I used different sized element cards layered onto  coordinating pieces of the Simple Basics paper that goes with this collection. These cards are filled with super cute images and sentiments all in bright holiday colors! Of course I had to decorate and embellish every page, tag and pocket with all of the adorable stickers, chipboard, enamel dots and bits & pieces of the collection! Here are a few of my favorite pages!

This paper collection is so cute it almost (almost) had me wishing for snowmen and Christmas music and this album is a joy to flip through and will put a smile on anyones face!

There is a short video on my YouTube channel so you can see all of the fabulous details and interactive elements of this cute mini album!

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Hi everyone! Tara here with Secretbees StudioSummer may be coming to an end but the gorgeous season of Fall will soon be here and  a surefire way to get excited for a new season is to play and craft with some gorgeous paper!  The new Simple Stories Autumn Splendor is a rich collection that is bursting with deep colors and detailed images. All in all a great way to document your Autumn memories.

I wanted to create a large project that would show off this stunning collection and so I created a memory box that holds even more boxes and of course, mini albums! There are six separate boxes inside and four of them hold mini albums with lots of space for photos and mementos!

The box itself is made from chipboard that I then covered in the wonderful paper designs.  I even made a double layered frame for the front of the box that showcases a gorgeous paper from the collection as well as lots of the flower and leaf bits and pieces. 

The album is tied together with a piece of ribbon and opens up to a beautiful scene of wildflowers and insects. There is a small pocket on the left side that holds some adorable ephemera and you can see all of the boxes and mini albums on the right. Each album is encircled with a beautiful belly band that is layered with stickers, bits and pieces and chipboard of the collection.

All of the boxes are removable and can be moved around and I couldn't resist lining the back inside of the box with another pretty piece of the paper in the collection. This memory box is pretty inside and out!

For the mini albums, I used all of the different sized element cards of the collection and made them all a bit different. The 4x6 cards are separate with space on the back for journaling or photos. The 2x2 element cards I kept in a strip of six and folded them. They open up to reveal decorative fronts and on the back there are a few embellishments and places for small photos. For the 3x4 and 4x4 element cards, I adhered them to an accordion strip of paper and made them into booklets. All are perfect spots for Fall memories!

Please visit my YouTube channel and watch the walk-through video of this album and see it in all of its beautiful detail!

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