2015 December Daily® Days 2 - 8 | A Holiday Memory Keeping Project

Only 8 more days until Christmas! I am so very excited!  

This week I finished up the last of my Christmas to-do list and I've been able to relax and enjoy the season. Gifts are bought and wrapped, cards are mailed, the Christmas eve dinner is planned, cookies are made (and may not last until Christmas!), and we have both arranged for Christmas Eve off work.  

We have plans this coming weekend to tour the Speedway in Lights, and last weekend we enjoyed the Living Christmas tree production at our church which is part of annual holiday tradition.  I've been able to snap photos along the way and create stories about our favorite parts of the season, all thanks to my commitment to December Daily.   I am SO very appreciative of Ali Edwards and her inspiration for this project. 

"December Daily® is a December mini-album project created by Ali Edwards that documents the 25 days leading up to Christmas. The simple goal is to capture the spirit of December via one story per day." Click here to visit Ali's website for more information and to find her awesome products.

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December Joy word art from Digital Design Essentials.

December Joy word art from Digital Design Essentials.

This week, I had more free time to create in my album and I'm up to day 8 now!  I know days 9-18 will go quickly for me because I can feel myself getting into a groove with the album now.

Journal Card Template by Paislee Press, acrylic star from Color Cast Designs. See bottom of post for links.

Journal Card Template by Paislee Press, acrylic star from Color Cast Designs. See bottom of post for links.

A few things happened for me while working on my album this week... First, I found that some of the colors I had originally chosen weren't working well with my photos. It's Christmastime after all, and all of my photos had pops of red in them. So, instead of the light pink I had originally chosen for my album, I've incorporated red.  I like it.  I feel as if I'm jumping on the proverbial bandwagon, but that suits me ok!

Gold sparkle Thickers and heart journal card via Felicity Jane kits, blue acrylic star from Color Cast Designs. See bottom of post for links.

Gold sparkle Thickers and heart journal card via Felicity Jane kits, blue acrylic star from Color Cast Designs. See bottom of post for links.

Printable number tags from Rebecca at Simple as That, acrylic star via Color Cast Designs Wonky Hearts. See bottom of post for links.

Printable number tags from Rebecca at Simple as That, acrylic star via Color Cast Designs Wonky Hearts. See bottom of post for links.

Secondly, I had to take some of my pages out of the album.  First, the color scheme was different than the rest of my album and second, my poor album was already getting too fat and there was NO WAY all 25 days would fit in it! So I moved some things out and into my Jun-Nov. 6x8 binder. 

Printable number tags from Rebecca at Simple as That. Wondeful World journal card from Kerri Bradford Studio, and Happy journal card from Life Love Paper Cork tree embellishment from my shop. See bottom of post for links.

Printable number tags from Rebecca at Simple as That. Wondeful World journal card from Kerri Bradford Studio, and Happy journal card from Life Love Paper Cork tree embellishment from my shop. See bottom of post for links.

Wrap Party word art from Digital Design Essentials, printable number tags from Rebecca at Simple as That. Tree vector from Studio Calico Canyonlands.  See bottom of post for links.

Wrap Party word art from Digital Design Essentials, printable number tags from Rebecca at Simple as That. Tree vector from Studio Calico Canyonlands.  See bottom of post for links.

Wrap Party word art from Digital Design Essentials, printable number tags from Rebecca at Simple as That. Tree vector from  Studio Calico  Canyonlands.  Wood veneer tree from Color Cast Designs and tissue paper circles from Felicity Jane. See bottom of post for links.

Wrap Party word art from Digital Design Essentials, printable number tags from Rebecca at Simple as That. Tree vector from Studio Calico Canyonlands.  Wood veneer tree from Color Cast Designs and tissue paper circles from Felicity Jane. See bottom of post for links.

2015 December Daily® | A 6x8 Pocket Page Holiday pocket page scrapbook by Turquoise Avenue. Visit the post for a link to all products used!

The last two pages above, I totally stole that layout idea from my good friend Elise at Feed Your Craft.  I LOVED these pages she shared on Instagram and wanted to recreate the same for my album.

Lastly, since incorporating the red into some of these recent pages, I felt it would be a good idea to work backwards and incorporate it into the beginning of the album too.  Call me strange or obsessive, but I had to do it.  And I'm glad I did because now my album has a more cohesive appearance. 

Oh December from One Little Bird Chestnut Lane, cork embellishments from my shop.

Oh December from One Little Bird Chestnut Lane, cork embellishments from my shop.

Peace journal card by Danielle Young Designs, part of the Project Faith freebies, acrylic star from Color Cast Designs and journal template by Paislee Press. See bottom of post for links.

Peace journal card by Danielle Young Designs, part of the Project Faith freebies, acrylic star from Color Cast Designs and journal template by Paislee Press. See bottom of post for links.

How is your album coming along?  I'd love to hear about it. I've been following many of you via Bloglovin' and social media and I thank you all for the encouragement and inspiration!

Products Used:  6x8 Binder and Page Protectors from Hobby Lobby: Shop Online | Aqua acrylic stars and hearts from Color Cast Designs |  Free Printable Number Tags from Rebecca at Simple As That   |  Various Journal Cards from Felicity Jane (Sept. - Nov. 2015 kits)  | Journal Cards by Danielle Young Project Faith freebies | Cork Shapes and Stickers from my shopFree Printable journal cards from Life Paper Love |  Digital Design Essentials Word Art 

 

#LittleSummerJOY | Summer Project Life Album - Week 2, 3, and 4

Hi guys!  I'm FINALLY getting a chance to share some of my pages from my  #LittleSummerJOY album!  You know, initially, when I talked about starting the project, I wanted to try to go with more of "smashbook" feel, however as you can see,  I just naturally gravitate back to the Project Life style.  I think its just because it 'fits' me. 

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See bottom of post for links to the products used!

See bottom of post for links to the products used!

I have tried really hard to create some pages that were not pocket page format and I failed miserably.  In fact, I ended up disliking my pages so much, I took them apart and reused the elements elsewhere in my album.  I have a greater appreciation for these creative women who can make beautiful minimalist pages in multiple formats!

See bottom of post for links to all the products used!

See bottom of post for links to all the products used!

I have been digging through my stash and finding items that I love to incorporate into my album. I've also done some stamping, as you can see above using this set from Kellie Stamps.

See bottom of post for links to the products used!

See bottom of post for links to the products used!

Another fun thing I wanted to incorporate is blog excerpts.  Many of us creatives spend an awful lot of time creating rich content for our blogs in addition to memory keeping.  I personally feel its important to include those blog posts in my albums so I'm adding a few pages of my blog posts into this album.  After all, its what I've done this summer!

#LittleSummerJOY | Hidden Journaling in this Project Life album from Turquoise Avenue featuring desings by One Little Bird.
#LittleSummerJOY | Stamping on a paper bag - Idea for hidden journaling in this Project Life album from Turquoise Avenue featuring desings by One Little Bird.
See bottom of post for links to the products used!

See bottom of post for links to the products used!

#LittleSummerJOY | Journal Card created using designs by Pixel Scrapper!
#LittleSummerJOY | Journal Card created using designs by Pixel Scrapper. Layout created by Turquoise Avenue
#LittleSummerJOY | Journal Cards by Digital Design Essentials and featuring summer themed cork stickers by Turquoise Avenue

I also took the time to document our summer traditions and include some photos from those events.  One of my favorite traditions that personally bring me much joy were documented in the page shown above.  I actually built a challenge around that and you can read more about it here.

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Products Used:  6x8 Chipboard Binder and 6x8 Page Protectors by Paper Studio, Hobby Lobby |  Various Textured Papers | Summer Love Wood Veneer and Acrylic Set  by Color Cast Designs |  Cork Stickers  by Turquoise Avenue Etsy Shop | Summer Brush Script by Little Lamm Co. | Indigo Love Journal Cards by Digital Design Essentials | Outline It by Kellie Stamps | Guppy Elements, Carson Park , and Scoop Collection Journal Cards by One Little Bird | Summer Splash Word Art by Pixel Scrapper | Mini Flair from Lynley Johnson, Love A Flair |


#LittleSummerJOY | A FREE 6-week course hosted by LittlePaperProjects.com, created by Jennifer Lake and Julie Gagen. Full of prompts and inspiration from various talented contributors, the class is about documenting your summer accomplishments, joys, and fun. To join in the FREE class, click here!