Document Your December

Scrappy Christmas In July | December Daily 2018 Days 21 and 22!!!!

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 21 and 22!!!!

Hello Lovelies and welcome back to #scrappychristmasinjuly! Today I am sharing more of my 2018 December Daily for Days 21 and 22. This project is winding down and I am so happy at how smoothly the process has gone. I hope you are inspired to create in your own albums as well! If you’d like to see the entire project you can check it out here: Larkindesign December Daily 2018.

 

Days 21 and 22 once again share a two page spread, which makes it easier to make product and design decisions across the layout. I am working with Pinkfresh Studio today, mostly from the Holiday Vibes collection. There were blues and reds in my photos and the product choices flow beautifully!

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 21 and 22!!!!

Day 21 begins with a photo of our presents all wrapped and stacked up in our bedroom closet. We shop throughout the month of December and wrap as we go along, and then on Christmas Eve we have the kids carry all the gifts down stairs. I wanted to take this photo and include it in the album as a show of incredible gratitude for these amazing gifts. Years ago after my divorce, I had only $80 one year to spend on Christmas for Nick and Natalie, and now to have grown and moved beyond that, to have faced all the obstacles and to be so incredibly privileged is humbling for me. In my pocket above the photo I added a patterned paper cut to 4×6 and then layered a label from a cut apart sheet plus the die cut on top. The stamped sentiment is from Kaiser Craft.

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 21 and 22!!!!

To divide the two days in this spread I added a polka dot transparency, which I believe is from Fancy Pants. I chose number from Sahlin Studio and added one to each side in black and white, as contrast to the red polka dot. You can find those digital numbers at The Lilypad via the link here: Sahlin Studio December Days No. 02.

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 21 and 22!!!!

Of course, when you turn the transparency, you find the 22 and the layout for this day. I have been living gluten free for almost two years now, and for Christmas we wanted to try some gluten free chocolate crepes! They turned out amazing! I cropped my photo to fit vertically into two 3×4 pockets, which left two other 3×4 pockets to fill.

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 21 and 22!!!!

I chose a journal card from Pinkfresh and layered a little blue birdie, then I stamped some journaling lines and added my words. I cut another piece of patterned paper to go in the pocket beneath, and then layered two circles, a red circle and the gold and white North Pole die cut.

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 21 and 22!!!!

I also added the floral medallion to the top of my photo, just for a bit of embellishment at the top.

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 21 and 22!!!!

#scrappychristmasinjuly is a creative series began by Tracey Fox. You can follow her on Instagram here: @scrappylikeafox on Instagram. 
And be sure to follow the hashtag on Instagram here: #scrappychristmasinjuly.

Thank you so much for joining me today! I will see you back again soon with the last few days in the album!

~Theresa

Scrappy Christmas In July | December Daily 2018 Days 16 Through 18!!!

Larkindesign Scrappy Christmas In July | December Daily 2018 Days 16 Through 18!!!

 

Hello Lovelies and welcome back to Scrappy Christmas In July! I am continuing today in my December Daily album for 2018 and will be sharing my process for Days 16, 17, and 18. If you’d like to see all the videos and posts related to this project, check out this link here: Larkindesign December Daily 2018. You can view my process video for today right here.

Let’s take a closer look at all the fun details of these pages, starting with Day 16. For this day I had photos from our annual trip to Tanglewood, a local lights show held in Bermuda Run, near Winston Salem each year. I have documented this show in different ways throughout the year, but this year was two quick photos and a journal card.

Larkindesign Scrappy Christmas In July | December Daily 2018 Days 16 Through 18!!!

I had four 3×4 pockets to fill with this layout, so I printed one 3×4 photo and added a journal card at the top. The journal card was created with a lined paper as the background, from Felicity Jane. I stamped the All Is Bright (Paislee Press) and added the number tab at the bottom. The number tab is from Sahlin Studio, available at The Lilypad.

Larkindesign Scrappy Christmas In July | December Daily 2018 Days 16 Through 18!!!

The bottom two pockets are one photo that I printed as a full 4×6 photo and cut in half. I didn’t add any embellishments so the photo can simply stand out on its own. So festive and pretty!

Larkindesign Scrappy Christmas In July | December Daily 2018 Days 16 Through 18!!!

Day 17 turned out to be quite fun. I had a simple photo of our grocery list, which was printed as a vertical 4×6 photo that didn’t really fit into any pockets. So I made a little pocket from the black and white polka dot bag I had from my stash. It came from Clique Kits last year. I added a red label and the number 17 to the center of the bag, and also adhered a white snowflake at the fold.

Larkindesign Scrappy Christmas In July | December Daily 2018 Days 16 Through 18!!!

My journaling for Day 17 came about using a tag from Ali Edwards and simply stamping the date, my journaling lines, and adding a little bit of ribbon at the tag. I am loving the simplicity.

Larkindesign Scrappy Christmas In July | December Daily 2018 Days 16 Through 18!!!

When you flip the little bag over, Day 18 is on the facing page. I had a 4×6 pocket and two 3×4 pockets to fill on this page. My photos are more silliness with the Santa hats, this time with my husband Alan. I chose products that are more light-hearted and whimsical to use with these fun photos of us.

Larkindesign Scrappy Christmas In July | December Daily 2018 Days 16 Through 18!!!

Crate Paper Merry Days and Falala have been favorite collections of mine, and this red and green patterned paper is my favorite of all time. I adhered my numbers, which are from Felicity Jane directly to the patterned paper. For my journaling card I used the heart patterned paper from Felicity Jane, using the hearts as my lines. I also adhered a banner from Crate Paper, and a few of the skater puffy stickers for fun!

Larkindesign Scrappy Christmas In July | December Daily 2018 Days 16 Through 18!!!

My photos are printed on a 4×6 canvas and sized down to fit with a fun white space across the bottom. This was a fun little space to play with! I added the gold puffy stickers and a little scalloped border. I love showing the silly side of our relationship and always make a space in my albums every year to express my incredible thankfulness for this awesome husband I have! He and I both absolutely love the holidays and love doing all the activities together. The best part is having these memories documented right here.

Larkindesign Scrappy Christmas In July | December Daily 2018 Days 16 Through 18!!!

#scrappychristmasinjuly is created by Tracey Fox. You can follow her on Instagram here: @scrappylikeafox
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Also be sure to follow the hashtag on Instagram here: #scrappychristmasinjuly

Thank you so much for joining me today! I am having so much fun sharing these pages with you and watching this album come to life. See you again soon!

~Theresa

 

 

Crafty Christmas In July | December Daily 2018 Days 14 and 15!!!!

Larkindesign Crafty Christmas In July | December Daily 2018 Days 14 and 15!!!!

 

Hello Lovelies! I am here today with another layout from my 2018 December Daily album for Days 14 and 15. If you’d like to see all the posts in this series I invite you to check it all out here: Larkindesign December Daily 2018. Here is my full process video for today’s layout.

 

Let’s take a closer look at these fun pages in my 2018 December Daily album!

Larkindesign Crafty Christmas In July | December Daily 2018 Days 14 and 15!!!!

 

For Day 14 I had a photo of our Christmas tree. This is a detail photo that is taken from my perspective on the living room sofa. I love the twinkle of the lights and the detail captured in this photo! I have chosen to use products from Felicity Jane in this layout. These are kits from the past two or three years, Holly, Joy, and Hello Christmas.

Larkindesign Crafty Christmas In July | December Daily 2018 Days 14 and 15!!!!

My photo is a bit dark and dramatic, so it was important to me to keep the rest of the layout light, while still incorporating the black and white theme I have going. For my photo I layered a green branch with a red chipboard circle.

Larkindesign Crafty Christmas In July | December Daily 2018 Days 14 and 15!!!!

Underneath the photo is a 4×6 journal card that I created with the black and white floral. I adhered a graph paper 3×4 card and the Holly girl on top, and then added my journaling. I also stamped the magic and the stars as well.

Larkindesign Crafty Christmas In July | December Daily 2018 Days 14 and 15!!!!

Here you can see how I added my date: I cut the star transparency in half and then layered a shipping tag on top. I stamped the day number and added the 14 with the puffy stickers, and tied a little bow using red twine.

Larkindesign Crafty Christmas In July | December Daily 2018 Days 14 and 15!!!!

On the back I added the number 15, and then attached both tags with my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher.

Larkindesign Crafty Christmas In July | December Daily 2018 Days 14 and 15!!!!

Day 15 was just a few photos of my wearing my favorite Santa hat, the pink one. I have continued the black and white with red and a bit of green as well here.

Larkindesign Crafty Christmas In July | December Daily 2018 Days 14 and 15!!!!

For this page I had (4) 3×4 pockets, so I decided to use two of the photos and two journal cards, alternating. I chose the pretty wreath here at the top and added a tiny rubber word strip at the bottom. I added a simple chipboard banner to the top of my photo here as well.

Larkindesign Crafty Christmas In July | December Daily 2018 Days 14 and 15!!!!

I used the diagonal stripe card for my journaling below. I layered the silver heart and the  label on top of the stripe for a bit of embellishing, so simple. I then added a tiny half circle chipboard to the bottom of my second photo.

Larkindesign Crafty Christmas In July | December Daily 2018 Days 14 and 15!!!!

These layouts bring me so much joy every year! I am so very happy to share them with you and thank you for joining me! See you again soon!

Larkindesign Crafty Christmas In July | December Daily 2018 Days 14 and 15!!!!

Scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 10 and 11!!!!

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 10 and 11!!!!

Hello Lovelies and welcome back #scrappychristmasinjuly!!!!! I am so excited to be back working on my December Daily 2018 album and thank you all so much for following along with me! If you would like to see the entire 2018 December Daily series check it all out here: Larkindesign December Daily 2018. Today I have a full process video for you from my December Daily album for Days 10 and 11. Have a look!

 

So I mentioned in my video that my album had not arrived yet, but it did arrive in time for me to take photos for the blog! Woohoo! So let’s have a closer look at these layouts. I am using the Simple Stories SNAP! album with red binding, in 6×8. I think I will probably just stick with these albums in the future so they will all look beautiful lined up on the shelf together and this format is simply the best!

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 10 and 11!!!!

When you open my album you will find a simple beaded tassel and the tab cover from the Ali Edwards December Daily box as a cover sheet. I punched the holes in the tab cover using my We R Memory Keepers Planner Punch Board and have left it on these settings so it is easy to use while I am working on this project. It’s so fun to incorporate packaging from our special boxes we receive each year, isn’t it?!

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 10 and 11!!!!

I also added a Ali Edwards star transparency to the binder, which has a blue wreath and a red star attached to it. I love the see-through look inviting the reader to see what goodness lies within. In the process video I chatted a little about how all the things line up (or don’t!) between the transparency and the number + journaling underneath, and you can see how they don’t line up. And probably if I didn’t point it out you might not even notice! I am totally ok with that, it is just how things end up and it gives it charm, right?!

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 10 and 11!!!!

When you turn the transparency you find the photo for Day 10, which is of our girls hanging out at the dining room table. This is their spot many days because there is a power source there, and it always makes me happy to see them hanging out and having a good time together! I added the number from Ali Edwards and adhered an embroidered star inside the zero. The embroidered star is Felicity Jane. I then also stamped journaling lines using line stamps from Paislee Press. The journaling was added using a simple Sharpie marker, following the lines of the table in the photo. I love these simple details so much.

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 10 and 11!!!!

Notice how not only are the embellishments imperfect, but the journaling and the lines in my journaling are imperfect as well. I point this out because my hope is that you will be inspired to embrace the imperfections in your own albums, if you feel they are there, as part and parcel of creativity! Your layouts, as this layout, are beautiful just as they are.

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 10 and 11!!!!

For Day 10 I had a full size photo of Emberlynn decorating the tree, and Alan showing me one of our favorite ornaments. I am using a page protector that is divided into (2) 3×4 and (1) 4×6 pocket here, and love how this turned out.

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 10 and 11!!!!

The full photo doesn’t need much. There is a lot you could do to this photo, but I simply added a bit of washi tape and the chipboard circle. I look at this photo now and I am wishing we were back in December now! This invokes for me the classic feeling of Christmas and this is one of the biggest reasons I participate in this project.

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 10 and 11!!!!

For the 3×4 pockets I began with the 11 tag, which is from an older Ali Edwards December Daily kit. I trimmed it down a bit to fit into the pocket, and added a tag punch plus a bit of silver trim. I stamped the Oh What Fun! from Paislee Press onto the tiniest red tag, which is from Pretty Little Studio. That is layered on top of that thin silver washi tape. This tag, along with the silver, red, black, and white colors, became the jumping off point for this layout.

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 10 and 11!!!!

For the second 3×4 tag I layered two different cards on top of each other. I used the lined card (Pinkfresh Studio) as the base, and then punched the Merry Happy Everything from an Ali Edwards card at the top. The circle punch was just a bit smaller than I needed, but I used it anyway. You will notice I adhered that half circle a bit lower and added another strip of washi tape on top. The rubber heart circle is from Felicity Jane and adds another touch of black to the card.

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 10 and 11!!!!

You can see I added a little grey star to the photo of Alan, and these two days are in the books! Thank you so much for joining me today, it is such a joy to share this project with you! #scrappychristmasinjuly is a fun month long Christmas scrapping event created by Tracey Fox. You can connect with her on Instagram here: Scrappylikeafox
And follow the hashtag here: #scrappychristmasinjuly

December Daily is of course an album project designed by Ali Edwards to help document the month of December, and you can find more information about the project here: Ali Edwards December Daily
See you again soon!
~Theresa

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.