December Album 2015

December Daily 2015 Day 4!

Hi there, today is going to be very quick and simple because we are busy today having so much December fun and I hope you are too! There is no process video today because I literally printed out journaling and photo, and then adhered it to the page. Done. Here is the layout as it was created for the foundation pages:

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So I’m going to be honest here and tell you that yesterday was kind of a bah-humbug day. Not much was really planned and one of the children had a doctor appointment and two of the children are with their dad, so it was very low-key. No photos. I wasn’t really feeling the joy yesterday. But I kept thinking about the day before, when Alan and I went shopping. I kept thinking about how much fun we had, and he had taken a couple of snaps of me with his phone. I kept thinking about those quick snaps he took of me being silly, cutting up in the Target, playing around and being well, just being happy. And so even though these photos might have other wise gone on Day 3, I used them here and wrote a letter to myself.

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I write out my letter to myself and placed it in a plain vellum envelope, and then I added one of the red snowflakes from Ali Edwards’ kit to the flap. To keep it closed I added the gold clip, and I also layered a gold doily over the page itself, so the journaling wasn’t completely visible from the outside.

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The journaling reads as follows:

Dear T:

Look at you, laughing and enjoying yourself. These are moments of joy, and they are reserved just for you. Yeah, I know you’ve had your moments of crying right in the middle of Target, and you’ve certainly had your share of panic attacks right in the middle of Target. You’ve even left your cart a few times in the middle of Target and ran out, unable to complete the day’s tasks.

I want you to know that it’s ok that all that happened, and I want you to know that today is so much better. These special moments of love and joy? They were waiting for you on the other side.

It took a lot of work to get right here where you are, laughing and cutting up in the Target aisle. Shame on all the people who left you while you were battling all that. I know that words of cheer and support felt few and far between. But look at you go, look at you, keeping on keeping on, making your way.

Look at all you’ve accomplished just this year. Sure, the year ended up a much different way than you imagined. Leaving school suddenly, without a degree, was not part of the plan. But laughter was. Overcoming your own fears about presenting your work in public formats was. Facing technical challenges and learning the ins and outs of business ownership, social media, photography and videography….all of these were part of the plan.

They were part of a plan you’ve had for yourself for 8 years. 8 years ago you were almost at the point where you are today, and life hit a sudden and traumatic pause. Be so very proud of yourself, even when others might not be, because you overcame a lot. Be cheered today, my dear self, for you are amazing. Go you.

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For the facing page, I literally left it exactly as it was:

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And that is all for Day 4! Thanks so much for following along and I’ll be back tomorrow with Day 5!  Please take a moment to Comment, Like, Subscribe and let me know what you think of how the album is coming along! Also, if you are creating your own December Daily, please share! Now go, do, and create!

~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 4 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.

This website is affiliated with Amazon.com, and for that reason I try to post links to active 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 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.

This website is affiliated with Amazon.com, and for that reason I try to post links to active 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 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.

This website is an Amazon affiliate, and these links are offered for your shopping convenience. When you click on these links and purchase items from Amazon, you help to support this website (and my family!) I thank you kindly!

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!

Documenting December Daily In The Midst Of Grief and Loss

December Daily in Grief and Loss

While preparing for December and for the rush and the added  joy of creating December Daily, I have been going through my old albums. I have participated in December Daily for eight years, and have seven completed albums. Those albums are a journey through some of the most difficult years of my life, and when people ask me why I do this project, I am sure to tell them that I do this project because every album reminds me of the joy I have found in some very, very dark days. Sometimes our grief, and trying to just make it through the holidays, completely stops us in our scrapbooking tracks.

If you came to my blog today, it is highly likely that you too, are grieving the loss of someone special in your life, or are curious how to document the more somber moments of life that inevitably happen. Please accept my deepest sorrow for your loss, and my prayer is that this post will comfort you and help you move forward in your grief process. Today I wanted to show some of the ways I have dealt with my own grief and hardships in and through my December Dailies.

I have two small disclaimers in the writing of this post. The first is that I am going to show a few photos of my older December Daily albums that may not be of the best quality and most certainly are not Pinterest worthy! I think all of us who scrapbook know that we have evolved in our tastes and our product use. I do hope, however, that the pages I am going to show you are of value simply because of the stories they tell, and will inspire you as well, to find stories to tell that reflect the reality of your life.

My second disclaimer is this: please know that every grief journey is incredibly unique, sensitive, and sacred. The way I have chosen to write about and share my grief in my December Dailies might be completely different than how other people might do so, and I think that is wonderful. The pages I have to show are in no way an end-all, be-all to doing this, but perhaps they will spark a story for you. If nothing else, I pray this will help us all not feel so alone in our journeys of grief and sadness.

First allow me to share a bit about my personal journey, so you can understand how and why it is that I came to write about documenting grief while creating December Daily. Eight years ago my mom died a really tragic, early, difficult death to cervical cancer. All my grandparents and my dad had already passed on. At the time she died, I was a nursing mother of two. Not long after my mom died, my (already abusive) marriage of 13 years fell apart and I had to get myself out and to safety.

Around that same time that all that was going on, Ali Edwards created her first December Daily. I did not participate the first year, but the second year I did. It is important to know that when I created that first album, my mom had been gone for a little over a year, and while my ex-husband is in that album, he was not living with us at that time. 

I mentioned that when my mom died I was a nursing mother; I had an older son and my baby daughter. My little girl was a miracle who came to me in the midst of death and dying – they say with every life lost a new life is gained. I didn’t find many words in my December Daily that year to say about my grief, per se, but I did create this layout in the album:

December Daily Documenting Grief

All I included was a photo of me and my daughter, and I will admit it is not the best photo of me but it was probably about the only photo that was taken of me at all that Christmas. There is no journaling, only a simple title, The Greatest Gift. If I could have put into words, I might have written how much I was grieving that Christmas because mom wasn’t there. I might have written how much I adored my daughter because she was so special to me. And I might have written how she (and her brother) were keeping me alive during that time.

I couldn’t find those words. And really, it is so much ok. This layout is just fine the way it is. I know the significance, and that is all that matters. Perhaps one day she will ask me, Mama what does that mean? and we will have the loveliest conversation about how special she is to me. But what is most important to me is that I included that tiny bit that acknowledged for me, what I was feeling at that time. And it did so in a most simple, uncomplicated way.

I have another example, and it comes from the following year, 2009. In that year, I had literally just moved out from my ex-husband’s home and our separation was finally done. I know that Ali Edwards has written and documented a bit of her own journey through joint custody, and every story she has shared has been something that I personally can relate to. In my December Daily that year I included a story about having to be without the kids:

More Than I Can Bear

I know it might not be so easy to see, but the title of this layout is More Than I Can Bear. The photo is of all our jackets on the kitchen door that day, and I journaled about how the next day those jackets wouldn’t be there:

As I got the kids ready for their Dad’s house I stopped to notice our three jackets on the door. It’s so hard to let them go, knowing how quiet the house will be for the next week. Lots of changes but one thing remains: I love you both.

While this might not particularly be about grief of losing someone, it is one way to document the melancholy that we sometimes experience during the holidays. One of the most difficult parts of grieving: the fewer place settings at the table, the empty chair, the phone that won’t ring…..the literal, visual changes around us that occur because that special person in our life is simply not there. That loss shows itself in some of the most uncanny ways, but those ways provide a means of telling part of your story. I encourage you to seek out the ways that highlight your grief, and document those.

Sometimes naming the specific ways our grief shows itself in the every day moments can help us heal the most. Simply the act of stating the day to day ordinary voids acknowledges the true reality of our loss.

I know that grief often freezes us in mid-sentence. It stops us in the middle of our every day life, the rhythm is broken and the rhythm restarts but we are not ready for it to restart. I know that sometimes those photos are too difficult to even look at. If that is where you are at, please know that is ok. Then put those photos away and work with photos that bring you joy. Can I honestly say that writing about those jackets brought me joy that day? No. I was clearly feeling very melancholy the day I journaled about those jackets. 

Sometimes I do work with photos that don’t necessarily bring me joy, but that I feel as though I must write about this and deal with this today or else I might burst. Only I can know what my level of tolerance is, and there have been times that I pulled out photos to work with, only to turn the lights off and crawl into bed in a teary mess. Sometimes that will happen, and I will put those photos away for a while. Other times that will happen, and I will get up the next morning and find a fresh outlook, and can finish that layout.

I think it is important to try.

I think it is important, when the photos bring tears, to step away, cry those tears, and treat ourselves with special grace. Talk to a trusted friend about the emotions that photo brought to you. When you feel calmer, look at the photo again. If it still brings tears, put it away until later. Allow yourself to feel those sad feelings. Allow yourself to talk about those feelings, work through those feelings, and then try again. Allow yourself to put them away forever, if you feel that need.

In the same year, 2009, on Day 12 I had to attend a funeral for the father of one of my childhood friends. My friend and I have been good friends literally for our whole lives.  I can’t ever remember not knowing her and her family, in part because our parents were life-long friends. This same friend had held my baby girl at my mom’s funeral, so when her father passed unexpectedly I knew I had to go be there for her. I didn’t necessarily need to include the funeral in my December Daily, but I did use the opportunity to honor my parents:

Tribute to my Parents

Again, this is not the best quality photo (it’s a scan from the family photo album of a photo taken around 1983!), but the purpose of this layout is to tell a story:

Today I learned of the passing of Tim *****, father to one of my lifelong friends, M*****. In this time of her loss, I am remembering my own losses. Her dad, like mine, gave so much of himself to the church, school, community, and us. Thank you for all you did.

That was all I wrote, and all I presented publicly about this event, and it is just right. 

Write your own reflection of an event and use photos that show what you were reminded of through that event. This is great to do if the event made it difficult or impossible to get a photograph. Let’s say, for example, that you attended an opera performance. It was an opera that many years ago your father had sang to you. Absolutely reflect on his singing to you and use a photo of yourself and your dad. This takes the story of going to the opera to a completely deeper level, while allowing you to express your own feelings that event brought out for you.

Sometimes grief can bring about some wonderful things. The following year, in 2010, I went through some dramatic changes in my life. At the time of this December Daily, I was a single mom and was laid off from my job. I was struggling in a way I can’t even explain. The entire month of December I poured myself into making magic for the kids, and into making December Daily. I am pretty sure I used all product I had stashed in my closet, and this was one of my favorite layouts:

Left Side%2C Hair Cut
Right Side Hair Cut

One thing about grief and struggles, and often the most difficult to believe while experiencing the worst of it, is that sometimes there is a dramatic shift. Now I am not going to tell you that grief will ever go away, because a part of that grief will remain with you for always. But sometimes you experience a shift in your grief and that shift can show in very positive ways. For me personally, I had lost my sense of self. Even my self esteem, and anyone who has struggled in an abusive relationship is probably very familiar with this, had all but disappeared. Between that and my grief, I could barely hold my head up.

My journaling for the above page reads like this:

I seriously haven’t had a haircut in two years! There was never time, or money, or whatever. So I was wearing my hair in a ponytail every day and feeling like I just blended into the wallpaper.

C***** asked me to e-mail her with 5 things that would help me in some way, and I included this one wish. Sire enough, she booked me an appointment at S*****.

The stylist (A***) did a fantastic job, and I love it! But wow, what a difference it has made to me, just to feel like “somebody” again.

The reason I wanted to include this layout in a post about grief is because there is light at the end of the very long, dark tunnel. Documenting that journey brings us an unexpected view into the direct changes that happen to us – one day those changes become beautiful and amazing. And sometimes, we even are able to document finding joy again.

No, it won’t be joy like you knew before. It will be bittersweet, sometimes angry joy because you can’t believe you can’t pick up the phone and call that person. It will be unbelievable, because you aren’t supposed to continue living or perhaps you feel like you shouldn’t be happy again. Sometimes you have just a moment of joy and then days of unbearable pain again. I am not going to tell you that a simple hair cut changed my life, and that one layout was not in any way the end of my sadness or grief or struggle. But it was the beginning of finding my way right where I am right now. Still healing, still processing, but definitely embracing this holiday and this December Daily. I pray you will find that joy, too.

See you again soon,

~Theresa

**December Daily is the creative brain child of Ali Edwards, whose amazing website can be found right here.  It is a process of documenting December memories one day at a time. I am not affiliated with Ali, but I am a long-time customer and love using her products. I know you will find inspiration through her products and blog and classes as well.

Would you like to share the ways you have documented your grief within your December Daily albums? Please feel free to link up or comment below! Also feel free to subscribe so you can get more great content in your inbox.

December Album 2015 Walk-Thru Video

Hello and welcome back! I’m so happy to share a beautiful video today that I made showing the foundation pages of my December Daily album for this holiday season. I hope you enjoy!

 

 

Alright, so that is my album for the month of December, ready to be filled with photos and stories of our Christmas 2015. I still have a few blog posts planned before December starts because I would like to post all the before photos of the album, and I would like to show you how I organize all my December supplies and papers! I hope you will check back in and be sure to Subscribe so you can get the newest posts in your inbox.

Here is a list of most of the products that can be seen in my foundation pages (I will be posting complete sources as I post each layout during December, and also feel free to shoot me a message if I missed something!)

December Album 2015 Cover Process Video

Hello, welcome back!  I am practically giddy with excitement for this year’s December Album, also known as December Daily, and I’m so excited to post my process video today showing how I created my cover.  I posted some sneak photos of the album a few days ago and so appreciate all of you who stopped in to take a look!  So without further ado, here is the process video.

 

So I’m going to tell you that this was not the album I started with!  I have mentioned before that my jumping off point for this year’s album was a series of subway numbers I found at a local vintage shop, named Vintage Jane.  These numbers were 5 1/2″ wide x 5″ tall.  So I created an album that was suitable for that size – and then went to put all the pages into it and realized only about 18 days would fit in it!

Anyway, in the next few days I will show you what I did with the album that was almost December Daily – so stay tuned for that!  Also I am working hard on finishing up the foundation pages and a walk-thru video of my December album and I hope you will Subscribe down below to get all the goodies in your inbox.

As always, here is a list of products you have seen in the video:

Simple Stories Teal Chevron Snap! Album 

Ali Edwards December Daily Main Kit

Liquitex Basics Gesso

Thanks so much for checking out my December album and my process video!  I hope you are inspired to go, do, create!

 

See you soon,

~Theresa

***December Daily is a concept of creating an album and capturing one memory per day throughout the month of December. This concept was developed by scrapbooking genius and creative super power Ali Edwards.  More on the project, her process, and her available products can be found here.  I am not affiliated with Ali Edwards, but I do love to use her products and hope you enjoy seeing them being used.  Most importantly, I hope I inspire you, as Ali has inspired me, to create awesome memories and then document those memories in a way that excites you and reminds you of all that is good in life.

Welcome and December Album 2015 Sneak Peek!!!!!

 December Album 2015 | Album spine
December Album 2015 | Album spine

Hi there and welcome to  our new home right here! I’m so excited to be starting in a fresh place and I hope you enjoy the new look. 

All my previous posts are still available at blogher.com, and can be found here.   Feel free to browse around at my previous December albums and Project Life layouts!  Also in the future I will be uploading my December albums from previous years into the gallery here.  

 December Album 2015 | Album cover plus kits from Ali Edwards and One Little Bird
December Album 2015 | Album cover plus kits from Ali Edwards and One Little Bird

 

I have been working almost obsessively (ok, really obsessively!) on my foundation pages for December Daily.  This is a yearly tradition that I follow to document our December memories, a tradition created and inspired by Ali Edwards.  I have been doing this project for about seven years now, and the albums I have created definitely rank as favorites in our house.

 December Album 2015 | Album cover
December Album 2015 | Album cover

 

A big part of this project involves assembling and completing the foundation pages in advance, so that during the month of December you only have to add photos and journaling.  This year my album was created using a set of subway numbers I found at a local shop. 

 December Album 2015 Day 20 | Subway numbers have been cut down and made into sequin pockets; pockets are then sealed with washi tape.
December Album 2015 Day 20 | Subway numbers have been cut down and made into sequin pockets; pockets are then sealed with washi tape.

The size of these subway numbers presented a few challenges in creating this album.  Their size was awkward: 5 1/2″ wide by 5″ tall.  Certainly not typical scrapbook sizes!  I will share more on that journey later, but suffice to say this is actually my second album I’ve created and the first one did not work out (not to worry, it is being re-purposed and will be another project I will post for you soon!).  But at any rate, I decided in the end that these numbers could be cut down to fit in ordinary pocket pages and so be it.

 December Album 2015 | Days 1 and 2 layout
December Album 2015 | Days 1 and 2 layout

I’m so happy with how these foundation pages turned out and cannot wait for December to get here already!  I completely love the kits and products I have chosen.  The album itself is from Simple Stories.  I am working on the video that shows how I treated that album to create what you see in these photos!

 December Album 2015 | Day 16 using Ali Edwards December Daily Main Kit and One Little Bird Mini Kit
December Album 2015 | Day 16 using Ali Edwards December Daily Main Kit and One Little Bird Mini Kit

The products and kits I have chosen to use (mostly!) are as follows:

Ali Edwards December Daily Main Kit

One Little Bird December Daily Mini Kit by Peppermint Jones

Simple Stories Teal Chevron Burlap 6×8 Snap! Album

October Afternoon Under the Tree Collection

 December Album 2015 | Embellishment card using Ali Edwards and One Little Bird kits
December Album 2015 | Embellishment card using Ali Edwards and One Little Bird kits

I hope you have enjoyed these sneak peeks into my December album as it is right now.  Stay tuned for so much more fun to come – videos, how-to’s, and of course photos that I hope will inspire you to create your own!  As always, please feel free to share your own December album in the Comments section.  And I hope you will Subscribe via the button below so you can follow along in my creative journey.

See you soon!

~Theresa