Thursday, December 7, 2017

December Daily 2017 // Part II

Hello, hello! I'm playing catch up in my December Daily, and I have pages from December 1-3 to share today. I do have a few stories in November that I want to include, but I haven't quite decided which photos to use yet, so I decided to skip ahead to the 1st of December and finish those earlier pages later. No right or wrong with this project :)

DECEMBER 1 // Advent Calendars
We've got two advent calendars going on at home this year - the David's Tea tea calendar and the L'Occitane beauty calendar. I had the idea to photograph and print a full size picture of each calendar with a 3x8" insert in between. The insert is actually the pocket page that has four 3x4" slots; I simply cut off the 2nd row.
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The transparency in the top pocket is an old one from my stash. I stapled an acetate label from the Paislee Press 2016 mini kit (digital version here) in the middle of the transparency and added some chipboard number stickers. The bottom pocket holds a printable card from Make Merry cards no.2 and I added a wood veneer star embellishment.

Here's the back side of this spread:
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The 'JOY' badge is from the December Daily 2015 kit. I like the look of badges, but often find them too bulky for my albums. I decided to try flattening this one with a hammer, but it didn't work out so well and looked uneven and dented. I ended up carefully flattening it through my manual die cut machine (a Big Shot) and it turned out ok. Yay! I'll probably do this whenever I want to use a badge but reduce the bulk. I wrote my journaling on the green 'holiday details' card from the Make Merry cards no.3 set and covered the heart on the card with a gold star.


DECEMBER 2 // Holiday decor
Super simple page documenting the wooden trees I put on display at home. I scraplifted the half circle idea from Ali's Day 1 page but I opted for kraft cardstock to match the wooden stars on the trees.

DECEMBER 3 // Santa waffles
Adapted a pinterest idea (santa decorated pancakes!) for Sunday morning breakfast :) I kept this spread quite simple too with just the photos and journal cards from the Make Merry collection.
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At the bottom of my 6x8 photo, I added a strip of washi tape from my stash.

I added a white wood veneer tree (from Ali's December Daily 2015 kit) to my journaling card (from Make Merry cards no.2 set). The little number 3 sticker is from the Paislee Press 2016 mini kit.

That's all for now :) Thanks for looking! xo.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Shop Update

The temperatures have been dropping and there's frost early in the morning, sure signs that winter is approaching. Today, I've got a new release at In a Creative Bubble and it's all about wintertime. There's a hodgepodge of winter-related products (all tied together by a blue/aqua/green color scheme), so I'll explain the different designs down below. If you'd prefer to skip right to the store, you can see everything that's new over here.

3x8 Winter Journaling Cards
I'm still loving the 3x8 size and this new set of cards is definitely going to be used in my December Daily. A few of them can also be cut down to 3x4 which is always a win-win in my book! I really enjoyed illustrating those snowflakes on the 'let it snow' card and you can find the snowflakes interspersed through the rest of the new sets. Now I kinda wish I had a Minc because I think that card would be so beautiful if it was minc-ed with silver foil :)

Let It Snow Journaling Cards No.1
When I was brainstorming ideas for winter themed designs, I knew right away that I wanted to include a (friendly) yeti in these cards! He was the first thing I illustrated :) I think he'd make a cute filler card with a small stamped phrase underneath him. The other cards a good mix of clean and versatile designs, prefect for documenting your winter activities.

Let It Snow Journaling Cards No.2
I'm really happy I went with a blue/aqua/green color scheme for this release. I think the look so pretty all together and the colors really evoke a cool and chilly winter vibe. I also had fun designing new patterns for these cards, and that blue snowflake one is my absolute favorite!

Let It Snow Elements
With December Daily on my mind, I knew I wanted to design some coordinating elements to go with the journaling cards! This set has a fun mix of tags, labels, and tickets that I think will be fun to use on top of photos or in the 2" slot page protectors :)

Let It Snow Digital Stamps

Bundle Up Journaling Cards
I wanted to design a set of black and white winter themed cards, similar in style to the Classic Holiday cards. More snowflakes, more clean type, more room for journaling :) I'm very happy with how these cards turned out!

Winter Cut Files
Finally, this set of cut files (in png and svg format) is in response to the requests I've been getting for the snowflake cut file I designed for my December Daily cover. Aside from the snowflake background which is included here, I designed a couple of other 4x8 tags, backgrounds, and large images that can also be used in your holiday scrapbooking. I plan on incorporating a couple of these in my own album as well. Hope you like them!

And that's a wrap for this winter themed release. Hope you're enjoying December so far and your holiday season isn't too crazy. Happy Tuesday! xo.

Friday, December 1, 2017

December Daily 2017 // Part I

Happy December 1st! The holidays are officially upon us, and that means I get to work on my favorite seasonal project again - December Daily :) This is my 8th year making an album to document the holidays, and I'm looking foward to the magic and cozy moments and all the festivities that this season brings.

A couple of notes:

  • I bought the new 6x8 red album from Ali Edwards to use for this project. The rest of the supplies I plan on using are things from my stash of past December Daily kits, holiday supplies + stationery, and my In a Creative Bubble printables
  • Once again, I don't plan on documenting things daily. I just want to fill this book with holiday/winter moments and memories, even if that means I have events pre-December, stories for multiple days, or some days without stories. I've done the daily approach before, but focusing on just the holiday stories worked out well for me in the recent years and was overall, less pressure/stress. 
  • Looking back at my past albums, these are some things I hope to do more of this year: use my Silhouette Cameo, insert more odd sized page protectors and things outside of pockets, and play with my supplies (time permitting!). 
  • I'm going to continue to print my photos for this project at home, simply for the ease and convenience of having my pictures ready at hand when I need them.

Here's a look at my title page this year.
I wanted a translucent/overlay type of title page, but I planned on using the few acetate transparencies I have leftover (from previous years' December Daily kits) for the inner pages of my album. So I designed a snowflake lace cut file using Illustrator, then traced and cut it out with my Silhouette Cameo. Making my title page was a bit of a trial and error process. I originally tried cutting out the snowflake background on vellum, but I had sized it too small and my Silhouette mat was fairly old and not really sticky anymore, so the very intricate design almost jammed my machine. Oops. So I pulled out a new mat, enlarged the snowflake design, and cut it out of white cardstock. Success!

I kept things very simple. I laid the snowflake background on a sheet of plain vellum to soften it. Then I used a green label sticker, alphas (from Studio Calico), and a rubber banner (from an old December Daily kit) to make my title :)

On the backside of my title page, I added a plain white label to cover the back of the green label. I didn't have room to date my album on the front of the title page so I just added some number stickers here to write out '2017'.
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Since I knew my introduction page would be visible behind the vellum title page, I kept it very simple. I typed up this intentions/intro page and printed it on kraft cardstock, then added some gold star sequins and a strip of washi tape.

Thanks for visiting! I hope to work on my album every couple of days, so I'll try and share more December Daily pages soon. Happy weekend! xo.