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. :)