#decemberdaily

Documenting December In A Traveler’s Notebook | Creating the Notebooks

Hello Lovelies!!! Today I am publishing TWO videos to talk about how I am assembling the notebooks for my December Daily album! In this first video I talk about how I chose the papers that make up the actual notebooks and how they are stacked together. You can see the first video here.

Hopefully the above video showed how I chose the papers and individual papers for my notebooks. I created a formula for the notebooks that consisted of the following:

  • transparency or vellum cover
  • inside patterned paper
  • pocket page (made by me)
  • mixed media page (Canson brand)
  • vellum or transparency
  • patterned paper
  • mixed media page (in two of them I left this page out)

There are four notebooks altogether, which gives me tons of space to add photos, journaling, and all the pretty things I love to add each year. I don’t think I will actually use all four, and that is ok too. Look how full the notebook is already.

I really love seeing all the pages put together. In my second video you can see how I bound them.

I decided to sew these notebooks using twine and tapestry needles that have a large enough head to feed twine through. This was actually really fun and satisfying to see them come together!

I will add a little more here and there in the next few days and then plan to do a full walk through video of all the notebooks, so stay tuned for that near the end of November!

Thanks so much for joining me today! I am so excited for December to begin, and with this big chunk completed I feel ready! See you again soon!

~Theresa

December Daily is an album concept designed and marketed by Ali Edwards. You can learn more about the project and connect with others who are passionate about it at her website here.

December Daily 2018 | Paislee Press Mini Kit Unboxing

Hello Lovelies! Oh I am so excited to begin diving into this project this year! Today I am sharing an Unboxing video of the Paislee Press Mini kit and a couple of Add-ons I ordered from Ali Edwards. This Mini kit is a favorite every year and I can’t wait to start working with it!

Of course, I am already playing a little bit with these beautiful products and came up with a little mock-up for you. Working in a traveler’s notebook feels a bit different for me as I am used to preparing pocket pages, but just diving in has me excited and I think you’ll love where I am heading too.

I am using a 5×8 size notebook this year, which is very close to Cahier size. I love this size because the pages are just a bit bigger. To create this mock-up I cut down two of the papers from Paislee Press, and one of the transparencies. The transparency is attached to the notebook using simple washi tape and I have left the washi underneath the patterned papers so it only shows on the transparency. 

I also added two little epoxy stickers, back to back, on the edge of the transparency, just to add a tiny detail. And that is all for today! Stay tuned, now that I have products in hand I can begin building my notebooks and will be sharing them with you right here!

~Theresa

**December Daily is an album concept designed by Ali Edwards in which we create a monthly project throughout the month of December highlighting one photo and one story per day. You can learn more about this project and connect with others who participate in this project on the Ali Edwards website.

Larkindecember | December Daily Days 02 and 03!!!!

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:

Larkindecember | December Daily Day 02 Foundation Page

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!

Larkindecember | December Daily Days 02 and 03!!!

Here is the layout inside the album:

Larkindecember | Days 02 and 03!!!

A detail of the flip-photo:

Larkindecember | December Daily Days 02 and 03!!!

And the full page photo:

Larkindecember | December Daily Days 02 and 03!!!

 

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:

Larkindecember | December Daily Days 02 and 03!!!

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.

Larkindecember | December Daily Days 02 and 03!!!

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.

Larkindecember | December Daily Days 02 and 03!!!

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!

~Theresa

 

 

Larkindecember | Here We Go! Day 01 PLUS Foundation Pages Walk Through!!!

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:

Larkindecember | Here We Go! Day 01 PLUS Foundation Pages Walk Through!!!

 

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.

Larkindecember | Here We Go! Day 01 PLUS Foundation Pages Walk Through!!!

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.

Larkindecember | Here We Go! Day 01 PLUS Foundation Pages Walk Through!!!

My journaling is typed on the journal card using my vintage Smith Corona. I love the perfectly imperfect look and the messy lines!

Larkindecember | Here We Go! Day 01 PLUS Foundation Pages Walk Through!!!

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.

Larkindecember | Here We Go! Day 01 PLUS Foundation Pages Walk Through!!!

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!

~Theresa

 

**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.

 

 

 

 

 

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