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 I can still mix in pocket pages, like the cover I'd originally made, along with full size photos.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!

2 comments:

  1. Elise this is beautiful! (I'm sorry I'm a few days late in catching up). I just love your amazing photos. They are stunning! What stamp is that weather report? I like that as a daily element. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work. Michelle t

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    1. Hi, Michelle! Thank you so much, I haven't gotten as much practice in this year, but love taking my camera around! It's a little 2x3 stamp from an older Studio Calico kit (sorry, I forget which one). I finally managed to pick it up during a sale earlier this year.

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