December 15, 2018

December Daily - Page Shares

Wow! I'm not sure how we can already be at seems like I was just preparing for Thanksgiving!  The time definitely got away from me but I hope to get back on track here and start sharing a few pages from my December Daily.

I'm mostly using the Document December kit from Elle's Studio this year and it included some really cute puffy sticker circles with numbers on them.  Now I don't document my December on a daily basis so initially I didn't think I'd be using those circles but then I came up with a way.  I combined them with the various labels in the kit and I'm recording one thing that's made me happy each day (through December 25th).

Since I needed a little more space to fit all those labels, I made a flip out on the right page and am using small white paper clips to keep the flap closed.  I love that pretty gray plaid!

Though it might not look it from the photo, I am keeping current with the labels - I just photographed the spread before I'd completed very many of them.

The next spread includes some hidden journaling.  Once I put the page together, I just couldn't find the right spot for the words so I decided to slip them behind my photo.

I embellished it with just a single gold star, to pick up on the oversize gold tag that makes up the other side of the spread.

In one of my previous December Daily albums, I'd included a half-circle page that folded open.  I don't remember where I got it but I wanted to add something similar to this year's version so I just traced the original

When open, the traced piece makes a nice home for a glassine bag, into which I placed a 4x6 card from an In A Creative Bubble digital kit

I used products from the Feed Your Craft Festive and Fun kit on the left, and products from Crate Paper's Merry Days on the right.

The "Bah Humbug" 3x4 card from Elle's Studio was something else I didn't expect to use.  I generally concentrate on the merry and bright of the holiday but the opportunity to be a little Grinch-y presented itself a few days into the season when two broken items were delivered by mail.

I wrote the story on another Elle's Studio card and placed it on a piece of packaging from the Crate Paper/Merry Days die-cuts.

I stamped some punctuation "curse words" on a strip of vellum and placed in on top of the photo of one of the broken items in its box.

So that's a little peek inside my December Daily so far.  How is yours coming along?

December 10, 2018

Elle's Studio December Reveal and Projects

Happy December and welcome to my post for this month's Elle's Studio kit and add-ons.  Let's start off with a look at this month's kit:

I love the versatility of this kit!  There are holiday items, end-of-the-year review/wrap-up items, and everyday life items - no matter what you need, it's there!  And the color scheme can work with everything, too.

There are some fun add-ons as usual:

There are two sets of puffy stickers, two great stamp sets, acrylic trees and gold stars, and lots of snow-themed products! I'll be up on the Elle's Studio blog on the 19th with a project using some of these wonderful add-ons!

And lastly, here are the digitals for the month:

My first project this month is a layout.  I loved that adorable snowman card in the Snow Day Journaling Tags and used him as the title card for this page about my snowman collection:

I embellished him with a puffy sticker phrase from the Everyday Puffy Labels and strung the stars that came with the Acrylic Christmas Trees on some twine to make a little garland for him to hold.  For a title, I combined the word "Hello" from the Winter Puffy Stickers with the Black Puffy Alphabet Stickers.  

I punched some small circles from two of the papers in the Merry & Bright 6x6 Paper Stack and stitched them along the left edge of the page.

How adorable are those puffy mittens from the Winter Puffy Stickers??!! I used them to hold a label from the December Blank Label Stickers that I stamped with a sentiment from the Wonder & Joy Stamp.

There was a 4x6 pocket card in the Snow Day Journaling Tags that contained four label shapes - I fussy-cut them from the card and used them to hold my journaling.

I finished off the page using pieces from the Winter Puffy Stickers, another of the December Blank Label Stickers that I stamped with the word "fun" from the Let It Snow Stamp, and a couple of die-cuts from the December Monthly Kit.

I also made a pocket page spread with this month's offerings.

I used a variety of the 3x4 pocket cards from the monthly kit and I embellished them with puffy stickers from both the Everyday Puffy Labels and the Winter Puffy Stickers

Thanks for stopping by today - I hope you'll head over to the shop and grab these new releases for yourself!

December 5, 2018

Five Faves - December

It's time for the December edition of five faves - here's what I've been loving lately...

1.  My sweet and creative friend Tracey Fox has a fabulous series on her IGTV - she is @scrappylikeafox on Instagram and you can find her account here.  She is reviewing the scrappy trends of 2018 in this series and it has been interesting and fun to watch!   

2.  I have had an account on goodreads for a number of years and I love keeping track of books I've read, want to read, and am currently reading on the site.  I've read quite a few books this year and I'll be able to document my year in books/2018 easily by reviewing my lists on goodreads.  (I don't review books there - I usually just give them a star rating.  If you're on goodreads and want to be friends, let me know your user name in the comments below.)

3.  I often stamp on my projects but I'm not the neatest at it.  I somehow end up with ink on my fingers which, of course, gets transferred to my pages - ugh.  I recently purchased a sand eraser from Tombow and it does a great job getting rid of those little stray marks.  I found it on Amazon and it's very inexpensive.

4.  If you like printables and digital stamps, you might want to visit In A Creative Bubble.  Geralyn is a talented designer and I've purchased both journaling cards and digital stamps from her site.  I don't believe she has a newsletter but if you follow her blog or her Instagram account, you'll find out when she has sales in her shop.

5.  And going along with my previous fave, I like to print those cards on matte presentation paper for a crisp and vibrant look.  I picked up a package of Epson premium presentation paper/matte at Walmart recently and was very pleased with how well my cards looked when printed on this paper.  I just made sure to tailor my printer's properties to the matte presentation paper and it worked beautifully.

(I also wanted to mention that I'm not affiliated or connected to any of these businesses or products - I'm just sharing what has worked for me.)

December 1, 2018

December Daily - Cover and Intro Page

December has just begun but I'm already in the holiday spirit and remembering how much I enjoy working on this project!  Today I want to share my intro. page along with another look at my cover.  

I'd adhered a teal 3"x4" pocket card from the Elle's Studio Document December kit on the back of the front clear acrylic cover (I'm using a 6"x8" album from Colorcast Designs).  I didn't want the plain white back of that pocket card to show on the inside, so I covered it with another pocket card from the Elle's Studio kit and then I added the year with the Jane alphabet stickers that came in the kit.  

Many people start off their December Daily with an intentions or a "reason why" page.   I don't always do that - for many years, I just launched right into the documentation, but there were a couple of years in which I included an introduction on the first page.  I was debating whether I wanted to do it this year and I spent a little time thinking about what I want this December to be like.  Before I jotted down some notes, I thought I'd explore Pinterest to see if I could find a quote that would help me put my hopes into words.  I discovered a lovely quote that really captured my thoughts and decided I would just use that.

All items from Elle's Studio "Document December" Collection

I stitched a piece of vellum and a strip of pink & red striped patterned paper on to the top of the white heart patterned paper, typed and printed out the quote, and adhered it to a 3"x4" pocket card.  For embellishment, I added just two puffy stickers and two labels.  

I think I'm going with a fresh & clean look with my album this year, and this intro. page is setting the tone!  So how about you - do you make an intentions / reason why / intro page?  Let me know in the comments below and thanks for stopping by today!

November 30, 2018

Thankful - The Final Pages

And it's done!  Here's a look at the last several pages in my gratitude project, including a color...

a delicious dessert...

a scent...

a trip...

a mode of transportation...

something I made...

and a luxury...

The prompts really had me digging deep this year and I'm happy that I looked a little "out of the box" for many of my responses.  

So that's a wrap on this project!  Tomorrow is December 1st - time to start documenting December!