December Album 2015

December Daily 2015 Days 23 Thru 25!!!

Hello my dear friends and welcome back to Days 23 thru 25 on my blog! I am a complete mixture of joy, excitement, and slight sadness to see this project coming to an end! I finished my December Daily yesterday (December 27th) and literally carried the whole album outside where my husband was working, and cried. I cried because it was done. I cried because I was happy I was done. I cried because I finished it before January 1! I cried because I am so excited to be able to present it to you on my blog.

Ok, so no more tears, just December goodness. First up, the process video for completing these last three days. Then come back to hear how everything came together, ok?

So for Day 23 I decided to use a photo I took of myself reflected in one of our large gold ornaments. The photo really doesn’t have much to do with the story, but I didn’t have a photo that went with the story. That is totally ok. Here is Day 23 as it was created for the Foundation Pages:

December Daily 2015 Days 23 thru 25

Because I had used the brown envelope for the previous day, some changes were made.

December Daily 2015 Days 23 thru 25

My story for the day was about a lady in the grocery store who stopped us to tell us how wonderful our children were and who asked if they could give them a dollar each because, it was after all, Christmas. This story is relevant since I spoke before in this album about our hard work we have all been putting in to get along better and to create better family dynamics. This was a lovely affirmation to all of us and deserved a place in this album!

So on the back of the envelope I created a gesso’d space for journaling and one of the red stars from the AE Main Kit.

December Daily 2015 Days 23 thru 25

On the facing page I changed out the journaling cards a bit. I was trying to get the number 23 to pop a bit more, but I’m not sure. Oh well.

December Daily 2015 Days 23 thru 25

On the photo itself I added the Twinkle word from the Main Kit, and that was all.

December Daily 2015 Days 23 thru 25

Here is the layout in the album, as a whole:

December Daily 2015 Days 23 thru 25

For Days 24 and 25 I gave myself permission to use more photos in my layouts. I didn’t take endless amounts of photos, but there were several significant parts to the days, and I wanted to document them through more photos. Here is Day 24 as I created it for the Foundation Pages:

December Daily 2015 Days 23 thru 25

Since our evening’s activities centered around the tree, I chose photos of the kids, around the tree.

December Daily 2015 Days 23 thru 25

My story for Day 24 was really the activities of the evening: we called family meeting and came clean about Santa, and then we all brought all the presents down together, and then instead of leaving cookies for Santa we all got to enjoy those cookies we baked!

I chose one vertical photo of the tree with all the presents underneath, and two photos of the kids in front of the tree.

December Daily 2015 Days 23 thru 25

The tree photo is layered on top of a file transparency from Heidi Swapp (it was part of a mixed media album). For the left side I created a flip-up with journaling underneath.

December Daily 2015 Days 23 thru 25

Here is the layout inside the album:

December Daily 2015 Days 23 thru 25

Day 25 is actually several layouts. I wanted photos of each of us opening presents and I also wanted to include our Christmas morning breakfast.

December Daily 2015 Days 23 thru 25

I layered the photo of my daughter Natalie on top of the Love Christmas paper from the AE Main Kit because this kid really is Christmas’ biggest fan. She truly does love Christmas, and her face shows it all over!

December Daily 2015 Days 23 thru 25

The December paper, the 25 numbers, and the transparency they are layered on are all from the Main Kit. On the back of those I added the red diagonal striped star with my journaling written on top.

December Daily 2015 Days 23 thru 25

I adore the way Natalie’s face peeks above the star! For the right hand side I chose a photo of three of the kids together opening stockings. This year they chose their own stockings, and several of them decided to use their Easter buckets! Because that’s just how we roll in this house….

December Daily 2015 Days 23 thru 25

I added a star banner with a word strip stapled to that photo. I added a journaling card with Christmas words layered on top. The polka dot transparency card I left as it was. It is one my favorites this whole album.

December Daily 2015 Days 23 thru 25

This is what this layout looked like in the original Foundation Pages:

December Daily 2015 Days 23 thru 25

And here it is completed, in the album:

December Daily 2015 Days 23 thru 25

The back of that layout was intended to be the last page. Here is how it looked for Foundation Pages:

December Daily 2015 Days 23 thru 25

The brown envelope was used earlier, so I added two more pocket pages to accommodate the photos I wanted to include:

December Daily 2015 Days 23 thru 25

The left side is our daughter Emberlynn opening one of her presents. I added a vellum on the bottom pocket and left the top pocket the same.

December Daily 2015 Days 23 thru 25

My stamping was pretty messy! When I put the image down on the label, it slid around a bit. So I stamped it again to make it look messy on purpose. No big deal.

December Daily 2015 Days 23 thru 25

The Magic and Joy sentiment were on the back of one of the journaling cards from the Ali Edwards Main Kit. That card is actually quite pretty, but these were cut off because I used the front earlier. It was sitting on my work area and I just thought it would be perfect right there.

On the right side I have photos of myself and our son Addison.

December Daily 2015 Days 23 thru 25

Remember that layout on Day 3 where I was playing in the Target? That was what I was playing with – those light-up talking Star Wars balls. Yeah, that’s Addison’s reaction when he opened his. So priceless. I added the Joy card using a label I had stamped earlier on and I cut one of the wood circles in half. 

December Daily 2015 Days 23 thru 25

The little bird was stuck on the page protector and I wanted to keep him, so I just added a vellum tag embossed with the song. The photo of me was taken by my husband – don’t be too hard on him because the camera’s autofocus is still kaput. It was still important to me to include myself in this day!

December Daily 2015 Days 23 thru 25

That is the layout inside the album. I think if you were doing Project Life while creating a December Daily, these photos might be perfect for your Project Life spread for the week of December. But since I stopped my PL back in November, they fit perfectly right here.

December Daily 2015 Days 23 thru 25

More photos here of my husband and our son opening presents. And then our Christmas breakfast. The journaling card next to Nick’s photo is from the AE kit – I just adore that sweater pattern. I layered a simple clear sticker from Pretty Little Studio on top.

December Daily 2015 Days 23 thru 25

The pocket beside my husband is simply the back of the vellum tag. I also layered some washi tape on each photo. Iwanted to add something simple to each photo but not be too complicated about it. Those washi strips tie all the photos together!

December Daily 2015 Days 23 thru 25

On the right side, I included photos of our Clarice reindeer plates. I’ve been so excited to use them this year – last year I waited and waited to buy them after Christmas when they went on sale. The box came long after the holidays were over, so we put them away until December of this year!

December Daily 2015 Days 23 thru 25

I had set aside some of the tags we used for our gifts, and they were perfect for the 2×2 pockets (I can neither confirm nor deny whether I actually bought them specifically because they were 2×2…..). 

December Daily 2015 Days 23 thru 25

On the final page I included one last photo of the kids having their breakfast. I guess the sun had finally lit the room because the photo has a blue cast from the tungsten setting! Oh well. I layered the word strips, washi tape, and rubber word strips on top of the photo with a star on top.

December Daily 2015 Days 23 thru 25

Also, more tags.

December Daily 2015 Days 23 thru 25

Here are these last few layouts inside the album:

December Daily 2015 Days 23 thru 25
December Daily 2015 Days 23 thru 25

Can you believe that is it?!?! I am amazed that it is done, that it is completed before January is even here. I plan still to create a final walk-thru video of the completed pages and I also want to include a round-up of all the various products and manufacturer’s products I have used. I hope you will come back to see that!

I am so incredibly thankful for you, my dear readers. Thank you for coming to see every day what’s been going on. Thank you for leaving me such lovely feedback. I am so very appreciative of your kindness and of your support of my art. I am looking forward to the new year and new projects, so I hope you will Subscribe down below!

See you soon,

~Theresa

**December Daily is the creative brainchild of scrapbooking genius Ali Edwards. This has been a process through the month of December for documenting one story per day, through photos and journaling, in a mini-album that was created beforehand. To learn more about this wonderful project, please visit her blog here.

Process Video for December Daily 2015 Days 20 thru 22

Hi there, I cannot believe that this month is done. Our friends In Australia are already finding Santa’s presents and the time is almost up. This album this month has been an amazing journey and I have enjoyed every moment. I am so thankful for you, dear reader, for your views and your Likes and your Shares and your lovely comments! Today I just wanted to post my process video for Days 20-22 and I hope you enjoy.

I want to wish you the most merry holiday. We will be celebrating here at home very quietly and I am thankful for that. I will return a few days after Christmas to show the final three days of this album.

See you soon!

~Theresa

**December Daily is the creative brainchild of scrapbooking genius Ali Edwards. It is a concept of documenting the month of December through photos and stories, one per day, within an album that has been made in advance. More about her process, and the kits and classes that she offers, can be found on her website here.

December Daily 2015 Day 22

Hi friends and welcome back! We are so close now to the big day and I am ready and excited. Today I am showing Day 22 in my December Daily, which actually has no photos. I chose to include the kids’ Santa wish lists. Here is the layout as I created it for the Foundation pages:

December Daily 2015 Day 22

Yesterday I had changed out the transparencies and was still good with those, and I took out the page protector so I could place the brown paper envelope instead.

December Daily 2015 Day 22

I took out the number 22 and just adhered it down to the envelope, easy peesy.

December Daily 2015 Day 22

On the left side top pocket I cut down the Oh Joy! card and glued some enamel dots using Glossy Accents to give the snow globe a little dimension.

December Daily 2015 Day 22

On the lower pocket I added a journaling card and a glitter title. I am loving that gold font and have almost used that alphabet up!

December Daily 2015 Day 22
December Daily 2015 Day 22

And here is a final look at the layout outside of the album:

December Daily 2015 Day 22

Just one more day to go. I hope to post my process videos tomorrow for these past three days, and then I plan to take the rest of the week/weekend off from blogging and video-ing so we can enjoy our holiday. I hope you are feeling inspired to go, do, and create!

See you soon,

~Theresa

December Daily 2015 Day 21

Welcome to Day 21 in my December Daily album! For my story today I chose a couple of photos I have taken over the last few days. We have been baking cookies, just a few at a time. I am beginning a new tradition for us as a blended family in which I am hoping we can sit together as a family on Christmas Eve, enjoy our cookies (leave some for Santa, of course), and just enjoy each other’s company.

Here is Day 21 as it was for the Foundation Pages:

December Daily 2015 Day 21

Because I had worked with the Pretty Little Studio transparency on Day 20, I decided to repeat that element across the page.

December Daily 2015 Day 21

I chose some photos that had been taken at different times on different days, some were taken by me on my phone, and others were taken by my husband on his phone. I alternated photo/transparency across the layout to bring repetition and unity.

December Daily 2015 Day 21

I moved the number 21 to the left side. I added a few stamped elements to the photos, and another circle tag from Pretty Little Studio on top of the transparency.

December Daily 2015 Day 21

On the right hand side the same alternating photos/transparency, plus journaling in a flip-up pocket.

December Daily 2015 Day 21

 

The top photo flips up to reveal the journaling for the day. I used one of the pages from the logbook that was part of the Main Kit while supplies lasted. Definitely worth buying the kits early to get one!

December Daily 2015 Day 21

My journaling spilled over to the back side too.

December Daily 2015 Day 21

The bottom pocket is actually 4×6, but I treated it like it was two 3×4’s to keep consistency. The transparency is slightly wider than 3×4, so I adhered it to the photo by that overlap.

December Daily 2015 Day 21

It was important for me, with this layout, to document how far our family has come. We have been a blended family for 4 years, and when we began this journey no one told me it would take 2-5 years for the rough parts to begin to smooth out. No one could have prepared me for the intense emotions that joining two families would bring, to each and every one of us.

Part of the reason I participate in December Daily projects every year is because I want to record the journey we are on. Not just to say, look here’s what we did, but to process and discuss and reflect on the significance of the events as they happen. This story today could have just been photos and journaling that just said here we are baking cookies, but I took time to process exactly why these photos were significant.

We weren’t just baking cookies. We actually spent some time together starting a new tradition of togetherness, and we actually got along. No hard feelings came along, no attitudes, no anger or hostility. I cannot tell you how hard each and every one of us has worked to be able to do that, and that work has been messy, at times nasty, and sometimes the worst of humanity.

Of course we still have miles to go. More to process. More difficult feelings to work through. More paths to follow. But this month, in this album, I am celebrating the progress we have made. I wrote the other day how these are the Christmases our children will talk about for the rest of their lives. I’m so happy that those conversations will be merry and bright.

Here is one more look at the layout outside of the album:

December Daily 2015 Day 21

I hope that you, as you are documenting your own family events and photos, will also take time to explore why the photos are significant to you and your family. I hope you are inspired to go, do, and create today.

See you soon,

~Theresa

**December Daily is the creative brainchild of scrapbooking genius Ali Edwards, and is a process of documenting December memories by photographing and writing stories each day. To learn more about this project, and find links to shop for products, please visit her website here.

Occasionally in my projects I use items that, sadly, are discontinued or no longer available but they still deserve attribution. The label stickers I used are old Simple Stories labels from several years ago.

The transparency, vellum tapes, deer circle tag and cookie banners are from Pretty Little Studio. Her lovely shop can be found here.

This website is affiliated with Amazon.com, and for that reason I try to post links to available products on Amazon to help you with your own scrapbook shopping. When you click and purchase products through these links, you support this website (and our family!), and for that I thank you kindly!

December Daily 2015 Day 20

Hi there, welcome to Day 20 in my December Daily album 2015! The day’s story was really when three of our kids decided together to play a game of Monopoly. The fourth one didn’t want to play with them and did not want to be included in the photo, but later on she joined them at the table just to hang out. I consider these moments some of the most important ones for them, and so this story is about that. Here is Day 20 as it originally was created for the Foundation pages:

December Daily 2015 Day 20

I absolutely love everything about this layout. I did make a few changes to fit the story.

December Daily 2015 Day 20

On the left hand side I added my photo, plus a round metal tag stamped with the December Memories sentiment from Ali Edwards’ stamp set. 

December Daily 2015 Day 20
December Daily 2015 Day 20

I added the banner from the Main Kit on top of a label from Pretty Little Studio. The banners and flair on top of the photo are from Pretty Little Studio as well.

December Daily 2015 Day 20

On the right side I decided to switch out the transparency from the Main Kit and replaced it with a transparency from Pretty Little Studio. I layered a Santa on top.

December Daily 2015 Day 20

I honestly adore how I ended up cutting the 20 apart so it would fit in the pockets. I may repeat this technique more often in future Project Life and December Daily albums!

December Daily 2015 Day 20

That star icon from the One Little Bird Kit is one of my favorite icons in the entire December Daily collections that were offered. I wanted to use that star as the backdrop/lines for my journaling, so I did just that and added a tiny banner plus a heart in the corner.

Here is a look at the layout outside of the album:

December Daily 2015 Day 20

This project is amazing, and you are wonderful for following along and supporting me along the way. I hope you are also feeling the magic and the inspiration to go, do and create!

See you soon!

~Theresa

**December Daily is the creative brainchild of scrapbooking genius Ali Edwards, and is a process of documenting December memories by photographing and writing stories each day. To learn more about this project, and find links to shop for products, please visit her website here.

The number 20 is part of the set of subway numbers that I purchased from a local shop called Vintage Jane, here in Kernersville, NC. The blog for this shop can be seen here.

This website is affiliated with Amazon.com, and for that reason I try to post links to available products on Amazon to help you with your own scrapbook shopping. When you click and purchase products through these links, you support this website (and our family!), and for that I thank you kindly!