Hi everyone, I was putting my December Daily album away and realized I had not shared the full album walk through with you yet! I am so excited every year to begin this amazing project, and then am so excited when it is finished. This album is inspired by an album project designed and marketed by Ali Edwards. You can learn more about the project and connect with others who share a passion for this project at the Ali Edwards website.
I sincerely hope that you have been inspired by this project and so please enjoy the video.
What about you? Are you still working through yours? Are you still waiting to begin? Keep going with it, even if it takes you a while longer. You will be so glad you did. Thank you for following along with me and for encouraging me and inspiring me to complete this project! If you haven’t already, be sure to follow this blog so you can keep up with all the fine things going on! You can sign up on the right hand side bar to receive emails every time a blog post is published (about every day Monday – Friday or so), or below that you can sign up to add LD to your feed, and at the bottom of my page is an email sign up to only receive major updates or announcements in your inbox (about once or twice a month).
Hello everyone! Today is epic – four days jam packed into one video so you are going to want to grab a cup of something delicious and settle in. I am sharing the last four days of my 2017 December Daily album!
I have sooo many photos to share, so I will just add those below without much chit chat.
Above are the foundation pages for Days 22 and 23. All products from Felicity Jane but the black and white sequins (Teresa Collins); cork trees (Freckled Fawn). The stories for these days are about going to the movie Father Figures for date night, and my mother’s plate rack and the cookie bar I set up for the kids.
All products from Ali Edwards and Paislee Press. Photo template is my own. The story for this day is about how we have the kids bring all the gifts downstairs all together. It’s so much fun and they get so excited seeing them all, looking for their names, and just having the best time!
And lastly, Day 25.
I always plan for more than one page for Christmas Day. I know that I will want to include photos of each one of us, plus the tree, plus any other photos that tell a story. My first foundation page features product from the Larkindecember collection still available in the shop. The second page uses Sahlin Studio Making Spirits Bright collection.
I added a transparency from Ali Edwards here, with a couple of the Snow & Cocoa snowflakes attached. I also reprinted the photo template with this year’s tree!
The last few pages are of us opening presents and I tell the stories of how it seemed that everyone got something that was fur this year, and how several who shall remain unnamed got aggressive with opening their presents! All in good fun! Product from Sahlin Studio and Larkindesign.
On the very last page I included my own photo and a reflection once again that, while all the fun and excitement is over, the best remains, which is joy, peace, laughter, and love. Thank you all so MUCH for joining me on this journey! I will return for a full walk through video in a few days, so look for that!
Hi everyone and Merry Christmas to you all!!!! I am so excited to share a giant video today with a whole bunch of days in my December Daily Album – Days 18-21. I am using products from Ali Edwards, Paislee Press, and Crate Paper in these layouts.
Have a look at Day 18 as a foundation page.
The story for this day is about this one little coffee mug that I have had for more than ten years. It belonged to my Mom, and since I have received it I have gathered a little coffee mug collection around it. Every year I purchase another red and white mug to keep it company. Well, on this day I was running through Target just gathering the last few little things, and went through the wrapping paper aisles. I picked up some washi tape from Sugar Paper, and there, right next to it, was our mug!My first thought was who put our coffee mug there? And it even had the same crackled glaze and it looks like coffee stains inside it! But it had a price tag on the bottom so I put it in my cart and brought it home.
I used a full size photo on the right, embellished with the half circle from Ali Edwards and starbursts from Studio Calico Northern Lights Documenter kit. I added two journaling cards to tell the story of the old mug + the new mug, and adhered the number to the red and white stripe card.
Here is a look at Day 19 as a foundation page.
I went to pick up Nick from his club meet after school, and his teacher was waiting with him. She walked him out to the car and I was holding my breath, thinking this couldn’t be anything good. But she opened the door and had this big smile on her face and asked me if she could just have Nick all for herself? She went on to tell me how much she loves having him in her class and what a smart and cool kid he is. All sorts of wonderful things, but I did tell her he wasn’t up for grabs. lol
I left the foundation pages exactly as they are – so fun and happy! All of these products are Crate Paper Falala. I only added a little journaling to the tag. For the right hand side, I brought in a little more of that red patterned paper and gessoed it, and then layered tags, photo, and embellishments on top. The journaling is written directly on top of the gesso onto stamped lines. That line stamp is so old I have no idea where it came from!
Day 20 is a tribute to my parents. Have a look at the foundation pages here:
All of these products are from the Felicity Jane Joy kit.
I was really tempted to leave that patterned paper just as it was. And that would have been totally fine!!! But I did have this giant title chipboard word from Dear Lizzy and it goes perfectly with a few tiny labels. I added the who, where, and when to those labels.
I have written in the past about how I work through and live with my grief, and how that influences my December Daily Album each year. It makes me incredibly sad that my parents can’t make appearances in my life/scrapbooks any more, almost as if there must be something wrong with me that they are missing! But even though they are no longer here, I can still pay tribute to them and remember them in order to bring comfort and joy.
This photo is of them on their wedding day. My mom was only 16, and Daddy was 27 here, but they look cautiously happy and I KNOW they were head over heels in love with each other. For my journaling I wrote about how I wonder, almost every day, what it would be like if they were still here.
I am so thankful for the legacy and lives they led. They were a true gift to me, so Joy carrying the gifts on the vellum seems quite fitting, yes?
Day 21 is so simple and quick. Here is the foundation page.
My story for this day is about the make-over our mantel received this year, via new wreath, new garland, new stockings, and new stocking holders. All product is from Pinkfresh Studio except the cork number (Ali Edwards).
Such a simple story for this day, and timely. I am ready to wrap up this project and the days are so full that there isn’t much time to devote to this! That is ok!
I so hope you have a wonderful holiday, no matter how you celebrate. Take some time, even in the chaos, to remember, pay tribute, and meditate on all the love around you! See you after Christmas!
Hi everyone, today is a two-day process video sharing Days 08 and 09 from my 2017 December Daily Album. We had snow here in NC and have been enjoying it all weekend!
Here is a closer look at Day 08 as a foundation page. All products from Felicity Jane.
Foundation pages offer a secret joy that I don’t hear mentioned very often, but nevertheless once or twice during the whole month I experience this. Sometimes you create foundation pages and then when you get to that day in the month, the story is PERFECT for that day and it all comes together in ways that surely make angels sing! This was one of those pages.
I allow my foundation pages to sort of guide me on how I want to crop and print my photos for each day. For this day we had unexpected snow and I realized the photo of the street from our front door belonged underneath this transparency. I wanted to keep the red background and the contrasting white, so I cut the photo in a circle inside the wreath. This makes me so excited!
I also added a photo of the weather forecast plus another of the trees behind our house. This layout was super quick!
Here is a look at Day 09 as foundation page.
Our story for Day 09 was still about the snow – we took some time to go out in it and sled and play! Lots of photos here, so I added a 3×8 insert.
I loved that star patterned paper from the Ali Edwards main kit, so I kept it and layered my full page photo on top, and then the large number 9 on top of that. For the insert, I kept it so simple and only added the tiny tab, also from the main kit.
I changed out two of the journal cards and added my journaling, and that was all this day needed to be complete!
These days are going by faster and faster, but I am so thankful that they are being captured in this little book. See you tomorrow!
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:
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.
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.
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.
Ah, this is just perfection. Thanks for joining me today!
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.
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?!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
I hope these layouts have been fun and inspiring for you! Are you starting to feel the holiday excitement yet? We sure are here!
Hi everyone, it’s Friday and I hope you are getting ready for a great crafty weekend! To help inspire you, I am offering a free Silhouette cut file on the first Friday of every month. Be sure to check out the other file, if you missed it! Here is today’s cut file. If you Click on the image it will take you to the product page, where you can download the file.
This layout is based on a really special conversation that my husband Alan and I were having, and these are words he used to explain why he rubs my feet every night! This is the layout I was inspired to create.
I wanted to try using the Felicity Jane solid card stock papers that come in each month’s kit, and let me tell you they cut like butter in the Silhouette! I am loving this mustard and indigo color combination, so I used the indigo paper to show through behind the cut file.
I kept the embellishments to a very minimum here, just the adorable hexagonal confetti pieces, some florals to repeat the background paper, and a few stamped sentiments.
For my journaling I used one of the tags in the Heidi kit and tucked it behind the photo. I think this is a great way to include your journaling when your title is already really bold and graphic on the page.
One more look at this gorgeous, meaningful layout!
If you would like to see my process video for this layout, click below for a fun 10 minute video!
Thank you so much for joining me today! Enjoy the cut file, and be sure to share with me how you decide to use it. When sharing on Instagram use the hashtag #larkindesigntm.
Hey ya’ll!!! Today I am working on our kids’ albums, a project to complete albums for each of our four kids to take with them when they have their own homes. This is a dance layout I created for Emberlynn – it is a pocket page created using Felicity Jane kits.
Oh my goodness, you guys, I have had these photos on my desk for quite a while and am so happy to create this layout! Emberlynn took dance for about two years and we were gifted these photos from a friend. So these are the first of the layouts I am working on for Emberlynn’s album! I can’t think of a more fun place to begin (although this isn’t the first in the album itself, just where I began my process)!
When you need products to help with a feminine layout, there is no better source than Felicity Jane! Am I right?!!? The florals, the pinks, all of it come together so lovely. The cards and embellishments I used are from a combination of kits – namely Zoey, Kate, and Summer. I chose these cards for the floral and the pink, coral, and turquoise plus black and white.
My title card is simple and to the point. I began with the floral background and layered a simple white card stock wrapped with washi tape. I then used the black puffy alphabet set to spell my words.
Look at these tiny dancers! Of course the dance photos themselves are dark, so my product choices were geared for light and bright to contrast and balance the layout. Simple embellishments keep the focus on the photos themselves.
I love the 4×6 cards that give an opportunity to play with embellishments, and doilies just make my day.
I have repeated the floral element across the page, along with black and white and stamped elements. Lots of repetition in this lovely layout!
On the right hand side of the layout, more black and white plus pink and coral! I also repeated the dark wood floral embellishments. I feel they tie the photos to the cards.
This was sometime in early 2012, I believe, so Emberlynn was just seven years old. There are also professional photos from her dance years, so when this layout goes in the album her professional photos will go in the album with it. Remember that Becky Higgins sells 8×10 inserts and 5×7 inserts to fit into these albums!
Just another fun filler card here, again with a patterned paper background, floral embellishment, and this time a chipboard frame and stamped sentiment. I also used those tiny little puffy dots, almost like confetti, to ground this card and give it a little more presence.
Thank you so much for joining me today! What a fun and memorable layout, and Emberlynn’s eyes lit up when she saw it. I hope you make time to be creative today too!
Hi guys, today I am sharing my layout in my 2017 Project Life album for Week 23! I have combined digital and physical products today. The digital kit is the August Memory Pockets Monthly kit from The Lilypad, and the physical kit is my Felicity Jane Kate kit!
Our stories this week included Nick’s 13th birthday, a chaotic day in the neighborhood where a gas line was cut, and we finally got our Nintendo Switch!
The Felicity Jane Kate numbers called to me and just begged to be used on a Project Life spread, so I printed this geometric card on my page and then layered the numbers on top. I also used the Felicity Jane puffy alphabet for the week, and those tiny little adorable hearts balance the card out.
I love combining The Lilypad kits with other physical products! The colors in the kits are always very flexible and go with lots of different products! The August Observations kit is no different! So many fun, bright colors!
Has anyone else been trying to the the Nintendo Switch? It’s their latest gaming platform and it has been marketed heavily to Splatoon fans. Natalie is our Splatoon fan and she has been dying to get the Switch, but they released it through pre-order and I think it is still only available if you pre-order it! So we finally pre-ordered it and not even a week later it arrived! Lots of happy faces here!
For the digital template I used the Paislee Press Pocket Guide No 01, and this 3×4 card in mint is one of the cards in that template. The white borders around my photos with text also are part of that template!
For the right hand side I used the word art from the Paislee Press template as well. In contrast to the bright pink on the left, I used a mint background on this side.
I absolutely love these photos of the kids all together on the front porch. They tell quite the stories, year after year. Natalie is right in the middle of a major growth spurt, can you tell?!
I had so much fun creating this journal card at the bottom of the layout! I needed lots of space to journal, but the tab and scallop die cuts from the Kate kit are perfect accents.
There’s nothing like a little scare every now and again to remind you of how fortunate we are, and this was definitely one of those weeks. We have had contractors in and out of our neighborhood digging up everyone’s yards to install new infastructure, and for the house at the end of our cul-de-sac it almost ended in disaster. They hit a gas line and so our street was tied off for a good part of the day, the fire trucks showed up, and it was overall chaos. Luckily everything turned out ok, but I sure am thankful for our happy little corner of the world!