One of the projects I worked on this past month (albeit, a bit silently) was a December Daily album, inspired by Ali Edwards. I became aware of this project a few years ago, when I started A Week In The Life, but figured I didn't have time to do such an in-depth project at the time. I was wrong. One of the things I've discovered, is these types of projects can be as involved and extravagant or as simple as you want. Love this! You've heard me say it a million times, as a mom of four I don't have much time. But the memories are so important. Documenting them doesn't have to take a lot of money or time. I challenged myself to use Close To My Heart products and to use up some of my stash. Without further ado, here is the album and the first nine days.
I used a 6x6" Quick Pic album in Olive as my base. I wanted to be able to slap the photos on and quickly journal. Not a lot of muss and fuss on the pages. I want this done. These albums come in two shades and have 8 memory protectors pre-mounted. That obviously wasn't enough to do 25 days plus an intro and/or end page, so I added some 6x6 Flip Flaps to expand the album. In the picture above (sorry, it's not great) at the center of the album, there is a half-inch space where the pages are mounted. I adhered 6 Flip Flaps in the center here, alternating pages spreading out three to the left and then three to the right, so I didn't end up with a "wedge" if they were all facing the same way. These pages are about an eighth of an inch larger than the pre-mounted memory protectors but they line up pretty well, even for an anal-retentive like me.
Stamp the inside of the cover in Slate and Cranberry using Season of Change (retired). Even though this is old (it's still one of my favorites) I thought this scene embodied all of December from the tree, the winter snow and Santa's reindeer.
Another shot of my opening spread. I've always loved vellum so I wanted to do a see-through page, but didn't want to spend oodles of time. This was pretty simple! Cut the vellum to 6x6" and then I stamped in Slate across the middle using my date stamp I got at Walmart. The ornament is from this cute packet of Dimensional Elements In Color-Holiday.
I placed a matching ornament on the back. I created my Foundation Pages in Word using a table and just printed them on plain white 20 lb. paper. If you're interested, email me and I'll send it to you. The pages repeat the days up to 25. I originally made 31, but then decided I would just scrapbook those New Year events separately as they seemed to be a separate thing. each page has room for about 3 lines of journalling. Just enough. Yeah, I'm all about faster, simpler, easier the Close To My Heart way! Here are the rest of my pages. Enjoy!
|Days Two and Three. Cranberry stitched ribbon is from the Ribbon Round and retired. The banner is hand-cut and hand lettered in red marker.|
|"Seven-11" (Garrett can't wait to go with Dad each day) is stamped using the Glamour Lowercase Alphabet in Slate and red glitter accents added using Glitz Glitter Gel.|
|Again, the Glamour Lowercase Alphabet in Cranberry. Love this.|
|The ribbon is really old (non-ctmh).|
I'll have a few more pages up later this week. My schedule at work changed, so I'm all skee-wampus and I'll be offline for a few days. Check back soon!