Hi everyone, I was putting my December Daily album away and realized I had not shared the full album walk through with you yet! I am so excited every year to begin this amazing project, and then am so excited when it is finished. This album is inspired by an album project designed and marketed by Ali Edwards. You can learn more about the project and connect with others who share a passion for this project at the Ali Edwards website.
I sincerely hope that you have been inspired by this project and so please enjoy the video.
What about you? Are you still working through yours? Are you still waiting to begin? Keep going with it, even if it takes you a while longer. You will be so glad you did. Thank you for following along with me and for encouraging me and inspiring me to complete this project! If you haven’t already, be sure to follow this blog so you can keep up with all the fine things going on! You can sign up on the right hand side bar to receive emails every time a blog post is published (about every day Monday – Friday or so), or below that you can sign up to add LD to your feed, and at the bottom of my page is an email sign up to only receive major updates or announcements in your inbox (about once or twice a month).
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.
Hi guys! Happy Scrappy Christmas in July!!!! Join scrappylikeafox Tracey Fox and a bunch of us at the ScrapGals Facebook community to work on some Christmas projects this month!!!!
Today I am sharing the first two layouts in my 2011 DecemberISH album. I am using a combination of products today, including Maggie Holmes patterned papers, Ali Edwards stamps and embellishments, and Paige Evans Oh My Heart!
For today I have two layouts in the album. I am not sure if I am going to number these somehow? I am thinking about adding number tags maybe just to number the stories themselves? Leave me a comment and tell me what you think.
For the first layout in the album I had this photo from our very first date! Even though this was back in September of 2011, I thought it was a great memory to add and it particularly significant because this is our first Christmas together.
I had the back of the chipboard tab to work with and that was the perfect place for the journaling on this layout. I am absolutely loving the messy gesso on the kraft with black ink! I added just a tiny bit of color at the bottom with the patterned paper strip (that is from My Mind’s Eye).
Our children have been an important part of our relationship since the very beginning, and I love that they will make lots of appearances throughout this album! For this layout I had an adorable photo of Natalie that I snapped one day while picking her and her brother up. She is literally only as tall as the fire hydrant here, but look how cheeky her expression is!
This patterned paper from Oh My Heart! already had lovely brush strokes of color so no mixed media was added. Only journaling, a few stamps, and the star clusters. I am working to include stitching in this album, as well, and this time I ran the zig-zag stitch forward and backwards through the machine. In some places it *almost* looks like cross-stitching. Ha!
The right hand side is not quite finished. The black floral ephemera is just floating in the pocket and when I finish the next side I plan to stitch that into place then. For the photo of Natalie I simply chose a few floral embellishments from Oh My Heart! and the Glee tab from the Ali Edwards CHEER story kit.
Hi there! I am sharing my process video for December 1 in my December Daily today! Have a look:
This was the layout before the photo and journaling was added:
Here it is completed with just the one photo for now, and my journaling.
I was able to arrange my display of December Daily albums here on this cabinet, which houses our DVD’s and electronics. I found this cabinet on Craigslist a few years ago and painted it using Annie Sloan chalk paint. I love displaying pretty things here!
The middle 3×4 cards were completed during the foundation process, and for that I was thankful today.
My journaling card here, where I added light journaling lines using a silver paint pen and a few word stickers from the Ali Edwards main kit.
I love this project so much and appreciate so very much all of the comments and love that has been shown for this project! Thank you for following along with me!
Hi there! I have to say that I am so excited that tomorrow is December 1!!!! I am excited because so many others will begin their December albums on the first and I cannot wait to start seeing what everyone else is doing this year. For today I only have my process video for November 29, and tomorrow I will share the photographs along with November 30.
Thanks so much for following along! I would LOVE to hear from you, let me know how you are documenting this December and link me up of you’re sharing!
Hi there and happy December documenting! I am so excited to finally begin filling these fun pages with all our memories, and even more excited to begin sharing with you. Today I am sharing November 25 and 26 with you, so take a look here:
Here is how the layout looked before the month began:
For the first page, November 25, I had photos from us working on decorating the outside of the house. I brought the photo into Lightroom to add journaling and the November word art from The Lilypad Kindred Memory Pocket Monthly. When I was ready to print I formatted the photo at 6×12 in Photoshop and printed it at home on Staples brand matte photo paper.
I also added the number 25 from the Ali Edwards Main Kit, and a tab which is from the Sahlin Studio Oh What Fun collection.
For November 26 I included a photo of all of us taken on Thanksgiving Day.
We had a mini photo shoot in our back yard, and this one is a favorite. I think I will include other photos from this session in the album. I had never thought to do that before, but it would be cool and will offer a common thread throughout. We had a fun time taking these!
I created this journal card from one of the patterned papers in the Oh What Fun collection. I left a tiny space across the bottom for embellishments, and the number 26 layered on top.
One more look at the layout:
Ah, another year, another December Daily begins. Thank you so much for following along with me! I would love to hear from you, and if you are working on a December Daily link me up so I can follow along!
**December Daily is an album concept designed and trademarked by Ali Edwards. To learn more about this project and connect with others who share a passion for this project, visit her website here: Ali Edwards.
Hello there! Today I am going to share with you a walk-through video of my December Daily foundation pages from start to finish. One quick note: they are not all complete and a few will probably change in the process of documenting the month, but no worries! Enjoy the video:
Without further ado, allow me to share the photos:
Whew!!!! I know that is a LOT of photos and no words, but there they all are, ready to go. I am beginning my photographing and documenting today and will begin sharing process videos on Sunday. I cannot wait to share those with you! Thank you for following along and for being here to encourage me! See you soon!
**December Daily is an album concept developed and marketed by Ali Edwards. To learn more about her products and her process, and to connect with others who are equally enthusiastic about this project, please visit her blog here: Ali Edwards Blog. (Link opens in a new window)
Hi there!!!! Today I am sharing one last process video on how I have created my Foundation Pages in my 2016 December album. Now in the interest of full disclosure, I have not finished my foundation pages! But that really is ok, I am going to move forward with what I have and continue keeping it simple throughout the month of December. I am excited to share with you something in particular that I did in this set of pages: 2×2 squares using transparencies. Have a look at my process video here:
For Day 6 I chose some of the yellow and green cards included in the Ali Edwards kit (link will open in new window). I was drawn to the yellow because it is different and unexpected. For some reason that yellow photographed almost neon, but it is actually a creamy but vibrant yellow!
This photo is a little more true to the yellow! I also used a gold transparency from the Pinkfresh Studio Oh Joy collection, and the number 6 tag from last year’s Ali Edwards kit. The brad is from My Mind’s Eye.
Day 7 is across from Day 6, so I carried the yellow across with the patterned card and a simple journaling card.
What a bright, unexpected pop of color right here in the middle of all the reds and greens. So lovely!
For Day 8 it is back to red and black, and I honestly cannot wait for this day because this is the day Alan returns from Germany. It will be a quiet day because he will need rest from jet lag, but nonetheless I know we will be so happy to have him back home!!!!!
The only thing I have added to this day so far is the number 8. I am sure that I will want to add an embellishment to the Merry Everything card, but I will wait to see what particular feelings I want to capture that day.
Day 9 is particularly fun. I decided to divide up the middle 4×6 pocket into 2×2 squares and fill them with the transparency that came as part of the first orders when the December Daily kits were released. All of the 2×2 transparency pieces are in the pockets I created using my Fuse tool. The embellishments are all layered on top of the page protector.
Even though this was a process, getting all the 2×2’s the right size and the Fuse to seal properly (I went through about 3 page protectors to get it right!), it was worth it!
Sources: Jillibean Soup number 9 tag; Freckled Fawn glitter star and red circle journal sticker; Fancy Pants tag; Dear Lizzy wood veneer heart and number 9; Pretty Little Studio Joy flair button.
That is all for today! I have a Supply and Organization video I am preparing to share with you and I also want to share a walk-thru of all the Foundation Pages. I plan to begin my Daily process this Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, and then I will begin sharing my December Daily process videos next Sunday, once Alan has safely arrived in Germany. See you soon!
Hi there! I am continuing to work on my December Daily foundation pages, this year in an assembly line style. So far I have created the album, the page protectors, and the transparency dividers. Today I am going to work with my journaling and filler cards! Have a look here:
I can’t say enough how happy these cards are making me! I loved grouping them together so that when I go to place them in my pockets, they are already combined. Decisions made. Here are the photos of each grouping I have created so far:
One of the reasons I wanted to add these paint splatters this year is to be able to add a little mixed media feel to my album. I knew I wouldn’t be able to paint every day during the month of December, but this made it easy just in one afternoon to add a little something to each card.
These cards are all from the Ali Edwards December Daily Main kit and the Liz Tamanaha Paislee Press Mini kit, both available at Ali’s website. They were so fabulously neutral and totally workable with any theme you might be using in your album.
My goal in adding the paint splatters was to give the cards a little contrast and visual interest. I also plan to add a few embellishments here and there, so the splatters will add dimension to those.
This was just an awesome fun way to spend an afternoon, you guys.
Seeing all the cards laid out like this makes me so ready to get going. I am ready for December, I am ready for the excitement and fun and love of the holidays!
I hope this has given you a little visual inspiration as you work along in your own album! Stay tuned, next week I will most likely share how I place the cards in my album and hopefully add some embellishments as well. One more step done! See you soon!