Monday, 4 November 2013

December Daily album progress

I'm still busy working on my December Daily album. Continuing on my album's theme of 20 December/Christmas traditions that are important to me and my family, this spread in my December Daily will document some of the fun things that we love to do as a family when the kids are on their Christmas school holidays. Being Aussie means that not only does Christmas fall in the middle of Summer, it also falls in the middle of our school Summer holidays. The kids typically have 6-7 weeks off school, so those weeks (particularly the December weeks) are usually full of lots of swimming at the beach or in my Mum's pool. As most of the photos that will go on this layout will no doubt be water activity shots, I decided to use my favourite aqua as an accent colour only on this double-page layout.

The left-hand side of the layout (pictured above) is my favourite of the two pages - I love all of the colour and the tiny bits and pieces!

The filler card from the left-hand side was made myself from a 3x4 inch piece of tone-on-tone red chevron paper from the Simple Stories December Documented range, upon which I layered embellishments and alphas from Simple Stories Sn@p (pink alphas), Simple Stories' Smarty Pants range (school word sticker), Studio Calico (gold stars and speech bubble), October Afternoon (labels), and Crate Paper (gold glitter thickers). I've left the label at the top of the filler card blank so that I can stamp the date on it come December when I've taken the photos to go with the page.

The card above is designed to hold some journaling about all of the fun things we do on my kids' December school holidays as a family. I knew I'd probably have a lot to say, so I thought I'd write my journaling on a note and tuck it into a vellum envelope (I removed the envelope's flap) instead of trying to cram it all onto one 6x4 inch journaling card. Again, I made it using a piece of chalkboard-look paper from the Simple Stories December Documented range as a base before layering some red striped cardstock (cut from a 6x8 inch page that came with my Sn@p album), a gold tag from a Studio Calico Project Life kit, and a gold glitter number 8. Later I noticed that this spread was in fact number 7 in my album, NOT number 8, so since taking my pics I have changed the number on the tag. Oh well, no harm done :)

After constructing the base of the card, I added the little vellum envelope and layered some bits and pieces on the front of it - a pink "awesome" word bubble cut from a piece of Simple Stories Sn@p 12x12 paper, a green dotty Sn@p washi tape sticker, an old piece of black ribbon from my beloved Love Elsie collection, a red die-cut label by October Afternoon, a gold star by Studio Calico, an aqua camera flair button from Simple Stories Sn@p range, and some red sequins. Finally, I tucked a red striped paperclip onto the edge of my vellum envelope. When I write my little note to tuck into the pocket, I'll attach it to the pocket on the inside with the paperclip so that it won't fall out.

The right hand page of this spread will document photos that again, will be predominantly blue/aqua-based water action shots, so I wanted to avoid using aqua on this side of the layout. I'm anticipating that these photos will also be quite busy, so I wanted to include some filler cards that didn't have too many embellishments on them. I used two cards from the new Simple Stories Snap 3x4 Christmas pack. An old piece of pink and red dotty ribbon, a couple of gold stars, a chalkboard-look border sticker (also by Simple Storeis) and some sequins did the trick. I love how adding those few extra little bits and pieces to the plain cards makes them look that little more Christmassy :)

If you are new to my blog and my December Daily album, I have posted some info in a previous blog post HERE regarding what album I am using and how I went about putting together my own kit for my album. You can also see my completed album foundation pages to date HERE, and find some ideas for what to document in your own December Daily album HERE.

Thanks for popping by today! I'll be back in the next couple of days to share my other completed foundation page in my December Daily album with you...provided this flu of mine gets better, not worse ;)

See you soon :) xx

Sunday, 3 November 2013


I just wanted to drop in and say thank you SO much to all of you who have left me a comment or message here or on Facebook in regards to my December Daily posts. I feel very humbled at your kindness and thankfulness. It's really wonderful to hear how my posts have inspired you or helped you with your own December Daily albums! You have helped me to have more faith in myself and have inspired me to continue sharing my creations here on my blog. Follow my blog with Bloglovin if you'd like to keep up with my future creative endeavours, too. Thanks again everyone for your support, from the bottom of my heart. Happy creating :)

(Artwork by Yao Cheng, via Pinterest)