How to Create An Easy Dutch Door Christmas Spread In Your Blackout Journal
Materials For An Easy Christmas Spread:
- A5 Archer & Olive Blackout Journal
- Acrylograph Pens
- Craft knife or scissors
- Sturdy cardboard
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Christmas Recipe Journal Spread
First up, we’ll tackle this recipe journal spread. These are short recipes that are not handed down generation to generation but ones I’ve adopted into my own Christmas traditions. Grab a few recipes you love, jot down the entire recipe or just main ingredients and make a forever-record of your holiday favorites.
Adding illustrations is a bonus. You can also use stickers or stamps to decorate the border.
Christmas Memory Page: Dutch Door
If you’ve never cut a dutch door into your journal, you’re not alone. There’s a great How to Create Dutch Doors blog post by Hayley Remde that will walk you through dutch doors if you’re nervous about cutting into your journal.
This page is a single dutch door to keep these holiday memory spreads separated from the rest of your journal. Measure how large you would like the dutch door. Use a pencil and a ruler to mark off where you will cut. Then place a sturdy piece of cardboard behind the page to protect the rest of the journal before cutting with scissors or a craft knife.
Downloadable file below!
Transfer or paste the Christmas Countdown and Elf Tracker into your dutch door by downloading the printables here. Or print it and just use it as a reference to make the design entirely your own!
Christmas Traditions Journal Spread
This last page is my favorite. List several of your favorite family Christmas traditions. Then identify which you feel like you could easily make an illustration to match (or again, use a stamp). The illustrations can be as simple as a triangle for a Christmas tree, or you can get really detailed and spend hours detailing your favorite Christmas memory making activities. Draw a border around each of your traditions illustrations and labels and leave space to jot down your feelings when you come upon the tradition this year.
Here’s a quick video that details my entire process. It’s sped up about 10x, of course. Be careful with that craft knife!
Be sure to tag me @missybriggs with your Christmas journal spread ideas. I would love to repost and share!