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Larkindecember | December Daily Album Day 05!!

Hello lovelies! Today I am sharing my really quick process for completing Day 05 in my 2017 December Daily album. By now you know that I love having my foundation pages fairly well completed so that on the actual day of December all I have to do is print photos and create my journaling. Today is just that sort of day, have a look!

 

This is how Day 05 looked at the start:

Larkindecember | December Daily Album Day 05!!

My story for Day 05 is very simple and continues from Day 04: the front of our house decorated and lit up for the holidays! We added new lights this year – the white LED lights that swirl around and around. We placed them so they only shine around in the portico of the door, so it’s very intimate and snowy when you stand on our front porch!

Larkindecember | December Daily Album Day 05!!

I changed out one of the journal cards, but notice how I took inspiration from the discarded card to embellish my photo. All cards and embellishments are from Sahlin Studio Making Spirits Bright (link opens in a new window).

Larkindecember | December Daily Album Day 05!!

The tags are also from Making Spirits Bright and I have simply added them to the album binding with my red velvet ribbon. Very simple journaling right on the back and that is all this layout needed. 

Thank you for joining me today! See you tomorrow!

~Theresa

 

 

 

December Daily Album 2017 | Creating the Album Process Video!!!!

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:

Larkindesign December Daily Album 2017 | Creating the Album Process Video!!!!

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. 

Larkindesign December Daily Album 2017 | Creating the Album Process Video!!!!

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. 

Larkindesign December Daily Album 2017 | Creating the Album Process Video!!!!

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. 

Larkindesign December Daily Album 2017 | Creating the Album Process Video!!!!

Ah, this is just perfection. Thanks for joining me today!

~Theresa

December Daily Album 2017 | Foundation Pages Using Felicity Jane Joy!!!!

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.

Larkindesign December Daily Album 2017 | Foundation Pages Using Felicity Jane Joy!!!!

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?!

Larkindesign December Daily Album 2017 | Foundation Pages Using Felicity Jane Joy!!!!

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.

Larkindesign December Daily Album 2017 | Foundation Pages Using Felicity Jane Joy!!!!

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!

Larkindesign December Daily Album 2017 | Foundation Pages Using Felicity Jane Joy!!!!

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.

Larkindesign December Daily Album 2017 | Foundation Pages Using Felicity Jane Joy!!!!

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!

~Theresa

December Daily 2017 Album | Foundation Pages ft. Crate Paper Falala!!!

Hi everyone, today I wanted to share more of my Foundation Pages in my December Daily for 2017. These pages were create using Crate Paper Falala!

These are the foundation pages for Days 13 and 19.

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The transparency is from Felicity Jane and the number 13 is Dear Lizzy Saturday.

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I hope you enjoyed these foundation pages today! I have one more set to share with you, and then I will share a full walk through video of the whole album as it is. See you soon!

~Theresa

{December Album 2011} Video No. 05

Hi everyone! Today I am sharing a little more of my 2011 December album with you! This is an album that I documented for back in 2011 as it was happening, but never was able to complete. I am so happy to share this process with you now, and I hope if you have albums you always wanted to go back and finish you will be inspired to go do it!

This video captured my process for two layouts, so let’s take a closer look! The first layout began with a photo of the boys playing Jedi light saber battles on the front porch of my apartment. I have used product mostly from the Felicity Jane Hello Christmas kit from 2016.

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My structure for this album is alternating pocket pages with patterned papers outside of the page protector. My photo is printed a tiny bit smaller than the pocket so I could back it with patterned paper and embellish around it.

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I absolutely love this star patterned paper so it became the backdrop for the full page spread. I added my journaling to a 3×4 card from the kit and then added a bit more embellishing and stitching.

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Turning the page, I began the next layout with photos from a PJ Skate Night for one of the kids’ schools. For this layout I used a combination of older products from my stash. Some I have no idea where they came from, but I do know the labels are Jillibean Soup, the patterned paper is My Mind’s Eye, the green card is One Little Bird, and the vellum and roller skate are Crate Paper.

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This layout was so much fun to make! The large photo went onto the polka dot paper along with the title on the label and simple journaling. 

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For the pocket page, I created a sequin pocket using silver stars and red stitching to seal it all in. I also repeated the stitching on the green card to add a little contrast!

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I hope these layouts have been fun and inspiring for you! Are you starting to feel the holiday excitement yet? We sure are here!

~Theresa

 

 

 

Larkindecember Kickoff PLUS New Product Release!!!!

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!!!

Larkindecember Digital Mini Kit 4x6 Journal Cards

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!

Larkindecember Digital Mini Kit 3x4 Journal Cards

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!

Larkindecember Digital Mini Kit Photo Templates 6x8

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!

Larkindecember Digital Mini Kit Daily Number Cards

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!

Larkindecember Digital Mini Kit Weekly Date Cards

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,

Theresa

***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.

 

 

{scrappyChristmasinJuly} December DailyISH 2011 Pt 04 | Layouts 1 & 2!!!

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.

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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. 

 

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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).

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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!

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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!

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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. 

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That is all for today! See you again soon!

~Theresa

 

#scrappyChristmasinJuly | December DailyISH 2011 Pt 03


#scrappyChristmasinJuly | December DailyISH 2011 Pt 03

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 embellishing the cover and inside cover, and oh my gosh I love this part!!! I hope you will too!

I am so excited to share with you the completed cover! It seriously turned out awesome!

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On the transparency cover I used some Basic Grey alphas that I have had in my stash for a few years now. They are from the Konnichewa collection and I thought they were perfect with just a tiny bit of grunge and a pop of red. I sewed on the numbers using red thread and then repeated the red as a seam between the patterned paper and transparency.

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For now I have it tied with a simple white bow, kind of like a tuxedo, as the cover is still a little bowed. I am calling that charm. The album has charm.

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The chipboard acts as an inside cover and is visible from the front, so the deer is partially visible when the album is closed. He is from Maggie Holmes Bloom collection. Once you open the cover, he is adorably posed along with a few stars and the very merry stamp from Ali Edwards. He contrasts beautifully against the white paint on the chipboard.

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I cannot wait to get started on the actual pages of this album! The cover has been so much fun and I know the rest will come together magically as well. Thanks for following along!

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#scrappyChristmasinJuly | December DailyISH 2011 Part 02!!

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 continuing to work on the album itself, the foundation pages of the album itself. I had already printed out my photos and they are smaller than 4×6. The photos heavily influenced how I chose what types of papers I used in the album, so those are the details I outline in this video.

I do hope you will watch the video because it really isn’t possible to photograph this part of making the album! I basically alternated between patterned paper, page protectors, and the chipboard pieces to create the base pages of the album.

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Tomorrow I will share with you the final prep video where I will embellish the cover. For now this is how the album is with pages and photos all in place and ready for the fun part! See you soon!

Larkindesign #scrappyChristmasinJuly | December DailyISH 2011 Part 02!!

 

 

 

#scrappyChristmasinJuly | December DailyISH 2011 Pt 01


#scrappyChristmasinJuly | December DailyISH 2011 Pt 01

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!!!!

I thought I might go back in time to 2011, the very first Christmas Alan and I were together (awwww!!) and make an album for that December. I have photos, although they are not *daily,* and of course lots of stories to tell from that year. Today I am creating the album itself, and for the next two days I will share that complete process with you.

Creating this album for some reason ended up being quite the process, as you can tell from my video! Eventually we will make it to this as the cover:

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But first, the process. I said it several times in the video but let me write it here as well: I want us all to feel free to try, and then try again until we get it the way we want it, no matter what it is. It is part of the artistic process and I know we get so caught up in the final product sometimes, that we forget the trial and error that happens first! And as a designer who creates to share, I will freely admit I am often afraid to share the whole trial and error process, because I too am afraid of judgment or failure.

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My design concept for this album began with three chipboard pieces that are designed to make up a mini album. I know that I want to add transparencies as a cover, along with patterned papers for the binding.

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I punched my holes (three times in all to get the dimension right!) using this older tool by a scrapbook company from way back when (2004-ish!) called Making Memories. It’s a grommet and eyelet setter and it came with different size punches and a tool to set your grommets with. This was back before the Big Bite or the Crop-A-Dile, and yes, it is fun to pound out your holes with that little hammer!

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Once I had my holes punched, I adhered my transparency pieces to the patterned papers using redline tape. The transparencies are sandwiched in between the two papers and this creates the structure of this cover.

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And this is what the album looks like at this point. Tomorrow I will share with you how I selected all the papers and page protectors for each page inside the album, and then I will share how I embellished the cover for the album!

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Also, because I love you and want you to have fun making this album (if you decide to!), here is a simple sketch showing my actual dimensions of the final, functional album!

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