December Daily 2016

December Daily 2016 Final Walk Through + An Update!

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Today I am sharing my final walk-through of my 2016 December Album (yay!). Have a look here!


Thank you so much for being patient with me while we work on the blog a little bit more and while I make some adjustments to schedules for the new year! There are some very exciting things coming in just a few days that I cannot wait to share with you. At this time I am not sure what my blogging/video schedule is going to look like for the year, so continue to bear with me while I figure all that out. Stay tuned on the 10th for a few sneak peeks on what’s coming!

~Theresa

{December Daily 2016} December 23, 24 & 25! This Is It!!!

Hi and welcome to my final December Daily 2016 process! I am so excited to finish up this project, and just as in previous years, I am delighted with the end results. Have a look at my process for the last three days:

 

Beginning with December 23, this was my Foundation Page:

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 23%2C 24 %26 25! This Is It!!!

This is the completed layout. My story for today was about going to the movies. The girls went to see Sing and the boys saw Rogue One!

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 23%2C 24 %26 25! This Is It!!!

My photo was taken after the movies, when we took them all to eat dinner at McDonald’s. For us this was our Christmas Eve, so don’t let the laid back smiles fool you – they are excited and thrilled!

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 23%2C 24 %26 25! This Is It!!!

The middle pockets are almost the same as before – one pocket is sealed with sequins inside, and I attached the numbers to their card. They are from Teresa Collins a few years ago. I also added a stamped sentiment and one tiny sequin star, both from the Ali Edwards main kit.

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 23%2C 24 %26 25! This Is It!!!

I realized I needed space for journaling on this layout, so I changed out the journaling card here. The background paper is from an old Gossamer Blue kit from probably two years ago, and the grid I layered over it is the back of one of Ali Edwards’ cards in her main kit this year. I finally got to use this awesome red acrylic snowflake which was in the 2015 December Daily main kit, and I layered word stickers from Freckled Fawn on top.

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 23%2C 24 %26 25! This Is It!!!

Here is one more look at this layout inside the album:

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 23%2C 24 %26 25! This Is It!!!

For December 24th I had left the foundation pages fairly empty because I knew we would be opening gifts that day and I wanted to leave lots of room for photos. I ended up finalizing the last two days using Sahlin Studio Santa’s Workshop, here:

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 23%2C 24 %26 25! This Is It!!!

My layout for this day is a full 12×12 spread with a transparency in between.

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 23%2C 24 %26 25! This Is It!!!

On the left hand side of this layout I have one photo plus two filler pockets that I created using cards and elements from Sahlin Studio Santa’s Workshop. The glitter tape is Heidi Swapp and makes the whole page sparkle!

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 23%2C 24 %26 25

My photo is a simple snapshot of the kids in front of the tree. This is a tradition that I have continued for several years now and is a must-have for our December Daily album.

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 23%2C 24 %26 25

The transparency is from Ali Edwards and was one of the promotional give-aways that was sent to a certain number of people who pre-ordered in time, back in September. Even though it is 6×8, the holes lined up perfectly and allow for space at the bottom to add more photos.

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 23%2C 24 %26 25! This Is It!!!

Here you can see how it layers beautifully over the photo of the Christmas tree. The transparency itself has tiny white stars and I have layered sequin stars over top using a glue pen, just to add a little more sparkle to the page.

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 23%2C 24 %26 25! This Is It!!!

This is the back side of the transparency and the opposite side of this layout:

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 23%2C 24 %26 25! This Is It!!!

One of the things I always stress about working with transparencies is to not be overly stressed about the back. You can probably tell that the numbers are adhered with tiny glue dots, and it really is ok. I did add the Merry & Bright banner to hide the pop dots and the banner that is on the front.

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 23%2C 24 %26 25! This Is It!!!

For the right side of the layout I created a flip-up so I could include photos of us opening presents and also more journaling. The large tree photo is a great focal point of the layout, and I love that it lifts up to tell us more.

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 23%2C 24 %26 25! This Is It!!!

The template underneath is from Paislee Press and is available at The Lilypad, right here: Paislee Press Photocentric No. 01. (direct link, opens in new window) I simply adore the simplicity. There are 14 photos in all included on this layout!

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 23%2C 24 %26 25!

Finally, we come to December 25. Here is the Foundation Page, created using Sahlin Studio Santa’s Workshop:

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 23%2C 24 %26 25!

This is the left hand side, completed:

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 23%2C 24 %26 25!

We had a very quiet day that day, since Nick and Natalie were back at their Dad’s and it was just the four of us here. We played with toys and watched movies and ate lots of food! My photos were all actually taken on the 24th, of the kids playing together and hanging out.

{December Daily 2016} December 23%2C 24 %26 25! This Is It!!!

In the past I have always ended my December albums with the presents and all that, which actually makes for an abrupt ending. I love having space this year to include these photos and a few more thoughts to round out the whole book.

{December Daily 2016} December 23%2C 24 %26 25! This Is It!!!

My numbers 2 and 5 are from Ali Edwards and are layered on top of patterned paper from Sahlin Studio Santa’s Workshop. The glittered star is Freckled Fawn. Here a look at this layout in the album itself:

The opposite side of this layout is a really cute photo of the girls wearing their slippers they got under the tree.

The center pockets remained unchanged from the foundation pages. One journal card from Sahlin Studio with wood veneer stars layered on top from Studio Calico. One transparent card from Pinkfresh Studio and a cork tree from Freckled Fawn layered on top. So simple.

For my journaling I wrote about our quiet day and added one single word strip to the top, and this layout is complete.

The very last page in the album is on the back of the 25th. I chose a single photo of our tree taken with bokeh effect and a few word strips layered on top.

And just like that, December Daily Vol. 09 is complete! I will do a final walk-thru video in the next few days and then regular schedule and layouts will resume. I hope you have a very Happy New Year!

~Theresa

**December Daily is an album concept designed and marketed by Ali Edwards. To learn more about this project and to connect with others who share a passion for the project, please visit her website here: Ali Edwards blog. (link, opens in new window)

 

 

 

 

 

 

{December Daily 2016} December 23, 24 & 25! This Is It!!!

Hi and welcome to my final December Daily 2016 process! I am so excited to finish up this project, and just as in previous years, I am delighted with the end results. Have a look at my process for the last three days:

 

Beginning with December 23, this was my Foundation Page:

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 23%2C 24 %26 25! This Is It!!!

This is the completed layout. My story for today was about going to the movies. The girls went to see Sing and the boys saw Rogue One!

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 23%2C 24 %26 25! This Is It!!!

My photo was taken after the movies, when we took them all to eat dinner at McDonald’s. For us this was our Christmas Eve, so don’t let the laid back smiles fool you – they are excited and thrilled!

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 23%2C 24 %26 25! This Is It!!!

The middle pockets are almost the same as before – one pocket is sealed with sequins inside, and I attached the numbers to their card. They are from Teresa Collins a few years ago. I also added a stamped sentiment and one tiny sequin star, both from the Ali Edwards main kit.

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 23%2C 24 %26 25! This Is It!!!

I realized I needed space for journaling on this layout, so I changed out the journaling card here. The background paper is from an old Gossamer Blue kit from probably two years ago, and the grid I layered over it is the back of one of Ali Edwards’ cards in her main kit this year. I finally got to use this awesome red acrylic snowflake which was in the 2015 December Daily main kit, and I layered word stickers from Freckled Fawn on top.

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 23%2C 24 %26 25! This Is It!!!

Here is one more look at this layout inside the album:

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 23%2C 24 %26 25! This Is It!!!

For December 24th I had left the foundation pages fairly empty because I knew we would be opening gifts that day and I wanted to leave lots of room for photos. I ended up finalizing the last two days using Sahlin Studio Santa’s Workshop, here:

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 23%2C 24 %26 25! This Is It!!!

My layout for this day is a full 12×12 spread with a transparency in between.

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 23%2C 24 %26 25! This Is It!!!

On the left hand side of this layout I have one photo plus two filler pockets that I created using cards and elements from Sahlin Studio Santa’s Workshop. The glitter tape is Heidi Swapp and makes the whole page sparkle!

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 23%2C 24 %26 25

My photo is a simple snapshot of the kids in front of the tree. This is a tradition that I have continued for several years now and is a must-have for our December Daily album.

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 23%2C 24 %26 25

The transparency is from Ali Edwards and was one of the promotional give-aways that was sent to a certain number of people who pre-ordered in time, back in September. Even though it is 6×8, the holes lined up perfectly and allow for space at the bottom to add more photos.

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 23%2C 24 %26 25! This Is It!!!

Here you can see how it layers beautifully over the photo of the Christmas tree. The transparency itself has tiny white stars and I have layered sequin stars over top using a glue pen, just to add a little more sparkle to the page.

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 23%2C 24 %26 25! This Is It!!!

This is the back side of the transparency and the opposite side of this layout:

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 23%2C 24 %26 25! This Is It!!!

One of the things I always stress about working with transparencies is to not be overly stressed about the back. You can probably tell that the numbers are adhered with tiny glue dots, and it really is ok. I did add the Merry & Bright banner to hide the pop dots and the banner that is on the front.

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 23%2C 24 %26 25! This Is It!!!

For the right side of the layout I created a flip-up so I could include photos of us opening presents and also more journaling. The large tree photo is a great focal point of the layout, and I love that it lifts up to tell us more.

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 23%2C 24 %26 25! This Is It!!!

The template underneath is from Paislee Press and is available at The Lilypad, right here: Paislee Press Photocentric No. 01. (direct link, opens in new window) I simply adore the simplicity. There are 14 photos in all included on this layout!

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 23%2C 24 %26 25!

Finally, we come to December 25. Here is the Foundation Page, created using Sahlin Studio Santa’s Workshop:

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 23%2C 24 %26 25!

This is the left hand side, completed:

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 23%2C 24 %26 25!

We had a very quiet day that day, since Nick and Natalie were back at their Dad’s and it was just the four of us here. We played with toys and watched movies and ate lots of food! My photos were all actually taken on the 24th, of the kids playing together and hanging out.

{December Daily 2016} December 23%2C 24 %26 25! This Is It!!!

In the past I have always ended my December albums with the presents and all that, which actually makes for an abrupt ending. I love having space this year to include these photos and a few more thoughts to round out the whole book.

{December Daily 2016} December 23%2C 24 %26 25! This Is It!!!

My numbers 2 and 5 are from Ali Edwards and are layered on top of patterned paper from Sahlin Studio Santa’s Workshop. The glittered star is Freckled Fawn. Here a look at this layout in the album itself:

{December Daily 2016} December 23%2C 24 %26 25! This Is It!!!

The opposite side of this layout is a really cute photo of the girls wearing their slippers they got under the tree.

{December Daily 2016} December 23%2C 24 %26 25! This Is It!!!

The center pockets remained unchanged from the foundation pages. One journal card from Sahlin Studio with wood veneer stars layered on top from Studio Calico. One transparent card from Pinkfresh Studio and a cork tree from Freckled Fawn layered on top. So simple.

{December Daily 2016} December 23%2C 24 %26 25! This Is It!!!

For my journaling I wrote about our quiet day and added one single word strip to the top, and this layout is complete.

{December Daily 2016} December 23%2C 24 %26 25! This Is It!!!

The very last page in the album is on the back of the 25th. I chose a single photo of our tree taken with bokeh effect and a few word strips layered on top.

{December Daily 2016} December 23%2C 24 %26 25! This Is It!!!

And just like that, December Daily Vol. 09 is complete! I will do a final walk-thru video in the next few days and then regular schedule and layouts will resume. I hope you have a very Happy New Year!

~Theresa

**December Daily is an album concept designed and marketed by Ali Edwards. To learn more about this project and to connect with others who share a passion for the project, please visit her website here: Ali Edwards blog. (link, opens in new window)

 

 

 

 

 

 

{December Daily 2016} December 20, 21 & 22

Hello and welcome back to my 2016 December Daily album! I do hope you had a wonderful holiday and are ready for just a little bit more inspiration before we pack it all up for the year. We had a wonderful Christmas Eve and Day and I am so excited to share with you how I documented these special days. Today I am sharing the 20th, 21st and 22nd. Have a peek:

This is what the 20th and 21st looked like as Foundation Pages:

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 20%2C 21 %26 22

These are the completed pages for 20 and 21, side by side in the album itself:

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 20%2C 21 %26 22

Let’s have a look at the 20th in detail. My story for this day is about the endless shopping we did! We were literally going to some kind of store every single day!

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 20%2C 21 %26 22

My first pocket is a filler pocket with this amazing transparency from Pinkfresh Studio. I have simply layered over white card stock and adhered in place with washi tape from Amy Tangerine.

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 20%2C 21 %26 22

I used this mint card from the Ali Edwards main kit for my journaling. I added messy lines with black ink, and wrote the journaling using a Sharpie brand paint pen. The number 20 is layered on top of another transparent card from Pinkfresh Studio.

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 20%2C 21 %26 22

My photo for this day is a simple selfie taken with Alan on one of our jaunts to the store. At this point we are still smiling. Ha!

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 20%2C 21 %26 22

For the 21st I did a little journaling about missing my parents and trying to focus on the good that is around me. I took a photo of some ornaments I have on a dish in the dining room, and then added my text using the Path tool in Photoshop to follow the shape of the dish.

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 20%2C 21 %26 22

I always do a layout similar to this in my December Daily albums, highlighting what Advent means to me that particular year. There are always a few days prior to Christmas where Nick and Natalie go back to their dad’s house and it gets quiet, good time to reflect and recenter before the big day.

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 20%2C 21 %26 22

I wish I could remember where this wood veneer card came from. It has been in my stash for about five years now! I am fairly certain it was Allison Kreft for Webster’s Pages, forgive me if I am wrong about that! It seemed a good time to use it and I love it next to the gold card from Paislee Press. I am sure others used this card right side up as a Christmas tree, maybe? But I see it as a banner.

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 20%2C 21 %26 22

My number card is layered using one of the number tags from the 2015 Ali Edwards main kit and held in place using a brad from My Mind’s Eye. The last card on this page is from the Paislee Press mini kit and I have added a floral puffy sticker from Freckled Fawn.

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 20%2C 21 %26 22

For the 22nd, I began with this as my Foundation page:

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 20%2C 21 %26 22

This layout became one of those that inevitably gets changed up completely in the design process. And that is totally ok. I love the end result:

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 20%2C 21 %26 22

My story for this layout is about being totally done with Christmas shopping. We braved Target three days before Christmas and it was insane. I actually said to my husband that I did not wish to go back to Target for the rest of 2016!

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 20%2C 21 %26 22

Earlier in October or November Target sent out their holiday mailer and I held it because I knew it would be cool to use it somewhere in December Daily. I wasn’t wrong – this spread showing their adorable ornaments is the perfect backdrop for this simple story. My number is this adorable number 22 from Sahlin Studio. For the back of the Wish card I added a glitter star from Freckled Fawn.

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 20%2C 21 %26 22

My title, created using the Freckled Fawn puffy alphabet, is the only journaling. Simple and done.

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 20%2C 21 %26 22

That is all for today! I do hope to bring the remainder of this album to completion by the end of this week, because I am ready to clear everything and begin the new year. January may be a bit spotty as I transition back into Project Life 2016 and 2014, and plan a couple of new projects as well, and of course I am looking forward to starting Project Life 2017 too! See you soon!

~Theresa

**December Daily is an album concept designed and marketed by Ali Edwards. To learn more about this project, and connect with others who share a passion for the project, please visit her website here: Ali Edwards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

{December Daily 2016} December 20, 21 & 22

Hello and welcome back to my 2016 December Daily album! I do hope you had a wonderful holiday and are ready for just a little bit more inspiration before we pack it all up for the year. We had a wonderful Christmas Eve and Day and I am so excited to share with you how I documented these special days. Today I am sharing the 20th, 21st and 22nd. Have a peek:

This is what the 20th and 21st looked like as Foundation Pages:

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 20%2C 21 %26 22

These are the completed pages for 20 and 21, side by side in the album itself:

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 20%2C 21 %26 22

Let’s have a look at the 20th in detail. My story for this day is about the endless shopping we did! We were literally going to some kind of store every single day!

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 20%2C 21 %26 22

My first pocket is a filler pocket with this amazing transparency from Pinkfresh Studio. I have simply layered over white card stock and adhered in place with washi tape from Amy Tangerine.

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 20%2C 21 %26 22

I used this mint card from the Ali Edwards main kit for my journaling. I added messy lines with black ink, and wrote the journaling using a Sharpie brand paint pen. The number 20 is layered on top of another transparent card from Pinkfresh Studio.

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 20%2C 21 %26 22

My photo for this day is a simple selfie taken with Alan on one of our jaunts to the store. At this point we are still smiling. Ha!

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 20%2C 21 %26 22

For the 21st I did a little journaling about missing my parents and trying to focus on the good that is around me. I took a photo of some ornaments I have on a dish in the dining room, and then added my text using the Path tool in Photoshop to follow the shape of the dish.

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 20%2C 21 %26 22

I always do a layout similar to this in my December Daily albums, highlighting what Advent means to me that particular year. There are always a few days prior to Christmas where Nick and Natalie go back to their dad’s house and it gets quiet, good time to reflect and recenter before the big day.

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 20%2C 21 %26 22

I wish I could remember where this wood veneer card came from. It has been in my stash for about five years now! I am fairly certain it was Allison Kreft for Webster’s Pages, forgive me if I am wrong about that! It seemed a good time to use it and I love it next to the gold card from Paislee Press. I am sure others used this card right side up as a Christmas tree, maybe? But I see it as a banner.

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 20%2C 21 %26 22

My number card is layered using one of the number tags from the 2015 Ali Edwards main kit and held in place using a brad from My Mind’s Eye. The last card on this page is from the Paislee Press mini kit and I have added a floral puffy sticker from Freckled Fawn.

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 20%2C 21 %26 22

For the 22nd, I began with this as my Foundation page:

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 20%2C 21 %26 22

This layout became one of those that inevitably gets changed up completely in the design process. And that is totally ok. I love the end result:

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 20%2C 21 %26 22

My story for this layout is about being totally done with Christmas shopping. We braved Target three days before Christmas and it was insane. I actually said to my husband that I did not wish to go back to Target for the rest of 2016!

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 20%2C 21 %26 22

Earlier in October or November Target sent out their holiday mailer and I held it because I knew it would be cool to use it somewhere in December Daily. I wasn’t wrong – this spread showing their adorable ornaments is the perfect backdrop for this simple story. My number is this adorable number 22 from Sahlin Studio. For the back of the Wish card I added a glitter star from Freckled Fawn.

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 20%2C 21 %26 22

My title, created using the Freckled Fawn puffy alphabet, is the only journaling. Simple and done.

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} December 20%2C 21 %26 22

That is all for today! I do hope to bring the remainder of this album to completion by the end of this week, because I am ready to clear everything and begin the new year. January may be a bit spotty as I transition back into Project Life 2016 and 2014, and plan a couple of new projects as well, and of course I am looking forward to starting Project Life 2017 too! See you soon!

~Theresa

**December Daily is an album concept designed and marketed by Ali Edwards. To learn more about this project, and connect with others who share a passion for the project, please visit her website here: Ali Edwards