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 lovelies, today I am sharing my process for completing Days 16 and 17 in my 2017 December Daily Album! The foundation pages began with products from Sahlin Studio December and Pinkfresh Studio December Days collections!
Is anyone else wondering where in the world December went?! It has gone by so fast, and even though I love this project so much, I am ready to finish it and move onto 2018!
Here is a look at Day 16 foundation page.
I had removed the full page protector for the previous day, so I had the back of the envelope and the divided page protector to work with.
My story for this day is about how I was sick all last week, so I took a photo of our bedroom and journaled about how it has been a refuge for me. I added the element from the December kit to my photo in Photoshop and turned down the opacity to 75%, then I added just a few tiny puffy stickers from Pinkfresh Studio as embellishments.
Sources for our bedroom decor (not affiliated): IKEA bedding, drapes, turquoise pillows, and nightstand; Pier 1 silver wreath; Target light lamp; Bed, Bath and Beyond decorative pillows; and vintage door headboard.
Here is a look at Day 17 as foundation page.
For this day I had the back of the vellum wood grain and I had already added a tag and the number. That pocket didn’t need a thing! I used a collage from Paislee Press to create the full page on the right. The photos and story are about decorating some simple store bought gingerbread men, one of our yearly traditions!
In the pockets I layered all sorts of good things from Pinkfresh Studio, and the pockets contrast nicely next to the streamlined template! But notice how I carried the embellishments over to the template – I left the middle spots a neutral grey and layered simple embellishments on top. So much to look at on these pages!
Thank you for joining me today! Only a week left, I hope you are winding down the preparations and finding creative time in between.
Hello lovelies, today I am continuing on past the half way point in my 2017 December Daily Album with Days 12 and 13! I hope you will be patient with me as I recover from this stupid cold!
Let’s start with Day 12. Here is the layout as foundation pages:
For the previous day I had removed the full page protector on the left and added an insert. For Day 12 I added one of the 4×8 foiled tags from Ali Edwards.
On the back of the tag I adhered a photo of Addison placing his ornaments on the tree. I added my journaling on the right hand side and numbered the day using the wood veneer tree and black number stickers in the Paislee Press Mini Kit. The story for today is for Addison, who particularly loves hanging the ornaments every year!
Here are the elements outside of the album:
Day 13 as a foundation page:
This may be one of my all-time favorite layouts ever. For my story and photo I wanted to be sure to document what our wrapping papers and tags looked like this year, so I spread a few on the kitchen floor and snapped a couple of photos.
There was a lovely transparency there already from Felicity Jane, with the number 13 already added. I positioned my photo underneath the number and then clustered my embellishments above the photo.
One thing you will notice different from the process video is that I went back and added a few white splatters to this page! I didn’t capture that on film, but when I went to photograph this page, I realized it needed some white to tie in the photo border with the background paper.
I am loving this project so much again this year! I hope you are inspired as well!
Hi everybody, today I am sharing my process for Day 04 in my 2017 December Daily! My story for the day is about putting up the tree so early, the earliest I have ever done it. I started by printing my photos using templates from Paislee Press, and my Foundation Pages were created using Sahlin Studio December.
This is the layout as a foundation page:
And here is the completed layout:
Just a few details: the vellum is a patterned paper from the December collection printed on a Draft setting. My journaling was added in Photoshop by creating a circle path and placing the text within the path. Very quick and simple!
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 guys! Today I am sharing my layout for Week 24 in my 2017 Project Life album. I chose the June MPM kit from The Lilypad called Curious, along with Paislee Press Pocket Guide No 03 as my template.
Have a look at the completed layout here:
This kit was so much fun to work with! I really love bright, happy colors in my Project Life albums, and this kit provides all that.
I loved the circle elements in the Pocket Guide template, so I made sure to repeat that element across the layout. It was so easy to notate the week number in this half circle!
With summer officially beginning, we took time to clean out backpacks from school. I also took a moment to photograph this really awesome roller coaster that Emberlynn built as part of her Maker Space club she participated in at school. It is made of paper and a little marble made its way down, down down. We decided that since it was paper, it probably wouldn’t survive, so photographs were in order.
Pool photos also made their way into this week’s layout. I also used some of the left over digital elements I have printed out from previous kits. I keep those in a little bucket on my workspace so they are easy to grab. All the labels and little elements I have added are from my little stash!
On the right hand side I included some cute cat photos, because cats, of course.
I love the graphic elements in The Lilypad monthly kits! The intersecting lines on this page give it a punch of color and visual interest, plus a clever little place to include just a sentences of journaling. My journaling on this layout, like most of my Project Life spreads, always includes little bits and sentences here and there as part of the overall writing. Each sentence makes up the whole.
Word art is always fun to include and they always layer so nicely right on top of journaling cards, don’t they? I loved repeating the half circle here again, as well.
My secret is out: I love Pusheen the cat and she has appeared yet again on my layout. I also just die laughing at this photo of Mickey the dog, and Zoe the cat. These two have the funniest love/hate relationship. They sit here beside each other in a rare show of solidarity, but turn their backs to each other just so, you know, you don’t think they are friends or something.
Hi guys! Today I am sharing my process for creating my 2017 Project Life Week 17 layout. The hybrid layout was created in Photoshop CC using Sahlin Studio Clean Lined Templates and Paislee Press Weekend Vibes. My digital process is in the video here!
Now for the fun part, the embellishing!
Let’s take a look at the finished layout:
Our stories for this week included giving up cable for Netflix, progress in the yard in which the hosta have taken over, organizing our chaotic candy cabinet, and a sweet boy with his bunny.
The Weekend Vibes collection is particularly neutral with great little pops of color, so the punch in my layout comes from the bright happy colors in the Freckled Fawn kit! The transparent numbers absolutely had to be used!
When I designed this card in Photoshop, I left blank space on purpose so I could add physical embellishments. I used the stamps as a home base for the hearts. I also added washi tape above the word strips along with the chipboard word strips.
For the right hand side I started with photos of our messy candy cabinet and I loved this word art from Paislee Press, chaotic and messy, to tie it all together. I also was so in love with these sunglasses from Freckled Fawn that I just had to use them too! So I just did a fun little cluster right on top of the photo of my flowers.
And the photos of our messy candy stash: do you ever have places in your house that just bug the crap out of you and finally you tackle it and get control over the situation?! Well that was our candy situation until this week! Now everyone has their own little bucket and that is it. Whew!
I loved capturing this adorable photo of Addison with the bunny after giving the bunny his bath and I love that Project Life still gives a wonderful place for photos like this. I love how these moments fit into the context of the whole week.
Another favorite capture: Alan cooking dinner for everybody. He does a large majority of the cooking in our house and it means the world to me. I am so incredibly thankful for all the hard work he does to keep our house going!
Hi guys! This is part 1 for my hybrid layout for Week 15 in my 2017 Project Life album, the digital portion in Photoshop. In this video I will share my process for creating the digital layout and the following video will be my process for embellishing the printed layout!
Once my layout is created in Photoshop, I print the layout using my Canon wide format printer onto Staples brand matte photo paper. Then the fun of embellishing begins! Have a look at that process video here:
Here is a look at the full layout!
I was really excited to use this date card – those angles are great opportunities to add the alphas and numbers! I also added a transparent flower from Freckled Fawn into the white space.
Our stories this week began with Spring Break and the highlight of the week was our adventure to Dave & Busters to play video games ALL DAY LONG! We also spent some time at the park, went to McDonald’s, and watched April the giraffe finally have her little baby!
The layout this week is photo heavy, which is really awesome and that means I like to keep the embellishing light. Just a few floral elements and stamped elements here and there, plus some added hand written journaling.
I am loving using some of the smaller photos with a solid color background and text beside. It also gives the layout some added visual interest!
For this photo of the girls I backed it with a journal card instead of journaling. I just love everything about it – the dreamy photo and the fun pattern plus the happy heart. All the good things!
Look how grown up they are all getting! I know I have spoken before about how great it is to be proud of the environment you are photographing in (ie your house!), and this photo is proof of that. Our house is not perfect by any means, but we have worked hard to make it a comfortable place to be and also a pretty back drop for our photos. I love that!
Did you notice how I used the numbered journal card to create a manifesto of sorts? I simply stamped all of the word strips on the Becky Higgins roller stamp for a fun filler card.
Do you include current events on your Project Life layouts? I admit I don’t very often, but I did grab a few screen shots of April and her baby giraffe and included it here. That was such a fun event to follow along and I feel like I learned so much about giraffes in that process, did you?
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