December Daily® 2016 – Day three and four


Catching up a little. Day three looked like this. Pretty simple as I’d only attached a tag to the rings and added a three.


I became a little stuck trying to make that tag work and decided I couldn’t so I too it out and added a cut down page protector, a silver three and my story.


Love the little index tabs that I stamped a phrase on from the stamp set I mentioned previously.


On the back of that page I added a tag stamped with ‘Christmas Movies’ and popped a kraft paper list inside so I can jot down the films I watch this December. The photo on the right is added without a page protector and is the photograph of a little Instagram fun I am having.


And a reminder of what I had in place for day four.


On the back of that photo I adhered another one this time of our advent chocolates and poor old Buddy being left out. A printed label and a funny quote made up that page.


The three pocket page was swapped for a two pocket page with a photo of my niece and I trimming our little tree in the bottom pocket and a journal card at the top. I added a punched strip of paper to the left and stamped a phrase from that same stamp set over and over and wrote my story in between. It’s a technique Ali used a couple of years ago.

Loving it so far!


December Daily® is an album project developed by Ali Edwards. Read all about it over here.

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Photo a Day – week thirty eight and thirty nine


Some more catching up with these photos and as we get into December some of my images will be popping up in the December Daily® posts too.

We had some fine bright weather so I have been snapping garden photos when I can. Moved the pots full of Hellebores onto the patio so we can enjoy whatever beauty they care to give us in these dark days.


One of my favourite plants. Hydrangea macrophylla.


We got started early on her Christmas cards.


Although I am not a fan of yellow I couldn’t resist the yellow leaves and blue sky combo.


Oh! More yellow leaves. Walked past these a few days in a row before I could not stop myself snapping a photos. I loved how they were like little fireworks on the gloomy grey path.


Matching tootsies.


Getting ready.


And last week…

That dog in amongst the mess. I tell you he makes me laugh.




Out for lunch with some work and ex-work friends.


The advent candle calendar.


Playing along on Instagram with Makelight Advent.


I was thrilled to discover that our local Starbuck lets well behaved dogs in! He wasn’t too keen on the noise the milk steaming made but he liked wagging his tail at all the early morning customers…


Traditions. She helped me trim our little tree.


Okay then, there we have it.

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December Daily® 2016 – Day One and Two


Hello December. Hello December Daily® we are so happy to be embarking on this project once more. Today I’d like to share the 1st and 2nd.


A reminder of what I’d put together in advance. A two pocket page with a Tim Holtz metal number and some fantastic star paper that I bought at a local craft shop.


I moved the paper up to the top pocket and added a punched glittered paper circle behind the tag. That red glitter paper has shown up in these albums for years. I adore it.


The story is about giving my Mum an advent calendar with tea light candles inside each door. The gift of light as I say on the card. I was pretty pleased with this gift and hope to cheer her December a little. It also reminded me, as I wrote the story out, that I too need to look for the light so I added that on the journal card as well. I love that I have that photo of her hands close up. She’d hate it but I find it quite lovely. Her rings and the way she holds her hands. Love it!

And the second of December. A stamped 2 and some patterned paper.


This was one of those funny little stories and the fact that the big stamped title rhymes is a bonus. Ali has used this look on some of her past pages and I like it a lot.


I added a coffee sleeve that I got earlier on in the season (they’ve run out of these now) and wrote the story above and below the sleeve. A wooden star and label with the word ‘traditions’ stamped from this set finished off the page.

So we are off!


December Daily® is a memory keeping seasonal album project developed by Ali Edwards. Read all about it over here.

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52 Stories – Week Forty One – Go Learn


Hello and welcome to another story.

Go learn


Here is the story from this page –

Whether you like it or not our goal is to take you places. This was the Bradford Media Museum. A great day out was had. I was thrilled to be able to play on Pacman. Love me some Pacman. I’m rubbish and panic but still love it. Gav loved showing you the history of games consoles plus tons of other stuff too.

The takeaways from this layout/would I add anything more?

Last time I shared a page I was saying that I seemed to have this cracked……. So much for that! Although I do love the photos on this page and the idea of Gav and I taking my niece to wonderful places that grow her knowledge is captured a little bit here but overall there isn’t enough writing to get point that I was trying to make across. I ran out of room…… I love the paragraph style but if I’m going to use that I need to write my story out first then add the other elements so I know I can fit all the words in.

Okay onwards into December and the most wonderful month.


52 stories is a series (or adventure) in my story telling. Can I get the whole story onto a layout? Am I telling the stories I want to tell? Read the inspiration post here.


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Photo a Day – week thirty seven


I am just a little bit in love with autumn leaves – not sure if I’ve mentioned that. I’ve had my eye on these for several weeks just a glance at them as we pass on our morning walk. Not sure what the tree is but the leaves are so unusual. Waxy and a distinctive shape. And perfect for holding the water after the rain.


Here is another waxy sort of leaf and another favourite plant. Love me a Holly tree.


I did some sewing while we were away the other week, I have four quilts on the go at the moment….. Laying out some of one of the designs to see what it looks like. I have to admit that pinwheel quilts look lovely but I think it’s just too much sewing for me. Oh yes and the denim is upcycled jeans!


Photo by Gav. We are working on her December Daily® album. Never to soon to start.


Master of all he surveys…..


Out for coffee and a delicious cinnamon swirl.


Frosty morning.


Heading towards December…..twinkle and glitter abound!

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December Daily® 2016 – Foundation Pages


Back again to share the foundation pages of my December Daily® album for 2016. My second year using page protectors for most of the album and I found last year that I changed the pages quite a bit from how they started off so instead of planning these too much I’m keeping them simple. Numbers and a few papers inserted in the pockets.



And as usual I cannot resist red, white and kraft…….


I have a couple of different design of page protectors, the 6 x 8 and the two 4 x 6 pockets but I have used my sewing machine to create some 3 x 4 pockets on those two pocket pages for a bit of a variation. I also hope to have some pages not in the protectors, again as I like the look of those in the album. More or less what I did last year.


The stamped number 02 above is from this set. It was very good to have those number stamps to use because all of my number 2 alpha stickers have been used up in December Daily® past albums. Most of the numbers are not adhered yet.


I’ve been hoarding a sheet of velum for years but found a new supply of this pretty paper and added a large page into the album. I am a big fan of layers and being able to sneak a peek through to other days.


Hope to be able to do that again this year.





I’ve tucked a couple of tags into the album too. I actually like the look of them loose but we’ll see.





I made the 3 x 6 page last year from a cut down 6 x 8 pocket. Love that size.


And I absolutely adore an envelope in these albums. Again that 21 is stamped from the same set I mentioned above onto a Tim Holtz label sticker.


Tried to vary the look of the stamped numbers.




So there we have it the foundation pages all ready to go.

Here are my foundation pages from 20152014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010/1, 2010/2


December Daily® is an album project developed by Ali Edwards. Read all about it over here.


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Celebrating autumn leaves and loved ones


Recently I suggested that we have a trip to Roundhay Park to throw some leaves about. They were not that enthusiastic but we seemed to have fun anyway!




I think that I need to practice my photography skills some more……. But regardless of the blur I had fun too.



And clearly we were rather pleased with our efforts. A great reminder for me. Get out there and enjoy whatever moments you can with those you love.

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Photo a Day – week thirty six


I thought it would be interesting to see more or less the same view for a week (well not Sunday because we were home then!) But this is no ordinary view……

Embleton Bay beach and Dunstanburgh Castle at sunset.


On a cloudy day where the beach was awash with seaweed.


The beautifully highlighted castle.


Finally the sun emerged.


Sunrise and an impatient pooch.


The oncoming tide.


I thought how amazing it was that there are so many variations of cloud, waves, light and look of the beach. Oh how wonderful it would be to see everyday.

And back home I was working on my December Daily® album.


And that was that.

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Read – The Lake District Murder by John Bude


This is another of a pile of books given to me by a friend. Previously I read the Cornish Coast Murder but don’t think I blogged about it!?

Anyway this is a detective story set in the 1930’s and this edition is the first time it has been re-published. It is locked in its time but I don’t think there is anything wrong with that and if you like a detective murder mystery then this would suit you well. A little slow and perhaps too long but as with the Cornish novel the characters are interesting and overall I enjoyed it.


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December Daily® 2016 – The Album Cover


It would be wrong to break with tradition! So I’ll say what I always say at this time of the year…… the most wonderful season is soon to be upon us and I am joining in the fun and making a December Daily® album once again.

This marks my ninth year! I signed up for Ali Edwards Storytelling with December Daily® class again. The content is the same as last year more or less but I loved the class and got so much from it I thought taking it again live would be the best option. So far, so inspired!

As with all my previous albums I have constructed the album from scratch. I looked towards all my pins over here for inspiration and honed in on this one as a jumping off point for the cover design.

I adhered kraft cardstock to a couple of sturdy cardboard pieces and began by embossing the stars on the cover. I used white embossing powder.


The original pin is quite dreamy and soft so I didn’t emboss all the stars and kept some as white Stazon ink to give a different texture and look to the tree.

I tried out various ribbons, twine and embellishments before settling on that lovely red ribbon that was on a Christmas gift last year.


I removed the velum insert of that metal rimmed tag and added the ’25’ from a set of American Crafts Thickers and stamped the 2016 which is from an Ali Edwards stamp set.

I wanted something else on the design and thought that some kind of representation of a tree trunk would look good. Unfortunately I messed up my stamping and it didn’t turn out quite right so I just added those good old teeny rub ons for our initals, some little gems in clear and red and called it done.

The ribbon is tied inside the album cover.


Before I began the heat embossing I wanted to test a patch to see how much the paper and cardboard warped with the heat. So I stamped on the back cover to see if it stood up to the heat gun.


The photo is a little blurry but the test worked and there wasn’t any warping.

Here is a link to last years post about the cover and of course all my past years are here.

Happy to have this project started once again.


December Daily® is an album project developed by Ali Edwards. Read all about it over here.

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