Saturday, November 24, 2012

This Christmas...

As I prepared to write this blog post, I had that Stevie Wonder song "This Christmas" going through my head.  I'm not a huge fan of the song, as I prefer my Christmas music to be of the 1940s Bing Crosby/Frank Sinatra variety (nothing against you, Stevie, you're wonderful!), but it made me realize that this Christmas will be very different from last Christmas.

Last year, Lisa was here celebrating with us from Ireland.  This year we'll be apart again.  Last year was very hectic and full.  This year should be somewhat quieter and calmer.  Last year I spent wayyyyy too much money on gifts.  This year I've pledged to be much more conservative.   Last year, I dropped my point and shoot camera and it's never been the same.  This year I am awaiting the new Canon Rebel EOS T3 DSLR that I just ordered which should be here on Friday (whoop!).  And last year, I stressed entirely too much over this little project called "December Daily" which I was doing for the first time.  This year, I have a year of experience under my belt and a much better plan of attack.

I am happy to report that my base pages are all made, my cover is decorated and my title page is complete.  I will be using no more than one 4x6 photo per day.  On some occassions, that 4x6 might be two 2x3 photos.  I want to be more reflective in my journaling, while not putting tons of pressure on myself to be perfect.  So...without further ado, I give you the base pages of my 2012 December Daily!

December Daily 2012



Title Page

Day One Base Pages


Remaining Base Pages



 I used a bunch of different paper and embellishment lines to complete these base pages.  The majority are from the Studio Calico kit, Studio Calico's Wonderland line, and Crate Paper's Sleigh Ride line.  You will also find some vintage KI Memories, Daisy D's and a couple of lines from last year:  October Afternoon's Holiday Style for example.  I have tons of pages premade in two sizes.  4x6 to fit the page protectors of my album and I don't have the exact measurement, but a larger size to fit over the chipboard inserts that came with the album.  I'm so excited and looking forward to December 1st!
Thanks again SO much for taking the time to stop by my little blog!  Have a great Saturday!

Friday, November 23, 2012

And So It Begins!

We Americans are all sufficiently stuffed with turkey and dressing and December is just around the corner.  I have finally, FINALLY finished my December Daily from 2011 and have my 2012 book all ready to go. 

So here it is...what you've all been waiting almost a year for me to 2011 December Daily.

***I must note here that I am completely and thoroughly tired of all the papers and elements I used in this book and while it is a treasure for the ages, I won't be picking it up to flip through again any time soon.  Maybe in 2013! 

December Daily 2011


My base pages were made using the Dear Mr. Claus line from Cosmo Cricket.  Primarily.  I also have a few pages of other papers, including some vintage Daisy D's that I'd been hoarding for years!  There are a variety of other papers thrown into the mix for interesting layers, including a few scraps I had leftover from making my 2012 base pages (I still had to finish up days 23-25 of 2011!)  I tabbed each date, something I will not be doing this year.  I used a few paper lunch bags, about a billion stickers and chipboard pieces, a few washi tapes, and I don't even know what else!  A lot of what is in this album probably would be very hard to trackdown today, though there are a few brand spankin' new elements like some of the chipboard pieces I used from this year's Crate Paper - Sleigh Ride line.
If you have any questions about anyting I used in the album, please do not hesitate to ask me by either leaving me a comment in the comment section or emailing me.  My email can be found at the top of the page.  I'd be more than happy to help you out to the best of my ability!
Thank you all so much for stopping by!  Tomorrow I'll be back again with the cover, title page, day one set up, and remaining base pages of my 2012 album!  Can't wait!