Friday, December 19, 2014

December Daily® │ days 17 and 18

Day 17 was our big wrap day. We always tend to do it all in one shot instead of spacing it out. Its a mountain to be sure but once you put your mind to it it goes fast. Especially with a Christmas Playlist on full blast. One tradition I started a few years back was to wrap all of Simone's gifts in the same paper. It makes it easy when its time to pass out and you don't need a tag on each gift, extra bonus points. I have picked the paper for her in the past but Simone was with me one day at Target and I asked her if she wanted to pick out her special paper this year. She said yes and as we walked the wrapping paper aisles at Target I was laughing to myself trying to think of creative ways to make Ariel wrap and then Frozen wrap she was picking work in my album. I was very happy when she ended up picking this pretty blue and silver snowflake paper. I may have done a quiet happy dance. (Disclaimer its raining buckets right now so the lighting is less than ideal so my apologies for the less than stellar grayish looking photos).

The page prior was 5x7 so I just cut a piece of the paper that came in Ali's kit the same size and worked from there. I layered a piece of the wrapping paper on white cardstock just to frame it a bit. I placed the tiny alpha that came in the kit right on the paper using the curl as my guide. A simple red pearl dot and the title and I was good. I did add one of the little tabs after I was done just because I want to use those little guys up, they are so cute. You can see the color of the paper a bit better below, its definitely bright blue and so pretty.

Day 18 had a few story options but I've been waiting to get a shot of our tree in and I'm quickly running out of time so the other stories got bumped. The star transparency on the left lays on top of the tree image, that you will see below. I cut the merry and bright from Jen Kinkade on my cameo and used a really pretty thick red foil paper that I purchased at Michaels. My blade had to be set on 10 to go all the way thru that's how thick it is. Its just gorgeous in person. I just added a tiny bit of text on the photo and adhered the veneer 18 right on top of the protector. A bit about the photo, I did use my tripod to take the photos of the tree and made sure to get them on a day when it wasn't raining. I had a really long shutter to get the little flair on the lights so a tripod definitely helped get clear non blurry images.

Here is is laying on top of the tree image.

And here is a better image of the red foil. The silver star transparency was from Allison Kreft for Websters Pages and I got it last year.

Here are the two pages in the album. I love that pop of bright blue with all the red.

Its going to be a crazy busy weekend for us. We are going to the Nutcracker tomorrow and then having a small cocktail party, gift exchange with our friends later that night. I hope you have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

December Daily® │ days 15 and 16

The one thing I have always wanted to share in my album is something about holiday music and this year I finally made it happen. Holiday music starts for me before Thanksgiving and I have a playlist on my phone that's on constant repeat. When I sat down to finally make a page for it this is what I ended up with.

I really loved that number paper that came in Ali's kit and really wanted to find a way to incorporate it in so I thought this might be a good spot. I added in some really old candy cane striped thickers and a piece of ribbon and the veneer number to finish it off. On the right I had my full playlist typed up and ready to go but opted at the end to show just my 9 top faves from the list to correspond to the number paper. I added some more ribbon and the chipboard music note piece from Ali's kit.

Here is my full playlist if you are curious what I'm listening too. Some of the songs are duplicated because they are done by different groups.

One of the things my husband and I always do is head out on our own for a shopping day that's pretty much all about us. Its easier for us to just do it together so we get just the right things. There are still some surprises on Christmas Morning but for the most part the big stuff is done together.

I used a piece of the printable silver foil for the list on the left. I laid out the design in Photoshop Elements first and save it as a .png file and then opened that in my Silhouette and laid it on top of the torn page cut file that I bought from their store. I printed and then cut out the whole thing. I could not get my registration marks to read properly, a problem I have had ever since I upgraded the software awhile back so I just had to cut it without reading the marks and it worked just fine. In the image below you can see the shine a bit better. I was really pleased with how well the color printed on this, I wasn't sure it would show well enough but it really did print well.

I'm off to wrap all of the girls stuff before she gets home from school so that will be the story for today that I will share soon.

Take care,
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Monday, December 15, 2014

December Daily® │ days 11 to 14

It was kind of a busy weekend around here. Christmas gifts to purchase, wrap and ship back East and other places, a cocktail party with friends and a birthday party for a certain seven year old. It didn't leave much time for creating but I stayed in my cozy's yesterday and got myself caught up.

Day 11

I had originally just made the page on the left but I decided I wanted to tell more of the story. This past Friday we were supposed to have a crazy stormy day and a lot of area schools shut down in anticipation for the storm (our district didn't shut down) so I wanted to get some of that down and I didn't want to cover up any of my photo to do it. As you can see below the text is on top of an acetate sheet that I stuck down to the top of the page protector with the cutest skinny washi tape. I did that because I didn't want to staple it or sew it because it would show on the previous photo which I didn't want. I think it will hold up okay as long as no one tugs to tight on it. I added the ribbon to grab on to to open it up to reveal the photo which I snapped with an intentional blur.

The journaling card I made and used the paint chip cards in Studio Calico's Grand Central addon as my inspiration. They gave the storm a hashtag and how dumb was that! I mean come on!

I'm glad I added the story in it makes more sense and its a bit of history documented. Plus is gave me a small space to use for the 12th which was all that I needed.

Day 12

My husband and I had a busy day of shopping, wrapping and shipping gifts and I didn't take any photos but I did snap this one that night at our friends house so I made a quick and easy entry for the album. Some days just need to be easy and fast and that's okay. If your curious what's in my drink its Cranberry Sprite, Vodka, fresh lime juice and a splash of cranberry juice. It was really good! The Cranberry Sprite comes out only during the holidays so make sure you grab some now.

I attached this photo directly to the back of day 11 and it helped cover up the staples I used on the attach me stickers. I typically staple them down because the adhesive doesn't always grab like it should.

Day 13

I kept this to a minimum just the group shot and one of her with her cake. It will get covered more extensively in another form but I wanted it to be my story for today. I made sure to add the 12 13 14 because the date was pretty cool.

Day 14

I initially had this planned for today but since I was in catch up mode yesterday and I didn't really have a story to tell I moved it up. I used the same templates that I did on my previous Elf spread and since I had used the divided page protector on the 13th I just modified it a bit to print on two 6x4 photos and it worked great. I just cut the top one down the middle and everything lined up fine.

I didn't cut the Twinkle out of glitter paper this time but I still made it aqua blue and just printed the whole thing on photo paper. I added blue stars on either side of the number this time instead of the red pearl dots.

I do love how these weekly recaps are working for me so I'm really glad I went this route.

I'll be back soon with more, I can't believe Christmas is in 10 days!

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

December Daily® │ days 9 and 10

Two days to share with you today. The first is the 9th. I always like to include our Christmas Card in the album and I usually do it on a slow day when I don't have another story to include. The fact that we got them all stuffed and ready to mail in about 20 minutes (not including addressing time) was a bonus. Many hands make light work.

I made sure to snap a shot of the stamps because they were just the cutest things ever. I kept the left pretty simple so the card was the focus. I sprinkled some tiny gold heart sequins and glued them right where they fell. I printed the text right on the page which made it super easy.

Here's the back side of the card, I didn't cover it up because I wanted it to show.

Here it is inside the album, I'm pretty sure this will be a favorite card for a really long time.

Now on to Day 10, my daughters birthday! I got her a giant silver number balloon last year but this year they had gold!! I really love these balloons and it totally makes for a really great shot. I snapped some pics of her before school celebration but man the morning light is tough in December. I snapped this shot here after she got home from school when the light was a bit better.  On the left I used a piece of Cosmo Cricket vellum that I had been hoarding since last year. The silver letters were also from last year and came from the Target Dollar Spot. I think I bought 10 packs because they were so perfect. I used vellum adhesive to lay them down but the silver glitter on the vellum kept them from sticking really well so I had to staple each one down. I added one of the tab stickers from Ali's kit because it needed something to grab to turn the page.

Here you can see the vellum a bit better.

For the photo, I added the banner and text in Photoshop Elements and just changed the opacity of the banner so it looked like vellum. I added the two red pearl dots and the veneer 10 on the outside of the protector.

 And here it is in the album.

Its storming pretty bad here today so I have a feeling today's page will be weather related I'm just not sure of the what and how yet.

See you soon,

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