2016 December Daily Preparations

Oh Holy December – you’re finally here! I love December for so many reasons and being able to capture the little details through December Daily makes it even more fun!

If you’re new to December Daily or haven’t heard about it yet, head over to Ali’s site where you can read and be inspired by how this project started and has evolved.

You can also see my past December Daily projects right here on my blog.

For 2016, I’ve gone with a pocket/planner style – similar to last year and I’m sharing my prepped dividers with you! But first, here is the video I shared about all of the supplies I’m using:

And now that I have decided on the format I want inside my album, here’s how I’m putting it all together!

Below are some detailed photos and a cool giveaway!

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Want to have weekly pages in your album too? Here’s a free download of the pages I made for this year’s album! I print mine on bright white cardstock and trimmed to be the same size as my divider pages. Click on the download link here or the image below to get the link for the PDF.

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I hope you’ve been inspired to make something fun with your December. Talk to you soon!

Happy scrapping,
Andrea

december memories 2015 // the completed album

saying goodbye to the year also means saying goodbye to December. it’s always a bit sad to take down the tree and transition decor from Christmas to Winter. especially after all the glee and excitement of putting it all out.
but when it’s time – it’s time.
and i knew that when i completed my December Memories album – i was done with Christmas. it was a fun month! lots of activities and lessons and regular life. complete with magic and the questioning of mr. claus.

during the month, i filmed flip-thru videos as i completed chunks of my album. it turned out to be 3 total videos and i have put them all here for easy viewing if you hadn’t come across them already on my youtube channel.

once i have some good light around here – i will take photos of each page and update this post.

for now – i sure hope you enjoy seeing my album!

thanks for watching!
andrea xo

how will you document your december memories?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And the December Memories kit from Gossamer Blue is the perfect kit to document the month and all the festivities! You can purchase yours here!

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This box of goodies is bursting with sophisticated colors with a traditional feel. Photo Sep 30, 3 36 52 PM
Exclusively designed chipboard, labels, flags and word stickers will keep your spirits bright as you complete your album. Yes – you WILL complete your album this year! 😉Photo Sep 30, 3 37 05 PM
If you would like a special peek inside the ENTIRE kit, check out my What’s in the Box video:

Now – how are we going to stay motivated and excited and crafty while we’re in the thick of snow and shopping and school programs? You register for the 2-month class that is lead by the fabulous Beshka Kueser and friends!

For 8 weeks, you will be inspired and prepared to work on and complete your entire album! Hope to see you there starting November 1st!

So grab that gigantic December Memories kit and begin putting those December wheels in motion!

Happy scrappin’!
Andrea =)

december daily // a photo + video walk through of my finished album

UPDATE: detailed photos are now in this post! see below video.

hi and happy new year to you!

i contemplated posting another update of my prepped pages over the last couple of weeks, but i couldn’t get the lighting right. and honestly, i was chugging away with actually completing them so i figured you’d rather see the finished product than some random unfinished pages.

so, since i have been on vacation i’ve been able to really hunker down and get this project finished. and with the right lighting and a quiet house today, i filmed a video of the finished album!

so here it is, hope you like it!

 

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i didn’t get as many “around town” photos as i planned so this page is unfinished.
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i added a 6×8 pocket to add christmas cards and then added a little tab to the edge.
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another unfinished page. sometimes it’s just not easy to get all the photos on the list!
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if you have any questions, please feel free to comment here or on the video itself. i do my best to respond to each comment. 🙂

happy new year!
andrea

december daily // f-l

hello friends!

i’m back with some more letter pages that are photo ready in my december daily album. wanna take a peek?

F will have a couple 6×6 family photos and possibly one about football. and let’s not forget about the best part of A Christmas Story, the fra-gee-lay leg lamp!

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G is for the grays, game time, homemade granola and gifts.
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the little recipe card can be pulled out of the envelope and it reveals the recipe.
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i have been using a lot of pop dots to layer and stack embellishments. it’s fun to add some dimension!
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H is for hot chocolate, happy, holy, ho ho ho and honey baked ham.
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i’ve given myself space for a small photo or some journaling. if i don’t have anything to put there, it still looks cool.
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there is hardly any words that start with I so i found a great photo of icicles and i will have it printed as a 6×8.5 and slip it in. done.
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the opposite side is J and will be this graphic that i’m giving you for free. just right click on this photo and save image as. you’re welcome!

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a full layout for J will include jingle bells, joy, jack frost, jolly and joyful memories.
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K was also limited on words so i picked kisses and kings.hopefully i can snap a pic of matt and i under the mistletoe. 😉

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i thought it would be nice to add the story of the 3 kings that came to visit Jesus.
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L is for lights and laughter. i plan to print a cool bokeh shot of our tree as 6×6 for that corner. then some fun 3x3s of good times we’ve had so far this month.
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i have to tell you, i am so super pleased with this structure. it’s half way through the month and i’m almost halfway through the alphabet. woohoo!

much still left to do but i’ve got a christmas vacation coming up that’s gonna be full of scrappiness!

so…how are you holding up with your december daily?

december daily // a new spin and a vintage vibe

december is here and this means the beginning of my most favorite month of the year! the lights, the magic, the cold and the decorations are among the highlights of this season. it also happens to be my birthday month, which is super rad.

and i’m not the only one who feels this way, which is why so many scrapbookers and documenters are embarking on december daily. in case you aren’t familiar with the concept of december daily, check out ali edwards’ blog for more info. she came up with the concept and i’ve been grateful to document december in a more detailed way.

about a month ago, i decided on a vintage and kind of kitschy theme for this years’ album. i wanted to buy a couple collections with paper and embellishments that had a 40’s and 50’s feel. as i browsed, i decided on 3 and they all happened to be by october afternoon. silent night, eggnog and make it merry all have different feels but in my eyes, they were meant to go together! in addition, i snagged deena rutter’s december kit with digi printables for some extra cards and embellishments.

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Every Little Bit: Cheers Bundle

since my december daily goes into my regular PL album, most of my pages will be 12×12 but i reserve the right to toss in a few 6×8 pages when i feel like it. 🙂

as an intro to the december daily part of my album, i made this 6×8 page with some favorite pieces from my self made kit. the opposite side will be a typed opening with words to express the importance of december.

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then i made a 12×12 page with all 4×4 pockets for another opening. honestly i was just having too much fun with all my goodies!
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but here’s where it gets super fun! thanks to leslie ann harvey, my whole approach to this project changed. i was ready to do what i did last year and just go day by day, like my normal project life, and document chronologically. i would print 2 groups of photos, one mid-december and another after the first of the year. and the plan was to work on the days as I could.

but sunday morning, while scrolling around on facebook, she posted a wonderful idea that inspired her. i have to give credit to her for inspiring me and to her inspiration, which i will do later in this post.

the idea is to do an alphabet style december daily. yes, like A-B-C alphabet. think about it, there are so many “things” we want to document in december and they all start with a letter, right? when i saw a helpful list on lisa moorefield’s blog, (which is the awesome chick who inspired leslie) i knew this was totally do-able. although i must admit, i felt a few twinges on anxiety when i considered this approach. so i settled in with both blog posts and started formulating my own list of items i didn’t want to forget.

i’m happy to share it with you!

A – around town, advent
B – books, baking
C – candy canes, calendar, christmas lists
D – decorating, deck the halls
E – elf, enjoy
F – football, friends, family
G – games, gifts, granola, giving, gibson
H – hot chocolate, honey bakes ham
I – ice skating, instagram
J – jesus, jingle bells, jolly
K – kids, kisses
L – letters to santa, lights, laughter
M – moose, movies, music, matt, marshall
N – neighborhood lights, naughty or nice
O – ornaments, opening presents, oh holy night
P – polar express, peppermint, presents
Q – quiet nights, quilts
R – reading, reindeer, relaxing
S – snow, starbucks, school program, stockings, shopping, santa
T – train, tree, traditions, toys, thankschristmas
U – under the tree, us
V – village, vacation
W – warping, weather, warmth
X – xmas morning/day
Y – you and me
Z – zzzz (kids sleeping or everyone is jammies)

i plan to use a few from each letter if i can snag the photos but i might just use one from the list. it depends and i’m leaving that open.

but i started with A and B so far and am ready to get some photos in those pockets!


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what i think i’ll get from this process is more intentional photos instead of just capturing what happens and printing pics that don’t get used. i can take photos out of order and not worry about making sure i know the exact day. maybe another way to think of this style is like a summary of all the wonderful and magical things about december.

no matter how you document, just do it. you don’t need the perfect kit, use your stash. take photos and enjoy the times with loved ones.

i hope to post my progress as i make some. and don’t forget to follow me on instagram where most of my shares end up! see you back here soon!

andrea 🙂

december daily 2013 flip-thru

hi and hello!

last year when i worked on my december daily album, i posted the details here on my blog, but i wasn’t doing videos back then.

and since we’re all gearing up to start our 2014 december daily albums, i thought a little flip-thru of last year’s was appropriate.

making my own dd kit was so much fun and i have done the same thing this year! items i used to create my kit will be linked below the video.

hope you enjoy and find some christmas inspiration!

xo -andrea

 

SUPPLIES USED:

2013 calendar: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/107101297362305970/

daily journal cards (4×6): http://www.pinterest.com/pin/107101297362195051/

dashing through cards (3×4): http://ohsnapboutique.com/boutique/home.php?cat=64

heidi swapp believe paper pack: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/175851560423321821/

photo/word collage tutorial: http://youtu.be/j7nEsThWvm8?list=UUOS-YXZ5YVtI-ezqnt8edzw

december daily update // days 16-25

hey there, ho ho ho there! yah, that was lame. okay moving on…

below is the latest from the december daily portion of my album. never have i worked on the month i was currently living in so that was really fun! memories and feelings were fresh and the spirit of the holidays inspired my pages.

technically i am finished through christmas, with the remainder of december (and november) pictures in the mail from persnickety prints. they arrive tomorrow which means another project life update will on the horizon!

but on hand today is december 16th through the 25th. let’s see how it went:


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the end of twenty thirteen is so close! is it weird if i’m nervous to be too caught up? i don’t want to have a project life-less weekend!

talk to you guys soon!

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