December Album 2015

December Daily 2015 Day 14

Hi and welcome back for Day 14 of my December Daily 2015. This day was just particularly crazy busy, and so I chose a photo of my new (cute!) pajamas, because when the day was done, that was all I wanted. Here is the layout as I created it for the Foundation Pages:

December Daily 2015 Day 14

I wasn’t very happy with the 2″ vertical strip on the right side, so I ditched that.

December Daily 2015 Day 14

After I ditched that pocket page, I took a full 6×8 page and divided it up using my Fuse tool so the vertical strip was on the other side. That became the space for the Cheer word (from Ali Edwards’ Cheer Story Kit).

December Daily 2015 Day 14

I left the 14 and the ampersand pockets just as they were, and fused the pockets around them. No changes were made to those.

December Daily 2015 Day 14
December Daily 2015 Day 14

For the right side, the previous day was already sealed up inside the pocket, so I simply added my photo, a quick label, and the title on top of the page protector.

December Daily 2015 Day 14

I am loving this layout and loving this project. I hope you are having a wonderful month of December! Now go, do, and create.

See you 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.

The little elf is from Pretty Little Studio. I highly recommend her products and hope you will visit her lovely shop here.

The number 14 is part of the set of subway numbers that I purchased from a local shop called Vintage Jane, here in Kernersville, NC. The blog for this shop can be seen here.

This website is affiliated with Amazon.com, and for that reason I try to post links to available products on Amazon to help you with your own scrapbook shopping. When you click and purchase products through these links, you support this website (and our family!), and for that I thank you kindly!

December Daily 2015 Day 13 Plus a Process Video


December Daily 2015 Day 13 Plus a Process Video

Hi there, welcome back! This marks the half-way point in the month and in the album. Is it me, or is it coming really fast, and going even quicker?! I almost feel a slight panic – there is clearly not enough month for this album. I have a process video for you today showing Days 11 thru 13, so take a look and then I’ll show you close-ups for today!

So for Day 13, here is the layout as it was created for the Foundation Pages:

December Daily 2015 Day 13

I did not change much to this layout. We spent a little time at the park because it was so very pleasant, and I took a few snaps of me and my son.

December Daily 2015 Day 13

On the left side I added a graphic from Ali Edwards’ December Storytelling class digital files and a simple circle with a quick sentence. That is the extent of this day’s journaling.

December Daily 2015 Day 13

I also added a file tab just like the previous day, and called this side done.

December Daily 2015 Day 13

The right side I didn’t change much, just removed the tag and added the little elf with some sequins, and also some of Maggie Holmes’ glitter transparency hearts.

December Daily 2015 Day 13
December Daily 2015 Day 13
December Daily 2015 Day 13

I just pretty much love this project. I love how it’s coming together and I love the memories that are being made and documented here. I will tell you yesterday and our entire weekend was a really big struggle, lots of challenges here, but these layouts help me remember the good times. For this I am incredibly thankful.

Now go, do, and create today. I’ll see you soon!

~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.

The file tab and the little elf are products I ordered from Pretty Little Studio. I highly recommend her products and hope you will visit her lovely shop here.

This website is affiliated with Amazon.com, and for that reason I try to post links to available products on Amazon to help you with your own scrapbook shopping. When you click and purchase products through these links, you support this website (and our family!), and for that I thank you kindly!

December Daily Days 11 and 12

Days 11 and 12: in which I forgot to number Day 12. Ha!

Anywho, I have Days 11 and 12 to show you today, and I’m going to start by telling you already that I forgot to add the number to Day 12! It really is ok. I’m keeping on. I hope to have my process videos ready for you tomorrow, but for today enjoy these photos. Here is Day 11’s Foundation Page.

December Daily 2015 Days 11and12

These days are both linked. We were working on finishing up the decorations on our tree, and I wanted to document some of the ornaments my mom bought us so many years ago. My starting point is Day 11, where I feature my sister’s ornaments on her own tree.

December Daily 2015 Days 11and12

I took the number 11 and reworked it for the title pocket. My mom loved penguins (the movie Happy Feet was one of her favorites), so this little guy seemed perfect.

December Daily 2015 Days 11and12

My journaling is about how these ornaments, which mom bought for us and for her grandkids each year, link us together in commonality.

December Daily 2015 Days 11and12

Then I took a 2×2 pocket, trimmed off one column, and added a few pictures from her tree. I took a remainder of that transparency from Ali Edwards’ Main Kit and used the circles in the alternating pockets. I freely admit the years I stamped on the photos are estimated, some of the years I have the kids photographed when they received their ornaments (that’s an entire layout or possibly a mini-book by itself!), but these are my best guesses. And that is ok, too.

December Daily 2015 Days 11and12

If those circles look rough, it’s because they are! I tried my circle punches and they weren’t quite heavy-duty enough to get through the transparency. I also used my Coluzzle (remember those?!) and the piece of white stuff you put underneath gave away so the coluzzle blade didn’t want to go all the way through. I did most of it with the Coluzzle, though, and then just trimmed the final edges with my scissors. It was a tedious process but well worth it!

Here is the Foundation Page for Day 12:

December Daily 2015 Days 11and12

For Day 12 I continued the ornament pockets. These are the ornaments on our tree, and I added a photo of the lights in our living room.

December Daily 2015 Days 11and12

If it looks like the left side is bowed, it is! My pages are getting thick and full! But I love these small pockets for highlighting some of my favorite ornaments, and for relating ours to my sisters.

December Daily 2015 Days 11and12

I made a point to back each one with its partner, so the penguin is on the back of the other penguin, the reindeer on the back of the other reindeer, and so forth.

December Daily 2015 Days 11and12

On the right side I had already created the transparency divider, which is actually the gold circle transparency layered on top of a plain transparency, and the Jingle All the Way paper is layered on top. This is a throw-back to the first album I made, remember that whole thing? I had cut so many of my papers down to 5 1.2×5, and this was one of them. So I reworked it and I’m loving it.

December Daily 2015 Days 11and12

Above the photo I added a simple circle with the globe, and it simply says, Around the House. I added a tab from Pretty Little Studio, and called it done. No journaling at all on this day, although the little note on the file tab says what I want to: I love the lights.

December Daily 2015 Days 11and12

I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at these pages! I enjoyed creating them. I try each year to do a layout about some of our ornaments, and this really told a great story about the ornaments in our family that truly have meant so so so much in our lives. Mom really wanted us to have lots of ornaments and she loved Christmas so much, and I’m really happy we have these.

Now go, do, and create, and I’ll 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.

The file tab and today banner are products I ordered from Pretty Little Studio. I highly recommend her products and hope you will visit her lovely shop 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 gold sequin that is underneath the brad on Day 11 is an older Jenni Bowlin product. The heart and star enamel dots are Allison Kreft for Webster’s Pages.  

This website is affiliated with Amazon.com, and for that reason I try to post links to available products on Amazon to help you with your own scrapbook shopping. When you click and purchase products through these links, you support this website (and our family!), and for that I thank you kindly!

December Daily 2015 Day 10 The Resolution

Ok, welcome back and today I will show you what I decided to do with that troublesome transparency that I used in between Days 9 and 10! Have a look at my process video, and then I’ll show you the photos!

Alright, so after all that talking to myself and asking all those design questions, I definitely think I made the right decision and I love how it turned out.

December Daily 2015

Here is Day 10:

December Daily 2015
December Daily 2015

This cut file was part of the digital elements that were included in Ali Edwards’ December Storytelling Class. It really looks lovely against the white and turquoise!

December Daily 2015
December Daily 2015
December Daily 2015
December Daily 2015
December Daily 2015

I hope you enjoyed this layout and how it turned out, and I also hope I gave you some ideas on how to approach a situation when what you created didn’t quite make you happy. It’s difficult to decide whether to rework something, and hopefully I’ve given you some strategies for making that decision! And hopefully you’ve seen that taking the risk usually has the benefit of helping you fall in love with what you did.

This is all the time I have for today, but I will be back tomorrow with a catch-up post for Days 11 and 12. It sort of works out, because both days are somewhat linked together. I’m so happy you are following along, will you leave a comment and tell me what you think? 

See you soon!

~Theresa

**December Daily is a memory keeping project developed by Ali Edwards in which an album is created through telling one story per day, in a pre-made album, throughout the month of December. To learn more about this project, to see amazing progress in her own December Daily, and to connect with others who share excitement for this project, please visit Ali Edwards’ site here.

December Daily 2015 Day 10 In Which I Decide to Change Up Day 9

Ok welcome back and I’m so happy you are following along this crazy month with me! I have Day 10 to share today, but before I share I want you to know that Day 10 does not end here. In fact, tomorrow I will share more of Day 10 with you. First take a look at the process video that shows where Day 10 is at right now!

Ok, so I went to bed last night pretty happy with Day 10 as it is right here:

December Daily 2015 Day 10

And I woke up this morning, with fresh eyes and a little bit of sleep, and realized how jumbled up that left hand side is.

Here is the layout with a white piece of paper added to help:

December Daily 2015 Day 10

And here is what happened with Day 9 after adding all that for Day 10:

December Daily 2015 Day 10

Here’s the thing: this would be ok if I left it just like this. It would be one of those things I might tell myself to never do again. Ha. It might be one of those things where I said, ok, not my best but I gotta keep on keeping on. And that would be totally ok!!!! But I knew when I woke up feeling worse about it, that perhaps I should do something about it.

So I’m going to leave you with a little cliff-hanger today. I thought about what my options were – one option would be to completely remove that transparency and start all over again. That option didn’t make me happy, because I love that transparency and I love the Be Awesome words and I love the photo frame on Day 10 and there were just too many things I really liked about it!

So option two might be to lift up the Be Awesome words and add a piece of white paper, or a piece of subtle white patterned paper to create some separation between the two days.

Or, option 3, perhaps to pull out the magic gesso.

Which one will I decide on? Check back tomorrow and I’ll share! Now go, do, and create!

See you soon,

~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.

The little red label I ordered from Pretty Little Studio. I highly recommend her products and hope you will visit her lovely shop here.

The chair gift enclosure and the chair border strip and the chair tag are all paper products I purchased at the Reynolda House gift shop. They are however, privately branded as such: (please consider yourself warned that these are enabler sites you will want to order everything from…..)

Chair Coasters

Chair gift enclosure

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. Both chipboard frames are previous Crate Paper products. The gold one is from Maggie Holmes’ Open Book collection, and the black one is from Crate Paper Notes & Things.

The number 10 on this layout is part of a vintage set of numbers I purchased from a local shop in Kernersville, NC, called Vintage Jane. Here is a link to their blog, and if you are local please go visit them!

This website is affiliated with Amazon.com, and for that reason I try to post links to available products on Amazon to help you with your own scrapbook shopping. When you click and purchase products through these links, you support this website (and our family!), and for that I thank you kindly!