Monday, December 12, 2016

December Daily 2016 // Part I

I cannot believe there are only twelve days until Christmas! This season is flying by. Honestly, I wasn't quite feeling the holiday spirit last week. I had just come home from a trip and was dealing with jetlag, adjusting to everyday life again, and the stress of all that I need to do before the 25th. But the snowfall we got (the first of the season and in general, a rare occasion around here!) was just what I needed to pause, take in the magic, and embrace this time of the year. Christmastime is truly my favourite - I just needed a reminder to slow down and enjoy the moments as they come.

My December Daily album is off to a slow start but I'm happy to have started nonetheless. This is my 7th year doing this project! A couple of notes:
  • I'm doing a 6x8 pocket page format again this year. The only new scrapbook supplies I bought were the Paislee Press mini-kit and some of the Crate Paper Snow & Cocoa embellishments. I'm mainly using my extensive stash and my holiday printables.
  • Once again, I'm choosing not to do this project daily. This makes the most sense for me, especially since I didn't get home from my travels until the 4th. Instead, I'm focusing on documenting holiday/winter moments in my album. There may be some days without stories and some days with multiple stories, and that's totally okay. I'm also documenting a few stories from November since they are holiday related.
  • I still plan on finishing Project Life til the end of this year. The spreads for December will have a bit of holiday events as well as a hodgepodge of everyday life stuff that didn't make it in my December Daily.
  • Since I'm already behind in my book, I'm happy to be printing all my photos at home for ease and convenience. I know this will make it easier for me to catch up!

Title Page
After a lot of deliberation, I decided to go with simple for my album cover this year. The polar graph paper is an old Studio Calico patterned paper, circa 2012. I printed out a bokeh photo of our Christmas tree with my instax printer and added it to the middle of my page. I handstitched some of the lines around the photo to make it look like a starburst, then added small star sequins to the ends of the lines. Super simple but I love how it turned out.

Intro Pages
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When I was thinking about what I wanted to include for my intro pages this year, a marketing email from Artifact Uprising (in November) kept on coming back to me. The words in the email really resonated with me and were just what I wanted to focus on this season, so I decided to type them out on a 6x8 page and print it out.

The 6x8 page is a hybrid one - I added some Japanese washi tape that looks like a festive garland above the words. At the bottom of the page I stamped a bunch  of stars with Galaxy Gold brilliance ink.

On the right side, I used some printable cards (trees - Snowfall cards no.1, red card - Joyful cards no.1, asterisks - Snowfall cards no.2, merry card - Good Cheer cards no.1) and I jotted down my thoughts about this season.

Freebie! I know we're well into December but if any of you want to use the 6x8 page as a filler spread in your album, you can download it here. Personal use only please, especially since the words are not my own. Enjoy! :)

I'll be back with more December Daily pages soon! xo.


  1. Oh my gosh! Thank you SO MUCH! You are so talented and create such beautiful layouts. I'm just thrilled to have this! Merry Christmas and thank you for spreading your joy.

  2. This is wonderful! Thank you for sharing your talents with us this holiday season! Love it!