Saturday, December 17, 2016

December Daily | Simple Stories

Hey there! I have been busy working on my "December Daily" or as I like to call my album my "December Moments"!  Our family tends to be super busy or have nothing going on - rarely a happy medium.   As such, I didn't want to pressure myself to document something every single day, or even only one thing on any given day.  So I will be adding in memories as they are created and inserting dates where applicable.  So we may have 3 things for the 1st of December and then nothing until the 5th, and I am A-okay with that!

I would love to share a bit of what I have documented already.  I used loads of elements from the Classic Christmas collection and SN@P packs, they are absolutely perfect for this application and I am loving the way my album is coming together!.  I decided to keep my cover pretty simple, I kept the kraft cover in tack as I love it so, but I did add a hint of gold texture paste with a "falling snow" mask.  I chose a couple of simple stickers, I love the train snow-globe so much and feel it is a little nod to my late father in law that was an engineer for the British Rail Road.  I also used a die cut word and those fab gold foil number stickers and a small strip of washi.

I love this door shaped SN@P page, I have layered a die cut wreath over the wreath that was printed on the door so that it really pops, I have also used some (older) SN@P stickers to put our house number on the door.  I love that it welcomes anyone that peeks into my album into our holiday traditions, as well!

I added a printed paragraph about my love of the holiday season and my goals for my album.  I layered it onto cardstock and patterned paper and added a simple phrase sticker to adorn it. I also wrapped the leading edge of the page protector with washi tape.

My next page is a photo collage of our family, including our 3 new additions this year (a daughter-in-law to be, a grandson and a puppy).  I embellished the empty squares with some fun accents! This is the backside of the previous page, so this page also wrapped with washi tape.

I love this buffalo check print that is on the back of the "City Sidewalks" patterned paper.  So I created a large die cut to showcase it, then I adorned it with some gold cord and an enamel star.  I saved the bottom portion of this paper (with the little shops on it) to use at a later date, as they are so stinking cute.

This is my first numbered page, documenting the return of the little advent bags that I made and filled for our youngest son. I journalled all about our son no longer believing in Santa, and about our Elf on the Shelf moving on to our grandson's home, and me toying with stopping this advent tradition, too.  But in the end I couldn't bear to lose so many of our fun holiday traditions.  The number "1" was fussy cut from a patterned paper and stacked on a die cut gift.  I love the way the die cut that is layered on the photo actually looks like it is a framed print in our home!

Our usual first hint of Christmas around the house is changing out the urns on the porch, this year we were given some greenery from our friends and we hiked through the woods on a grey and chilly day to forage for the rest.  Even though it was cold, it was a lot of fun! I documented our walk in the woods and how we got a little lost, as well as shared photos of the walk and our finished urn.

Day 1 was also the day that we put up and decorated our kids tree.  I wanted to add several photos and a fair amount of journalling so this ended up being a 4 page spread in my album.  One of our traditions has been to give our children a new keepsake ornament every year.  This was something my husband started with me when we were first married, and we carried it over to the kids once they started arriving. After many years of marriage and 3 kids, we have amassed an amazing collection which is why we now have a "kids tree" and a "grown ups" tree  I love that one is whimsical and one is elegant! When we were decorating the tree, my youngest point out a few of his favourite ornaments, so I took the opportunity to snap a photo.

And then I took his picture as he was adding the last touch to the tree, the gingerbread man tree topper!  I used a 4x6 cut apart card to create a page for this photo and added a die cut tab to it.

Other than adding another die cut, I left the back of the cut apart card as is, so the pretty image is not obscured.

The last page for this spread is really simple with a 4x6 print of the tree layered on the patterned paper with some foam in between for a little lift, and adorned with a gold clip. I am seriously in love with those candy cane stripes!

See what I mean about our all or nothing days!

I also wanted to document that I have started my Christmas baking, a tradition I was influenced by my late mother-in-law to start.  Even thought I am not finished yet, I wanted to be sure to include this in my album.  I thought it may be fun to include some of our favourite recipes in my album.  I have paired down my baking to only 6 or 8 different things over the years.  Most of them remain the same, but a couple of things are changed up to keep it fun and fresh.  I created a page with a flap so that I could add a photo of some of my goodies to the front, and tuck the recipes inside.

I adorned my photo with part of a SN@P card, washi, and one of the Christmas dress die cuts cut down to resemble an apron.  I love the way that it turned out!

Inside I adhered the recipe cards with washi tape in a tiered effect. They are very simply embellished and are super fresh and clean looking. I will be sharing a tutorial on how I created this flap page on my blog in a few days.

Each year we donate toys to those less fortunate, it is a tradition that is truly important to me and one I hope our children will continue.  My siblings and I were fortunate enough to have received donated gifts during a few Christmas seasons when we were young, without which our tree would have been bare. Because of the importance of this tradition, I focused more on the words, the journaling and the sentiment rather than the photos. I love the bold red alpha stickers in the Classic Christmas collection that I used to write "spread magic", the "GIVE" text was die cut from white cardstock. And the sentiment on the SN@P card could not be more perfect. It reads, "If you don't have Christmas in your heart, you'll never find it under the tree." 

I am super excited to continue on with with my album!  I have a few more pages complete and some started that are waiting for photos.  I  have been trying to do my journalling, even if only on scrap paper, as the events happen so that I do not miss out on any details.

I have a video up on my You-Tube channel that has a process section for my cover and a flip through of days 1 through 8, with a little more than you see here.  Also, it is part of a You-Tube and there is still time to play along and enter, with prizes up for grabs until December 24th!

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  1. This is gorgeous Laura!! What a wonderful keepsake! I love how you are focusing on the memories rather than needing to do a page a day.

  2. I absolutely love your December daily. The door at the beginning of the album is a fabulous idea.
    Cindy Lou

  3. Fabulous start to your documenting December!!!


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