Wednesday, December 27, 2017

December Daily {2017} Days 19-23

This is going to be a photo heavy post, so I'll try to keep it brief, but if you have any questions at all about my pages, don't hesitate to ask in the comments!

The 19th was one of those days that really made the holiday season feel magical. It was filled with simple treasures and since I made up for the lack of photos I'd been taking, I wanted to include several of them.

I cut down a 6x8 page of 2x2 pockets and added my photos with plenty of patterned paper and cards. If you're like me, you have way too many holiday supplies, and instead of saying how pretty they are and putting them back on the shelf, I've really been trying to make a dent.

For the 20th, I documented my new inspiration wall above my work desk. I love how it turned out and am excited to be able to easily change out the pieces as the months go by. I used patterned paper and a stamp set to punch circle embellishments and added a little bit of gold mist for some sparkle. Circles have made several appearances in my album and I like how they've been able to represent ornaments and decorations along with maintaining the consistency I always crave.

Another photoless page for the story of the 21st, which again gives me the opportunity to use more fun supplies. I don't mind that I don't have at least one photo for each day since in a project like this I make sure to include journaling.

I had a lot of fun making my page for the 22nd, especially since it turned out just the way I had pictured in my head. I wanted to include the recipe for the cookies I'd made and using a digital card from the Comfort and Joy kit, I was able to design my 3x8 insert as if the piping bag spelled out "recipe" with a little flourish.

Using a scrap of transparency film, I adhered my card to the front and the recipe to the back. Since my cookies were all winter related, I used die cut snowflakes topped with puffy stickers to embellish my page.

Another sweet treat for the 23rd decorated with die cuts and stickers to balance out the heavier page from the day before. I'd started out with just the die cuts on the photo and then decided it needed more, so on went the stickers. Then the strip of paper and another die cut. And still feeling like I wanted more, I added some subtle stamping in Fog ink.

Lastly, I added a simple kraft envelope because there are a few more stories that I want to include. I certainly could have expanded on any day and shared more than one story, but I like that there is a focus for each day. With the addition of the envelope, now I don't have to leave any magical moment out.

If you're interested in an overview of supplies I've been using, you can find it here, all of my December Daily posts are here, you can pick up a free download here, and the pages I've used for the base of my album are here. :) I carry my album through the end of December, so be sure to pop back by to see the 24th through the 31st! Wishing you a very Happy New Year in the meantime!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

December Daily {2017} Days 14-18

Here are the last pages that I've gotten done to date. I had so much fun working on getting caught up and am looking forward to getting back to it. I take my album through the end of the month, but hopefully I'll have time to work on it before then.

I've only been sending out holiday cards for a few years and didn't want this year to be the year it stopped. I just added a few chipboard stickers to my page because I wanted to the sentiment on them to stand out.

But for the 15th, I had more fun decorating my page. And since it snowed a little bit that day, I added snowflakes with stamps and a die cut.

I think the only thing that could've made the quick run out more festive would be if we'd seen Santa. It was mad crazy at the Post Office as people shipped off gifts, there were young carolers at the coffee shop, and as we left, there was a horse drawn carriage taking a couple through downtown.

For the 17th, I made a little collection box and printed it out. Washi tape is holding it on the side so that it flips up to reveal my photo underneath. I layered some stickers to embellish my page, once again using foam tape for that extra dimension.

I might have picked up a few little items for myself when I did some Christmas shopping. After I matted my photo to the journaling card, I noticed the bits of yellow and accented them with a yellow puffy heart.

I also had a holiday stamp set that hadn't been used yet, so in my favorite Fog Ink, I stamped and stamped all over the grid section.

If you want to see any of my previous pages, you can always click on the #decemberdaily category from the right-hand column. Thanks so much for taking your time to visit and I hope that you're having a wonderful holiday season!

December Daily {2017} Days 9-13

I'd fallen so far behind on my album, but once I had a few hours to catch up, I jumped on it, but then the weather was uncooperative for taking photos. Now of course, I'm already a couple of days behind. Such a vicious cycle. ;)

Day 9 I had shared on Instagram, and it might be one of my favorites. You gotta love when an idea in your head actually turns out the way you envisioned! I created a ruler and then printed it on transparency film. I love that it looks like a planner divider but also shows how much snow we got.

Of course I had to add more stamping, but I also tried out Nuvo Crystal Drops for the first time. I was really excited to try them out, but I'm not sure I'm a fan. I had a hard time maintaining a consistency in the shape, and even after leaving my page to dry for two days, one of the drops became flat once it was in the album. I'll try them out a couple more times and see if I get better at using them because I've seen some really fun things done.

Day 10 started off a series of photoless pages and I'm okay with that. I think it speaks to how busy things have been and that with the 32857897231 things I had running through my head, taking a photo wasn't even one of them. Shocking for a memory keeper, I know.

I certainly could have printed an older photo to use, but I went with using a holiday cup from Starbucks to embellish my page about Starbucks.

I think the 11th was the first time I turned on the holiday music. The fact that Christmas was rapidly approaching was lost on me, but listening to old and new favorites has helped to get me in the holiday spirit.

For the 12th, I documented about how much I still need to do in order to be ready for Christmas. And I wanted a reason to use the Countdown stamp more than once in my album.

And for the 13th, I made a list of the people and their gifts that would be under the tree just in the nick of time. If you'd like to use the 3x4 card I used above, feel free to download it here!

December Daily {2017} Days 4-8

The year is winding down and I'm so glad that even with how busy this time of year is, I can take time to record our December. Not every story is related to the holiday season, but there is certainly a magical feeling in the air and I love looking back on the month and seeing all the different memories.

It felt like December came out of nowhere and I wasn't ready for it. So, it's not just the fault of the cats that there aren't any holiday decorations up. ;) To build on the theme of decorations, I punched circles from the journaling card and stitched them down. I added a few puffy stickers and thought that the chipboard sentiment was perfect for my photo of the girls.

The 5th and 6th were all about work. I kept the pages simpler due to the short amount of time I had when I made them. I added just a touch of color on each page with a little banner and die cut.

While I was looking for embellishments for the 7th, the "meet me under the mistletoe" die cut jumped out at me as a great way to document dropping the hubs off at the airport for a work trip. And it just so happened I had a mistletoe die cut to pair with it.

The 8th had originally been a photoless page because I forgot to take a picture of my parent's new cat. I remembered to get a photo of her the next time we went and so I decided to clip it to this page. I used a variety of stickers, popping some of them up with foam tape and then wanting a little bit more, I went back and added stamped trees.

If you're interested in the full list of supplies that I'm using to create my album, you can find it in my Days 1-3 post and now the planner pages I designed are available digitally in the shop.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Read More Traveler's Notebook

It's Friday and there's a shop update that you're not going to want to miss out on! Brandi Kincaid's latest kit, Mark Your Place, is now available, and it is so much fun to create with. The Pattern Play kit and stamp have been restocked and there are new items, including the option to purchase digital cards to the kits that are currently stocked. Whoo hoo!

For 2018 I want to continue my goal of reading more than I did in the previous year. I'm surprised at how much I read this year considering I'm not a fast reader and there were weeks when I only picked up a book because I needed to dust.

To help me keep on track and to continue recording the books I read, I'm going to be using the Mark Your Place kit and the Track It stamp in a Traveler's Notebook. Each month will have a page to track the days when I was able to read.

And even though it's not January yet, I know I won't finish my current read until then. Plus, I was so darn excited to start my project!

For my first book entry, I printed the book cover and a small graph on printer paper and got to making. I'm still on a Distress Ink and stencil kick, so I added a little bit on both pages. Brandi's cards are little pieces of art and I often just love having them stand on their own. I picked one that I felt set the tone for my notebook, glued it down and added a little washi tape at the top. A stamped sentiment and tiny flower puffy sticker finished it all off.

I'm sure I'll be using the kit in other projects and I can't wait to see what you're inspired to create!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

My Thankful 30 {2017} Days 27-30

I didn't mean for so much time to go by, but here are the last pages for my Thankful 30 album. At times it felt like I was rushed to work on it and I wasn't able to take a new photo each day like I always did in my past albums, but I'm so pleased with how it turned out.

In the end, I have an album that allowed me to reflect on moments that occurred over the course of the year, November included. In the future, when I look back at this album, I won't remember that there were times when I only had an hour to work on 5 pages or that my whole plan went out the window right when I started.

For the 27th, I used another flip up, with a quote on top and photo beneath. I layered a bit of patterned paper with some die cuts and punched a tab with my new punch.

I had been thinking a lot lately about how happy I am that I took the plunge and had laser eye surgery over a year ago. That it all went well and I no longer need glasses or lenses is something I am so thankful for.

The Distress Ink didn't come out the best on this page, but instead of throwing it away, I used patterned paper to cover up a lot of it. I used a little label and some more enamel shapes to pull the light blue from the pattern to brighten up my page.

For day 29, I documented the lovely surprise I received earlier in the month. That planner is going to be well used next year!

The Pattern Play stamp hadn't made an appearance for a while, so I made sure to use it to maintain consistency and selected a stamp I hadn't yet used.

And lastly, the 30th. I don't know if this happens to you, but I've often found myself running out of steam by the end of a project and my last page or two reflects that. I made sure this time to give a little extra attention and brought back the texture paste and stencil to add oomph to my background and then layered several stickers, some with foam adhesive.

I've been using the WRMK typewriter for all of my journaling, and as you can see it can be a little temperamental, but I really do love it. It makes it so easy to get my journaling down, which is always something I struggle with and I don't mind the imperfect text. I've had it for just over a year and while I don't use it all the time, it's not a purchase I regret.

I still plan to record a video walk through so you can see the album in full, and I'll be back soon to share more pages from my December Daily album. Wishing you all the best this holiday season!

daily supplies - A5 6-ring binder, A5 dot grid paper, Dated Stamp - Elle's Studio, WRMK Typecast typewriter, Fog and Stone Inks - Simon Says Stamp
day 27 - patterned paper and die cuts - Crate Paper, WRMK File Tab Punch, Pastel Yellow washi tape - MT, Gold mist - Heidi Swapp
day 28 - Creekside patterned paper and enamel shapes - American Crafts, Peeled Paint Distress Ink - Tim Holtz, label - Kelly Purkey
day 29 - Many Thanks 3x4 card, chipboard shapes, puffy sticker and Pattern Play stamp - Feed Your Craft, Meaningful stickers - The Reset Girl
day 30 - Many Thanks 3x4 card - Feed Your Craft, Scattered Bars stencil - My Favorite Things, Scattered Straw Distress Ink - Tim Holtz, Texture Paste - Ranger, Meaningful stickers - The Reset Girl

Thursday, December 7, 2017

December Daily {2017} Setup and Days 1-3

I'm sure I'm not the only one wondering where the first week of December went! Even though time is flying, I'm really excited about documenting December for the fifth year. As early as October I had planned to once again use a 6x8 album with a mix of pockets and mini layouts, but the first came and went and I wasn't feeling it. I spent time looking at loads of beautiful inspiration, but the idea of how I wanted my album to be just wasn't clicking.

Then it hit me, why not style my album like a planner? This is a daily project for me that I carry through the end of the month and so it made sense to me to fashion it like a memory planner. It's along the same lines of what I've been doing for my everyday albums and yet I had it my head that I needed to do the same thing as past years.

I'm using an A5 planner from Simple Stories and I created daily planner pages to use for my pages. I can still mix in pocket pages, like the cover I'd originally made, along with full size photos. Win, win! Each day features a tab with the date using the Retro Flip stamp from Artist Gather and a stamped weather report and if I'm using the planner page, I'm using a stencil with Distress Ink for a little extra oomph.

Like I mentioned above, I was able to still use the cover page I'd made earlier. I had to punch additional holes, which gave me a little trouble, but worked out in the end.

In my work planner, I don't have monthly spreads, so I thought it would be fun to include one in here. Since I wanted to embellish it right away, I could only type a few items in.

For the first, I used the photo and journaling that I'd posted to Instagram, layering it with a journaling card, dated tab, and a die cut.

On the second, the hubs and I went out to a few antique shops in the next town over. It was fun being able to visit some new spots, but alas, no gifts were purchased. With every project I do, I try to pick a couple of things that I haven't used in a while to incorporate into my album so that tools and supplies get used. This album's goals are sewing and alphabet stickers. :)

Late on Saturday we realized that Sunday would be the only chance we'd have to go to Richmond if we wanted to see the GardenFest of Lights at the botanical garden. Of course I took a lot of photos, and so to include extras, I added a kraft bag to hold more (that I forgot to photograph).

I also wanted to showcase a couple of my favorite photos from the evening, so I printed them full size. This might be the most beautiful Christmas tree I've ever seen.

When we stepped out of the conservatory, the moon was just rising over the treetops.

So that's the start of my album, and I'm looking forward to working more in it. The supplies I'm working with are the Comfort and Joy kit and Remember December kit from the shop, the December Daily 2017 Jasmine Jones mini kit, and leftovers from the 2016 Paislee Press mini kit. I also have the 6x6 FaLaLa paper pad and embellishments from Crate Paper, and of course, plenty of stamps. If you ever have a question about a product used or anything else, don't hesitate to ask. If you're working on your own album for December, let me know, I'd love to see!

Monday, December 4, 2017

My Thankful 30 {2017} Days 22-26

There was a mad dash to get my Thankful 30 album completed before December 1st, and in record time, I was able to get it all wrapped up. I was surprised to find myself feeling inspired and not at all rushed, even though I only had one hour to work on five and half pages.

For the 22nd, I was still on the roll of including some of the patterned papers I'd picked for my kit. I also used a few stickers and added more of the vellum leaves that have been popping up throughout my album, the last one being used below.

I didn't end up having a photo that I wanted to use for the 24th and since I had a couple of photoless pages earlier in my album, decided to bring that concept back. For my background, I used a stencil of leaves in a light beige.

There are times when I do miss making scrapbook layouts larger than 6x8, and so I incorporated a scaled down design that I see many others using on their pages. I folded the corner down and added a little shaped clip and a washi sticker for interest, being careful not to make my page too busy since it's small.

I tend to make a page more plain if it follows a busier or heavier one. So for the 26th, I only added a couple of small embellishments. My photo flips up to reveal another beneath which is always a handy way of including multiple photos.

Like many others, I've begun my December Daily album and will be sharing my setup and first few pages, so I hope you'll be back to visit!

daily supplies - A5 6-ring binder, A5 dot grid paper, Dated Stamp - Elle's Studio, WRMK Typecast typewriter, Fog and Stone Inks - Simon Says Stamp
day 22 - Cozy Plaid paper - American Crafts {Creekside} and Crate Paper, Meaningful stickers - The Reset Girl, vellum leaves - Lawn Fawn Stitched Leaves craft dies
day 24 - Many Thanks 3x4 card - Feed Your Craft, Layering Stencil Autumn and Antique Linen Distress Ink - Tim Holtz
day 25 - Songbird paper - Pebbles {Heart of Home}, leaf clip - Pink Paislee, washi tape sticker - Studio Calico
day 26 - Peeled Paint Distress Ink - Tim Holtz, die cut - Crate Paper, punchable tab - The Reset Girl, File Tab Punch - WRMK, Salmon Pink Washi Tape - MT Tape

Thursday, November 30, 2017

My Thankful 30 {2017} Days 18-21

It's almost the first of December and I know many people are gearing up to begin documenting December, myself included. Crazy how fast this year has gone! I'll be continuing to share the remainder of my Thankful album and hope to have a full video walk through sooner than later.

My page for the 18th was a lot of fun to put together, especially because of the subject. Most days in my album have been a reflection of an earlier event, but on the 18th, I actually had the luxury of time to work on getting my album caught up.

I used a card from the Many Thanks kit and a couple of scraps to layer under my photo and then used a chipboard shape in the same colors. Needing a little more, I added the star stamping.

I brought back into my album another design I created and printed on transparency paper. I knew I needed to add it at least one more time and randomly selected the 19th to do just that. This time I went with circles, but still used the same colors.

On the page beneath, I used Distress Ink watered down and laid the paper onto it. I also added in the little word stickers just like before. If you're interested in picking up this free printable, you can download it here, it's bundled with the previous one in case you missed it. It's sized oddly, so that it can either be trimmed to A5 (pictured above) or cut to 6x8.

For the 20th, I went back to simple layers and stamping. It was unintentional to have these 3 pages feature the same supplies and colors, but there's enough variety between them that I'm not too bothered by it.

However, I did make sure that the pages after those above incorporated more of the colors I'd previously used and you can see the difference with day 21.

I'll be intermixing posts sharing the final days of my gratitude album and the beginnings of my December Daily, and I hope you'll be back to see them both!

daily supplies - A5 6-ring binder, A5 dot grid paper, Dated Stamp - Elle's Studio, WRMK Typecast typewriter, Fog and Stone Inks - Simon Says Stamp
day 18 - Many Thanks 3x4 card and Pattern Play stamp - Feed Your Craft, patterned paper - Crate Paper and Gossamer Blue
day 19 - Apollo Transparency Film, Scattered Straw Distress Ink - Tim Holtz, word stickers - Gossamer Blue, Pattern Play stamp - Feed Your Craft
day 20 - Spiced Marmalade Distress Marker - Tim Holtz, patterned paper - Studio Calico, Pattern Play stamp - Feed Your Craft
day 21 - Creekside pattered paper - American Crafts, Meaningful die cuts - The Reset Girl, Many Thanks chipboard shapes and puffy stickers - Feed Your Craft