Monday, December 11, 2017

December Daily® 2017 │ Album Walk Through Video Days 1-7

I wanted to pop in real quick to let you know that I have uploaded a video of my December Daily® 2017 album so far to my YouTube channel. In the video I walk you through days 1 thru 7 and talk a little bit about each page. I know that some folks prefer walk through videos instead of looking at static photos so if you prefer that you can watch below or click thru here and watch it via YouTube.


I'll be back soon to share more pages as soon as they are done.
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Friday, December 8, 2017

December Daily® 2017 │ Days 5 thru 7

I find sometimes when I have to play catch up at the beginning I tend to work on a few days and then take a few days off. I seem to like batch creating with this project mainly because it does help sometimes knowing what's coming behind a page that I make so that I can accommodate what I have in mind. Again, this is all part of my theory of letting it flow at my pace and creating with what I have to work with.

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Day five was a total challenge. If you have been here awhile you know the story of my daughter's wrapping paper but if you are new here its a tradition that started back when she was about two. I decided to pick a special wrapping paper just for her gifts to make it easier for me. If it was all the same I didn't have to tag each package. Hello time saver. When she got a little older she asked if she could pick out her special paper. So each season we make a trip to Target and she picks out her paper. This year, she threw me a curve ball and chose a black holographic pink unicorn paper. Its so perfectly her right now so I really love that she picked it but I did think to myself, how the heck am I going to make this fit! Truth be told, I changed this after I had already made it. I didn't love what I had made, so laying in bed last night I thought about ways to make it better and that meant vellum. I kept the same basic design I just added the layer of vellum between my photo and the paper layer. I wanted it to open so you could still see the paper and I loved how this little switch softened it and make it more special. The pink sequin heart is old Heidi Swapp, the rubber circle is from the Paislee Press mini kit, the black chipboard number is from Ali Edwards, and the black December tab is from Studio Calico.


The vellum is old Cosmo Cricket.


It really is pretty paper when you see it in person. Even the black portion has a slight holographic pattern.


Day six we stuffed and mailed our Christmas Cards. My dear friend DeAnna is a photographer and this is the third year she has shot our family photos. She surprised me with this image of my daughter and I knew it had to be used. I kept the left side simple, just some text and a large number from Studio Calico. The hexagon glitter was purchased at Target in the dollar spot and I stuck each one down with a Martha Stewart glue pen. It went much faster than I thought it would.


And the shine is really pretty in person.


Day seven was a crafty day. I made the silver star garland when I couldn't find one in the stores anywhere. I also thought it was the perfect time to share what our mantle looks like this year since I decided to switch it all up. The white houses and many of the bottle brush trees were in the Target dollar spot this year. I purchased the wool felt ball garland from Etsy and I made the silver star garland by cutting varying star shapes on my Silhouette Cameo and stapling them to a silver cord with my tiny attacher.


To label the day I added in one of the stars that I had cut and slipped in one of Kelly Purkey's letterpress numbers from this years Joyful & Bright kit. The green really popped and I love it.


Thanks for being here and I'll be back next week some time to share more. Its a big birthday weekend around here for a certain little girl so I'l have lots to include.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

December Daily® 2017 │ Days 1 thru 4

The happiest time of the year is here and that means another year of December Daily®. This is my ninth album and I'm still as in love with this project today as I was in 2009. I got a little bit of a later start this year, mainly because the first weekend of December was a pretty busy one and also because my Mom was visiting and I didn't want to take time away from that. I always know that I'll catch up so starting late never really bothers me. I look forward to working on my pages each day, I just may not share them every day but I will check in to share them all here as well as on my Instagram feed. You can find me here.

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To answer a few questions up front about my plans and supplies, etc. 1) I do not create foundation pages. I stopped a few years ago when I realized I enjoy the process more when I didn't have something started ahead of time. I found I was spending way too much time fitting a square peg into a round hole so to speak. Its so much faster and more freeing for me to be able to create fresh each day based on what I have photo wise. 2) most of the photos I use come from my iphone 7+. I also have a Canon DSLR that I take my album pictures with and I may pick it up here and there for some shots. I also have a Sony A5100 that's new to me this year. I'll probably use that out of the home and for larger events. 3) I print all of my photos at home on a Canon TS6020 printer. I love it! 4) I post edit all of my phone photos using the app Pic Tap Go app on my phone and I also edit on my desktop computer using Rad Lab. 5) the fonts I'm using for my printed journaling this year are Avenir Next Pro and Marista which looks like a cursive typewriter.

My supplies this year are from a few sources. I purchased the mini kit from Paislee Press offered by Ali Edwards as well as a few smaller embellishments. I will also be using the three kits from Kelly Purkey. These will be the focus for me, because I really love the papers and cards from Kelly's kits. I also picked up some stuff from Studio Calico, Felicity Jane, and Tim Holtz. Here is a shot of the two bins on my work table, a little bit of this and a little bit of that. I also have a few sets of numbers and specialty papers and cards not pictured that you might see pop up in my album. I'll tag everything I can in my posts each day. If I miss something just ask in the comments or shoot me an email.


I was struggling for a bit on how to start my album. I usually like to make a cover page that fits over the top of all of the page protectors but I just couldn't come up with a design. I had initially thought of using a printable that I found online but I may save that for a later page, I also thought about a tree cut file but I wasn't feeling anything and then I remember this tree journaling card that came in Kelly Purkey's Joyful & Bright kit. Luckily I had the digital pdf file of the card that you can purchase here. I enlarged it in Photoshop Elements to fill the page and I loved it. I added in a gold glitter star in place of the printed star, the year using my favorite number thickers from Hobby Lobby and a rubber banner that I believe came in a past Studio Calico kit or maybe it was an old Ali kit, I can't remember but I loved the simplicity of the sentiment.


I love how the matte gold of these thickers plays with that soft pink.


I ended up with two stories for day one, way to start out big huh. I opted to cut down a page protector so that it flowed together and didn't end up looking like two separate days. I used the pink card from Kelly's kit because I loved the sentiment on it. I added in a white chipboard number that was from Ali's kit last year and the journaling card has a printable from In A Creative Bubble that I recolored to match Kelly's card. It still needed something so I added a silver glitter star on top of the number and placed it on the outside of the page protector. I also added in an avery tab and stamped sentiments on the front and back using the stamp set that was designed by Paislee Press for Ali Edwards. The stamp set is sold out but you can get it digitally.


I always write a little note to my daughter each year, you can zoom in a read it here if you like.


The second story of the day is a Holiday House tour that my Mom and I attended. It was super fun but they don't let you take pictures inside the homes but this giant Nutcracker was begging to have his photo taken. The journaling card is from In A Creative Bubble, I just filled in the text with red to tie it all in.



Day two happened at the end of November but I'm okay with that and always include the story in this album. I'm from the camp that stories can be told on any day and it doesn't have to happen that day to be included. I used a journaling card from the Paislee Press mini kit and added one of the kits rubber banners on top of the page protector. The card originally said home for the holidays which could totally worked here but I knew I wouldn't have a place for that rubber banner anywhere else and I really wanted to use it. The black chipboard number is from Ali's shop this year. I'll get a lot of use of the black numbers this year I'm sure.



Day three and we finally bought our tree. As you can read on the journaling this was late for us but I'm really glad we waited. I loved the pop of green as well as the graphics on the tag that was on our tree so I just cut it down to fit and added a white number. I love how that green pops. I kept everything else pretty simple to focus on the photos. I used a journaling card from In A Creative Bubble that I modified a bit and placed one of the tiny little square stickers from the Holiday Tradition kit designed by Jamaica. Man I love those little square stickers.



Day four was a simple entry. Sadly my Mom was heading home and we always snap a picture of her and my daughter before she leaves so I included it here. I used a card from the Holiday Tradition kit and the letterpress number sheet came in Kelly's Joyful & Bright kit. I love those numbers and I love how they pop on this red and pink card. I may end up adding a tab but I'll decide that after I work on day five.



I hadn't really intended to make my first few pages so simple but playing catch up had something to do with it, but then again I like to make the photos be the star. That means I end up limiting my embellishments to only what really makes sense.

I hope your albums are coming along too and I'll be back to share more soon.
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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Kelly Purkey Shop │ November Release

Well hello there! I'm super excited to share with you the projects I made with Kelly Purkey's latest shop release. I really loved the A Little Bit of Magic main kit this month, its going to be perfect for the holidays but it was also super perfect to help document a trip we took that has nothing to do with the holidays.

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I knew right when I saw the stamps that these would be perfect to document a trip to Universal Studios, especially to the Harry Potter section. My daughter is obsessed with all things Harry Potter these days and getting to see it again with a friend was even better.

I used the new small Sullivan Street alpha stamp set for my title card and paired it with a few of the stamps from the main kit. I love how the layers of stars turned out.


I always love to stamp with white ink on dark photos and my go to ink is Brilliance Moonlight White. It pops of the page so well when stamped on dark colors. I plotted out my text really small on the center journlaing card and then stamped the text box after it was printed.


I loved the bold titles that are included in this stamp set this month and had to use this one on top of my photo of the castle. It truly is a magical place. The lightning bolt was cut out of glitter paper and layered on top of some black to create the shadow. The star journaling card is one from the kit and I loved the  hand drawn stars.


My next project was a spread in my Travelers Notebook. I was lucky enough to have a chance to spend a few hours with a fellow creative team member Krista Wells recently and the Let's Get Crafty stamp set was perfect to help document the day.


Hands down my favorite stamp in this set is ask me about my stamp collection! All the LOL's and Heart Eyes for that one!



I needed a little something extra at the bottom on this side of the page and since our food was quite epic I added in the emoji strip from the The Crazy Ones stamp set. I love that stamp!


There was also another alpha stamp set that I haven't used yet called Orchard. Its a really pretty script font that I'm excited to use.


Make sure you also check out the Winter Memories Travelers Notebook kit. I immediately fell in love with the bright bold colors and papers in this kit. Ann-marie Espinoza designed this kit and its beautiful.


Kelly has also added digital files of the papers, cards and stamps for her December Kits so if you love working with digital files, make sure you grab those to pair with your kit or to just use on their own.

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