Saturday, November 5, 2011

Handmade Holidays Blog Hop

Welcome to the Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!!!
Calling all crafters! We’ve gathered designers from some of our favorite manufacturers to show you ways to create something from the heart this holiday season. This 3 day Hop includes over 60 stops with inspiration brimming from every corner. Explore all thoughtful and frugal handmade gifts you could make for the holidays, all in one place on this Hop!

Each day we will be sharing a brand new list of blogs with brand new projects for you to explore, be inspired by, and create from!

The Blog List:

The Details:
To sweeten to Hop, we’re offering a gift for you! How does one of the 6x6 Bundles from EACH of Authentique Paper's current 7 collections sound?
{They'll even throw in a few other Authentique Paper goodies as well!}

Leave a comment on each blog along the hop to be be entered to win a prize pack from one of the participating manufacturer sponsors (including this great prize pack shown above)! The winners will be chosen randomly from all comments on the manufacturer blogs AND the designer blogs.
{Authentique Paper winner must have a US/Canada address.}

Blog comments close on Nov 7, 2011 at 11:59 PM {PST}.

The Project:
During a staff meeting, I was noticing how my co-workers' Moleskine notebook was in need of some decoration. While I will decorate her notebook at a later date... her notebook gave me some inspiration of my own.

For the first book, I thought about the traditions that I want to start with my little girl. She's two now, and is actually starting to understand how Christmas works. She's not completely afraid of Santa Claus, she loves to unwrap presents, and totally loves Christmas ornaments. I created her a "Dear Santa" book. Every year, she can write Santa a letter or two, draw some pictures, and rather than send each letter off by itself, we can send the book of to Santa, and have him return it the following year.
I covered the entire notebook with the Awe paper from Authentique's Wonder line. I then used part of the back of the Suprise paper to add the ruler and border. I added the Classic Type for the title, and Petite Type for Isla's name on the Icon die cut. Of course... I had to also include Twinery twine in Maraschino.
Isla's first entries:
 
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For the second book, I realized that for all my craftiness, my wish to create a December Daily is just not really going to happen. I would love to really set everything up, have it all done and created... But with all that is currently going on, this is a more realistic idea. Simply, a Christmas Memories book. This way, I can add memories, journal entries, photos, and other great information!
I used some more of the Surprise paper, along with a ton of Diction words in various Christmasy themes, a Classic Type title and Petite Type subtitle.
I also used a couple of brads, one for the title (Christmas), and one to act as a closure. Tie the twine (Charcoal) around the brad and the book is closed.
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The last book is for one of my lovely friends. Since she is Jewish, I decided not to use the Wonder line, but use the Journey line instead. The blues, silvers and creams made just the perfect Hanukkah journal. I kept the notebook simple, but it ends up being an effective look.
The title used the Classic Type, with a Wonder Diction "Happy". I also used a brad and Twinery twine in Stone to make the closure on this journal.
I'm really glad that I will get good use of two of them!! And I'm super excited to gift the last notebook to one of my dearest crafty friends.

Cheers to creating gifts from the heart this holiday season! Next up... Glue Arts!!

Happy Hopping! ~Heather

Supplies: 
AUTHENTIQUE patterned papers and supplies: Wonder-Awe, Suprise, Classic Type, Diction and Icons; Journey-Jaunt, Itinerary, and Classic Type
Other Supplies: Twinery twine, Colorbox Chalk Ink, Echo Park Brads, Moleskine journals, Signo white pen
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168 comments:

  1. These are so pretty. What a great gift!

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  2. Beautiful journals, love Authentique products!
    thanks, great Blog Hop

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  3. Super ideas and beautiful journals! Love the idea that you little one will be able to look back on these memories!

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  4. So cool, the journals look great!

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  5. Theses are GREAT gift ideas and how sweet for your co-workers!

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  6. What beautiful keepsakes. Spectacular ideas. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  7. Love the journals. So great to be able to look back on the letters.
    Hugz, Z

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  8. These came out really cute. I love the idea of the Dear Santa one! I am definitely going to have to do this when my daughter gets a little older. Thanks for sharing your great projects!

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  9. I love the blog hop - and your journals!!! thank you

    stefnjohn at bellsouth dot net

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  10. Your books are beautiful and what sweet idea to save those early 'notes to Santa' in a special book.
    Thank you for sharing! :)

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  11. Beautiful journals! And a fantastic idea!!

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  12. Great journals and they'll make great gifts.

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  13. What a CUTE idea! I'm sure your daughter LOVES it!!!

    housesbuiltofcards@gmail.com
    www.housesbuiltofcards.blogspot.com

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  14. Okay having Santa return the book each year is GENIUS! What a fun and wonderful way to teach traditions! Love it!

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  15. sweet! I love the idea of the journal to Santa.

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  16. this is a great idea!! love it and the letters to santa is a great idea!

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  17. Love the Santa journal-how cute to add something every year and see how they grow.
    Thanks for sharing

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  18. Fabulous! Thanks for the great idea and inspiration!!

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  19. Oh, wow--your customized moleskin notebooks are fantastic! Love the creative use of papers in these.

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  20. Awesome journals. I have some ladies I need to make a few gifts for. This would be fun. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. These are lovely journals. The one for your daughter is a great idea. I want to make a December 25 days book, also, and I agree, I think your book is so much more practical. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

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  22. Love these journal covers - a beautiful and practical gift idea. The Authentic papers are very inspiring. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  23. beautiful projects! The paper is just yummy and delicious!

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  24. OMG these are soooo adorable and thoughtful! Love them!

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  25. These are so cute, I love this idea!

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  26. I love these, Heather! You rock! Love, love, love the Dear Santa one for I!

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  27. wonderful books, your dtr will treasure that Santa book when she is older. can you beleive i don't have any of this paper line??

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  28. What a great idea! These are adorable! Thanx so much for sharing them. Love the paper.

    KimMJ
    bast830@comcast.net

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  29. I love the simplicity of these journals...thanks for posting!

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  30. wow... I love such notebooks...very nice works!

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  31. What great ideas. I really love the book for writing letters to Santa. What a fun idea and a wonderful keepsake for your DD as she grows. TFS.

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  32. Love those journals - great gift idea!

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  33. Heather, you did such a great job. I love the notebooks.

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  34. Love this idea of journal decorating, cute.

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  35. Fantastic idea! What a great way for kids to document & later remember their childhood Christmases!

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  36. Great notebooks i am sure they will be treasured for many years

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  37. wonderful project! thanks also for a chance to win!
    kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

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  38. I love the Christmas letter and memories journals! What fantastic ideas, Heather! Definitely lifting those!

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  39. You've just given me a great idea for one of the teens on my Christmas list. A blinged out notebook would be perfect for her. What a great hop! Cheryl W.

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  40. Great ideas! What a pity it's too late to keep the notes my boys wrote to Santa - maybe I'll have to do it for my grandbaby instead :) Thanks

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  41. Love the idea to decorate the moleskins!

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  42. Great idea for a notebook,journal or just about anything around the house that needs sprucing up. All you need is gorgeous paper and a great imagination!

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  43. great notebook idea.. happy hopping..

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  44. The journal decorations are beautiful!!! Great job!

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  45. What a cute gift....Thanks for sharing.

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  46. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!!!!! TFS!!!!
    wyme98@yahoo.com

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  47. Holiday journals. Great idea for a memory keeper.

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  48. Beautiful journals! I am such a book lover, and hand done ones like these are my favorites!

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  49. Beautiful papers made into gorgeous journals!

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  50. I LOVE all these journal notebooks! LOVE the sweet message to Santa! FAB idea;) Thanks for the chance to win--sbmmhoover at yahoo dot com

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  51. Lovely books and such great giftideas for someone you´ll please a bit before christmas. Stunning work hun.

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  52. Graphic 45 sent me. I like the idea of such personalizing of existing product, shaping them to specific purposes. Thank you.

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  53. these are beautiful, what a lovely gift, definitely something I could do.

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  54. this is something that they will treasure so thoughtful and lovely
    upnurse at aol dot com

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  55. great idea. nice projects. tfs.
    littlen44 at gmail dot com

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  56. What a great idea.

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  57. Great papers and the journals are wonderful.

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  58. Super journals. Another terrific idea from this blog hop.

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  59. Beautiful journals- and a great gift!

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  60. Such creativity. Thanks for sharing.

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  61. Oh my gosh, you're BRILLIANT! LOVE your ideas...ESPECIALLY the "Dear Santa" book!

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  62. I love Authentique papers. What great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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  63. Great journal covers, love the Authentique papers.

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  64. Love the note books great papers and embelishments. thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.
    abbraddock@msn.com

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  65. Cute and fun ideas- love how you've decorated them and made them into a beautiful gift.

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  66. Great idea! These will make great gifts

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  67. How clever is this! A couple of stocking stuffers to whip up in day. Thanks :)

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  68. Really great ideas! Love how you will be able to look back at all your daughter's letters and drawings in 1 place. So sweet.

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  69. Oh I think I'm back on the right hop... got lost there for a bit! There's a few places that aren't on the same hop? Your journals are beautiful-love the papers, colours and the natural element to them, TFS :-)

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  70. Beautiful journals! Isla's "journaling" makes me smile. I hear you on the Dec. Daily album...I just don't know if I'll be able to pull one together before Dec., so your Dec. memories idea is a great one. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  71. So great projects!! Love them!! TFS! Hugs. Maggy :)

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  72. Cute journals! Thanks for sharing! http://www.bearheartbottomsetc.biz/ #Bear Luv and Bear Hugz!

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  73. Great idea Heather! I love these little books - so perfect for everything :) Love Elsa's first entry! Thanks for sharing these projects!

    rebeccadunham at hotmail dot com

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  74. Love your journals, what a great idea!! So cute!

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  75. These journals will certainly much appreciated gifts.Great idea and decorated beautifully.

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  76. what a great idea! thanks for sharing.

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  77. wonderful projects, lovely idea for you and your daughter, a great new tradition. I love how you thought about who would be using them,a nd that inspired you to use the papers and design. thank you for sharing.

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  78. Super ideas! Love your site and thanks for the blog hop giveaway!!! Hope to win!!!!

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  79. What a wonderful idea, thanks for sharing it.

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  80. What a great idea. Beautiful journals!

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  81. Very creative! Thanks so much for the chance to win! :)

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  82. I love making journals too! These turned out great. TFS.

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  83. what a great idea on dressing up those journals

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  84. What great gift idea! Beautiful journals!

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  85. Wonderful idea. Was sent by G45 & ClearSnap. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  86. This is a great idea and this hop is the best. I will be a 1st time grandma soon and I love the Dear Santa idea and will be making one for her. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

    kim
    k1i2m3@cox.net

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  87. Love Journals, so this is a great idea! This blog hop is awesome and so are it's DT members who are so sweet to share ideas with us for hte Holidays. Thanks so much!

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  88. Great ideas for the use of notebooks. I'm sure your daughter and friend will really appreciate them.

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  89. What a great tradition to start with your daughter. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  90. these were very nicely done, I love personal journals~

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  91. And this is why you're a designer and I follow your blog! Guess what my moleskine is getting? TFS

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  92. Cute project! I have an Isla too!!! she is 2 yrs 2 mo!
    Dont run across that name much!
    kacee

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  93. Cute idea for Santa, will be cute to remember in the future!

    Thanks for the chance to win!!

    xx
    Kristina
    please visit me - www.pearlgateway.com :-D

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  94. What a fantastic stocking stuff idea! And I love the "Big Santa" picture too. ;D

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  95. Love the decorated moleskin journals...great ideas

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  96. Heather these are fantastic! What a fabulous idea! I think I may have to do this.

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  97. I love the journals. Thanks for sharing.

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  98. Great inspiration for a crafty gift!!!

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  99. Great gifts and wonderful artistry. TFS
    Debbie
    http://craftywizard.blogspot.com
    debbie_craine at hot mail dot com

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  100. How funny, I just bought a 3 pack of these at the scrapbook expo yesterday...Thanks for the decorating ideas...

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  101. LOVE these journals. Fabulous gifts.

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  102. Beautiful work, thanks for sharing

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  103. thank you for sharing your projects today.

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  104. I love the way you've re-purposed plain journals into special keepsakes. I can imagine the delight your daughter will have each year as she looks back on her previous Christmas'. I like your idea of keeping a record of memories and pictures. Your friend will be so delighted with her Hannukah journal. Love the twine with the brad for closure!

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  105. Lovely Journals! Your dear Friend is very lucky!

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  106. Thank you for sharing your projects. I love the idea of a Journal to keep all the letters to santa. And the idea of you having a journal to keep so you can remember all the wonderful things that happen during the holiday season is so cool.

    http://racincrafts.blogspot.com/ or
    racincrafts at aim dot com

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  107. Now I know how to incorporate some lovely twine for a couple notebooks I bought to alter! Thanks for the great project ideas!

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  108. What a great tradition to start with your daughter... I hope you get to one day decorate your co-workers' Moleskine notebook. What an inspiration your notebooks are!!!!

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  109. Thanks for the great project idea...I purchased a few notebooks now I can use your idea and cover them

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  110. Love this idea! And ... I would so love to win this prize! Its an awesome one!!!

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  111. Loving the Wonder line! This blog hop is so much fun! Love all the inspiration and great projects I am seeing!

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  112. What A wonderful Idea! Nice Papers, Too!

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  113. Wow. Great Idea. Thanks for the inspiration

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  114. Your "dear Santa" book is my favorite idea from the whole hop! Thanks for sharing the inspiration and I can't wait to create one of my own.

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  115. Beautiful journal. Love the colors. Thanks for sharing.

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  116. What a wonderful idea for starting a tradition to share year after year. This would be a treasure for the future. Thank you for sharing.

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  117. cool idea decorating the journals!

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  118. That is so awesome and thoughtful what you are doing for your daughter. It will be so special for her to reflect back on and read what she wrote growing up! Thanks for sharing, they are all beautiful!

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  119. I really like your journal/notebooks. Very clever and very cute!

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  120. Your journal creations are so very lovely! Great idea!

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  121. Thanks for the crafty inspiration and chance to win! :)

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  122. great notebooks, love kraft, so these are totally up my alley.

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  123. I love altering items, especially journals and books. i just bought smash books for about 6 people for xmas presents - great for those that really don't scrapbook (yet, still hoping) and a place for their thoughts and misc. everyday stuff. Thanks for the ideas and for the blog chance.

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  124. Oh, I Love your Notebook Journals! Love the Dear Santa one!Love the Paper. Awesome Job on them.

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  125. I love journals and your Dear Santa idea is an excellent one!

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  126. Love these journals! This would be such a great gift idea...I'd better get moving!

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  127. Oh, I love the Dear Santa journal! Why weren't you around with this idea when my kids were born?

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  128. Great project and so creative.
    Blessings,
    Peggy Allen

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  129. I love the journals and what a great tradition!

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  130. Such a pretty way to decorate some journals - love the idea! And the idea of winning some Authentique... ;o)

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  131. I like how you decorated these notebooks!
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  132. Lovely projects. I think I just may do one of these myself! I wish i could go back in time and start one with my daughter.

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  133. These are so lovely. Thank you for a Hannukah project as well. Your diversity is a blessing

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  134. Love the altered books! These are great~

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  135. THANKS For sharing all of the AWESOME INSPIRATION this weekend on the Blog Hop!! I have LOVED it all!!
    THANKS for the chances to win and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

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  136. This blog hop is by far my absolute favorite! I agree with you about trying to do the December daily, and think the book for Santa is delightful, I only wish I could have done that when my doll was a young one, so I will have to save that for the grandchildren. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  137. Love how you made these books. Thanks for sharing in the blog hop.

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  138. beautiful journals. thanks for the great ideas!

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  139. these are awesome! i love the dear santa book. my wheels are turning to see how i can morph this into something for my kiddos.

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  140. Great journals!! Thanks for sharing.

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  141. LOVE these! (as you already knew);>)

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  142. The notebooks are fabulous! And they can be customized per individual which is great! Thanks for the idea.

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  143. What great little books! I have a few Jewish friends so I love that you threw the Chanukah book in there too.

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  144. Great book idea! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  145. i love the journal idea :) lindaplusthree at yahoo dot com

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  146. These are beautiful and useful!

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