Warning: photo heavy post ahead! To be quite honest I’ve been a bit anxious about starting my December Daily album. Perfectionism has set in, especially with seeing all the beautiful albums people have made in the past. But I made myself get started and my album will be what it will be. I don’t print my photos at home so unfortunately I’m not able to complete an entire spread each day. I’m probably going to stop my album at the 25th so I’ll have the last part of December to finish everything up (and because I have the whole last week of the month off, it shouldn’t be a problem). I’m continuing my Project Life through December, so if anything exciting happens during that last week I’ll record it there. I’m going to make my December Daily more detailed, and my Project Life will be more of a “highlights reel”, which is pretty much how it is anyway.
I’ve been loving using the Crate Paper Falala collection, and I’ve already used a lot of the paper, stickers, and ephemera. The front of my title page uses all of the colors I plan to incorporate into the album.
For the back I did more of a black and white theme and added a bit of green because I liked how the plaids looked together.
This page is my “reason why” page. I pretty much detailed my reason in my last December Daily post, so check that out if you haven’t yet! And, yes, I haven’t completed the December Bucket List card; that’ll get done eventually.
And here is December 1st! Its a pretty simple spread, but I’m loving the lighter shade of green with the pops of red.
If you’re doing December Daily, how is it going so far? Let me know in the comments!
If you hang around the scrapbooking area of instagram or facebook, you probably know that December Daily is big. Like HUGE. If you’re unfamiliar, generally the idea of this album is to share a story from each day in December. Some people choose to do the days leading up to Christmas and stop at the 25th, while others choose to document the entire month. I’ve also heard lately more and more of people planning to do more of a December Memories album and not force themselves to be so committed to the day by day documenting.
I’ve never done a December Daily. Really I’ve never done a mini album (except for making travelers notebook spreads here and there). Last year I gave the idea a chance, but ultimately decided because it was my first year doing Project Life, and usually I don’t have a very exciting December, that I wasn’t going to do a separate album for the month. This year, however, I’m up for the challenge! I haven’t completely decided if I’m going to document the whole month or just until the 25th, but I figure I can kind of decide that as I go.
I’m choosing to do this album for two reasons: first, the challenge, and second, to bring joy back to December to me. I think the first reason is pretty self-explanatory, so let’s go over the second. December has always been tough for me. My father passed away in early December when I was quite young. When I was younger, I would still get excited about Christmas, decorating, seeing lights, and Christmas songs on the radio. My large extended families from both my mom and dad’s side got together, usually both on Christmas Eve. It was a long, but very fun, night. But the older I’ve gotten, the more things have dwindled down. My extended families don’t really get together anymore so typically Christmas is just my mom and me. Christmas time just doesn’t feel as magical. So this year I’m hoping that by setting the intention to make this album, and with that having the intention to try to find something joyful in everyday, that my December and Christmas season is a happier time for me.
So let’s talk about supplies. I’m going to be using bits and pieces from a few different December lines: Crate Paper Falala, Feed Your Craft Comfort and Joy, and Felicity Jane Joy. The cut apart sheet from the Crate Paper collection has really been my main inspiration for the colors and feel I want to the album and I’ve coordinated everything else with it.
So let’s get started with December! I’m excited to see how this goes!
Starting an Easy shop has been something I’ve had in mind for a while but never actually got around to doing. Well I finally bit the bullet and opened a shop. It’s called Holiyay! Decor and right now only has a couple of printables listed but I’m hoping to add some banners and other decor in the near future!
I’ve had this layout in mind for a while now. I originally planned to use a smaller version of this photo in a travelers notebook layout, and as I began to layer papers behind it, and my idea grew, I felt it deserved a full page layout. I still absolutely love the Carousel collection from Crate Paper and liked the idea of using the kites with this photo, as it was from Fair St. Louis in Forest Park. I had already fussy cut and stitched some of the kites when I originally planned to make the layout, but months passed and I ended up finishing a lot of the kites all in one day. I decided to use them as sort of a “kite banner” at the top of the page.
I layered papers from the carousel collection behind my photo and used some of the emphemera from the collection as well.
Then came the Heidi Shine debocal. The page was already quite busy but it felt like it needed a little something else to tie the whole page together. So out came my Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Sweet Mint. For some reason it didn’t splatter as well as it usually does and ended up mostly grouped in one area. And then I dropped the sprayer and smudged it on the page. 😑 I did a little bit of crafty covering up with some gold heart and star stickers and I think overall the layout still works.
Have you experienced any scrappy accidents? How do you deal with those situations?
Hey everyone and happy October (its halfway through the month but whatever). I started collecting photos from the first part of this month and realized I could make a true “weekly” spread for the first week of the month, as typically I just focus on keeping each month together and not really doing the traditional weekly Project Life spreads. This spread documents the last St. Louis Cardinals game of the season, some everyday things, and, of course, October 3rd, aka Mean Girls Day.
I loved the simplicity of the “start where you are” card from the September “Starlight” Studio Calico kit, but I felt like it needed a little something. I added some die cuts from Felicity Jane, and a bit of the gorgeous washi tape from the October “Gypsy Moon” Studio Calico kit. The alphas that I used are also from Felicity Jane.
I had three pictures from the baseball game that I wanted to use, so I displayed the picture of my friend and me and used the other two (that were long distance of players) for a flip pocket.
I don’t typically document sad events in my Project Life album. I know a lot of people do because it is meant to be documenting your life, the good and the bad, but I tend to be naturally a bit more on the pessimistic side so I try to keep my album as cheery and fun as possible. Still there have been events that I didn’t want to ignore so I’ve documented them in more subtle ways. I feel like this card from Feed Your Craft with the quote from J.K. Rowling is a good representation of the tragic events that have been occurring in the United States with the hurricanes and shooting in Las Vegas. I feel like it represents these hard times but also how we can grow together.
How are you documenting October so far? Do you document the good and the bad or keep your album focused on happy memories?
If you’ve seen much of my blog before you know I primarily scrapbook in a pocket page format. It was how I started documenting and it’s what usually comes easiest for me. Every once in a while I like to do a full page layout, and lately I’ve been drawn to this more and more. I think this is one of my favorites I’ve made, probably because I’m obsessed with the Carousel collection from Maggie Holmes and Crate Paper. This collection definitely grew on me. At first I wasn’t sure about it, as carnivals aren’t really my thing, but the more I looked at it, the more I fell in love with it. I’m planning a trip to Disney World in a few months and I’m definitely hoarding a lot of this collection to document the trip.
For this layout I started by layering my photo on white cardstock, then layering various pieces of patterned paper from the collection at an angle behind it. I chose the pinks and blues in the collection and cut everything to roughly 3×4 sized. I then started playing with bits and pieces from the ephemera pack and added these into my cluster. I finally added an aqua doily behind everything.
I knew I wanted to use that YAY ephemera piece as my title. I wanted to add something else to the layout so I decided to add some strips of the same patterned papers to the layout. At first I tried them at the bottom but it seemed to conflict too much with where I wanted to put my photo and title, so I decided to add the strips to the middle.
Finally I began to embellish. I used some of the Thickers from the Carousel collection and made the title “YAY fun”. I also used a few bits from my stash in order to add more gold into the layout. Last, some Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Sweet Mint for some splatters, a doodled border, and a little bit of journaling.
Its hard to believe August is here and that summer is winding down. Soon the crisp fall air will be rolling in, but first, we need to finish documenting our summer! When I scrapbook I tend to combine a lot of kits and collections and use whatever I like to make my layout come together. I decided to create a little challenge for myself to only use one kit to put together a layout. I received my August 2017 Studio Calico kit and immediately broke into it. Some of the cards and embellishments contain brighter more summery colors but I was drawn to the softer pinks and blacks and whites. I don’t do weekly Project Life layouts and instead just keep my months together. I had printed photos from the first couple weeks of the month and pulled out the photos that were a bit softer. This included a photo of details of a travelers notebook spread that I had played around with in the A Color Story app (kind of meta to scrapbook a scrapbook layout, Scrapception?), my new favorite sleep shirt that pays homage to napping, a corner of my room, and the day there was a beautiful rainbow in St. Louis (I was stuck in traffic snapping the photo).
I first pulled the cards I thought I might use. I knew I wanted to use the calendar card because I absolutely loved it!
These are the cards I pulled from the kit that I didn’t use. Aren’t they lovely?
I also loved the marble and pink card but I thought it needed some gold. The kit came with gold sequins so I decided to glue them along the card where the two sides met. The process was tedious but actually only took a few minutes.
I scrap on my bed most of the time so I’ll pretty much use any flat surface (including my Happy Planner) as a tabletop.
I also wanted to use the stamp set that came in the kit for extra embellishment. The stamp seems to be travel focused but I made it work for my photos at home and around town. I stamped directly on the rainbow photo and I felt that the calendar card needed a little extra something so I added a stamp to the top of that card as well.
The only extra item I added to the kit was the little label for journaling which was a stamp from a Kelly Purkey set. Overall I think I did pretty well with my challenge!