Thursday, December 14, 2017

December Daily 2017 // Part IV


I've been working on my December Daily at a pretty steady pace every couple of nights, and I'm really happy with how it is progressing. I've got a few more pages to share here today!

DECEMBER 5 // Holiday treat
Yup, a second story for the 5th. No big deal to document more than one story a day! We went to a local ice cream shop to try their seasonal flavors :) This is a very simple spread with some journal cards and some photos. The giant wood veneer star is from a past Ali Edwards December Daily kit (2015, I think?). I added a kraft tag on the right side as a filler card and so I could include some layers in my album.
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Since the spread was pretty simple, I wanted to add interest to the page somehow. I decided to stamp the names of the ice cream flavors on my journal card with some small alpha stamps (I got these in Japan). I like how it turned out, especially with my handwriting below it :) This Simple Joys journal card was a prototype for one of my card designs; I ended up updating it and changing the wording on the card in my store (it's from the Classic Holiday set).

I also added a digital stamp (from this set) to my photograph. There's space inside the circle to add a small embellishment so I used a gold puffy heart sticker.

Here's a close-up of the tag. I really love adding handstitched details to my pages.

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DECEMBER 6 // Holiday crafting
When you flip over the tag, you'll find a large gold foiled number 6 (from a past December Daily kit). This 6 corresponds with the date and my nephew's age. I bought this patterned envelope at a local stationery store and it's a little bit taller than the page protectors, but that's ok. On the side of the envelope, I folded over a letterpressed label, added an alpha sticker, and handstitched the label down.  The envelope holds a drawing from my nephew :)
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Here's the other side of the spread with the envelope flipped over.
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On the other side of the folded over label, I simply stamped this phrase from Ali Edwards' Cheer stamp set (digital version here) using navy blue ink and added a gold star sticker.
Thought this was a good opportunity to use my cute yeti card from the Let it Snow cards no.1 set! I added a small stamped sentiment at the bottom.

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DECEMBER 7 // A conversation
Documenting a conversation with my niece about her favorite ornaments on our tree :) I think it's nice to record small moments like this one because they'll be easily forgotten in the future.

DECEMBER 8 // Christmas cardmaking
Our annual tradition of making homemade Christmas cards continues! Another very simple page with a 4x6 photo and journaling cards.
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This aqua card is from the Let it Snow cards no.1 set. I added a snowflake (punched out of white cardstock using a Martha Stewart punch) and a small wood veneer for a bit of dimension.

Got to use some of my favourite cards for this spread! The cheer card is from Make Merry no.1 and the nutcracker card is from Make Merry no.2.

More pages to come, hopefully. Have a good week! xo.

Monday, December 11, 2017

December Daily 2017 // Part III


I'm back today with a few more pages from my December Daily album.

DECEMBER 4 // Reindeer photo shoot
This spread comprises of a four 3x4" pocket page protector and a 3x8" page protector. I made these reindeer headbands for my niece and nephew a couple of years ago, and asked them to let me their pictures again :) Couldn't resist printing an old photo for comparison! I wrote my journaling on a card from the Yes set. The woodgrain number stickers are from the 2016 Paislee Press mini kit.
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I had the idea to pair a photo strip with this 'making spirits bright' card (from my 3x8 holiday card set) ever since I first designed it. I'm really happy with how it turned out! The photo strip is sized at 1.5x6" and I used some foam adhesive behind it for added dimension.

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DECEMBER 5 // Canyon Lights
Went to one of my favorite local places to enjoy nature/trees/the forest and the festive lights! I had so many photos I wanted to include so I ended up with multiple pages. The first one is a full size 6x8 photo, paired with a forest green 3x8 card (from my 3x8 holiday card set). I really love the green tones and color pairing of this photo with this card :) The snowflake I used on my photo is a digital stamp from the Let It Snow stamp brushes in my store.
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Here's the next spread: another 6x8 photo with a 8 pocket page protector with 2" slots. This page protector originally has 12 pockets; I just simply cut off the last row.
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I added a few embellishments to my 6x8 photo of the treetop cabin. The number 5 is an old one from Crate Paper. I thought the dark cork material coordinated well with the tones of the photograph. I like grouping things in three, so I also added a chipboard circle and a little chipboard star.

It's a lot of fun to fill in those 2" pockets, but my spread was starting looking a little cluttered. To remedy this, I ended up trimming down my 2" photos and backing them with white cardstock to add a white border around the pictures. I think the pop of white really helps make the photos stand out and be not too busy.

I used various embellishments and supplies to fill the pockets. Some things to note: the wonderland square tag is from the Let it Snow elements set. I glued the wood veneer tree on a small piece of transparency so that it looks like it is floating. I found some woodgrain patterned paper in my stash and I like how it matches the photographs and the dark cork number 5.

Here's the other side of this spread:
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More little embellishments and photos in the 2" pockets. The 'holiday vibes' tag is from Make Merry elements no.1 and the rubber 'JOY' piece is from the Paislee Press 2016 mini kit.

I wrote my journaling on this black and white 'wonderland' card (from Let it Snow cards no.2). I really like how this clean and simple card looks with the gold foiled handlettered script (from the Paislee Press 2016 mini kit)!

I'll try and share more pages later this week :) Are you documenting this season as well? How is your December Daily coming along?

Thursday, December 7, 2017

December Daily 2017 // Part II


Hello, hello! I'm playing catch up in my December Daily, and I have pages from December 1-3 to share today. I do have a few stories in November that I want to include, but I haven't quite decided which photos to use yet, so I decided to skip ahead to the 1st of December and finish those earlier pages later. No right or wrong with this project :)

DECEMBER 1 // Advent Calendars
We've got two advent calendars going on at home this year - the David's Tea tea calendar and the L'Occitane beauty calendar. I had the idea to photograph and print a full size picture of each calendar with a 3x8" insert in between. The insert is actually the pocket page that has four 3x4" slots; I simply cut off the 2nd row.
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The transparency in the top pocket is an old one from my stash. I stapled an acetate label from the Paislee Press 2016 mini kit (digital version here) in the middle of the transparency and added some chipboard number stickers. The bottom pocket holds a printable card from Make Merry cards no.2 and I added a wood veneer star embellishment.

Here's the back side of this spread:
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The 'JOY' badge is from the December Daily 2015 kit. I like the look of badges, but often find them too bulky for my albums. I decided to try flattening this one with a hammer, but it didn't work out so well and looked uneven and dented. I ended up carefully flattening it through my manual die cut machine (a Big Shot) and it turned out ok. Yay! I'll probably do this whenever I want to use a badge but reduce the bulk. I wrote my journaling on the green 'holiday details' card from the Make Merry cards no.3 set and covered the heart on the card with a gold star.


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DECEMBER 2 // Holiday decor
Super simple page documenting the wooden trees I put on display at home. I scraplifted the half circle idea from Ali's Day 1 page but I opted for kraft cardstock to match the wooden stars on the trees.

DECEMBER 3 // Santa waffles
Adapted a pinterest idea (santa decorated pancakes!) for Sunday morning breakfast :) I kept this spread quite simple too with just the photos and journal cards from the Make Merry collection.
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At the bottom of my 6x8 photo, I added a strip of washi tape from my stash.

I added a white wood veneer tree (from Ali's December Daily 2015 kit) to my journaling card (from Make Merry cards no.2 set). The little number 3 sticker is from the Paislee Press 2016 mini kit.


That's all for now :) Thanks for looking! xo.