December Daily 2015: Pages 1-6

December Daily 2015 October Afternoon Under the Tree

OK I am finally sharing my December Daily for 2015! I have been doing a great job keeping up with it this year. I am not the type to work on it every single day. I prefer to let a few days pass (and let’s be honest – I am busy and tired!) – so that I work on a few days at a time. I also can’t always decide everything right away, so I do come back to some pages and complete them later.

I am using mostly October Afternoon’s Under the Tree collection, along with some elements from Simple Stories Claus & Co. line. I also have other items from my stash, and some things I’ve found at the Target dollar spot, Michaels, etc.

Here’s my opening page. I have a piece of vellum overlaying on top of this awesome free printable from Marie Lottermoser (her DD albums are INCREDIBLE!) My plan is to update this calendar and type on days throughout the month. I will then print one final one at the end and adhere to the page:

December Daily 2015 October Afternoon Under the Tree

And here’s day 1, along with my “reason why” page. I typed up my journaling and used Photoshop to overlay it on a photo of our tree, and just decreased the opacity of the white layer behind the text to let the pic show through a bit.

December Daily 2015 OA Under the Tree

Day 2. I’m realizing that I have “letters to Santa” on both of these pages. I didn’t realize it until after they were done. It annoys me, but not enough to change it 😉 This pocket contains the actual letters that were written by the kiddos. Those wooden snowflake embellishments are from the One Spot at Target. Love them!December Daily 2015 OA Under the Tree

There’s also a Sn@P photo flip out pocket that contains more pics. December Daily 2015 OA Under the Tree

Day 3 is just a quick and easy page about my cuties & their Rudolph noses!December Daily 2015 OA Under the Tree

Day 4 was also super simple! My journaling on this card isn’t perfect, but meh – it’s good enough. I’m trying to let go of the perfection part and remember that it’s more about documenting then perfecting things!

December Daily 2015 OA Under the Tree

Day 5 was quite simple, because most of this page was completed when I built my foundation pages. I like the shape of this page because it adds interest to the album. I enjoy mixing page protectors with other shaped pages, etc. I used Distress Ink to color the doilie and layered it behind this photo.

December Daily 2015 October Afternoon Under the Tree

Day 6 is all about keepin’ it real. Let’s be honest…kids aren’t always at their best – and it had to be documented 😉 (spoiler: Buddy the Elf came back…finally)

December Daily 2015 October Afternoon Under the Tree

More to come soon. I only have a few more days left in the album – hard to believe!

December Daily: DIY letter shaker page

December Daily DIY Letter Shaker page

I’m SO stoked to share this fun project. I was lying in bed one night and this idea popped into my head. No idea where it came from, but all I could think about was using a Sn@P 6″x9″ page protector to create a giant letter, and stick it into my December Daily album.

December Daily DIY Letter Shaker page

I finally was able to create it and I love how it turned out. I went with the letter “H” – but I suppose you could try most any letter. I used my sewing machine to stitch the letter, as I don’t own a Fuse tool (it’s on my list now, though!) You can’t really tell, but there’s a vellum H stuffed inside the pocket with snowflakes stamped in white StazOn ink. I then added all the glitter and sequins and bits, and sewed it up top to close things off.

December Daily DIY Letter Shaker page

I added some embellishments on the front, done! LOVE this. Such a fun element to add to my December Daily. Here is a pic of it in the album – although I’m not sure this is where it will be permanently. I haven’t decided yet:

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thanks for looking! I have some posts going up soon with my pages so far for December Daily, 2015!

12″x12″ Layout: Christmas Eve Checklist

Simple Stories Cozy Christmas

I’m back with another layout from the Simple Stories Cozy Christmas line. I’m so happy I was able to squeeze another layout out of this collection – I also made some cute gift card holders, too. I think I will use up the rest of it on some cards.

I decided to go with a “checklist” as my way of telling this story. Just some things that we did at home on Christmas Eve, 2014. Nothing crazy or wild – just a calm night with our little family. So great!

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This last pic of the kids in front of the tree is one of my all time faves. So much so that I just ordered a giant canvas that I can display at Christmas time in our home :)Simple Stories Cozy Christmas

I’m doing very well so far on my Holiday list of to-do’s…so I am hoping that leaves me plenty of time for my December Daily Album. Woohoo! Hopefully I will be back soon to share some pages from my 2015 album.

12″x12″ Layout: Cozy Christmas morning

Aside from my December Daily album, I hadn’t documented any photos from Christmas last year. I had even purchased this line from Simple Stories (Cozy Christmas) last year during the Holiday season, but had yet to use it! It was time. I will admit, I struggled with the papers in this collection. It was hard to figure out a way to use them, as most of them have patterns somewhere on the paper – not many neutrals.

I ran across this layout from Nancy Damiano and I was inspired by how she stitched together 2 neutral colored background papers to form the foundation of her page. Once I did that, the rest of the layout fell together very quickly.

Simple Stories Cozy Christmas

I love chipboard embellishments. They add so much to a page!Simple Stories Cozy Christmas

I recently placed a HUGE order on Snapfish.com for some prints. I decided to give their 4″x4″ prints a try and I am very pleased with the results! I do love me some square pics (Hello, entire Instagram feed). Scrapping with them is fun. In fact, it’s what made this layout come together so easily. I did mount them on white cardstock to give them that white border (Snapfish doesn’t print them with one). I think this page design is one that I will use again and again. Simple Stories Cozy Christmas

I’m a big fan of getting more than just a picture or two onto a page. I always have a LOT of pictures to tell my story – so this page makes me happy. 4 pics on a page = win in my book! Simple Stories Cozy Christmas

I’ve got another layout with this collection to share, be back soon with that one! Thanks for looking.