Month: December 2017

2017 – A Review in Pictures (and Some Words!)

An amazing trip to NYC to celebrate my 5oth birthday. it snowed on the big day and I got to walk in central park in the snow on my birthday!

Went on an adventure for sixteen days with these lot.

Witnessed a total eclipse which was truly amazing.

Welcomed a new life to the family.

Saw four generations together.

Played family rounders.

Grew things.

Arranged flowers.

Took part in the 100 day project.

Walked with my word Light.

Left a job I loved.

Found two more jobs and picked the wrong one…… lasted a week! Spent December unemployed but LOVED having all the time in the world for festive things.

I’m sat here today and on the one hand I feel panicky because I need to find a job and that is tainting my fabulous year but on the other hand I know this is just a blip. I will be okay, we will be okay and I must celebrate this wonderful year of 2017.

In that positive note I will say bring on three more months of my big birthday year and let’s get to making things happen in 2018……..

Photo a Day – Week Forty One and Forty Two

Hope all the festivities went well for everyone celebrating this season. As always I find myself whiling away hours watching dreadful films and overeating the chocolate!

To help me drift back to reality here are a couple of weeks in photos.

The snow froze and stayed a day or two.

Buddy loves the snow and it made him all puppy like.

Getting festive with the dining room mantle.

I snap a shot like this every year.

Oh! More Bud.

Trying to finish a Christmas cushion before Christmas called for some quick sewing.

Then it was time for Gav and I to celebrate our tenth anniversary in Bamburgh. Love this hotel so. The Victoria.

Terrible photo but I love it anyway. We were married on Lindesfarne an island that is cut off at high tide from the mainland. Were paid our visit there later than planned so had to grab a few photos and leave before stranded for the day.

The following day we headed to Dunstanburgh beach for another traditional photo.

Back home and shopping with these two.

The baking the next day. It’s a few years since we made gingerbread together! She doesn’t have to stand on a stool anymore….

Family pooches.

Gav and I took a walk to see twinkle lights and spotted the parks lantern festival in full swing.

Sunrise.

There we go.

December Daily® – Day Nine to Day Fifteen

Here we go with a few more days.

As a reminder day nine looked like this in my foundation pages. It was a four pocket page.

I went with a combination of two photos, one of Buddy and one of my Christmas play list,  a print out of some lyrics and a 3×4 journal card. The story that goes with the lyrics. I had made that journal card earlier in the month and used a musical notes stamp. I thought that music would feature at some point in December and it turned out to be perfect for this story. Love that gold embossed look.

Day ten is a no photo page. This also uses a couple of pre-made 3 x 4 cards both in gold and tells the story of how I went to a carol service at a local church. I added the programme from the service into the album too.

The star card was made using gold leaf that I have had in my stash for years and the other card used a polka dot stamp that I gold embossed.

Day eleven was originally a 3 pocket page, two 4×4 and a 2×4. However, I had a 6×8 photo for day twelve so decided to lay out day eleven as if it was inside the original style page protector but was actually just adhered to the back of the day Twelve enlarged photo.

Here is that large photo for day twelve. I typed up the journaling onto the photograph in photoshop before I printed. I found that it printed ok too. Still having issues with darker pictures but not sold on the quality of the local photo place. I going to try printing at home and just work with the darker images. Not ideal but better than not completing the project as I go.

I adore the enlarged pictures and white type.

You can see day thirteen in the image above. Another no photo page and using a spotty transparency with thirteen added to that.

I used a 5×7 envelope wrote a few words on a sheet of paper and popped them inside. I added a stamped image and the gold large arrow paperclip to the outside of the envelope.

Here is what day fourteen looked like originally.

I moved the page protector to the right of the envelope and put that kraft and gold star card a little further on in the album.

‘Tradition’ is hand written with a gold sharpie, the number is a stamp and the black negative circle is punched from black velvet effect paper. The photo is a selfie of me and the advent calendar.

Here is what day fifteen looked like in the foundation pages.

But was now a three pocket page. I found a 3×4 journal card that said around the house and felt like it was a good time to document some of the festive scenes around here.

The right page is a cut down 4 pocket page. I added some letter stickers to two of the photos and a label to the 4×6. A few star brads completed this spread.

And there we are caught up a little bit more.

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

December Daily® – Day Six, Seven and Eight

The month is ticking away and I’m still catching up but here are a few more days.

Here is day six and seven from my foundation pages.

I filled the top 4×4 pocket with a picture of my niece trimming my Mum’s tree. The light was poor so I changed into black and white. I added the six to a punched black circle and hand wrote my story leaving the bottom pocket empty because of the transparency the previous day.

I added a photo of me in our porch to the cardstock page opposite. Didn’t add any words apart from a label sticker.

On the back of the cardstock I decided to add a list of all the Christmas films I watch throughout the month. I have typed the details onto patterned paper trimmed and adhered to the page. I love keeping a record of these things.

Opposite I added a large photo of our Christmas bedding. Again I didn’t add much of a story just a little washi tape and a label.

My intention was to have the page fill the space there fully but as ordered these prints from a local photo place and the cost of a 9 x 7 print was so much more than an 8 x 6. I couldn’t justify the cost.

The back of that large photo is another large photo and makes up the left side of day seven.

My sister grabbed that shot of me and my tree. Loved going to buy it with her. That is what my story was all about on the 3 x 4 card at the top right. I used two tree motif cards in the other pockets both from the mini kit I bought.

I’d already stitched the hand cut felt star to a page and decided to use it here.

Also love documenting the cost of the tree and where we bought it from so that label was added to the 4 x 6 card.

You can see what day eight and nine looked like originally here.

Id already moved the tree card and the cardstock page and was left with a three pocket page protector.

Added a photo of my Mum in our kitchen helping me bake cakes and a story on that lovely pink card above. The ‘baking day’ stamp is from an older Ali Edwards stamp set.

Okay there we go back with more soon.

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

Photo a Day – Week Forty

The festive season is in full swing plus snow and lots of me it seems!

Treats from the advent calendar.

Never too many twinkle lights….

Oh yes. Twice in December!

The quilt is finished at last.

Getting as close as possible. Crazy pooch.

Another little flutter of snow flakes.

Hope this December is as festive where you are.

December Daily® 2017 – Day Four and Day Five

Hey! A couple more days are done so I thought I’d share. Still having printer problems and decided to send all the photos I’ve taken this past week off to get printed. I’ll swap them when they arrive. For the rest of the month I think I’ll go to a local photo place and see what the quality is like.

Anyway here is what day four looked like originally.

It was sited on the left of the album and had that lovely 3×4 card with the snow globe on it. I’d already added the number four.

As I’d adjusted some earlier pages day four was now on the right. I loved the 3×4 card and the ‘let’s stay home’ words and my story came from that when I found a photo I’d taken the day before of our garden in the sunlight.

I cut the page protector in half so I had two 3×4 pockets instead of four then added the photo of the garden.

On the back I made a circle card with some punched circles from velum and patterned paper and a little heart. This was totally inspired by Ali and a page she made in her Product Play class.

Can’t remember using pink much before in these albums but I liked that star paper and thought it looked great.

Journaled on another card with a touch of red running around the edge so it tied in with the circle card.

For day five I had already added the white polka dot transparency and added the number to that piece and stapled it inside the pocket. You can see the original page at the top of this post.

I bought this style of page protector by accident but wanted to try to use them all the same. They are three pockets, two 4×4’s and one 2×6.

There was another card in the mini kit I’d bought earlier this year that said ‘I’ll bring the merry’ I’d already honed in on it and wanted to use it somewhere in the album. The story from the fifth fit that perfectly.

No photo on this page just some typed journaling about a conversation I had with my niece about Christmas magic.

The photo doesn’t show this page very well but I left the transparency in the same pocket, added the sentiment to some patterned paper with Christmassy words for the background and my story went into that long pocket. I added a punched snowflake to the top of the page.

I must admit that having more time on my hands this December is influencing the stories I’m telling. Not only does more time mean I can do more festive things but I can also reflect a little more too which means I have so far told two stories that I’m not sure I would have done in a different year.

But that is the beauty of this album right? The chance to look for those stories and document them.

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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 Nine

Here we go again….

The most beautiful light. I took lots of photographs of the garden and this one stood out. That wind chime is six and a half years old, my Mum bought it after our other pooch Lewis died. It hangs on the branch of an apple tree above the spot he is buried. It’s holding up well and is home to some lichen.

I needed a little pick me up and found rainbows in my living room that lifted my heart.

Lots of tulips planted here….

Something else that always makes me happy. Snow!

At some point in the month of December I always find myself at Waitrose with my Mum and sister. We got our visit in early this month.

Love that pooch so and that light and the fact that the advent tree is up!

And to round off the week Christmas crafts with the girls and out newest addition of course.

Great start to the festive month.

December Daily® 2017 – Day One to Day Three

Hello and welcome to the first few days of this December Daily® album.

I added an intention page at the front of the album. I wasn’t going to but so many thoughts were rattling around in my mind I thought it was better to get them out and down on paper, plus I know I will be thankful that I did in years to come.

As I said the other day I have been embracing the gold and I used some new alphabet stickers on this page mixed with two washi tapes and the writing done on my vintage type writer. Typing on that machine is always imperfect but I am ok with that. (I typed remember at least twice and misspelled every time!)

I did move that twelve pocket page to further along in the month.

Also having a little issue with my photo printer so the colours are off in these first pages. I intend to fix it and re-print the images.

For day one I used a photo of my feet on our snowy lawn. This is a large picture and not contained in a page protector as it is the reverse of the intention page. I added the story to the photo before printing. When I re-print I’ll reduce the size of the font on the writing and I’ll also add a number one off to one side of the image.

Here is what day two and three looked like.

I removed one of the page protectors and had day two on the right side of the album opposite day one. I also used some velum to hold the number tag and added handwritten journalling to a plain white card adhered to a card from the One Little Bird mini kit I got in the sale. The ‘today’s’ stamp is from an Ali Edwards set and the ‘stories’ is from a Kelly Purkey one.

So day three moved to the left of the next page and contains the story of our girls crafting afternoon.

The three circle was cut down so it fit behind the circle for day two and I hand wrote a little label and adhered it to the 4 x 6 photo along with a star brad.

Simple and done!

On to the next….

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

Hello December

Here we are then. It’s time to begin the journey through December embracing all that is magical and beautiful about the season. I’m all ready to tell my first story and follow it with more and more until we reach twenty five!

As I got my foundation pages and my cover ready I was thinking about what stories I might tell this year. I watched videos from The Storytelling with December Daily class again, made some notes and thought about how the past nine years worth of December stories flowed. I know I struggle sometimes with time and getting the photos printed. I like to make the album as I go if I can but that doesn’t always work. But it will be okay.

I’ve rounded up a few previous posts –  20152014, 2012, 2011. All of my thoughts in past years still ring true today and I love looking back in order to make new lists and get ready.

Not much else to add apart from reading Ali’s post which includes many links to her previous years of getting ready and to welcome December and do it!

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