Monday, May 22, 2017

December Daily 2016- Title page and finishing up

Here is my title page for my 2016 December Daily album.

I usually wait until the end of the of the project to finish this one, since I like to use a favorite family photo from the season. 

The paper is my favorite from the SEI Alpine Frost collection. I layered a branding strip with the numbers 1- 25, a subtle but awesome addition, with some solid papers from SEI and Simple Stories.

I had a few brads left over from the Simple Stories DIY Christmas that I used here as well as a few sequins found throughout my album for 2016.

I included little strips that state the ages of my kids, a nice quick reference when looking back.

For the embellishment cluster at the top of the page, I used some Tim Holtz metal numbers to put that it was  '16, but I had used the 1 last year on that December Daily album cover. I had the 1/2 and broke it apart to use just the one. 

I used some more of the Simple Stories brads and sequins as well.

I layered a scalloped circle that I punched with a circle I punched and stamped with an Ali Edwards stamp. Tucked another stamped circle behind it. 

Thoughts on this years album:

1. I loved doing all 6x8 layouts this year! I figured that if this is my one big project a year that I complete, I should enjoy the process and take my time. The divided pages just weren't going to work with the products I had to work with this year, so I didn't want to stress about it and force it like I had in previous years.

2. I haven't purchased an album to put these pages in yet. There weren't any 6x8 albums that I were going to have what I needed, but lo and behold, Ali Edwards came out with a black Storybook album that should work. Simple Stories albums just don't hold enough pages. Not sure if I am going that route or wait to purchase a December Daily album from her later this year.

3. I loved bashing my stash. It felt great to use up product I have had in my stash for a long time. It also felt good not to spend a lot of money on new stuff that I wasn't that excited about using.

4. I find it humorous that I chose a lot of snowflake themed products this year, and that was the year that we really didn't get any snow....

5. Loved using the snowflake sequins this year. They were the perfect embellishment to sprinkle throughout the album to tie the pages together. Tim Holtz's metal number tags were another great purchase.

6. Still love using Ali Edwards' stamps. I got lots of use out of them this year, especially the new ones I bought this year. Definitely worth the money to me.

Thanks again for checking out my album!

Can't wait to share some of the layouts that I have recently completed! I have a whole list of projects in the que.

Friday, May 19, 2017

December Daily 2017- Day 26

Here is the last day I have to share with you from my 2016 December Daily album.

With so much family to see during the holidays, it is almost impossible to have Christmas with everyone before the 25. I like to include these Christmas celebrations in my December Daily album, even though they happen after the 25. 

I was extremely happy with how this layout turned out! Usually by the end of this project, I get into a "get her done" mode and things end up simple and a bit disappointing. I also was getting to the end of my kit stash of papers and things which makes it challenging as well to make a great page. 

The background paper is from an old collection from Stampin' Up! Matted my collage photo (done in PSE) with paper from SEI Alpine Frost.

At the top of the page, I layered what few tags and die cuts that would work for this page and strung them together with some black and white twine that I used throughout the album. Got a bit creative with it and love it. Sprinkle the sequins and a stamped sentiment from Ali Edwards to finish this cluster off.

At the bottom, I did a similar thing. This time I also used the Tim Holtz metal number tag in the mix. Tucked my journaling in there in strips and the page was done!

Thanks for checking out my December Daily project. I have one more post to share from this project. The title page completed and my thoughts on what worked and didn't work this year. Hope you stop by again!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

December Daily 2016 -Day 25 part 2

Here are the last pages for Day 25 in my 2016 December Daily album.

There are always a ton of photos that I take during Christmas day. I thought putting them in a grid, would be a great way to showcase more of them and tell a bit more of the story. 

I began to run out of full sheets of patterned paper in the kit I created, so I opted to use SEI color card stock for the background in these pages.

I cut a square of patterned paper from Stampin' Up! and layered some fussy cut snowflakes from SEI, the Tim Holtz metal number tag and sequins to build my first square of my grid.

For the second, I white heat embossed an image from an older Ali Edwards stamp  on some more Stampin' Up! paper and layered a few sequins.

The last embellished square used SU paper again as well as a heart punched from SS paper and a banner made from Ali Edwards stamps and dies when she was with Technique Tuesday. 

For the journaling panel at the bottom I used some grey card stock and white heat embossed another of Ali Edwards' stamps. 

For the last page for Day 25, I used papers from SU and fussy cut the snowflake from a SEI tag. 

The photo corners I created cutting squares from the SEI tag paper in half.

Layered stickers from Simple Stories as well as the chipboard ampersand. Sprinkled on a few more sequins.

I am almost done sharing this December Daily album. Come back for one more day and a wrap up! Thanks for visiting!

Monday, May 15, 2017

December Daily 2016- Day 25 Part 1

Coming down to the end of my 2016 December Daily project.

Here is the first two pages for my Day 25.

This year, like my last few December Daily albums, I include a before and after shot of the Christmas tree.

Since this day is what the album culminates to, I had this photo printed 6x8 from Persnickety. All my photos are printed by them, but I love that this is a size option from them.

Kept it simple. Layered a fussy cut snowflake from the SEI Alpine Frost collection and layered it with a sticker from an old Simple Stories sticker sheet. Found tiny red gems in my stash and went for it.

For the second page, the after photo was placed on some SEI patterned paper with the snowflake paper bordering at the bottom. 

The banner sticker was from an old Simple Stories collection sticker sheet. 

Typed up my journaling in a block and added a Simple Stories wood veneer stocking and heat embossed label from Ali Edwards/ Technique Tuesday. Layered some red gems and snowflake sequins, keeping it pretty simple.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

December Daily 2017- Day 24

Here is my layout for Day 24 in my 2016 December Daily album.

The paper is from an old Stampin' Up collection but the embellishments are from Simple Stories DIY Christmas and SEI Alpine Frost.

I created a photo collage in PSE. It was the perfect size for the sticker frame from SEI after matting it on some more paper from Stampin' Up!

Used a bit of silver washi from my stash for a place to anchor my embellishments.

The title was made using Simple Stories alpha tile stickers.

The stickers were also from Simple Stories. Layered in a snowflake sequins and a bit of journaling.

Getting to the last little bits from the DIY die cut pack and found the arrow. Layered it with a stickers (sentiment and arrow) from the same collection, as well as more sequins.

Created another photo collage for this page in PSE. 

Layered a sticker from SEI with the Tim Holts metal number tag, as well as some snowflakes fussy cut from that SEI collection as well. The green die cut was from Simple Stories.

Printed my journaling on another Simple Stories die cut and layered with more SEI snowflakes. 

That finishes up Day 24.  Christmas Day is coming soon. After that I created a page for Day 26 and I will have a last post to wrap up the album. Thanks for stopping by. Hope you visit again soon!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

December Daily 2016- Day 23

Here is the first page of my Day 23 in my December Daily 2016 album.

First up is our family Christmas card. I went with a 5x7 photo card from Walgreens this year, in part because I waited so long to get it done.

Paper is from an old Stampin' Up! collection I had in my stash.

Because the card took up so much of the page, I used another pull out tag for the journaling. Usually I don't have much to say about the Christmas card, but with an error on my part this year, it warranted a story. 

The black tag was from a tag set at the Target Dollar Hot Spot in 2015. Used some gold washi and a wood veneer arrow. Used a bit of twine that I have been using throughout the album on the tag.

Here are the remaining pages for Day 23.

All of the paper is from SEI Alpine Frost. The green is a bit thin but iridescent. 

Background paper is my favorite from the SEI Alpine Frost collection.

Had a banner tag left from Simple Stories  and placed my journaling strips on it layered with another circle tag from that same collection.

On the top left of the photo I layered an old Simple Stories sticker with a stamped banner from Ali Edwards. Layered in the Tim Holtz metal number tag and snowflake sequins.

For the third and last page for Day 23, I used some photo corner stickers from my stash around the matching paper from the previous page. The base paper was a specialty paper that had some shimmer, maybe that is why the glare is so bad in the photo.

The 23 was cut from a Simple Stories DIY Christmas paper. The banner was an old stamp set from Ali Edwards and used a coordinating Technique Tuesday die with it to cut it out.

Layered some snowflake sequins and called it done.

Not many pages left in this 2016 December Daily album. Hope you come back to check out the last few days!

Friday, May 5, 2017

December Daily 2016- Day 22

Here is the first layout for Day 22 of my 2016 December Daily.

Kept this layout pretty simple. Made a photo collage using PSE. Used papers from SEI Alpine Frost. 

Used another Tim Holtz metal number tag in the center of the photos with some twine after backing it with some card stock.

In the top left, I used a tab punch with a sentiment stamped from an Ali Edwards December Daily stamp set.

Used some silver washi from my stash, as well as some really old leather like Thickers. "Christmas" in the title is a sticker from Simple Stories DIY Christmas as well as the black banner die cut. Layered more snowflake sequins throughout this and the following layouts.

Stamped from an old Ali Edwards December Daily stamp in the corner.

Right next to this layout is another for Day 22.

I kept this one pretty simple as well. This uses papers from the SEI collection, as well as Simple Stories DIY Christmas, the 6x6 paper pad and the tags. The red mat is paper from Stampin' Up!

Used a glitter border sticker from SEI and stamped "today=awesome" from an Ali Edwards stamp set.

When you turn the page in the album, the third and final layout for Day 22 finishes this day up.

The papers used on tho layout are from Stampin' Up! The strips and snowflakes are from SEI Alpine Frost. 

From that same Ali Edwards stamp set, I created the "here's the story" embellishment. Had it start the journaling out that wraps around the photo.

Layered in a doily from my stash, as well as the twenty-two from Simple Stories.

Thanks for stopping by to check out the last few days of my 2016 December Daily!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

December Daily 2016- Day 21

Here are the layouts for Day 21 of my 2016 December Daily album.

It was a party day for both kids this year. Love that I could attend both since they are at different schools and they were at different times.

Used a lovely pattern from SEI Alpine Frost collection for the background. Used some border stickers from that collection as well as some green card stock that I used a notebook border punch on. 

Layered the Tim Holtz metal number tag with a heart and banner tag from Simple Stories DIY Christmas. Stamped December all over the banner using a December Daily Stamp Set from Ali Edwards. 

The background for this page is also from the SEI collection. I used a sticker frame from that same collection and fussy cut some snowflakes from that same paper used for the other page above.

Party was stamped and fussy cut out. It was a stamp from an Ali Edwards birthday set from Technique Tuesday. Alpha stickers are from Kelly Purkey from her Simon Says Stamps days.

Used a bit of washi so the embellishment clusters had homes. Stamped the "enjoy the season sentiment" from another Ali Edwards December Daily stamp set from this year.

Thanks for stopping by! Should have the last few days up soon!

Monday, May 1, 2017

December Daily 2016- Day 20

Here is may December Daily layout for Day 20.

The background paper is from SEI Alpine Frost. Other patterns are from Stampin' Up! 

Used a journaling card from Simple Stories DIY Christmas collection, as well as some die cut hearts and black stickers.  The green hearts were punched from an EK Success punch.

Used another of Tim Holtz metal number tags with some twine. Sprinkled some more snowflake sequins and this one is done.

Another day done. More to come. Thank you for stopping by!