December Daily 2015 Day 3!

Hi friends, welcome back! So Day 3 for me was one of my favorite days of the year simply because I got to spend it with my best friend and husband, Alan. We spent the day shopping and getting ready for Christmas Day. My layout for the day was really simple and quick to put together, and I even have my process video for the layout!

So here is how the layout was created in my album for the foundation pages:

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Since I removed the page protector on the left side, that page was completely blank. I decided to use one of Ali Edwards’ digital templates to create a frame around the photo, and I also decided to use one of the promotional photos that was in a Target mailer we received. Very fitting, considering we spent an obscene amount of money there! Ha! 

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Once I printed the template, I added the stars using a star stencil from Crafter’s Workshop, and then I added a simple Joy word strip and a red star enamel dot.

December Daily 2015 Day 03

 

On the right hand side all I did was add the Comfort & Joy word strip and the red enamel star. And that was all it took to finish this day!

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December Daily 2015 Day 03

And here is one more image from directly above:

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That is it for today! I hope you are enjoying your December month and make sure you go, do, and create today!

See you back tomorrow!

~Theresa

**December Daily is the creative brainchild of scrapbooking genius Ali Edwards, and is a process of documenting December memories by photographing and writing stories each day. To learn more about this project, and find links to shop for products, please visit her website here.

Within each post I try my best to post links and attribute the products I have used in today’s layout. Sometimes, sadly, those products are no longer available but still deserve attribution. The number 3 in today’s layout is part of a (incomplete) set of subway numbers I found locally at a vintage shop called Vintage Jane. They are taken from a subway in NYC, and while those are not available for purchase any longer, you might be able to find similar ones on Etsy.com.

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December Daily 2015 Day 2!

Hi there, how are things going for you in your December Daily travels? I feel settled into a routine and know sort of how this month is going to go and I just love this project. Today I have a process video for you showing Days 1 and 2, so have a look!

Here is how Day 2 was created for my foundation pages.

December Daily 2015 Day 02

And then I had added the transparency for Day 1, so I was working on the back of Day 1’s flip-out. I added a simple photo on top of the white space. For the other side, I wasn’t really happy with how the page protector was showing through on Day 1, so I switched out the protector for the deer paper that was in Ali Edwards’ Main Kit. Because the page protectors are larger than 6×8, I brought the patterned paper into Photoshop and sized it up to fit.

December Daily 2015 Day 02

I adhered the number 2 directly to the patterned paper and added a white journaling card that was in the Cheer Story Kit. 

December Daily 2015 Day 02

Here is my journaling, it is very simple and just about the tree. This is my favorite part about decorating, and definitely a part of my December joy. No long journaling necessary.

December Daily 2015 Day 02

I also layered a few embellishments on top of the photo, but again very quick and simple.

December Daily 2015 Day 02

And that was it for Day 2! I do hope you are having a wonderful December day today! Go, do, and create!

See you soon,

~Theresa

**December Daily is the creative brainchild of scrapbooking genius Ali Edwards, and is a method of memory-keeping for December. The process includes creating foundation pages and then adding photos plus a story each day throughout the month of December. More about this project, and resources for classes, shopping, and more inspiration can be found here.

I make an honest effort every day to attribute the products I have used, so that you can find things that inspire you and excite you, too. Sadly, some of the products I have used today are no longer available: the tiny label with green border is Jillibean soup and the wood veneer Christmas tree and Happy flag are both Gossamer Blue.

The vintage number 2 is part of a set of subway numbers that I purchased from a vintage shop here locally in Kernersville, NC, called Vintage Jane. They are numbers found in NYC and are several decades old. While no others are available, I know that Etsy frequently offers similar subway numbers that could be used to achieve this look.

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December Daily 2015 Day 1!

Oh my goodness, I could probably burst with excitement for this month and all the creative goodness that comes with it. There is no doubt that December Daily is my favorite project of the year, something I prepare for almost all year long, something I talk about all year long, and something I look to be inspired for every day. You’ve chosen to look here today for your own inspiration, and for that my heart could burst three times. Thank you for being here and for following along.

I have my Day 01 ready to show you! This post will be short and simple, there is no video, and most days this month will probably look like this. I plan, however, to create process videos in batches – my plan is to try to post a process video every three days or so, and group the days together. But let’s get on with the good stuff. Here is Day 1 as I created it for the foundation pages.

December Daily 2015 Day 01

I left myself some options here: I could use one photo layered on top of the vellum stars where the December 1 tag is, or I could add a page in there if it turned out to be a photo heavy day. It turned out to be a photo heavy day because we attended the Wilmington, NC Flotilla!

December Daily 2015 Day 01

So I decided to layer a photo over the vellum like my original plan, and then I moved the transparency from the opening of the album to this day so it could accommodate more photos and the story of the day.

 Photos of the Flotilla boats courtesy of Chandler Edwards, my awesome nephew!
Photos of the Flotilla boats courtesy of Chandler Edwards, my awesome nephew!

I created a flip-out page using Ali Edwards  Digital Template No. 2 and dropped three photos into their spaces. I left one space open so I could add the journal card from One Little Bird. To separate each element I added silver glitter tape that is from Ali Edwards Spark Story Kit. My journaling reads as follows:

Well, I had just mentioned in passing to Angie how much fun it might be to go see the boats at the Flotilla this year, and the weather looked good, so we packed up and drove out there. I have to admit that ever since Mom died it’s been hard to make that drive out to Wilmington. The miles are hard, and the hard memories are difficult. I know that I’m in a better place this year, though, because when she said we should come, I started planning!
I am so glad we went! It was the best way to start off the month ever! We had the perfect parking spot and we found a place right on the waterfront. All the boats were fantastic! And seeing that part of the island was absolutely dreamy. The houses were so pretty with their decorations, and out favorite was definitely seeing Santa’s clothes hanging on the line!
But honestly, the best part was hanging with Angie and getting to chat with her a bit. I always hear part of myself in her stories. I was glad to hear she is in a better place this year, too. I was glad to hear that healing is happening for her, too. I was glad to see her pretty home and her pretty things, and I was so so very happy to sit with her and feel joy.

December Daily 2015 Day 01

Above the journaling I used the star screenprint that came in the Main Kit.

December Daily 2015 Day 01

On the fold-out photo on the top I added a simple star clip and stamped Joy is December.

December Daily 2015 Day 01

On the other side I added some stamping to the diagonal stripe card and a banner from One Little Bird.

December Daily 2015 Day 01

And for the photo of the sky I added a gold title, the tag, and an wooden anchor that I had in my stash.

December Daily 2015 Day 01

Nothing very complicated, although this is a photo heavy layout (5 photos in all) and I did include a lengthy journaling piece. Today just happened to turn out that way, but tomorrow may be very simple and short. I hope you enjoyed today’s layout, and please hit Subscribe so you can see the rest of the album right in your inbox!

See you soon!

~Theresa

**December Daily is the brainchild of creative genius Ali Edwards, and is a process of preserving the memories of December within a daily album by creating one layout per day. More of this project, and links to purchase the kits used in this layout, plus the digital templates, can be found here.

Some of the products I have used in this layout are, sadly, no longer available, but should still be attributed. They are: the star shaped paper clip (Two Peas in a Bucket), Ho Ho Ho file tab (Jillibean Soup), and the wood anchor I believe is Teresa Collins.

This blog is associated with Amazon as an affiliate. Within each post I include links to current products that have been used in today’s project, that you may click on and shop from. Any purchases that you make by clicking on those links help to support this blog (and my family)! I thank you kindly!

December Daily 2015 Preparations and Studio Walk-Thru

Hi there! Hooray, it’s finally December! I have lots to show you today, so stay tuned. First up is my video I took of my studio space and how I’ve prepped my work area for December Daily. Take a peek!

 

Was that fun? I wish you could come play with me in my space, I love it so much. Here are a few still photos of my space. I know parts of the video were kind of blurry as I was fighting with the lighting. My studio space is located in the first room of the house when you walk in the front door. It was designed to be a flex or office space, but I claimed it as my own.

 

DD 2015 Prep and Studio

This is my primary workspace. I have three workspaces, but this one gets the most use because it is under the window and gives me the best light. I work on a table from IKEA and it is adjusted to the widest it will go. I love that it gives me space to film, and additional space on both sides for laptop, video equipment, and scrapbooking products.

DD 2015 Prep and Studio

These are all my December scrapbooking goodies that I have pulled and organized from kits I bought, and product I (hoarded) didn’t get to use in previous years.

DD 2015 Prep and Studio
DD 2015 Prep and Studio

 Part of my strategy for accomplishing all that I have set out for December is actually arranging my workspace and my calendar for success. A few days ago I cleared off my desk and every other project I am working on is now officially on hold. One of my most important tools is my planner. Now, I know that planners are a really fun and exciting trend and I would love to show you how adorned and embellished mine is. Well, it just looks like this:

DD 2015 Prep and Studio

One thing I decided to do was to use Ali Edwards’ log book that came as a freebie with her Main Kit, in my planner. Is anyone else doing this? This way I can write down stories as I think of them and since I use removeable adhesive they can even be moved around if I decide to use a story on a different date (it really is ok to admit that some of our layouts happen on a different day than where they happen to land in our albums!) I love that I have space to write about the story, and then space below to remind myself what photos to use to go with. I have several written out already, they just aren’t placed in the planner yet.

 

Alright, so I also wanted to show quickly my introduction/intentions page. In the past I have not created an intention page – I admit in past years I just went into these albums and seasons to have a great time with my family and make a great album. But this year I’ve been participating and working through Ali Edwards’ December Storytelling class (link will be below) and she has made a point to include an intentions page in her albums. I love this idea. The first few pages of my album included a transparency sheet (that got moved and will be seen in my December Day 01 video tomorrow!) and then a few introductory pages, like this:

DD 2015 Prep and Studio
DD 2015 Prep and Studio

 The Introductory page is still the same, no changes were made there. It simply includes the calendar and the year. One of the things I noticed in my previous years is that I am notoriously bad about noting which year the album is from, both on the outside cover and on the inside, so I hope to change that this year!

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And this is my Intentions page.

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Not very complicated, just my text here:

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And on this side I added a little stamping and some additional wood pieces about our story.

DD 2015 Prep and Studio

 

I hope you are ready for a really fun month and please subscribe to get all the yummy December goodness that is coming! I’m so excited and happy you visited today and hope you will go, do, and create! See you soon!

~Theresa

**December Daily is the creative brainchild of Ali Edwards and is a process of documenting December memories within an album, one story per day, throughout the month of December. More about this project can be found, along with links to her products which have been used in this post,

Some of the products used in this post were purchased through Ali Edwards and were designed by Peppermint Granberg Jones with One Little Bird. Her kit can be found

Some products shown in this post are, sadly, no longer available, and are as follows: Dear Lizzy Fine&Dandy vellum, Allison Kreft for Webster’s Pages shaped clip, and Gossamer Blue wood veneer pieces.

This blog is supported by way of affiliate links through Amazon.com. Some of the products that are used in this post are available by clicking these links, and in doing so you can help support this blog. Thank you!

Halloween 2015 Hybrid Layout Featuring Ali Edwards Cheer Story Kit

Hi friends, and welcome back! I’m showing you a layout today from our Halloween night. Here’s the video, and then stay tuned for the rest of the story!

So for this layout I am starting to wind down my Project Life, and typically that means I stop taking photos every day in the months of October and November, and I create a Halloween layout and a gratitude or Thanksgiving layout and then I call my Project Life done.

Halloween 2015 Featuring Ali Edwards Cheer

Because we have four kids, this actually worked out great to allow me to highlight each child in their own layout, but it didn’t take an inordinate amount of time to create.

Halloween 2015 Featuring Ali Edwards Cheer

Because there were four, I decided to use one of the layouts Ali Edwards created in the class as my springboard. My layouts are very much like hers – it’s important to know that not every layout has to be a unique creative statement on how well you can design with photos. What I did, however, was change up the elements a bit in each layout, and I used different embellishments and patterned papers so that each layout has its own unique presence.

Halloween 2015 Featuring Ali Edwards Cheer

The truly important part about each of these layouts is the journaling. Well, the photos are pretty important (and cute!) too, but I really took some time to think about each of my children before I sat down with my papers and embellishments. I took some time to process and think about how I support them and how I cheer them on.

Halloween 2015 Featuring Ali Edwards Cheer

You see, our kiddos each have unique stories and individual circumstances in their lives that have presented some challenges for them. Two of our children lost their dear mother when they were just toddlers. Two of our children live part of the time with us and the other part of the time in another home with their dad. None of these circumstances are insurmountable, but it does mean that our children deal with things other children might not. I realized through this process that my job is extra important for them to know that they are loved and supported.

Halloween 2015 Featuring Ali Edwards Cheer

While I was working on these layouts, at one point I had them all four laid out on the floor so I could print out photos and select the patterned papers. The journaling was already printed on the pages, and when the children came home from school that day, they each saw the layouts and stopped to read what I had written.

Halloween 2015 Featuring Ali Edwards Cheer

I think it meant something to each of them, to read the words I had written. My hope, in all of the layouts I create, is that they will see themselves as special and important, but also that they will know that I see them each as special and important.

Halloween 2015 Layout Featuring Ali Edwards Cheer

But something very unexpected happened, while the kids were reading the journaling and checking out their layouts. One of the children actually broke out in tears. Oh, they were happy tears, the sort of tears that let me know that something I wrote had hit on something for that child that they desperately needed. They all needed to know they are being cheered on, but this one especially needed that.

Halloween 2015 Layout Featuring Ali Edwards Cheer

And that is why I do this. That is why I take the photos, create the layouts, select the papers, agonize over design decisions and obsess over the embellishments. Because they need to know. 

To learn more about Ali Edwards’ Story subscription kits and to get to know Ali herself better, please visit her website here.

I am not affiliated with Ali Edwards, but I am a very happy customer who loves to use her products and has long been inspired by her creative endeavors. I am however, affiliated with Amazon.com, and here are links to other products I have used in this layout. Any purchases you make by clicking on these links will help support this site, so I thank you!

I hope you’ve enjoyed a peak at my process for creating this hybrid layout! This will probably be my last non-holiday related post for the rest of the year. In the month of December I plan to post my daily layouts in my December Daily album, and also plan to post my process videos about every three days. I am so excited and I hope you will follow along with me!

Happy creating! See you soon!

~Theresa