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:
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!
Here is the layout inside the album:
A detail of the flip-photo:
And the full page photo:
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:
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.
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.
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!
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:
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.
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.
My journaling is typed on the journal card using my vintage Smith Corona. I love the perfectly imperfect look and the messy lines!
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.
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!
**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.
Hi guys!! Welcome to my 2017 December Series, where I share everything that I am doing related to the December Daily project. December Daily is an album concept designed and marketed by Ali Edwards, where we create an album throughout the month of December using one story per day. You can learn more about the project and connect with Ali + a community of like-minded scrapbookers via the link here: Ali Edwards Blog.
Did you ever look at other people’s photos and wonder just how they did that? Did you ever wonder what your own photography style is, and if you have your own style how do you “discover” it? Yeah, me too! I remember getting my first DSLR and absolutely obsessing over what every setting did, trying to figure it all out at once!
I found a whole ton of information online about all the technical settings, what ISO stands for, how to set your aperture, all sorts of things that didn’t really make sense to me. I finally put all that aside and just started playing. Digital is awesome that way – you can take 1,000 photos of the same thing and then delete them all!
So today I want you to grab your DSLR and play. Play with your ISO today. Get to know what your camera and your lens does with ISO. Next week, play with Aperture. Get to know what your camera and your lens does with Aperture. As you are playing with those settings, make mental notes about which settings you gravitate towards!
Last year after I had finished my 2016 December Daily, I got a lot of questions about how I had gotten my photos to look the way they looked. I know that people think achieving beautiful photos that reflect your personality is as easy as clicking a button, or putting the camera on a certain setting, but it really is more nuanced than that!
I tell people in my videos and my blog all the time to create using the products that make them happy and excited, and I find that camera settings are a lot the same way. You might go into the same environment as me, with the exact same equipment as me, and use totally different settings and get an entirely different photos than me! That is the beautiful thing about art and creativity – you get to decide what you like and go with that.
I sat down a few weeks ago to write this blog post, and realized I had a whole lot more to say about it than just one simple post! I am so excited to offer you a self-paced Mini Course called Christmas Morning Photography: How to develop your own photographic style and nail those Christmas morning photographs!
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In this class we are going to chat about three major steps in achieving the photographs you want on Christmas morning (or any event that the photos are really important to you!):
Step One: Create an environment that you feel proud to photograph!
For me, creating great photographs happens before the event ever begins. It begins with a great environment! We often think that we should leave our homes and find beautiful backdrops, or go to a design studio, or take dramatic hikes to get the best shot. But I think our best photos happen in our own living room! So that takes a little planning, a little effort, some cleaning (yep, a little vacuum and dusting!), and a whole lot of editing.
On Christmas morning we want the focus of our photos to be on people, the tree, and the gifts. Everything else that is in the room is just noise. So edit your room carefully before the big day. Take out unnecessary things so that your backdrop is just that – a backdrop instead of noise.
Step Two: Do a practice run (or two or three) prior to Christmas morning!
This is where you get to practice and play with all those settings on your camera. In this lesson in the class, I will walk you through my process in my own living room to get the lighting on my camera just right! This is something you can do today, even, just set up your camera at about the same time as you plan to open gifts and experiment. Take 100 photos of your living room, take 500 if you wish. Make notes about what settings you like. How bright do you like your photos? How dark or intimate do you like them? You get to decide what look you are going for.
Step Three: Learn how to edit your photos in post-processing to get the best prints possible!
I cannot lie, I am a fan of Photoshop and its capabilities! I love opening up a less than perfect photo, working just a few tiny adjustments, and then making it beautiful. Photoshop again is a creative tool that allows you to decide what your favorite corrections are and how much you want to use those corrections. I have just a few quick go-to tools that I use on almost every photo: brighten in the Curves and Crop.
Learning tools in Photoshop can be overwhelming, and I have lots of tutorials that you can access on my Sidebar to the right of your screen. In this class you will be able to follow me on my desktop as I take photos from my living room today and edit them for print, and I also take photos from Christmas last year and edit them so you can see my process.
Again, the post-processing is another step in creating your own style – and the best way to develop that is to practice and make notes of your favorite tools and settings. I love sharing my process with you and you are welcome to copy any of my methods! Experiment and play. See what all Photoshop can do. Decide what you love and use that to develop your own style.
Style is this crazy-awesome thing – we all have it and we all have it in very unique ways! Your photographs have the power to reflect your personality and your family’s personality, whatever that is. In the meantime, try out my photo personality in this class. See the techniques and philosophy behind my own photography and be inspired. See you in the classroom!
CLASS WILL GO LIVE ON NOVEMBER 17, 2017. SEE YOU THERE!!!
Hi everyone! I am already headlong fully involved in putting together my foundation pages for this year’s December album. Today I wanted to share with you a bit of my process for creating my foundation pages using my Ali Edwards products. Ali is the original creator of this project and I am deeply grateful for all the inspiration and products she has offered to our community. You can learn more about her and this project at her site here: Ali Edwards Blog. One of my commitments to myself as part of this hobby (read: every project I am involved in) is to use my supplies. That means use them as they come in the door. One of my commitments to the December Daily project is to complete the album, hopefully before January 1, and creating foundation pages are an important part of that for me. Follow along with me in this video!
I know that there are mixed thoughts on creating foundation pages, but for me this has been the biggest reason I have been able to complete my albums on or around January 1. And, I might conjecture, that I have been able to complete the album at all. Some worry that they won’t like that page once the day arrives, and maybe that happens sometimes so I just move that page and move on.
The biggest thing to remember is that foundation pages are great for making decisions already, so that throughout the month all I have to do is add photo + story. That keeps me from feeling overwhelmed by this project. But even though I have created these fun pages, I am not in any way married to any of them so I am free to move things around, change out cards, and do whatever it takes on any particular day in December.
What I absolutely love about creating these pages is that it makes me incredibly happy to work with these products, play with them, layer them, see how these products go together without having the pressure of photo + story. These pages are just opportunities to me to get familiar with the beautiful products I have purchased and figure out which of the products I am particularly drawn to.
I have a thing, whenever I begin a project, that carries over from my days as an interior designer, and that is to establish a design concept for that project. In interior design that might be something like this:
So in December Daily, my design concept is more like this:
Many times, my design concept is still coming together while creating these foundation pages, particularly as I work with the product. I don’t know about you, but once I receive product in, I am inspired to play with it and just see which products I am drawn to. This solidifies more for me, how I want to pull this album together!
What my design concept does for me is lay out exactly my parameters and define some sort of consistency throughout the album. It doesn’t have to be complicated or detailed, but again at this stage I am all about making as many decisions as I can so that in December all I am adding is photos + stories.
My design concept is a bit different than last year! Last year I did very detailed foundation pages, and some even commented that they felt like my pages didn’t even have room for photos or stories. Inside I laughed a tiny bit, because there is always room for photos and stories, and I would rather take cards out but still finish the album, rather than not make it through the month of December.
This year I have left myself a lot more flexibility and a little more room for creative expression in the month of December. I think this is probably more reflective of my comfort level with sharing this project online so I am not as nervous about having as much completed as possible. It is entirely up to you how much you want to complete your own album, or if you want to do none at all. In the end what matters most is what works for you!
I sincerely hope that this has been helpful to you and has given an insight into how I create this amazing project. I would love to hear from you and see your projects, so be sure to comment and tag me!
Oh my goodness, you guys, I am so excited to post today because I have so much happy things to share and I am bursting! Today I am so excited to kick off Larkindecember!!!! I will be participating in December Daily, the album concept designed and marketed by Ali Edwards this year, and today I am sharing the first of my videos in this series. As I have done in the past, I will be sharing my entire process for completing this album, from start to finish, and I hope you will join me!!!!
I am so excited to officially launch a full shop on my site and the products in the video above are available for purchase! I have created a digital mini kit to use in your December documenting projects and I cannot wait for you to see! Allow me to share the entire kit with you! First included are these gorgeous 4×6 journal cards. There are 8 of them and they are available in JPG and PNG format, plus 8.5×11 printable.
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Also available are the 3×4 journal cards, and in this collection there are 12. I was inspired to create a collection that included some beautiful florals and some fun trendy icons!
I also designed (4) photo templates in this collection, sized at 6×8. My plan is to include full page templates in my album this year!
And then, because that isn’t enough, I also designed a set of weekly and daily numbered cards for you to use in your December and Project Life albums! I am obsessed with number cards, and I hope you will enjoy adding these to your collection!
These are the weekly cards. They are a spin-off of the printables included with the In My Pocket Memory Keeping class, so they might look familiar to you!
I shared in my video how I have used these products in my December album so far, and I hope you will follow along this month and next as I work to complete my album. I also hope you will check out these beautiful products and add them to your own collection! If you purchase these and share your creations online, please tag me, I would LOVE to see!!! Use hashtag #larkindecember !!!!
See you back here soon,
***December Daily is an album concept created and marketed by Ali Edwards. I am not affiliated with her in any way, but I do love using her products and find incredible meaning in creating this project every year. To find out more about Ali’s project and connect with others who share passion on this project, please check out her website here: Ali Edwards.