Month: December 2015

52 stories – number seven – Fabric Heaven

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Hello and welcome to week seven in this story-telling adventure.

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My ‘test’ if you will, to knowing if I’ve succeeded in my quest to capture the story, will be that if I can just quote the journaling I’ve used on the page and not need/want to add anything here in the post to explain it further, then I have done it, I’ve got all the bits of the story down.

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Here’s the story from this page –

Why have I never been ti Jo-ann before? Maybe because I would have spent up….. It was amazing, all that fabric. We went into our first one when we were in Flagstaff it was just there so we wandered inside. WOW. Even Gav agreed. It was full to the brim with every fabric you would ever need. The second shop was in Palo Alto and I took my time. Gav went for gas and I wandered those aisles picking out patterns and lining them up to see what I thought it took the staff quite a while to cut it all for me. It was so much FUN. Why don’t we such an amazing choice over here? I sort of spent quite a bit but it was worth every dime for that hour of excitement and fun. 
The takeaway from story number seven/Would I add anything more?

I have already waxed lyrical about my shopping experience in this shop here on the blog and I think that helped when it came to time to make the page. I have captured my excitement about going into this store and how it was such a great shopping experience. Really don’t want to add anything more (apart from correct a spelling mistake or two) so that’s good.

Okay let’s tell another…..

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52 stories is a year long 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.

December Daily® 2015 – day twelve to twenty four

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Well that went by too quickly for me, just like every year. I didn’t get chance to work on the album after the 19th and although I had done some pages and taken photos up to that date I didn’t find time to edit them!

So here we are combining all the remaining days I’ve so far finished into one post.

We start with day twelve. Here’s the pocket I had made in the foundation pages.

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If you recall day eleven had a 6 x 4 photo in the bottom section and an embellishment attached to the middle seam of the top two pockets of that page. So for day twelve I added an embellishment on the top half of the page behind the embellishment for day eleven and a photo on the bottom section of the page.

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I took the Tim Holtz metal brad with the number 12 and simply added it to the photo along with a label sticker.

Day thirteen is a cut down four pocket page. I added some of the wrapping paper from this year and the number ’13’ along with the word ‘wrap.’ Simple and done.

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Just a word about the layers you can see in the photo above. Love, love them! Part of my love for these albums is in all those layers.

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Day fourteen had a painted card and a Tim Holtz fragment tag with the number 14 on it.

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I took the tag and attached it onto a 5 x 7 photo of Buddy, hand writing the story directly onto the photo after printing.

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I backed the photo with some red and white stripey card and a couple of embellishments that you can see below.

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Day fifteen was a three pocket page and included a photo of my niece and I with some word art from the Storytelling class, a journal card that I stamped ‘the story of seeing the lights’ onto and an acetate card with the number tag stapled onto it.

Apologies for the poor quality of the black and white photo on this page. No idea what’s wrong with the printer….

For day sixteen I used that star painted card and hand wrote the story again onto the photo. I liked all that white space for the story.

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You can see the star card along with the number tag attached in the photo below.

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I had quite a few photos for day seventeen as we were on a little getaway. It starts with a    3 x 8 cut down page which holds the writing for the day, front and back.

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I used that card with the banner and star that I moved from day twelve and attached two wood veneer pieces. I also included the hotel key card and a photo of Gav, me and Buddy on Holy Island.

Over the page is another pre-made card that I stamped the two people onto and a photo of us with the Christmas lights in the village where we were staying. Then on the right a 6 x 8 full page photo.

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I did think that I’d have more full page photos in this years album but maybe the challenges with my printer put me off them a little…..

Day eighteen is three photos and some journalling all printed onto photo paper.

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I added the tag and the ’18’ and a great metal arrow paperclip. The right side hold a red envelope which has little bits and bobs tucked inside from our trip.

Day nineteen is pretty blank at the moment although I did stamp the word ‘strictly’ above the magic on that 3 x 4 card. That is to tell the story of our get together with friends to watch the Strictly Come Dancing (Dancing with the Stars over the other side of the pond) final. I will write something on the card below eventually.

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Day twenty has the story of an afternoon party at my Mums and my nieces wish to play a particular card game. Looks like I forgot to add the number!

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Day twenty one is some typed journaling a vellum tag with the number of the day on it and a photo of my niece.

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This day carries onto the next page. Usually I would avoid this and try to make it a spread if it was two pages but this year I just went with it!

A couple of stories on this page. The first is a sweet conversation I had with my niece and the second is all about going to see Star Wars with a group of my family. I took a leaf from Ali’s book and stamped a big comment on the bottom card.

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You can also see the first page from day twenty two above. A printed card I made in photoshop with ’22’ on it and a photo of my breakfast.

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Then on the back of that cut down pocket page I added the tickets from the Nutcracker that my niece and I went to see and a photo of us. I know it’s crazy but the mirrors in some loo’s make excellent spots to grab a picture.

I rounded out day twenty two with a pamphlet about the ballet. I just punched holes in the booklet.

By day twenty three I was in full Christmas panic mode. Also I felt a little unhappy with the stories I had included in my album and had lots left I wanted to tell. I think this happens every year. To help combat that I took a few photos from around the house and added in a list of the Christmas films I had watched so far.

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Again I split the story into two pages front and back. On the back are photos of my two mantles, I cut them down the middle to fit the 3 x 4 pocket size and added a label.

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And finally day twenty four.

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It begins with an envelope which held the card Gav gave me. Nothing is inside it yet but I am sure a few little bits of memorabilia will find there way inside.

The right page is another with three photos and some words all written in photoshop before printing. I also added the red ‘on Christmas eve’ as a border around the photos to even out the design of the page.

And there we go, almost done for another year.

A couple of things I wanted to document here before I forget. The verdict on using page protectors is still out and I guess that I won’t really make up my mind until next year when I get this album out to look at again. And also that many photos this year were taken with my phone. Although it is easy to grab my phone I have missed better quality pictures. One of the reasons I haven’t done day twenty five yet is the lack of good photos. I must remember this next year.

Hope you all had a great festive season and managed to finish any albums you made.

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

52 stories – number six – Old and new

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Hello and welcome to a delayed week six in this story-telling adventure.

52 stories – number six- Old and new

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My ‘test’ if you will, to knowing if I’ve succeeded in my quest to capture the story, will be that if I can just quote the journaling I’ve used on the page and not need/want to add anything here in the post to explain it further, then I have done it, I’ve got all the bits of the story down.

Here’s the story –

We had just come down California Street on the cable car and spotted them all lined up. A few taxis drove by and Gav remarked old and new. Love that comparison. And I love those cable cars so very much.

The takeaway from story number six/Would I add anything more?

I think that I am finding, as I suspected I would, a common flaw in my story telling. I’m too brief. I pop whatever comes into my head straight down on the page and call it good. Having said that though I have got the story down and the emotion of loving the cable cars.

This process is making me think quite hard about the stories I want to tell which is sort of what I was hoping for. So onward again we go.

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52 stories is a year long 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.

Pipe cleaner Christmas tree garland

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It’s been a while since I shared a crafty project other than scrapbooking. This garland has been in the making for over a year but I finally finished and hung it.

I have no idea where this notion came from, maybe just that I had lots of green pipe cleaners….. Anyway it’s easy and fun.

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Take your pipe cleaner and start to fold into a triangle (tree) shape. Giving the folds a good strong angle helps the overall look of your tree.

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I tried to measure the long sides so they were more or less the same length.

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To make the tree stump I folded the longer edge over the bottom length of the triangle twice which helps to fix the two loose edges together.

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Fold up to form stump shape and then do the same twisting to tuck the final end in place.

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Voila, a forest of plush little trees.

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Attach to string, I tied each in place as I moved along the length, and hang it up.

Cute and simple and festive!

December Daily® 2015 – day nine, ten and eleven

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More catch up.

Day nine. Here is what it looked like in my foundation pages.

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I had already altered the day before so the ninth was now on the right side of the album.

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I cut down the card I have previously painted with white hearts to fit a 3 x 4 pocket and then made it a flip up page by attaching another 3 x 4 card with washi tape.

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I added my story inside the flip up and then filled the left pocket with stars and snowflakes and sequins and hand sewed it closed with some silver metalic thread. Finally adding my photo.

The back of that page then became day ten.

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I cut down the number card, you can see the original day ten above, and added some grey ribbon to the botton of the card. Then added my story directly onto the photo in photoshop before printing.

The word art ‘the story of’ comes from the Storytelling class digital stamp set, the rest was just a font that I picked to contrast the other part of the title. You can also see that I mirrored the red alphabet for the ‘Ah,’ at the begining of the story. I liked that it formed a triangle of red on the photograph.

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Love that see through pocket with the sequins and that you can peek back at other days.

Very simple day eleven with the number tag stapled into the 4 x 6 pocket.

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Again I added words directly onto the photo and even though I did the same for the previous day because the style of the words onto the photo is different in each it gives a bit of contrast. The tenth is very bold with both image and words front and centre whereas day eleven is subtler. At least thats what I hope.

And on we go.

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

Photo a Day – week thirty seven and thirty eight

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Bought a new throw and cushions. Just trying them out.

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I am lucky enough to know folk who bring out the tambourines when you go for lunch! Now that’s my kind of lunch.

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Glow.

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Sorting the works secret Santa out with my colleague.

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Someone thinks he owns the place.

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Caught some pretty light with the macro lens.

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A tidy window-ledge…..

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Yum.

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A honey bee in December? Crazy weather.

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Blurry but priceless. Going to decorate Nana’s tree.

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Working on the festive mantle….

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Strong winds took down the fence between the patio and drive. Normally you wouldn’t see the tatty garage doors from this window. But loving the foliage filled window sill.

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Eggnog latte, Christmas lists in that little note book, Gav’s homemade egg mayo sandwich and the festive Radiotimes. It doesn’t get much better!

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Twinkle, twinkle.

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Hope your December is going great.

52 stories – number five – Simple things

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Hello and welcome to week five in this story-telling adventure.

52 stories – number five – Simple Things

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My ‘test’ if you will, to knowing if I’ve succeeded in my quest to capture the story, will be that if I can just quote the journaling I’ve used on the page and not need/want to add anything here in the post to explain it further, then I have done it, I’ve got all the bits of the story down.

Here’s the story –

Gav says he’s never seen me so happy. It suddenly dawned on me in that service station in Utah that I too could clean the screen just like those Americans were doing. I enjoyed hopping out at every stop.

The takeaway from story number five/Would I add anything more?

I would add quite a bit to this story like how funny we both found it that I enjoyed my screen cleaning task. That I hit the car door on a piece of concrete one time in my excitement to hop out…… That time with the piped music and my cleaning action in time to the song and my singing and that on almost the last fuel stop Gav beat me to the task and cleaned the windscreen himself.

I think I better do another page to tell all the rest of the stories.

But at least I did get something down and this again was a little story, albeit a very funny one. One of those that I might forget so it’s good to document it.

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52 stories is a year long 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.

December Daily® 2015 – day six, seven and eight

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Time to do some catching up again on this album. Apologies for the poor photography. Not only is it gloomy dark all day here in Leeds but I’ve also had printer issues so the photos I’m printing are not coming out great. Hope to solve that soon.

Here’s a look at day six as it was.

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I had a cut down page protector along with a full sized 6 x 8 page with a piece of white card inside the pocket.

I added the story using stamps and a grey ink then moved the number six from the full sized page over to the top of the story card.

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I continued the story on the back of the white cardstock and added a few gems. I printed a 5 x 7 photo and added it to a cut down page protector. I used washi tape to seal the bottom cut and added an Avery tab with ‘joy is’ a stamp from the Storytelling with December Daily® class.

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On the back I used a photo of my niece and a digital file, again from the Storytelling with December Daily® class. I chose a pale beige colour for the digital print and added a wood veneer star. That tab got three red stars added to this side.

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Day seven begins with the pocket page I had sewn into smaller pockets. Here’s what it looked like before.

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I added the number seven to a piece of card and wrote a few words about the story for the day.

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On the back of that card I stamped a calendar from Tim Holtz. I’ve had that stamp set years and it serves me well every December.

I printed a 6 x 8 photo of my Mum, niece and I and added an embossed stamp ‘we are family’ some white rub-ons and another little wood veneer star.

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The back of that is another 6 x 8 photo of christmas lights and our feet. You can’t really see out feet in the photo above. I wanted to document the three of us in a different was and also this shows that my niece had chipped a bone in her foot and so was walking on crutches and had one sock on and one off! Good to capture those little things…..

The digital word brush was again from the Storytelling with December Daily® class. Love that big white type.

I added a kraft envelope into the album for day eight.

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I needed to get a few things down on paper and an envelope is a great place to tuck more personal things away into.

But having said that I used the back of the envelope to reiterate again the importance of seeing the joy even on hard days.

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Love that red ink, one of Tim Holtz I think fired brick, and again a couple of stamps from the Storytelling class ‘this’ and ‘December’ along with alpha stamps from my stash in two fonts. The word JOY is alpha stickers. Kraft and red be still my heart!

Okay getting there slowly.

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

52 stories – number four – Perfect moment

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Hello and welcome to week four in this story-telling adventure.

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My ‘test’ if you will, to knowing if I’ve succeeded in my quest to capture the story, will be that if I can just quote the journaling I’ve used on the page and not need/want to add anything here in the post to explain it further, then I have done it, I’ve got all the bits of the story down.

Here’s the story from this page –

I wasn’t really looking forward to the night that it was going to be just Mum, ma and Buddy at the cottage. I was sleeping in the downstairs twin room. We woke really early having survived the night. Went out for a great long walk on the beach saw the low moon and the sun rise. Then we went back to bed. I had a good book. The dog had his choice of three spots to snooze and a cup of coffee in my fav orange mug. Buddy settled for snuggling up to my leg and we spent a quiet hour in heaven. A peaceful, gentle and perfect star to a lovely day in one of my favourite places.

The takeaway from story number four/Would I add anything more?

Where do I begin! Actually it’s not that bad but I’ve mixed up sentences and it doesn’t make sense all the way through. But I guess the reason behind making the page is there though even if it is not grammatically correct. So drafting needed – again! I think should have added the reason why I wasn’t looking forward to that night but that isn’t really the story here so maybe best left out?

Anyway a good learning exercise this week.

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52 stories is a year long 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.

December Daily® 2015 – Day four and five

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I’ve managed to catch up this weekend.

Here’s a look at the foundation page for day four.

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And the completed page.

I moved the red felt reindeer onto the kraft card and stamped the day of the week on the little label. The attached the number card to the edge of the journal card and wrote around it.

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A couple of stories are mentioned here and the photo makes reference to my tidier craft room….

And here’s day five before.

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My niece came for a sleepover the night before and we trimmed our little real tree. I added a 3 x 4 photo of her and adhered the metal five to a wooden snowflake. The arrow clip is from day four and I liked it on this side too.

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I actually stamped a couple of words on that white card after I took the photo.

The story is written on the dark card with a white gel pen.

This was one of the stories I’d thought about before the month began. We’ve had this fir tree for a few years and when I took the photo of it sat out in the garden last week this story formed in my head. It’s all about waiting and how this little tree sits and waits for it’s month in the spotlight.

I could have told several stories on this day but unuusally for me went with a less obvious one and I’m happy that I did.

Sometimes it is so good to not do your usual thing.

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