december daily // deciding + supplies + the intro page

december daily is a big deal. ali edwards inspires us to capture the month and all of it’s magic. last year i decided against doing an album ahead of time because the prior year i didn’t get my pictures in the album until about oh, um, thanksgiving of the following year. so for 2012, i just put december into my project life album as i would have for any other week in our lives. see here.

but this year, i’m completely inspired. like enamored. my instagram feed has been full of #decemberdaily tags and the creativity is contagious.

but i learned my lesson about trying to do a separate album for december and toyed with how i would even execute it this year.
did i really want to attempt to pre-scrap december right now? in my current state of project life, it’s mid-may 2013 and i sorta like the process i have.
what’s the benefit of preparing pages for december? and then i remembered being on a crafting stay-cation in july and sweating over hundreds of christmas photos that i was NOT in the mood for. ahhhh, that’s why.

so of course, i go to the place that lends the most amazing tutorials and inspiration…ali’s blog. and she has a video posted about how she’s prepped her album and all the studio calico kit goodies are drool worthy. but i couldn’t drop a hundred bucks on supplies. number one, that’s a lot of money. and number two, i don’t really want my album to look like everyone else’s, if i’m being honest…and i am.

the decision was made: i would pre-make pages for december and just include them in with my normal 12×12 album and i would get some simple supplies to carry me through the month in the black/white/gold/red theme for the year. done. now let’s get prepared by making a kit of our own!

so as i was browsing pinterest for black, white and gold christmas inspiration, i ran into these beauties from ohsnapboutique.com.
Project Life December Daily vol 3 Personal Use Only

she has 3 different sets and each set of 10 cards is only $6. i bought them all and printed 2 of each on white cardstock. that’s 30 different cards….score!

since i decided to use my regular album, i need to use the 12×12 photo sleeves and decided that i would try to take at least one picture and journal something for each day. for that i would need a daily journalling card. i couldn’t really find anything i liked and didn’t want to buy overlays or digital cards. so i made my own and printed them on white cardstock. the pdf of all the dates can be downloaded here for free: all dates4x6. you’re welcome!
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so now i have some 3×4 christmas inserts and 4×6 daily journalling cards, let’s talk about some other supplies: 

i use both american crafts sleeves as well as becky higgins (all designs) but for the intro page, i decided i wanted to include lots of my new supplies so i chose the 4×4 pockets at the bottom right of this set.

photo sleeves by american crafts 

i also picked up this awesome 12×12 cardstock pack by hiedi swapp with my 40% off michael’s coupon. the colors are exactly what i was looking for.


12×12 cardstock set // believe by heidi swapp

also from michael’s, i grabbed a few more supplies:

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12×12 gold glitter cardstock: $.99
black/silver/gold glitter chipboard pieces: $1.49
gold lowercase alpha stickers: $1.49
gold and white washi 2-pack: $4.99 (splurge but totally worth it)
merry and bright christmas stickers: $2.99
gold sequin ribbon: $.99
gold and silver sequins (loose): $1.49
craft brown heart stickers (4 sheets per pack): $2.99
red glitter rhinestones: $2.99
gold rhinestones in various sizes: $1

supplies i already had:
black and white paper clips: target dollar spot
black/white/grey buttons: michaels
paper doilies: i spray painted a few different sizes with gold spray paint
red doily ribbon with adhesive back: michael’s

here’s how the into page turned out:

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i loved how ali cut up page protectors to use as clear inserts. her idea of having transparency has always freaked me out but i’ve been coming out of my comfort zone and loving the look.

let’s start at the top and work from left to right:
1 // 3×4 insert from ohsnapboutique.com’s christmas set. it’s left justified so there’s some see-thru goin’ on.
2 // i used the gold glitter paper and the empty letters from a set of chipboard letters. i flipped the cardstock over and traced the letters backwards and used an exacto knife to cut them out. i had the white and grey dotted numbers in my stash and glued them over a strip of the gold arrow washi tape. then i placed one little gold rhinestone in the center. all of this is assembled onto a cut 4×4 piece of inexpensive sheet protector.
3 // another 3×4 insert from ohsnapboutique.com’s christmas set with 3 stars i punched out of another of her cards that was just chalkboard.
4 // a 4×4 cut of a piece from heidi swapp’s believe paper set.
5 // another 3×4 insert from ohsnapboutique.com’s christmas set, with a paperclip holding it to the sleeve and a piece of the sequin strip glued to the bottom.
6 // a 4×4 cut of a piece from heidi swapp’s believe paper set.
7 // the joy to the world circle is cut out of one of the pieces from the believe set. then i randomly glued rhinestones and a star punched from the gold glitter paper. all assembled onto a cut 4×4 piece of inexpensive sheet protector.
8 // a 3×4 insert from ohsnapboutique.com’s christmas set, turned landscape with a black glitter chipboard shape and another glitter star glued to the top edge.
9 // a piece from the believe set with a gold doily slipped in.

here are some close up deets:
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i’m super excited to keep making progress so that when december comes, i can slip in pics and journal while the memories are fresh.

see ya soon, after i’ve got some daily layouts complete!
..drea

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6 thoughts on “december daily // deciding + supplies + the intro page

  1. dawn says:

    OMG!!! Yours is soooo beautiful and even more then the kits, it’s made from your heart and just for you!!! LOVE all this detail and yummy fun you had! Looking forward to seeing it comet together. Are you going to post daily or weekly on Ali’s blog, would love to see it during December and not in the heat of summer 2014, lol.
    WAY TO GO GIRLFRIEND!!
    p.s. my Michael’s doesn’t have any of these fun stuff??? Not fair! ENJOY!

    • retrohipmama says:

      oh thanks miss dawn! I’m bummed that your michaels doesn’t have a good scrap section. our local scrap store closed last year and even tho our michaels really stepped up and added a big section, it can’t compare to a real scrap store. but sometimes you just get what you can get! I hadn’t considered posting to Ali’s blog. I still haven’t figured out how I will print pics so soon after I take them. still mulling that over. 🙂

      Sent from my iPad

  2. Kellie Winnell says:

    You girl are an inspiration! I am loving your page, you make me want to download and print and do as you do! I am now wondering should I do a separate binder or just do in my PL. I am working on a list, so that I will put my focus on that for my mini DD and my normal everyday photos for my PL. Fingers crossed it works.

    I am going to have to down load those cards, yup, yup I am. I am going with kraft, white, red, gold and black.

    Will keep coming back to see what you have been up to!

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