Category: December Daily

December Daily® 2019 – Cover and Foundation Pages

Thought I better share the foundation pages of my December Daily® album this year before the month arrives!

As usual I have made the cover pages from scratch and this year was inspired by Ali’s day 24/25 page from her 2019 foundation pages.

I adore this one! I know I always say that……

I’ve gone small again this year too. My album covers are about 5 1/2 inches by 6. For the foundation pages I used some trimmed down to size page protectors, some transparencies and some card stock.

A sweet book page tree that I found in my stash (made a couple of years ago) slipped into a page protector for day 1. Day 2 is on the back of the tree.

My hope is that I’ll complete this album before the end of the year…… So I’m going for simple. On day 1 and 2 I can slip a photo into the page and call it done if I want to go down that route.

Similarly with day 3 I can add a photo behind this half circle and journal on the back of the half circle. I stamped ‘counting down the days’ along the edge of the card by bending the stamp slightly to achieve a gentle curve. The stamp is from an old December Daily set.

I haven’t got photos of every day because I was struggling with light and this was my second attempt at photographing so I went with the decent-ish images I had.

I found this card front in my stash too. Some of the first Christmas cards I made were these punched trees twisted onto wire. I loved being able to add this left over one into my album this year.

More trees for day 9. I sewed hand cut vellum and paper trees to a piece of card and added a few dabs of glitter glue. Not sure how I’ll used this one, maybe journalling at the bottom of the card, but I really enjoyed playing.

A 4 x 6 card stamped with pine tree branches from a Tim Holtz set.

One of the ways to get more into these small albums is by using flip up or flip out pages. Here is one of those for day 11.

I used a card from an Ali Story Kit and attached the white card with washi tape along the top so it flips up.

A large tag is the base for day 12. I popped that adorable felt reindeer alongside to remind me to use it.

An old tag (I saved it from when we bought the chairs for the garden!) became the base of day 13. I’ll punch holes in the side to add it into the album.

Another page protector for day 14 with a card from a previous years December Daily mini kit.

Anyone who follows me here will know I like transparent elements in my albums (just the Ali does!) For day 15 I used another trimmed page protector and gold foam letters and numbers.

I will probably leave the pocket with the 15 empty but may add a photo under the twinkle.

ANother card from a story kit for day 18 along with a tag. Again I added that star circle, found among my stash, to remind me to use it. Think it goes really well with pattern on the card base.

When I begin to construct the foundation pages I always have a pile of things I want to use, like the embelishments I have added above. I also have treasured pieces of card, vellum and transparencies that I leave handy and try to incorporate. This satin sheen red card is one of those. I also wanted to use a circle again as a base. I added another old Ali stamp around the edge.

The card underneath is inspired by another page Ali has in her album this year. I used chipboard numbers from a her and added that ‘loving’ stamp from the December Daily stamp set.

A transparent flip up for day 21.

Believe it or not that transparency is an old Hambly screen print. I have about three sheets of different designs stashed away.

A simple beginning for day 22.

And one of my favourite pages to make for day 23.

I stitched the pockets and then added some tiny embellishments. That snowman is another find from my stash. He was stamped onto shrink plastic (remember that?!) and coloured in. So cute!

Always love to include and envelope.

And last of course day 25.

You saw the little tree at the beginning of the post. I tucked that into a cut down page protector which will be the first page of this day. in the image above you can see a pile of white and patterned card. I have made a concertina style pull out page and added a tab along the top.

I just need to punch holes and pop them all together in the album ready for day 1.

I love the nod to my previous crafty endeavours included here. I’m feeling all the feelings already. Thank goodness there’s only three days to go!

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

December Daily® 2018 – Day Fifteen to Day Twenty Five

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Yes you read it right. 2018! I spent Saturday in the (virtual) company of Ali and the community of December Daily scrapbookers and it was great. It was a December Daily Prep Day where Ali popped into your computer for 12 instalments worth of ideas, inspiration and page layouts over a 12 hour period.

It got me excited for this years album but also reminded me that I didn’t share my finished 2018 one. So here is it. As I recall we’d made it up to day 14.

Day 15 saw Gav and I head off to London for the weekend. I used that glorious gold star transparency to hold the number 15.

There is a card from a past December Daily® kit and a cut down page protector with two pockets.

Used the diagonal lines to write my story. You can just see the photo I took of the sign that lives in St Martins Theatre showing the number of performances of The Mousetrap. 27,614…… It’s been going a long time. I went to see it with my friend (it isn’t Gav’s thing!)

Perhaps I should have added that not only was I thrilled to see it performed in London but that Mum and Dad also came to see it here many years ago. As an Agatha Christie fan it was lovely to be there in that theatre.

Day 16 and I wandered to Covent Garden while Gav went to a museum. I spotted the very Instagrammed green mini so snapped a photo too and paired it with a sweet card I made. Really love that embellishment tree!

We met up again and went along to a service at St Pauls Cathedral. This was a truly lovely hour. I kept the programme and simply folded it up to pop in the album.

Day 17 and a red envelope paired with a photo of the mantle.

I seem to have merged the story for day 18 and 19 together.

All about making little fabric bags that I used instead of crackers. I added photo of Buddy too as he was looking cute.

As I finished this album months afterwards I was running out of words but I was ok with that. I added the photos and called it good.

The Chewbacca stamp from a Christmas card envelope had to go in.

The photo below of me preparing got my words flowing again!

Day 24 and our usual trip to the cemetery followed by coffee.

I made my sis a Christmas tree quilt. She loved it.

Scenes of present opening and around the table completed my album for 2018.

Looking back I really enjoy the smaller format, fold out pages, clear pages. All my usual favourites and it’s good to see as I can get ideas of where to go this year. Yes indeed I am ready to get going the 2019 foundation pages!

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

December Daily® 2018 – Day Eight to Day Thirteen

More from this little project.

Day Eight began with this red envelope and a lovely star.

I removed the star and made a spread all about making the Christmas pudding and then going to                    to see the first Star Wars film accompanied by a live orchestra! It was amazing. Would definitely recommend this kind of concert.

Day nine is a photo on the back of the Star Wars picture of the crazy pooch laying as close to the                  fire as he can…..

Day ten began as a velum page.

I kept the vellum and added a big title onto a photo of the back of our house for day ten. You                    can’t really see him but Buddy is sat by the doors looking out at me. Always love a ‘looking in’                photo.

For day eleven I added a picture of making Christmas cakes and slipped the story into the pocket                I’d already made for this day. A strip of washi tape adds a little colour.

Day twelve was all about the purchasing of our T.V magazine of choice for festive telly watching.

Very busy day thirteen which began like this.

I kept the number and made another spread with a couple of photos and in between them I                      added an envelope with the story on the outside.

Love this photo of my Mum and our youngest family member.

And of course my darling niece. We went to see Bohemian Rhapsody at the cinema.

And finally for this update day fourteen.

I added the two labels from a new little tree into a pocket page. I thought it was interesting that                      they told you on the label how to look up where the tree had been grown. It was something that                needed to be kept.

Okay back with the rest soon.

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

December Daily® 2018 – Day Three to Seven

Well December you have done it to me again. I blinked and it’s the 20th! How does that happen?? Still wanting to share the days I have managed to complete so here are a few more days.

At the time of writing we are having computer problems so I can’t access the original pages from my post in November…… hey ho.

Day three was all about my new bottle brush tree and the house I made during our girls crafting day.

Day four was a fold out page and it stayed like that. I stamped ‘the story of the tree’ in red ink on the page.

Added a photo of a silver star that is hanging on our little tree then wrote the story on the fold out portion of the page.

A few words for the fifth.

More moaning about my cold on the sixth but a lovely story about H making her cards. The white pen was a challenge!

A two page spread for day seven. Above is a photo of my sister and my brother in law (who’s carrying my tree) And later H and I went to my Mums to decorate her tree. It is a tradition I love.

I hadn’t added any words when I took the photos. Wasn’t sure where I wanted to add the stories. As it turned out I wrote directly onto the photos. Seems that’s my go to this year.

And there we have a few more. Hope your December is going well.

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

December Daily® 2018 – Day One and Two

At the start of the month I thought it might be tricky to get this album made day to day but it has been more of a challenge than I thought! December always does it to me. But with the hectic and rushed comes the good too I just need to keep reminding myself about that.

Anyway here is day one and two.

As you can see I wrote about my feelings for the spirit of Christmas on day one and the traditions that get the month going. If you recall the only prep for this day was the white page base and the number ‘1’. That starburst circle is actually the negative bit from an Ali Edwards sheet of silver die cuts. I backed it with more white card and added a one on top.

I’d gone along to the local photo shop last Saturday, the 8th, and printed a weeks worth of pictures. All 4 x 6 some portrait and some landscape and all taken with my phone. The above photo was a portrait one so I cut it down to fit the page which is about 5 x 7. Love having the photo run up to the edge of the page on the right hand side. The words strip is also and Ali design from a past December Daily kit.

Day two was changed from the original which looked like this.

I wanted to include the snow globe because it’s sooooo cute so I cut it out of the paper and simply adhered it to my photo.

I added a tab page turner on the right and wrote (rather messily!) my words on the mirror in the photo. All about another wonderful tradition, girls crafting day.

Hoping your holiday season is going well and will be back soon with more.

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

December Daily® 2018 – Album Cover and Foundation Pages

At last I’m sharing the set up for this years album. What with Gav moving the site and then my laptop crashing a few days ago I thought I’d never get the chance to share my album before the beginning of the month!

But I made it, just!

I made a change this year and have gone back to a smaller sized album. The main reason for this is to do with my photo printing issues. After struggling with poor prints on my home printer last year I have decided to use my local photo printer instead of doing it at home this year.  It isn’t my preferred option but I’ll give it a go and in this spirit I have down sized my album so I can include mainly 4 x 6 sized pictures.

I have also returned whole heartedly to red!

Using up lots of older supplies.

And a couple of new ones. Love those transparent stars from Ali Edwards.

Also love some fold out pages.

Leaving lots of pages loose and including a few pocket pages cut down to size.

Envelopes are a true favourite.

Like I say very loose!

I even found some cast off paint projects! I may cover all of this up but we will see.

So there we have it. A foundation to build this years stories upon. I’m very excited to begin this lovely tradition once again.

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

December Daily® 2017 – Day Sixteen to Twenty Five

At last, I have completed last years December album. The delay was partly due to waiting for the photographs now that I have no reliable printer and partly due to lack of motivation. I know myself and I know that I need to try and complete this album as I go because I lose enthusiasm if time ticks on. I’ll have to get a strategy sorted out before this December!

But never mind that here are the last few days.

Used a flip up page to get two little stories into the album on the 16th. I also used a 9 pocket page (moved from earlier in the album) to add photos of all our festive mugs. I adore a festive cup so it was a nice visual story to add in.

I used both sides of the nine pocket page.

As you will notice I have a few places to add in words but I know I’ll get there. Here is day seventeen and the story of the trip north for our anniversary. I used a wooden deer stapled inside the far right pocket and positioned it so you can see the ’18’ through.

Some of these photos are the last few I tried to print at home. I started to get fancy with a fold out page for our break away but the quality of the photos was making me so cross…… I did finish it and although the photos are not good I’ll live with it!

Using washi tape to adhere the two pages together. I also added in an index tab.

The photos sort of merge together for these couple of days but I’m fine with that.

Did manage to add a few words to that ’19’ card.

Not much happened on the twentieth so I simply filled the pockets with pretty cards added a little ‘thankful’ story and left it at that.

H came over on the 21st and I used my typewriter to jot down a few highlights. That photo of us wrapping tells it all really though. Such a helpful girl trying to get me organised! And of course we had our festive headgear on!

On the right of that page above is day twenty two and a story about going to spend time with my other niece and our newest addition.

I ordered a large photos of the mantle and below one of Gav in the kitchen love how they look in the album.

Some word stickers were added to the photo on the right and I popped a piece of gold star transparency into the pocket above that photo.

And then the big day. I kept many of the tags and bits and bobs attached to gifts this year. My sister went all out and there were little wooden shapes and glittery stars.

My older niece, nephew and baby elf! Had to get all the elves together right?

So there we go. I’ll add my writing then tuck this away with all the others for ten months…….

Although I found getting this album finished a bit of hard work still love this project so much and am really glad I have these stories all together.

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

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® 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.

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.