Monday, December 8, 2014

december daily: days 4 to 7

I have a few more December Daily pages to share today. So far I'm staying caught up, but it is taking a lot of time so I'm not sure how long I can keep this up. If only I wasn't such a slow scrapper it might be easier, but it takes me forever to make every decision even when I try to keep it simple. If I get behind I will just keep going until I'm finished. I am really enjoying this project more than I ever have in years past and I think it's partly because I'm doing one day at a time instead of waiting until after December to start.

Over the weekend I downloaded some printable files from In a Creative Bubble to use in my album. I really love Geralyn Sy's style and her journal cards and embellishments go perfectly with the Ali Edwards kit and Studio Calico products that I'm using. You'll see lots of them starting with day 5. 

Day 4 includes a collage of photos from Alec that he took throughout his first semester in college. I saw one on his phone and when I asked him to send it to me, I was thrilled that he sent every one he had! He texted me the photo of a tree on campus decorated for Christmas on the 4th so I decided to make this spread all pictures from him.

The next spread covers days 5 and 6. Mason had a basketball game on the 5th so I included a photo from the game. I included a December calendar card and stamped a little star over every date he has a game in December. The next day I documented going to McDonald's for breakfast with him before his basketball practice.

Day 7 is all about the Christmas tree that we finally decorated this weekend! I used one of the overlays from the kit, and printed my tree photo to fit the 6x8 pocket.

That's all for now. I'll be back when I have a few more pages done!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

december daily update

We're three days in and so far so good with my December Daily album! Since I didn't make foundation pages in advance, I've been very busy this week getting the first part of my album done. I am loving the process of documenting each day as it happens rather than my usual method of working a year behind. I'm able to include details that I otherwise would have forgotten since I'm terrible about writing things down. I always assume the photos will jog my memory, but of course I can't remember the little things a year later.

To start off my album I created a title page with some items from Ali Edwards' December Daily kit plus a few extras. The tree was cut from this die out of a wide washi tape that was adhered to cardstock.

The first spread documents our trip to pick out a Christmas tree which actually happened on November 30, but I wanted to include this important tradition. The photos I take of my boys at the tree lot are some of my favorites each year. The kraft pocket came in the Studio Calico Park Ave card kit. I used it the keep the receipt for our tree. I used that same tree die to make the little polka dot tree on the front. That green dot paper is Crate Paper from a few years ago. I've pulled lots of favorite things from my stash to use along with my December Daily kit. Pretty much all of the extras come from past Studio Calico kits.

On days one and two I didn't take a lot of photos, but I included journaling about what was going on. I created a QR code for a short video I took at Mason's basketball game on December 1. It's so easy - I uploaded my video to youtube straight from my phone and used to create the code. On December 2, the boys enjoyed their first eggnog of the year which I forgot to photograph so I staged a quick photo. I've got to remember to get back in the habit of taking photos every day!

December 3 was a sad day. It was the last time working out with my trainer because she's moving away. I cut a pocket with my silhouette to add extra journaling. I may document December 4 in the pocket with the green paper or I may just add an embellishment (or maybe nothing) and move on to the next page depending on what story I end up telling.

It feels so good to be caught up. Not sure if I can keep it up all month, but I'm going to try! I'm linking up this post at where you will find lots of amazing inspiration. :)

Sunday, November 30, 2014

getting ready for december daily

I am so ready for December Daily this year! In the past I've done a modified version. In 2012 I used Studio Calico's kit to put together an album documenting our 2011 Christmas. You can see more of the album here and here.

Last year I made a minibook with Crate Paper's Bundled Up collection about our 2010 Christmas. You can see the entire book here.

Since Christmas 2013 hasn't been documented yet, and I have the Studio Calico kit just waiting to be used up, I've been working a little on that album this past week. This is my cover page - a tree made of little circles!

still have a long way to go on my 2013 album. I'll try to work on it a little more, but I'll have to abandon it soon in favor of this year's album and pick it back up again after Christmas. I hope it won't be too hard to finish because my least favorite part is mostly done, which of course is printing the photos.

Now this year, I'm going all out and doing an actual daily album (rather than a recap of the month). I will probably skip a few ordinary days, and I'll add extra pages for days that have more photos (especially christmas eve and day). The great thing about this project is that you can make it whatever you want it to be! I'll be using Ali Edwards' December Daily kit, although I may add in a few things from my stash. I will be sharing this year's album on instagram (@debduty), and I may share some or all of it on my blog too. It just depends on how busy December gets! I'm happy that I will have the month off from Studio Calico for the first time in two years, and I'm hoping this extra time will mean I will be able to get it done and shared too!

I don't plan on creating my base pages in advance. While I realize that works great for some people, including Ali (you can see her base pages here), I want to make the album a little bit at a time as the month happens. I like to know what the photo looks like for each page before I decide which papers, cards and embellishments to use.

My first page of the album will be picking out our tree. It worked out perfectly last year. December 1 was the Sunday after Thanksgiving and the day we went to get our tree. But this year I think we'll go get it today (November 30). It may just be an extra day at the beginning or it may take the place of December 1, depending on what tomorrow brings. Here is last year's picking out the tree photo!

Just a few more tips for your December Daily:

1. Take lots of photos, and try to remember every day. Remember that things that seem ordinary now will be extra interesting to look back on in years to come. I'll be mostly using my iphone. The photos you take don't have to be Christmas related. This is a page about my son studying for the finals that always fall in December.

2. For days with nothing going on, use filler photos. I like to include my favorite ornaments and decorations, or anything Christmas related that is general to the whole season and not just one day. Or you can always skip a day. No one will notice or care when they look back at your album! I always include a page about our Snoopy snow globe because it's my most favorite decoration from when the boys were little and I'm always so excited to get it out each year!

3. Work on it a little at a time. I plan on trying to at least print my photos each day and I will work on my pages as I have time. I will hopefully catch up and finish between Christmas and January 1. My album will end on December 25, but I know some people like to document the entire month of December.

4. Find lots of inspiration on Pinterest (I have a board here) and Instagram with the hashtag #decemberdaily. Also check out the member gallery at Studio Calico. Search December Daily or click this link and you will find lots of beautiful pages. Here's a screenshot of the latest as of today.

5. Check out "25 Tips to Rock Your December Daily" by rukristin. It's from a couple years ago, but includes lots of great ideas for your album.

So that's all the advice I have for now. I hope you'll attempt to document your December in some way. These albums are my favorites to look back on. They're fun to create, although a lot of work too. But totally worth it!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

studio calico reveal: park ave

I'm sharing cards and Project Life spreads today made with the Studio Calico Park Ave kits. This was my last kit to work with as a full creative team member. Studio Calico is switching things up a bit by having a team of contributors in addition to the main creative team. I was so happy when I learned of this option because I was having a hard time deciding if I wanted to continue or step down. Being on the team for two years has been an amazing experience, and I'll always be grateful for the opportunity to work with my favorite scrapbook company, but I'm ready to take a step back and focus a little more on projects that I want to make just for me. I still love scrapbooking and I have lots and lots that I still want to document!

Check out the creative team gallery for lots more inspiration with the Park Ave kits!