Hello Lovelies and welcome back to #scrappychristmasinjuly! Today I am sharing my process for the last few days in my December Daily album! If you’d like to see the entire series I invite you to check out this link: Larkindesign December Daily 2018. Here is my full process video for these pages in my album.
The days leading up to Christmas are so very special and getting these pages completed in the album is a bittersweet and happy moment! The days tend to run together, and I wanted that sort of feel in the album as well, so these pages will feel different in a way. Let’s start with Day 23.
We celebrated Christmas Day a day early this year due to custody and so our Christmas Eve was on this day. We have the kids bring all the gifts down stairs and we make it a really big deal. Of course they are all so excited and anxious and happy, and it’s so much fun to gather all the gifts under the tree! I captured a few special photos here and then added two journal cards from Paislee Press.
One of the cards was bold red, so for my lines on my journal card I used red ink, just to add a bit of color and repeat that color once again. It’s a tiny detail that adds a little pop!
I added a vellum in between these two pages, one from an older Dear Lizzy collection from years ago. In the video I debated adding the number onto the vellum, and in the end chose to place those onto the photo underneath instead.
My photo underneath the vellum is the star of the show: the Christmas tree. I found the long green chipboard strip in my stash and added the acrylic word on top, and the chipboard number underneath.
When you turn the page, Day 24 begins. I did not add a number on this layout, and I am cool with that. I have photos of the kids underneath the Christmas tree, two photos of the boys opening presents, and a 6×8 of the presents under the tree.
For these pages I chose a few products from the Sahlin Studio Home For the Holidays collection. You can find that collection over at The Lilypad via the link here: Home For The Holidays. For the large photo I added a journal spot and layered word art plus a wooden button for simple and fun embellishments.
To allow the photos to shine, and in the interest of getting it done, I kept the embellishing to a minimum on these pages. I added a simple gold word strip and a few red puffy hearts below and left the other photos untouched.
Turning to the next page, I had more photos from unwrapping presents. I printed one photo of each kid opening gifts, and then two photos of the scene as well. I kept the journal cards very simple in black and white.
I added the Be Merry puffy sticker, from Paislee Press.
The Merry & Bright card was perfect to write a few thoughts down, with hand drawn lines, and then I added a cork tree at the top. That tree is from the Ali Edwards Main Kit 2018.
I had a little tree shaped clip in my stash, so I added that plus a little word strip at the top of the photo of me and Natalie.
The Merry card is so fun and random, and I added a few little red stars also in a random pattern. They were from Studio Calico a few years ago.
Turning the page again is more from Day 24 and 25. I am still continuing to use journal cards from Home For The Holidays here. My photos are from our Christmas breakfast, which is always a big feast!
The 4×6 card is a great home for my journaling here, and I added a tiny black word strip to it as well. I also added a chipboard sticker at the bottom of the photo.
Don’t you love when you have a favorite card, AND you have the perfect opportunity to use it? The Eat, Drink & Be Merry card is the best!
We are now at the closing page of the album, and I chose this black and white buffalo check from Crate Paper to close it out. I added the gold puffy stickers to say Merry & Bright, and that is all until next year!
Thank you all so much for following along with me on this journey! These albums are my absolute favorite albums every year and finishing them is a big deal! Yay! I hope you are inspired in your own December Daily journeys, and I am excited to jump back in again in November this year. See you tomorrow for the final walk through video!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
I also added the floral medallion to the top of my photo, just for a bit of embellishment at the top.
Thank you so much for joining me today! I will see you back again soon with the last few days in the album!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Hello Lovelies and welcome back to my December Daily Summer Series! Today I am so excited to participate in a YouTube Hop called the Crafty Christmas In July Hop, which is hosted by the every fabulous Heather Little. There are so many amazing ladies participating and I hope you will check out all of them through the links provided below. Each crafty lady will be sharing one layout per week throughout the month, and today I am sharing a layout from my December Daily 2018 for Days 12 and 13. Check out all the posts for this project here: Larkindesign December Daily 2018.
I am so excited to continue in my December Daily album and am starting to get a good feel for how the album is coming together. There is definitely a red, black, and white theme going! Let’s have a good look!
Days 12 and 13 are both included on the same layout, so it makes sense to complete the layouts at one time and that helps to make them flow visually. This is one definite advantage of creating your album after the fact! I had a 3.5x.3×5 photo for Day 12, and a 4×6 photo for Day 13, and that left a few pockets to fill.
I also wanted to add a divider in between these two pages, so the two days will feel like their own page in the album. I chose the red 3×8 transparency from last year’s December Daily add-ons from Ali Edwards and used that transparency as a home for the day numbers. You can see the tiny woodgrain 12 at the top!
For this side I had (2) 3×4 pockets, so I am repeated the red with the hexagon rubber shape, I am including the rose gold with the handwritten December card, and I used a black and white card as a filler as well. This is the color palette for this page and I am loving keeping it very small.
For the bottom 4×6 pocket I began with the photo and layered it on top of a 4×6 red card. I needed a bit of space for journaling, so I cut up one of the Paislee Press journal cards to fit in the space left by the photo. I added a bit of journaling about how giant the snow piles were in the Target parking lot! I also clipped a little heart paper clip from Felicity Jane and added a red banner to my photo.
My story for Day 13 is about the stockings we put together every year. I absolutely love the stockings we do every year, filled with so much candy and treats and little fun finds! I photographed the giant heap of supplies we had bought before we wrapped it all and used this as my photo for this day.
You can see the Number 13 at the top, on the back of the transparency. This number is from Sahlin Studio. She does an amazing pack of digital number sets every year so if you are looking for some great options for numbers, go check them out at The Lilypad!
I kept the photo very simple and only added the Crate Paper banner in the center of the photo. For my 4×6 pocket I used the geometric wreath card from Paislee Press. This is one of my favorites from all of the product released last year! I added the Santa chipboard inside the wreath, and stamped lines across the bottom for my journaling.
Thanks so much for joining me today! I want to share all the names of all the crafty ladies who are participating in the Hop this month:
Heather Little (hostess): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClNV7UT8pORdDapu40W9k3g…
Lacey Igo Gasper:https://www.youtube.com/user/LaceyBugCreations
Desiree Bee : http://youtube.com/c/N2theSoul
Scrapping Amy: https://www.youtube.com/c/onemommyscrapping
Rachel Reynolds: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-KYTCZ_ZFmWl7U6eogELag
Erin Reed – https://www.youtube.com/c/ErinReedMakes
Katelyn Clary: https://www.youtube.com/user/kmc71996
Tisa Browne: https://www.youtube.com/…/UCkRu7…/videos…
EricaRose Creates: https://www.youtube.com/user/medga902
Hello Lovelies! I am just sharing a quick chat video today along with a short walk through of my 2019 Project Life album so far! To see all of the layouts in this series be sure to check them out here. Have a look here.
Thank you so much for joining me on our Summer Travel Mini Series, it has been so much fun to share these layouts with you. I hope you are inspired for your own travels this season! Stay tuned in July I will be joining in with #scrappychristmasinjuly and cannot wait to jump into that project with you! See you soon!
Hello Lovelies! Today I am happy to share my process video for Project Life 2019 Weeks 14 and 15. This is a hybrid layout I created using digital products from the Sahlin Studio For Real kit. Check out my process below.
Yesterday I shared my process for designing and printing the layout using the Print To Pocket Action No. 01, which you can see here. Let’s look at the completed project!
The journal cards from the For Real kit made it really easy to coordinate for this fun layout. I love the red and blue colors in the kit, so I went looking for embellishments in those color ranges. My date card is relatively simple, with just the month, the date stamped, and a circle element from the kit.
The journal cards in all of the Sahlin Studio kits make it so easy to add as much or as little journaling as you wish. On the diagonal stripe card I simply added my words and underlined them in the white space. Another way I incorporated words onto this page is in the 4×6 card with the square photo. I’ve been adding these Instagram photos to a plain white canvas in Photoshop and they leave a great space for journaling and embellishments right next to the photo. Just words, lines, and a simple word strip make this pocket super simple to complete.
This weather card makes me laugh every time. I took a screen shot of the weather that day we had snow in April and added the words using alphabet stickers from Simple Stories. This was a fun way to incorporate the theme from the digital kit. I am still including photos of myself as well, and love seeing myself in these layouts each week. I encourage you to take moments to aim the camera at yourself and become more comfortable seeing yourself in photos! You will be so glad you did!
For the right side of the layout I had more words and stories. We actually had quite a few difficult weeks during this time – both our girls were in the hospital at the same time (different causes, everyone is ok now) and that took a lot of our time helping them get better. I was not anywhere in a position to photograph them while they were in the hospital and it was not appropriate to do that, but when I went back to these two weeks I had captured them both at the dinner table, playing with their Cutie Cars. That was the perfect photo to include. I will never take their health for granted and it makes these special moments between them even more meaningful.
I don’t often include current events in my layouts, but I wanted to include the first photo of the Black Hole that was captured that week. It’s something that is very exciting to all of us here at home, we have watched the different broadcasts and are so excited about this development in human history. It will be interesting to see where this leads in the future!
I mentioned we had snow, which is unusual in March in NC! The photo of the cat captures the snow in the window. Sometimes there aren’t words for what we are experiencing, and I want you to know it is ok to not mention hard stuff if you don’t want to. Focus on the good, focus on what comforts you during difficult weeks.
One last journal card to share which is a 4×6 card. I added my words and a simple word sticker and that is all. I love approaching these cards in a very simple way – just one embellishment is all it needs, if even that. It simplifies the process and makes the layout so much easier to complete.
Thanks so much for joining me today! See you again soon!
Hello Lovelies! In this process video I am sharing my digital process for a hybrid Project Life layout. I am using the Print To Pocket Action No. 01 to help me design and print my layout for Weeks 14 and 15 in my 2019 Project Life album. Have a look below.
In this process video I have used the Sahlin Studio For Real digital collection, which can be purchased at The Lilypad.
Here is a look at my layout with journal cards in place, just prior to printing.
If you’d like to learn more about the Print To Pocket Action, click on the image below to find valuable resources and to purchase.
See again tomorrow for the completed project layout!
Hello Lovelies! Today I am excited to share with you a Project Life layout I created using one of my favorite kits from Sahlin Studio: Spring Stories! This is a super flexible, versatile, and gorgeous kit and I love seeing it in my completed layouts. You can watch my process video here.
Let’s have a look at the details of the layout. My stories for these two weeks are pretty specific: we tackled two really big home projects, enlarging and prepping the flower beds and organizing the garage. The Spring Stories kit from Sahlin Studio was absolutely perfect for this layout!
I began my layout with the date card. For this layout I put the dates and weeks on the same card using the lovely floral card in the kit. This card sets the tone for the layout and includes most of the colors I am using in the layout. I added the week number using alphabet stamps from Elle’s Studio, the Heidi Swapp roller date stamp, and added flair from Clique Kits and the wood veneer branch from Ali Edwards.
There are quite a few flower photos on this layout, and I love documenting our plants every year in some way. This week our Camelia plant bloomed, which is a first, and I was so excited! Next to the Camelia photo I placed a black and white card for journaling, but I added a bit of color with the word strip.
I think Ali Edwards is someone who writes her journaling around circle elements, and I have done that below with the square photo of myself. I added the circle from the Me Story kit, and wrote a few words around it for a very simple, but pretty embellishment.
For the photo of the front door I added a word strip (again from the Spring Stories kit) on top of a vellum circle I have had in my stash. The wood veneer floral piece is from One Canoe Two, and it reminded me of the flowers in my photos and in the kit. So I layered it upon the floral patterned card.
The left hand side came together easily as well. I repeated the colors from the kit: pinks, blues, and greens.
Since I had included both weeks on the first date card, this card at the bottom remained for journaling. That is the only thing I added, allowing it to stand alone as a beautiful simple card.
I just love all these deep blue skies, don’t you? The photo of Alan pulling our loaded cart to the car is an iconic one. We go to Lowe’s every year for our yard and it’s always one of my favorite times of year! I added a banner from the Spring Stories kit and stamped “today” using a stamp set from Paige Evans.
The other blue sky photo I embellished by adding just a few fun chipboard pieces from my stash. I love that angle in the photo; I held the camera sort of underneath our tree and grabbed the corner of the roof behind it.
Thanks so much for joining me today! It’s so much fun to watch week by week as these albums come together, and I love sharing with you! See you again soon!
Hello Lovelies! Today I have a digital process video to share with you from Weeks 12 and 13 in my 2019 Project Life album. Watch below to see how I use the Print To Pocket Action No. 01 to design and print this layout.
I am loving using this Action every single week to help me get these pages designed and printed. For this particular layout I included digital journal cards, and this is how the layout looked prior to printing. You can purchase this lovely digital kit called Spring Stories, over at the Sahlin Studio blog.
Thank you for joining me today! I will be sharing my full process video with you tomorrow for this layout. See you then!