Monday, December 10, 2018

December Daily® 2018 │ Days Four thru Seven

So it seems I'm working my pages in pairs this year which is okay with me. I actually like planning what's going to go on the back of something as I'm thinking of the front side. That way I always know what's coming next or what I have space for next.

Day four and day five were not made together but they ended up working well and mirroring each other nicely when I was done so that was a total win.

There are so many great movies out this month so this was the first that we went to when my mom was here. Because we went at night there weren't really any great photo ops but I always snap a pic with the tickets so I made that super small knowing it would fit nicely into the white space of this page. I had planned to add in the movie poster image but when I saw this peeking Grinch I had to use him instead. I added my journaling and kept it short and let the number and the heart fill the rest of the space.

My next story is about the most amazing, gigantic poinsettia I bought at Costco. This thing is HUGE and I love how it looks on our porch.

Days six and seven were made together because I had enough time to do two days. I wasn't sure how to fit in the stories for the days and ended up using one of my favorite 'floating journaling on top of a transparency" methods. Its a fun way to see the next day peek out and it allows you to tell a quick story and not use a ton of space to do it. The journling card I used here is from In A Creative Bubble.

The text for this day came directly from an IG and Facebook post I shared about the meaning behind this new ornament.

Day seven is a shot of our mantle, I wanted to include it again this year because I bought two new items that I really love. The journaling card I used here is from Paislee Press, their digital shop, not the 2018 mini kit.

I love how the shiny gold number pops off the page and gives the spread a little bit of sparkle.

I'll be back soon to share more pages as I make them!
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Friday, December 7, 2018

December Daily® 2018 │ Days One thru Three

So I'm at it again, year 10!! Holy smokes I cannot believe this is my tenth December Daily® album. What an amazing project this has been and I treasure each and every one of my albums. So many thanks need to be expressed to Ali Edwards for creating this project. My holiday season would not be the same without this project.

I have gotten a bit of a late start on my album this year, which seems to be the same story for the past few years. I'm okay with getting a late start because I always know I will catch up. Plus a few solid full day sessions of scrapbooking help get me in the groove and it makes it fun for me.

As I share my pages here this year I will always try to tag things that I can that are current but if I don't feel free to ask questions, I'm happy to help if I can. One other note is this some of the links I share might be affiliate links, which means I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase using the links below. There is no additional cost to you if you use these links. But I wanted to disclose that up front.

The first thing I made was my cover page. I kept it super simple this year which is probably going to be a recurring theme from me this year.

The gold elements are Crate Paper Merry Days, the chipboard number is from Ali Edwards last year, the December twenty eighteen is from this years Paislee Press mini kit and the rubber star is from my stash, possibly from Felicity Jane but I can't be sure.

Day one is typically about advent calendars or Twinkle our elf's arrival but this year I focused mostly on the adorable Harry Potter Advent calendar I got for my daughter. This was a hot item this year and of course I missed out on all the presales so I had a hard time tracking it down. I got lucky one day on Amazon and found one at a fairly reasonable price.

The first figure was Harry himself so he deserved a front and center photo. The stamping I did is from the Merry Everything kit from Kelly Purkey. The kit is sold out but the digital files are available.

On the right side I used a paper from the Paislee Press 2018 mini kit as are the chipboard circle and the rubber piece. The stars are from my stash. The journal card is from Kelly Purkey.

Day two is about our tree hunt so I had to use one of the Riso prints Kelly sold in her specialty paper pack. I didn't want to cover it up so as you will see below I cut around it to slip photos under it.

All of the stamps I used on this side are from Kelly Purkey but sadly they are all sold out. I really love the tiny words that fit into the labels.

Here you can see how I cut down each side of the tree but left the bottom intact and didn't cut around the star. I backed the paper with a plain sheet of cardstock so the photos had a place to live.

I really loved the tag that was on our tree so I saved it and stamped in the details myself using the number stamps from the Countdown to Christmas kit.

 I modified one of the journal cards to increase the length since my photo was long and thin.

Day three was the day we hung up the outside lights. I feel like I'm a total broken record about this story but we do it every year and it means a lot to me so its an important story for my album. This years photos turned out so cute and you may see something similar on our holiday cards this year.

I extracted some text from one of the papers in the Oh What Fun kit, and laid them on top of my photo. The & is from another digital kit and matched enough to work for this.

I decided to add some of my favorite throw back pics for this annual tradition and really love how this layout turned out. The chipboad traditions piece is from an old Paislee Press mini kit.

I have two more days pages done, I just need to photograph them and get them loaded. I want to do a video walk through as well, I just don't know if I should do them weekly or what. I tried weekly last year and only did one, maybe I should do half and then the other half. If you have an opinion or preference let me know in the comments.

See you soon,
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Friday, November 30, 2018

Featuring Kelly Purkey Shop │ November Shop Update

Hello everyone, its hard to believe that tomorrow is December 1st! Its crazy how quickly November went and I'm a little sad to see it go. The good thing is that the next month is the height of my creative year and I cannot wait to document our December days. Not to put the cart before the horse I need to share with you the projects I made using the Kelly Purkey Shop November releasee. I made three projects this month so I have a lot to share.

Note: This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission if you make a purchase using the links below. There is no additional cost to you if you use these links.

The first project was a quick travelers notebook spread I made using the Cobble Hill alpha stamp set. We went to Hawaii in November so I have a lot of photos to document. This spread using my 6 favorite photos and a lot of journaling.

The journaling for this spread is much longer than I typically do in a travelers notebook spread but I used the text I had shared on two Facebook posts while we were on the trip. The first paragraph is mostly about my feelings of being back in Hawaii and the second is a recap of the trip. To frame the title work I did using the Cobble Hill alpha stamp set I used stamps from the 365 Days and the Best of the Best main kit.

I added just one stamp to the left side on top of one of the photos and its from the Best of the Best main kit. I love how the white ink looks against the blue sky.

My second project was a 6x8 spread documenting some of my November favorites. I used pieces from the Feel It All mini kit and stamps from the Stay Warm stamp set, 365 Days and the Best of the Best main kit.

I really loved the painted floral card and especially love it paired with my rose photo.

I loved the binge watching stamp from the Feel It All mini kit.

My last project was a quick spread that I made using some photos I took on our walk to school the other morning. Fall is so late here but its just so beautiful I had to capture the amazing colors of the leaves. I used the Winter is Coming travelers notebook kit and some cards and a stamp from the Best of the Best kit and I punched the cute little faces from a paper from the Feel It All mini kit.

I loved how all these layers turned out.

And the cute little emoji faces!

I hope you enjoyed the release and I know some of the kits have sold out but there is still lots of great stuff left.

I'll be back soon as I start documenting December, I cannot wait!!

Take care,

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Featuring Kelly Purkey Shop │ October shop update

Hello everyone! Its November, how the heck did that happen. I swear getting ready for Halloween took all my energy and now its only nineteen days until Thanksgiving. We even went out this morning for our first holiday Starbucks drink and turned on some Christmas music for the drive. I really need to stop and catch my breathe, hopefully I can do that this weekend in between soccer games.

Last week was the latest Kelly Purkey shop update so I wanted to share the projects I made. One is Halloween related and one is Christmas related so perfect timing on both.

Note: This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission if you make a purchase using the links below. There is no additional cost to you if you use these links.

I'll start first with the Halloween project. This project was completely built around the Louise alpha stamp set. I really wanted to type a bold title for this project because I loved the stamp set so much. Plus it was another great excuse to work with last years Halloween photos because hello Platform 9 3/4 stamp set!

For the title I wanted to highlight two of the letters because when Hermione says this line in the movie she really emphasized the vowels. Because the alpha stamps were all the same size I stamped out the letters and then scanned them into my computer. I imported that file into my Silhouette and enlarged the letters and then cut them out onto one of the travelers notebook papers. I love how they popped and also loved the added pop of color it brought to the page.

I stamped a few of the accent stamps from the Platform 9 3/4 stamp set and especially love the burst I added to the top of my daughters wand. I used gold embossing powder to make it stand out even more.

My second project was an absolute joy to work on because I love the sentiment behind the Cookie Club mini kit so much. Holiday baking is a big deal in our home so I really loved this kit. I shared on Instagram that I plan to replicate this whole spread in my December Daily® this year when we get to cookie day especially because the red papers from the Thankful travelers notebook kit are just so perfectly Christmas.

Making the layered tags was my favorite part of this spread. I used the digital paper to create the large base tag and then stamped the sentiments using the mini kit stamp set and the bold title with the Louise alpha stamp set.

My second favorite part of this spread was digging thru the past eight years of Santa cookie making and marveling at how fast my daughter is growing up. Making photo strips is always the best way to get a lot of photos into a spread and I just love this. Stamping the little gingerbread man and the heart cookie was so much fun. I plan to stamp up some more cookies during the holidays too.

I hope you loved this release and I'll be back to share more soon.

Take care,
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