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December Daily 2018 In A Travelers Notebook | Days 05 & 06

Larkindesign December Daily 2018 In A Travelers Notebook | Days 05 & 06

 

Hello Lovelies! Today I am sharing my Days 05 & 06 in my December Travelers Notebook! I will be sharing Days 03 & 04 very soon with you, as they are part of design team work I am submitting, so look for those days very soon. Of course you can find all of my videos from this project in the December Daily 2018 category. Check out my process video for today’s layouts here.

Day 05 was a somewhat frustrating day where nothing seemed to go right and it would have been easy to beat myself up and quite honestly hate on myself for not being perfect. And then my son missed his bus to get to his match for Academic League and I had the opportunity to show him extra love and compassion. I was reminded how we all need to show ourselves that same compassion when we mess up, and when things happen that are beyond our control. I began this page with one of the Larkindesign Travelers Notebook Photo Templates, which you are welcome to download here for your own projects for free!

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These templates make it so easy to type in your story, add a quick photo, and print. I actually used a photo from a few weeks ago, because the day was so crazy there was not much opportunity to take any photos. This is part of making the project work for you, right? Focus on the story and find a photo that supports your story well.

 

Larkindesign December Daily 2018 In A Travelers Notebook | Days 05 & 06

This layout had the star vellum transparency, which I believe is available at Michael’s or AC Moore. I love the back side which is white on white, so I added the number 5 in white on top. That number is from the Ali Edwards 2017 December Daily product offerings. I also added a tiny gold puffy star from Crate Paper Merry Days. The branch and tiny stars at the top of the photo repeat a tiny bit of gold on the layout. When you turn the vellum to the next page, the stars are gold, and the patterned paper is black on white from Merry Days as well. I have layered a Santa on top of the snowglobe/cloche puffy sticker. I love him so much!

Larkindesign December Daily 2018 In A Travelers Notebook | Days 05 & 06Day 06 was super quick and super simple. This is the center of my notebook so I used a full page photo and added a few digital elements before printing. One of the things in our family that brings me incredible joy is the relationship our two boys have. Nick and Addison are the best of friends and thin the world of each other. It always makes my heart skip a bit when I see them walking into their school together, chatting about all the things teenage boys chat about. So I snapped this photo quickly before leaving the drop off lane. I added my text in Photoshop along with the number six from the Sahlin Studio December Days No 04. The word strips are from Home For The Holidays. Once I adhered the layout into the notebook, I remembered I had some white stars from Ali Edwards, so I added those and the layout was complete.

Larkindesign December Daily 2018 In A Travelers Notebook | Days 05 & 06Thank you so much for following along with me today! See you again soon!

~Theresa

Documenting December In A Traveler’s Notebook | Days 01 & 02!!!

Larkindesign Documenting December In A Traveler's Notebook | Days 01 & 02!!!

 

Hello Lovelies!!!! Today the real fun begins in the world of December Daily! I am so excited to begin filling the pages of my December Traveler’s Notebook, and today I am sharing my pages for Days 01 and 02! You can watch the process video here.

One of my favorite things about this project is that you just never know, year to year, what stories will be told and what experiences will be had. This year Alan wanted to go see some hockey so that is what we did on the very first day of December! I used to go to hockey games a long time ago, so it wasn’t too foreign to me, but our kids had never been. I think everyone had a great time!

Larkindesign Documenting December In A Traveler's Notebook | Days 01 & 02!!! I added this into my notebook much like I would have added any other event. I decided to print a full page photo of the hockey arena itself, and then I printed photos of the kids and of Alan and me.

Larkindesign Documenting December In A Traveler's Notebook | Days 01 & 02!!! I added one of the Ali Edwards transparencies here using washi tape to both seal the transparency into place and also to hide the punched holes. This transparency reminded me of hockey pucks with the white/gold circles, and I layered the number circle on top. For the photos of us, I simply stacked them on the left side and added a chipboard word strip between the two.

Larkindesign Documenting December In A Traveler's Notebook | Days 01 & 02!!! I added my journaling for this page at the bottom and added another chipboard sticker in the corner. For the large photo on the right side, I simply stamped Cheers onto a red label and placed that at the top of my photo. This is such a very simple approach and it works beautifully!

Larkindesign Documenting December In A Traveler's Notebook | Days 01 & 02!!! For Day 02, our story was all about going to pick out our Christmas tree. Now this year in NC it has been so rainy, and while I am not one bit complaining, it made this a somewhat muddy adventure. We waited until rain subsided and braved the mud pits to find the perfect one! Also Alan found the one this year, so all of this makes our story all together.

Larkindesign Documenting December In A Traveler's Notebook | Days 01 & 02!!!

I selected several photos again to help tell this story and have used a Photo Template to lay out the photos on the right side of the layout. These are templates I released earlier this year, and if you are interested in having them, you can download them here for free! Simply click on the image and it will ask you to check out, then you will receive a link to download the templates.

You can see how I used the template to create a photo collage of three photos below. The main photo in the collage is of our kiddos and the smaller, supporting photos are of some of the muddy situation we were in. Ha! I also added text using Photoshop, and printed the entire page out. I left a bit of room for a stamped sentiment at the top and added a tiny little pink star.

Larkindesign Documenting December In A Traveler's Notebook | Days 01 & 02!!!

This is such a great way to include more photos!

Larkindesign Documenting December In A Traveler's Notebook | Days 01 & 02!!!

This particular layout had a transparency already sewn in, so I added my number tag and a tiny branch. The number tag is from Dear Lizzy and the branch is Crate Paper. I used my Tiny Attacher to adhere them to the page.

Larkindesign Documenting December In A Traveler's Notebook | Days 01 & 02!!!If you watched the process video then you saw how this side of the layout became my most indecisive moment of scrapbooking EVER! Ha! I must have pulled that photo up 31 times to get it where it needed to be. In the end I love it. This is Alan telling me this is the one, pointing at it and grinning. I added the gold banner and then did a cluster of embellishments below the photo.

Larkindesign Documenting December In A Traveler's Notebook | Days 01 & 02!!!Thank you for joining me today! I hope you will take advantage of the free photo templates and let me know if you use them in your own projects! I would love to see!

~Theresa

Documenting December In A Traveler’s Notebook | November Layouts!!!

 

Larkindesign Documenting December In A Traveler's Notebook | November Layouts!!!

Hello Lovelies and Happy December to you all! The first of this month is always one of the best days of the year because I am so excited to begin documenting, photographing, and experiencing all the magic of this season. To inspire you today I have two layouts in my December Traveler’s Notebook! You can see the process video here.

I often read and see where artists wonder if they can include events and memories outside of December in their December Daily albums, and the answer is absolutely YES! These are two layouts I am including that happened in November. Make this project work for you and include anything you wish.

Larkindesign Documenting December In A Traveler's Notebook | November Layouts!!!

I wanted to be sure and include at least one photo of me and my husband, Alan, in the beginning pages, since we weren’t in the family photo already. These two photos were taken in early November. This page was a foundation page I had already created for Sahlin Studio, so finishing it up was a breeze.

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Really all I had to do was print out my photos and add a bit of journaling. I also covered up the number, since this day isn’t going to need a number. I had a great vertical space for photos on this layout, so I placed two square photos into a canvas in Photoshop and printed them as one collage. I added very simple journaling onto the label as well.

Larkindesign Documenting December In A Traveler's Notebook | November Layouts!!!

In November we also went to see The Grinch movie, which is always a holiday favorite. It just had to be included! I had two photos, one square and one horizontal, so I placed them on the layout opposite of each other and then filled in spaces around. I took cues from The Grinch song and stamped 25s onto the right hand side for a background. I have used a journaling card from Paislee Press layered with a chipboard piece on top of a square photo. Natalie wanted to pose with her Grinch face, how cute!!

Larkindesign Documenting December In A Traveler's Notebook | November Layouts!!!

For the right side I created my title using a second number stamp set plus Studio Calico alphabet stickers. The space in between title and photo were perfect for my journaling.

Larkindesign Documenting December In A Traveler's Notebook | November Layouts!!!

 

Larkindesign Documenting December In A Traveler's Notebook | November Layouts!!!Thank you so much for joining me today! Happy December to you!

~Theresa

 

Documenting December In A Traveler’s Notebook 2018 | Foundation Pages RoundUp

 

Larkindesign Documenting December In A Traveler's Notebook 2018 | Foundation Pages RoundUp

Hello Lovelies!!! Today I am sharing a complete round up of all the Foundation Pages I have created in my December Traveler’s Notebook. Foundation Pages are one of the ways I manage to complete this project each year, although this year I have done much less than in previous years. I feel this is a good balance of prep work while leaving room for flexibility within my notebook. You can watch my Foundation Pages overview video here.

Several of my Foundation Pages have been shared already on the Sahlin Studio blog, so I wanted to include them here for you to see as well. One thing I have pointed out in the video is that in my Foundation Pages I have added numbers and dates to show where they might go, but I don’t actually know which dates these layouts will actually fall on. So anything that doesn’t work for that day can be changed, including dates and numbers. Remember it is all about making the project work for you!

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I also had a bit of fun with the Crate Paper Merry Days collection. I sealed one of the sentiment cards into a pocket page along with a few of the snowflakes, and then embellished the facing page with a tag, a cute little person, and word art. This leaves a great space for my photo and journaling when I am ready!

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One of my other Foundation Pages was created using the Paislee Press Mini Kit from the Ali Edwards product offering for this year. I love this kit and am so very much looking forward to using more of it!

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So tomorrow begins the most wonderful time of the year and I am definitely ready! Thank you for following along with me this year!

~Theresa

Documenting December In A Traveler’s Notebook | Around the Studio!!

 

Hello Lovelies!!! It is just a few more days until December 1 and I am officially as ready as I will ever be! So today I am sharing with you a look around my studio and how I have prepared and organized supplies for December Daily! You can see my video here.

 

One of my best tips for accomplishing a daily project like December Daily is to be well prepared, and also well organized. Ha. Full disclosure: organization in my studio has never been my strong point, but there are a few things even the most disheveled of us can do before the month begins.

The center of my work area is right here, which is the front room in our home. I use two primary work surfaces for creative work and computer work. Other pieces play active, supportive roles. Let’s start where my creative work begins!

My main work table is under my favorite window. One thing I have learned over the years is to keep all the things you use every day, in every layout right here. These would be things like scissors, paper trimmer, adhesive, and any particular stamps, inks or other supplies you know you already use. I also have pulled washi tapes that I want to use, and of course notice the chocolate. Always need chocolate.

Those are a few of the things on my immediate work surface, and then I have a few December supplies that I have pulled as well. I keep those nearby so that I don’t have to go rifling through supplies during the month. My primary place to keep those supplies is in the top tray of my Raskog. During the year this tray keeps regular Project Life products, and it was easy to switch this out. When December Daily is complete, I will put Project Life products back in.

This tray now contains stamp sets, stickers, patterned papers, and journal cards. I also have two trays on my work surface. The wooden tray holds die cut ephemera and chipboard, which I have separated from their full size sheets. I love having these out and visible so I can use them!

Also just resting on top of this tray is my divided container of physical embellishments. (Not pictured, but included in the video.) Those are things like wooden pieces, flair, other shipboard pieces, and miscellaneous things from kits like Ali Edwards kit, Paislee Press, Felicity Jane, and Elle’s Studio. At this point all the supplies I plan to use for December’s project are right at hand!

Some other things around my studio include my printer stand above. This cart is an IKEA favorite, and I love that it houses my printer and my Silhouette, along with photo paper and card stock. Having those things right close to my computer make it so easy to crank out work every day! I also keep my regular supplies in the Kallax units on the other side of my room.

These two Kallax units house most of my supplies, such as physical collections, stamp sets, dies, other paper trimmers, and card stock. I also have another Kallax that houses all my albums.

Another favorite storage spot in my studio is my hutch. I keep the kids’ supplies here plus a few odds and ends, and my washi tray. This tray is a printer’s tray that we divided up and painted white. All the washi is organized (somewhat!) in rainbow order. I also keep glitter and mini ink pads here.

 

Here is one more fun view of my studio space and my two best scrappy pieces, the Raskog carts. They house mixed media products throughout the year, along with other stickers and embellishments that I use in Project Life.

What a fun tour, thank you for following along today! I look forward to jumping right into December and will see you then!

~Theresa