On the 11th, my sister and I met up for lattes and some Christmas shopping. This page is adorned with my Christmas wrapping paper (the gold striped paper at the bottom) and some gold chipboard letters from American Crafts (Black Tie Thickers). The little snowman button is from Cosmo Cricket.
We had a cool Chinook arch in the sky which meant that a cold snap was coming.
While shopping, my sister and I spotted this girl with a most awesome haircut, so we approached her and complimented her. Then asked if we could take her pic for reference and asked where she got it cut! It may be time for a change in hairstyle for me...
In the bottom right pocket, I filled a glassine envelope with black & gold sequins and slipped it in the pocket along with a feather that I cut with my Silouhette Cameo. And of course, I painted the tip of the feather gold to add some more sparkle.
The 12th was more of a slow day so not much to document. I had. however, been working on making snowglobes (the B&W photo).
The journal card at the top right is one from Paislee Press. I layered a little kraft flag over top and held it in place with a mini clip I purchased years ago from Stampin' Up. On the back of the glassine envelope from yesterday, I adhered a tiny crocheted doily.
On the facing page, I wrote a private note to self which I slipped in this awesome envelope from Tim Holtz. To make a closure, I sewed a mini tag (cut in half) along the flap of the envelope and added some baker's twine to tie. Then I used a little button from Marcy Penner (from last Christmas) to wrap the string around.
The 13th was a night out with my girls. My husband was working a night shift, so us girls went out to dinner, then, as girls do, we ended up doing some shopping!
Here, I printed two photos together (in Photoshop), one of us at the restaurant and the other of our Starbucks drinks. I layered a paper doily behind the photo on one side and a Christmas flashcard from Echo Park on the other.
On this page, I did some journaling on birch paper from Basic Grey, which I slid in the narrow pocket along the binding. The remaining two pockets are 4x4 so I printed a pic of my daughter in her new dress she bought for her Christmas party at work and added a deer in the top pocket.
I had cut the deer with my Silhouette Cameo and then covered him with gold glitter from Martha Stewart.
Love that I am capturing these memories to look back on...
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Originally I had tagged another photo as 'green' on Instagram, but I ended up using that photo in my December Daily album, so I put this little gem in my Book of Lists instead!
I ran out of the little black label stickers, so I had to use a blue one here. Normally that would stop me from moving forward, but not today!
You can be sure that I will be making a trip to the dollar store for more tomorrow though...
Having only one photo today and a simple story, I kept my documenting to one page. My number I painted with the slightest hint of pearlized paint so it glistens. I used two small strips of washi tape, and that is it.
Opposite my photo, I wanted some bling!
Here I used a full 6x8 page protector from Simple Stories. At one of my many trips to the Dollar Store lately, I came across this adorable glittering deer. He fit so nicely within the page protector. Alongside him, I inserted a tree, cut with my Silhouette Cameo, and painted the same pearlized paint in various places. The two make a lovely combo, don't you think?
Across the top of the page protector, I sewed a few lines back and forth to make it fancy, but also to keep the deer and his tree safely inside.
The deer actually came in a two-pack and I used the other one on the cover of my December Book of Lists.
Day 10 was another one-pager. I printed out two Instagram photos, some simple journaling and glittered up my number with gold glitter.
One of my goals this year in my December Daily is to capture and feature my girls as much as possible. With our girls growing up and heading to university, they could decide to leave us at any time. So, I want to ensure that they are all over in this album just in case next year they are not around for the whole month!
Getting closer to catching up.
Thanks for visiting...
My December Daily is coming along more slowly than I would like. As fate would have it, my printer decided to give me troubles. Actually, I have had nothing but troubles with it since I bought it unfortunately. Can printers be lemons too or does that only apply to cars? Anyway...
This page is a simple pic of the mountains and a little sentiment card. I love that the stars and glitter show through in the long pocket along the inside.
This side of the spread is a collage of photos that I put together in Photoshop before printing.
It is tricky to photograph, but behind the collage I made a few swipes of gold paint with a subtle glittering effect. It has just the right amount of shimmer to set off the colourful collage against the kraft paper.
In order to not add busy-ness to an already busy photo page, I did a little hidden journaling. I simply cut cardstock double the size as the photo collage, folded it like a card, then adhered my photo to the front.
Along the side I added a tab and overlapped my number 8 onto the tab for easy lifting.
Inside the card, I adhered some glittered patterned paper from Paislee Press, then added the bill and a packaging sticker from the market where we did our shopping.
I am on a bit of a roll now, as I have resorted to getting my pictures at the printers rather than wasting my time fighting my own printer. I will have more pages to share tomorrow...
I am still very much loving this project. So simple. So easy.
My goal for the Photo A Day prompts was to capture something that pertained to the holidays in order to keep a Christmasy feel to the entire book.
Clearly, being able to photograph the pages in daylight is far superior. But our winter daylight hours here are limited and typically it is dark by the time I arrive home after work. I am envious of those of you who work from home and have daylight on your side!
I love the repetition of the elements.
I love that it documents what we were up to over the holidays.
I love that it makes me take note of things I might not otherwise pay attention to.
I love that I don't have to fuss over what to put on each page.
If you are interested, here are a few others who are working on a December Daily Book of Lists project:
Are you doing any documenting this holiday season?
Here are Days 5 & 6.
I seemed to struggle through these days as my album was just not coming together like I had envisioned. It seemed to be very difficult to stick to my colour scheme and woodland theme since so many of my photos contained red and green and other dark colours. In the end, I just let it go. If I can bring in the woodland theme I will. If I can use mint green, I will. And if not, I am not going to let it bog me down...
Inside the pockets I placed a little kraft envelope (on which I stamped a chevron design in gold) and used a heart-shaped clip (which I have had so long I don't remember where it came from). The deer head is a printout from Paislee Press (I realize it is a repeat from the other day, but I didn't catch it soon enough and had already done journaling on the back).
In the bottom 4x6 pocket, I trimmed a piece of vellum to fit, stamped and embossed some snowflakes on it, and mounted a 3x3 photo off to the side. I also adhered my number over the vellum.
This is probably one of the most simple projects I have done in quite a while. Because the format is the same for every page, I do not spend time debating where to put what or which colours will match with the overall page design.
If you are interested, you can click on the link to see my set up for the Book of Lists.
I love capturing the magic that happens over the holiday season.
All it takes is one picture and a list of words...
If you are an Instagrammer, you can follow the works of others participating in this project at #decdailylists.