Hi everybody, today I am sharing my process for Day 04 in my 2017 December Daily! My story for the day is about putting up the tree so early, the earliest I have ever done it. I started by printing my photos using templates from Paislee Press, and my Foundation Pages were created using Sahlin Studio December.
This is the layout as a foundation page:
And here is the completed layout:
Just a few details: the vellum is a patterned paper from the December collection printed on a Draft setting. My journaling was added in Photoshop by creating a circle path and placing the text within the path. Very quick and simple!
Hi everyone! In this process video I am sharing my layout for Day 02 in my 2017 December Daily album. My story for this day is event-based – a fun trip downtown Kernersville for Christmas Around the World. I am using products from Ali Edwards Main Kit, the Paislee Press Mini Kit, and a few found items! Watch my process for Day 02 here:
This is how my foundation pages looked:
Our story for the day was about visiting downtown Kernersville for Christmas Around the World. This is a day where all the shops open up for food, shopping, and good fun. They give the kids passports to get stamped at each shop, and of course they loved all the food!
Here is the layout inside the album:
A detail of the flip-photo:
And the full page photo:
The insert for Day 02 is a found object from one of the shops downtown called Jane. It’s a vintage letterboard star that I cut down a little and punched. I also found the little Santa ornament and added a tiny tassel from Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa. He will most likely live on the outside of the album, but for today he is part of this layout. He is so cute!
Have a look at my video for Day 03:
This is what the Foundation Page looked like for this day:
Today’s story is about decorating our home for the holidays. I had a few photos from decorating the outside of the house, and I wanted to be sure to document how we shopped on Black Friday for our newest decorations this year.
I wanted to play with the star die that was part of the December Daily Release from Ali Edwards this year. I had this sheet of glitter card stock from Hobby Lobby, so I cut it down to 5.5″x8.5″ and ran it through my Evolution die cutter several times. I then carefully snipped one of the tiny stars apart from the rest and filled in some of the spots with the die. I also added just two tiny word stickers. They are from the Paislee Press mini kit.
The photos are both on the right hand side, along with my journaling about finding our new decorations on Black Friday. I have never gone out on Black Friday before this year! The number 3 I have just left floating in the pocket.
That is all for today! I anticipate going back to daily posts as I am able. See you tomorrow!
Hi everyone and Merry December to you!!!! Today I have TWO lovely videos to share with you! First up is a complete walk-through of my December Daily Album Foundation Pages as they are on December One. After that we will dive right in with my process for Day 01!
And now for Day 01! I am so happy to dive right in:
Here is what Day 01 looked like as I began my process:
For December 01 I decided to share photos of our family. These are photos we took in late November, and I always like to do this and include them in my album right here at the beginning. This establishes the beginning of the December Story: who we are and where we are at this moment in time.
My Foundation Pages began with Ali Edwards journal cards + a patterned paper from Crate Paper Falala. I added just a few tiny embellishments to the photo as a starting point.
My journaling is typed on the journal card using my vintage Smith Corona. I love the perfectly imperfect look and the messy lines!
For the full page I wanted to layer the photo of just Alan and myself over the gesso and patterned paper. I added a few embellishments and a stamped sentiment, and the page is complete.
Have you been able to document your Day 01? I would love to see! My plan for this month is to share every other day, so I will see you right back here on the 4th!
**December Daily is an album concept created and marketed by Ali Edwards. You can learn more about the project and connect with others who share a passion for this project by visiting Ali’s website here: Ali Edwards.
Hi everyone! Today I am finally able to share with you my process video for creating my December Daily album! One of my favorite parts of this project is making the album my very own. This year I am using the Simple Stories Merry album, along with a few embellishments from Felicity Jane and the number stickers from the Paislee Press mini kit.
Here is a closer look at my album:
I chose this album because it has a great spine size so hopefully all my pages will fit in as the month of December goes along. I also love that it has a darker pattern on it, which will show through just the tiniest bit once it is gessoed.
I applied two coats of gesso using a really old, textured brush to get as many brush strokes as possible. I apply the gesso really randomly and heavily, but even so the pattern underneath shows through just the tiniest bit.
I made sure to leave just snowflakes on the front showing through, so they are only covered with one coat of paint. Once everything was dry I added a few of the Felicity Jane patches using my hot glue gun. The date is added directly to the label holder on the spine with the Paislee Press numbers in that mini kit.
Ah, this is just perfection. Thanks for joining me today!
Hi everyone! Today I am sharing my last set of foundation pages in my 2017 December Daily Album! These were created using Felicity Jane Joy and a tiny bit of Hello Christmas from last year.
These are my foundation pages for Days 8, 20, 22, and 23.
Can you even believe how beautiful this black and white floral pattern is?! I am determined to use it rather than stash it away, so I cut it immediately and put it in the album. That first cut is the hardest, isn’t it?!
The vellum I chose for this day is just 6″ wide, so slightly shorter than the page protectors. I added a 2″ Avery tab and heat embossed the Be Merry sentiment so it is easier to turn that page.
For Days 22 and 23 I created a 2×2 pocket page using some of the tiniest embellishments to fill the pockets. The embellishments are also black and white, along with a few cork trees from Freckled Fawn and the black and white sequins from Teresa Collins. The simplicity is really striking – I love those page protectors most with the tiny embellishments!
My plan for Day 22 is to include the transparency directly over the photo as an overlay. The number is not adhered yet so it could go above or below the word, depending on how the photo is for that day.
That is the last in my foundation building series! I still have a final walk-through to share with you, plus I want to share how I created the album itself. Stay tuned!
Hi everyone! Today I am sharing another batch of Foundation Pages in my 2017 December Daily Album! I really wanted to be sure this year to use all the lovely collections I have purchased, so I am creating my foundation pages as product arrives. These pages were created using Pinkfresh Studio December Days. I hope you love them!
Here is the collection of foundation pages. These are the foundation pages for Days 7,15, 17, and 21.
The stamp I used above is the Paislee Press December stamp included in Ali Edwards’ 2017 product release this year.
Numbers are from Dear Lizzy.
The number 17 is from this year’s Felicity Jane Joy kit.
The number 21 is from the Ali Edwards Main Kit, and the washi tape is from Lidl.
I had so much fun working with this collection from Pinkfresh Studio! I’d love to hear how your foundation pages are coming along!
Hi everyone! I am working through my Foundation Pages in my December Album for 2017 and this one is especially fun! I am using the newest collection from Sahlin Studio called December, and you are going to want to run over there to pick it up!
I am so excited to share these pages with you, and cannot wait to start the actual month of December and fill this album with all our best memories!
My approach to creating foundation pages really is quite simple: 1 card for journaling, 1 card for a filler, and space for a photo or photos. Add a number (or don’t, either way!) and it’s done.
I already placed alternating pocket pages into the album – for this year I am using a full 6×8 page on one side, and divided on the other. Some of the full size pages will be photos, others will be templates or patterned papers. I love having options there!
Whenever I receive a collection that I want to use in my December album, I always go through my foundation pages and select a number of pages to use the product in. In this instance, the December collection is digital, so I print out my favorite cards first thing. I print out all the numbers so I have those ready to go as well. And then I add them into the pockets.
That is all for today! I still have several foundation pages I am still finishing up and will share with you next week!
Hi everyone! I am already headlong fully involved in putting together my foundation pages for this year’s December album. Today I wanted to share with you a bit of my process for creating my foundation pages using my Ali Edwards products. Ali is the original creator of this project and I am deeply grateful for all the inspiration and products she has offered to our community. You can learn more about her and this project at her site here: Ali Edwards Blog. One of my commitments to myself as part of this hobby (read: every project I am involved in) is to use my supplies. That means use them as they come in the door. One of my commitments to the December Daily project is to complete the album, hopefully before January 1, and creating foundation pages are an important part of that for me. Follow along with me in this video!
I know that there are mixed thoughts on creating foundation pages, but for me this has been the biggest reason I have been able to complete my albums on or around January 1. And, I might conjecture, that I have been able to complete the album at all. Some worry that they won’t like that page once the day arrives, and maybe that happens sometimes so I just move that page and move on.
The biggest thing to remember is that foundation pages are great for making decisions already, so that throughout the month all I have to do is add photo + story. That keeps me from feeling overwhelmed by this project. But even though I have created these fun pages, I am not in any way married to any of them so I am free to move things around, change out cards, and do whatever it takes on any particular day in December.
What I absolutely love about creating these pages is that it makes me incredibly happy to work with these products, play with them, layer them, see how these products go together without having the pressure of photo + story. These pages are just opportunities to me to get familiar with the beautiful products I have purchased and figure out which of the products I am particularly drawn to.
I have a thing, whenever I begin a project, that carries over from my days as an interior designer, and that is to establish a design concept for that project. In interior design that might be something like this:
So in December Daily, my design concept is more like this:
Many times, my design concept is still coming together while creating these foundation pages, particularly as I work with the product. I don’t know about you, but once I receive product in, I am inspired to play with it and just see which products I am drawn to. This solidifies more for me, how I want to pull this album together!
What my design concept does for me is lay out exactly my parameters and define some sort of consistency throughout the album. It doesn’t have to be complicated or detailed, but again at this stage I am all about making as many decisions as I can so that in December all I am adding is photos + stories.
My design concept is a bit different than last year! Last year I did very detailed foundation pages, and some even commented that they felt like my pages didn’t even have room for photos or stories. Inside I laughed a tiny bit, because there is always room for photos and stories, and I would rather take cards out but still finish the album, rather than not make it through the month of December.
This year I have left myself a lot more flexibility and a little more room for creative expression in the month of December. I think this is probably more reflective of my comfort level with sharing this project online so I am not as nervous about having as much completed as possible. It is entirely up to you how much you want to complete your own album, or if you want to do none at all. In the end what matters most is what works for you!
I sincerely hope that this has been helpful to you and has given an insight into how I create this amazing project. I would love to hear from you and see your projects, so be sure to comment and tag me!
Oh my goodness, you guys, I am so excited to post today because I have so much happy things to share and I am bursting! Today I am so excited to kick off Larkindecember!!!! I will be participating in December Daily, the album concept designed and marketed by Ali Edwards this year, and today I am sharing the first of my videos in this series. As I have done in the past, I will be sharing my entire process for completing this album, from start to finish, and I hope you will join me!!!!
I am so excited to officially launch a full shop on my site and the products in the video above are available for purchase! I have created a digital mini kit to use in your December documenting projects and I cannot wait for you to see! Allow me to share the entire kit with you! First included are these gorgeous 4×6 journal cards. There are 8 of them and they are available in JPG and PNG format, plus 8.5×11 printable.
Click on any image to add these products to purchase!!!
Also available are the 3×4 journal cards, and in this collection there are 12. I was inspired to create a collection that included some beautiful florals and some fun trendy icons!
I also designed (4) photo templates in this collection, sized at 6×8. My plan is to include full page templates in my album this year!
And then, because that isn’t enough, I also designed a set of weekly and daily numbered cards for you to use in your December and Project Life albums! I am obsessed with number cards, and I hope you will enjoy adding these to your collection!
These are the weekly cards. They are a spin-off of the printables included with the In My Pocket Memory Keeping class, so they might look familiar to you!
I shared in my video how I have used these products in my December album so far, and I hope you will follow along this month and next as I work to complete my album. I also hope you will check out these beautiful products and add them to your own collection! If you purchase these and share your creations online, please tag me, I would LOVE to see!!! Use hashtag #larkindecember !!!!
See you back here soon,
***December Daily is an album concept created and marketed by Ali Edwards. I am not affiliated with her in any way, but I do love using her products and find incredible meaning in creating this project every year. To find out more about Ali’s project and connect with others who share passion on this project, please check out her website here: Ali Edwards.