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December Daily Set Up and Day 1

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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And here is December 1st! Its a pretty simple spread, but I’m loving the lighter shade of green with the pops of red.

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If you’re doing December Daily, how is it going so far? Let me know in the comments!

 

xo,

 

Emily

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December Daily 2017 Plans

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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.

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The inspiration piece for this album.
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How adorable are the die-cuts from Feed Your Craft?!
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Lovely Felicity Jane cards. 

 

So let’s get started with December! I’m excited to see how this goes!

xo,

Emily

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October 2017 – The First Week

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

 

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August Studio Calico Kit and Layout

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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July Recap and Layouts

If you’re familiar with the paper crafting world, then you’ve most likely heard of December Daily. You’ve maybe even heard of October Daily. After July ended and I had 6 layouts (!) I kind of began to think I should have done a July daily. I love summer and July seems to be the month that summer really seems to begin for me. I’ve already shared two of my July spreads in my Fourth of July post, and here are the rest.

 

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This first spread documents the 1st and 2nd of the month. July 1st was a lazy day for me, I finally saw Moonrise Kingdom and the plant I have been growing really seemed to grow tons overnight. On the 2nd I visited with friends, went out to a Mexican restaurant, and played with the cutest little ginger ever. Pretty much every thing used was Studio Calico or Crate Paper, as usual.

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Spread 2 is a favorite things spread. The song I could’t stop playing, favorite flower photos, and even my favorite Snapchat filter. Most of the cards were again Studio Calico. The card with the purses and makeup is a cut down page from Paige Evans’ Oh My Heart collection.

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This next spread documents a weekend I spent with my friends. We went to a local baseball game for Harry Potter night, I spent the night at their house, and the next morning we went to see Spiderman Homecoming (and my friends indulged me taking the ticket picture, they get my documenting ways. Lol). I used a lot of Feed Your Craft in this one and again some Studio Calico and Crate Paper.

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The final July spread is super bright and colorful and probably my favorite. It documents me stumbling across some cool art and having a shopping day with my mom. You can probably guess that this is mostly Studio Calico again.

 

How was your July? What were your favorite memories to document?

 

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Baby You’re A Firework

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One of my favorite things about St. Louis is celebrating the 4th of July here. Fair St. Louis is an event that my friends and I have taken part in for over ten years now and I don’t see it stopping anytime soon. There’s always great concerts, great fireworks, and great friends.

On this day we first headed to Serendipity, a great local ice cream place for some treats. The atmosphere is adorable with cute murals on the walls and very delicious ice cream (I recommend the Gold Coast Chocolate if you like really rich chocolate ice cream).
After we had our ice cream we headed to the fair.
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The fair was so hot. Luckily a couple of my friends brought umbrellas we could shade ourselves with (and an awesome shaded playpen for the little one). On the night we went the concerts were a bit of a throwback: Eve 6, Sister Hazel, and 3 Doors Down. It ended up being a really good time, especially when the sun went down.
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Although this spread is for Independence Day, its not overtly patriotic. Instead, I chose to do a more subtle Americana theme.

When it comes to creating, stamping is one thing I’ve always been a bit apprehensive about. It’s something I’ve done in the past that worried me: would I ruin this card or photo? I’ve been practicing more and becoming more and more comfortable with it. The “Today’s adventures” stamp on the title card is from a recent Studio Calico kit. The “MEGA HEART EYES” stamp is from A Beautiful Mess and I love it with Miss Izzy’s dancing photo.

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I knew I wanted to use that Find your Tribe card from Gossamer Blue in this layout. For one, it perfectly matched the turquoise and red color scheme I had going on, and two, it pretty much describes how I feel toward my amazing friends. This layout got a bit sappier than a usually do, and I think a lot of it came from my Tim Holtz small talk stickers. Part of the phrases are 4th of July themed from the occasions booklet, but the rest are more lovey-dovey toward my friends (Lol).

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I always really enjoy my 4th of July layouts. Do you have a favorite holiday to document?
Supplies Used
Studio Calico Documenter Kits
Gossamer Blue June 2017 Life Pages Kit
A Beautiful Mess July 2017 Messy Box
Shimelle enamel shapes (similar)
Tim Holtz Small Talk and occasions
*not affillate links, just helping out 😀
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Modern Memory Keeping – Something Different

These two spreads from June are quite different from each other and from my usual style. Still, I’m quite happy with how they turned out. Both of these layouts showcase random moments throughout the month: times spend with my mom, booking my Disney trip (!!), sweet treats, and bunnies, lots of bunnies.

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This side is bright and very colorful, uses a lot of different collections, a lot of embellishments (for me), and minimal journaling.

 

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I’m trying to figure out why I haven’t done a blue/green spread before. I love it! This side came out quite minimal for me, so it was easy to put together and looks nice and simple.

 

 

 

 

Supplies used:

Studio Calico Documenter kits

Gossamer Blue June Life Pages Kit

Feed Your Craft Better Together Kit

Bits and pieces from Crate Paper’s Oasis Collection

Dear Lizzy Lovely Day Puffy Stickers.

 

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