Tuesday, September 10, 2013

December Daily 2012

It took me less than a year, folks! I don't think there's a single crafter out there who would consider themselves "caught up". So I'm not ashamed to say I just finished last year's December Daily album. I'm actually pretty proud I finished it before starting on this year's album. I've been trying to make a conscience effort to finish what I start or to stay more on top of things. Planning for this year's December album has already started. I know what book cover I'm using, the paper line has been chosen, and I've started a Pinterest board of some of the activities I want to do. It's actually a good resource since it links up to the original websites so it'll make it easier to check times and schedules for different events. I realize it's only September, but I'm a fan of making lists and I love the joy of the holidays. (If life was a cartoon, this is where I'd be holding hands with family and friends while circling a Christmas tree and swaying back and forth.)

Anyhow, here's a few pictures of my album as proof that I actually finished something. The papers and embellishments are pretty much all October Afternoon. They came out with a December Daily kit last year and it was awesome! It included a 8x8 paper pad, the mini book with pages and covers, TONS of embellishments, and a stamp set. Definitely worth the money.

The cover was just chipboard so I used a brown paint dauber and gave it a wood look.

The album came with dividers which I used to separate the weeks.

This day was 12/12/12 so I decided to go big and do twelve Christmas-y things in one day. I had to hustle to fit it all in, but it was fun to do.

A few times I was able to copy and shrink the program from that day's activity for the book (like this one for Christmas at the Zoo). I like adding the interactive element and being able show more detail about what we did.

The "cookies" page was a flashcard from October Afternoon. It was great for adding more journaling on the backside. Plus, it's cute.

This "mini" album ended up being pretty full. I had to replace the rings that came with the book with shower curtain rings. It just goes to show we had a lot of fun during the holidays.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Project 12: August

I'm excited to be on the ball with Project 12 this month! August was a lot of fun and even though I love summer, I'm also looking forward to fall. To help me keep track of the month, I kept a list in my phone to help me remember everything I wanted to add as it happened. A few small things got cut, but all the good stuff was included. I also knew from the get-go what paper I wanted to use. It's all Crate Paper's "Pier" line with a few Project Life cards from the "Kraft" kit mixed in.

Here's the left hand page. It talks about the state fair, my first (and delicious I might add) zucchini bread, and a last minute trip to the horse track.

I really like using a photo as the title space. These plastic letters from Crate are really fun so I knew it'd have a cool effect on the page. I've also been using my roller date stamps more. It's good for a subtle way to note the date and I'm not gonna lie, it just plain looks cool.

Here's the right hand page. It features putt-putt, a baseball game, and a weekend at the lake. I tried to use a combination of detailed openings and some plain photos that had just a little embellishment.

I also included a 6x12 insert to add a few more stories this month. The front of the insert talks about my Dad collecting smurf happy meal toys for my sister and I. (It's a classic "Dad" move.) The back of the insert features my parents' trip to Denver to see my sister. I realize it wasn't my trip, but my Mom and sister took too good of pictures for me not to use them. Plus, I did get presents from the trip so that should count for something.

Like I said, there were too many good photos so the back insert also got an extra flap. Next month I'm taking a trip out there so there will definitely be another insert for October.