Monday, January 16, 2017

Featuring Kelly Purkey │ December Release

In all the craziness of sharing December Daily® pages I never shared what I made using Kelly Purkey's December release. Well I guess I shared one that was in my December Daily® but I didn't share the other.

After Christmas I was still in denial that a brand new year was approaching so I decided to play a bit in my planner hoping that dressing up my January calendar might help get me excited for a new year.

I don't think I've ever loved a number stamp set as much as this one. I have major heart eyes for the Day One kit this month and seriously could not stop using the stamp set as you will see below. I added the year to the blank space on my planner and used the solid circle stamp to add some additional silver spots. I love how this looks like sequins, how very New Year's Eve of me.

I paired the Day One stamps with stamps from the Fight On and the Workday stamp sets. These two sets are great for planners and even though I don't work outside of the home the Workday stamp set is a really good set for motivational purposes too. I really loved the orange color of some of the cards that Kelly added to the kit this year and used them for a very personal project that I'll share down below.

My other project was one I have already shared with my December Daily® pages but its worth another look here because even though its the same Day One stamp set, it looks so different when used to create a background like I did here.

I really love how the months fit into the spaces left for the circles. Such a fun and creative way to make a date in your planner or in your pocket page spreads this coming year.

One of the projects I really wanted to do last year was a personal pocket page album, just for me and really just all about me. I never got started on it so I vowed to make it happen this year. The idea of working on a mini over the course of a year has me pretty excited. I put some of my favorite Day One kit cards to use on the title page for my album as you will see below.

Orange is one of my many favorite colors and I had fun digging thru my stash of goodies to find items that would complement that color and help set a tone for my project. My plan is to share pages from it as I feel comfortable. I don't usually hold back on sharing my work but in case this ends up being on the deeply personal side I may hold some back. I'll just go with the flow and see what it ends up shaping up as.

I hope you enjoyed Kelly's release as much as I did, she added two new alpha stamps sets to the shop, the Charles.

And also the Lafayette.

I think the Lafayette alpha set is the perfect partner for the Potterhead stamp set which she did bring back and its still available if you missed it last month.

I cannot wait to get making in 2017 so I'm sure I'll be back with more to share very soon.

Take care,
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

December Daily® 2016 │ The End

I wanted to share the last little bit of my album before I shelve it for the year. I always try to capture photos of our elf Twinkle ever since she came to visit us four years ago. Last year I added a fold out collage of photos and I thought about doing that again but when Ali shared how she used the pocket from her main kit and filled it with large tags, I was inspired.

I decided to make my own pocket mainly because I wanted it to be white and the off white color of the pocket in the main kit wasn't doing it for me. Plus I knew I wanted to Minc the word Twinkle for the front pocket. This is something I did last year too and loved it so repeating it again was totally fine for me. I used a digital brush from Ali Edwards that is included in her brush set called Noel. You can find it in her digital shop.

The cut file I used to create the pocket is from the Silhouette store, I just modified it for the size and shape I wanted. You can see a tutorial on how I modified the same pocket page for another project right here. I had to cut the front portion of the pocket twice because my Minc machine is the 6" version so I had to hack it a bit but it still worked. I lined the pocket with the same gold star vellum I started the album with and like the continuity.

The tags were created by me, I just enlarged a tag shape to the size that would fit the pocket and create clipping masks to add in my photos. I did a print and cut on my Cameo and lined the photo paper with plain white cardstock to beef it up a bit. I cut the reinforces out of gold paper and added some ribbon for accent. The numbers came in the Jasmine Jones mini kit that I hadn't used yet and they worked perfectly here to number the days.

I didn't add any text because I didn't think the photos really needed captions, they are pretty self explanatory.

That flair on the outside of the pocket came in Kelly Purkeys' December kit and its my favorite sentiment of the season and a perfect way to wrap up the project.

I hope this inspires you if you also have a visiting elf and have no idea how to wrangle all the pictures. I will say its nice to be done but its definitely energized my memory keeping and it has me excited to continue making in the coming year.

See you soon!

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

December Daily® 2016 │ Days 22 thru 25

I intentionally didn't rush thru the last few days of this project because I was savoring it. I really never want it to end but it always does. I have one last thing to create for my album to slip into the back to hold our Elf photos but for the most part my December Daily® is done.  Here are the last few days.

Day 22

I struggled with how to use the back of the previous circle page for a few days and was happy I gave myself the time to come up with an idea. In the end a pocket was born to hold extra pics printed with my Instax printer. Its double sided so I had a place for the journaling.

When you screw up your stamping but you're not going to recreate the whole page you leave the mistake in even though it really bugs you.

Day 23

I really wanted to use the little rubber circles that came in Ali's main kit but was having a hard time fitting them in. In the end a page inspired by bokeh was born. The tissue confetti was from Ali's kit last year and I'm glad I held on to it. The left side is one of Ali's story note pads that I used as a base. It's a little different than just a plain white background and I love that.

Magic card is from Kelly Purkey's December kit.

Journaling card from In A Creative Bubble.

Day 24

Kelly Purkey's December kit release contained this new set of numbers that I just love. Its from her Day One main kit and I just love them. I used the outline number and the companion Day One numbers stamp to create my background. I just alternated the placement and filled in some of the outlines but not all. I added in the little December and TH stamps and love how this background turned out.

I cut one protector down to add in some extra pictures and then added a tab to the edge.

The filler card is from Push Print Studio that I recolored to match the In A Creative Bubble card.

Loving the new Insta Story stickers you can add to photos.

Gold card and flair from Kelly Purkey's kit.

Journaling card from In A Creative Bubble edited for size and color.

I have used this 6x8 template from Ali Edwards for the past four years on Christmas Day. It seems to be just the right size to get in some favorite shots from the morning.

Like I said above I plan to add in one last piece to hold all of our elf pictures from the month and I'll be back to share that as soon as its done.

I hope you all had a glorious holiday season!

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

December Daily® 2016 │ Days 16 thru 21

Phew, playing a bit of catch up here today and I have lots to share. I really cannot believe we are four days to Christmas, this month has flown by so fast! Its crazy! Sorry in advance for all the pics, its a photo heavy post.

Day 16

I really wanted to use my Instax printer more this year, since I didn't add one photo last year even after buying the printer new expecting too. The page protectors I used are from the Project Life brand, the Instax sized filler cards were in a kit from Studio Calico that was designed by A Beautiful Mess last year.

This journaling card is from In A Creative Bubble, I scaled the size to fit the pocket.

Day 17

I've been hoarding that number card from Studio Calico for a few years now, finally used it, so yay me!

A simple photo and text on the back about sending cards, and of course our card. I used my last Basic Grey white attacher on the card which is sad. I did cut some myself for the other card using a tab die from Hero Arts and a thin piece of transparency. It worked great so going forward I have that option.

Day 18

Starbucks always makes it in my album some way. This year there's no red cup for me but I was able to use that cute felt clip that I bought on Etsy in my album anyway. Today was all about building gingerbread houses and the Starbucks Cafe was a huge hit for us.

I dressed up the outside of a Cosmo Cricket vellum bag with cards from Ali's main kit and layered one of Kelly Purkey's red letterpress numbers on top.

Inside the bag are photos and words from the day. The journaling card is from Sahlin Studio and I added my text to the back side as you will see below. The red and white paper clip is from my stash and I can't remember who made them, they're pretty old.

Day 19

I always get at least one good shot of our tree in the album and today was the day. I backed the vellum bag with a card from the main kit. I really wanted to use this so it worked perfectly here. The other card is from Ali Makes Things and I thought the two sentiments worked well together.

I used a journaling card from In A Creative Bubble to add my text, I did make it bigger and the original design had hand drawn stars so I opted to delete that part and add in some gold glitter stars instead. I love the dimension it adds. The fa la la pieces was from Jasmine Jones mini kit I believe, or was it Ali's main, I can't remember.

The transparency this all sits on top of was one of the early purchase freebies that came from Ali, I love this one.

Day 20

A simple day about my daughters stocking. I made our stockings before she was born and made sure to leave room on hers so she could add what interests her as she grows up. This years addition was a donut, love! The gold card is from Kelly Purkey's December kit as is the number.

Day 21

I added in another circle page because my daughter brought home the most adorable wreath from school today, I had to get that in there somewhere so in it goes. Lots of text for this day since it was the last day of school for the holiday break.

I don't expect to share more before Christmas so I hope you all have a joyous and happy holiday!

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