MY 2016 DECEMBER ALBUM - A HOLIDAY MEMORY KEEPING PROJECT WITH LINKS TO PRODUCTS SHOWN!

Hi everyone! Here we are, nearly half way through the month of December and I'm just now getting around to sharing a peek into my album. 

Let me start by saying I created my 2016 cover page (shown below) and fell in love with this little holiday album. I had so much fun creating my album last year, that I really looked forward to this year.  I wanted to keep thing simple, coordinated and really focus on the stories of the season.  In my mind, I saw exactly what I wanted this album to be.

However, over the last two weeks, I've struggled immensely with getting it right.  What I mean by that is, my heart doesn't seem to be in it. I WANT my heart to be in it and I've made time to create, but many times when I sit down to craft, the pages just aren't coming together like I wanted them to. I've taken them apart, redone them, set them aside and come back later...  In the end, I just feel blah. My album feels haphazard and uncoordinated, which is so unlike me. 

I have never had this happen, friends. 

I've thought long and hard about what's going on, why this isn't working for me right now and I simply decided that my heart is in another place

So for now, here are the pages I have created this far.  My plans for the project are to still compete it, but not under any timeline. Not this month, and maybe not even next month. But rather, when I can invest more of my heart into it. 

Until then, I plan to still journal my memories and continue taking photos of this holiday season.  If the inspiration and desire hit, I'll most certainly work on my album... 

I guess what I'm trying to tell you is that if life has a way of overwhelming you or stealing your joy, especially at this season, don't be afraid to extend yourself a little grace. Take away the self imposed deadlines and stop comparing yourself and your work to others. Create and memory keep because YOU want to, in WHATEVER way works best for you at that particular time. If I can do it, you can do it too. 

All my love my friends... Happy Holidays! 

MY 2016 DECEMBER ALBUM - A HOLIDAY MEMORY KEEPING PROJECT WITH LINKS TO PRODUCTS SHOWN!

Products shown include:   MAMBI December Sticker, Transparency from Michael's Craft Store, die cut snowflakes were a gift from a friend, and wood veneer from Elle's Studio

MY 2016 DECEMBER ALBUM - A HOLIDAY MEMORY KEEPING PROJECT FEATURING PAISLEE PRESS DESIGNS.
MY 2016 DECEMBER ALBUM - A HOLIDAY MEMORY KEEPING PROJECT FEATURING PAISLEE PRESS DESIGNS.

Products shown include:   Digital Designs by Paislee Press featuring December You Are My Fave No. 5 and Merrier

MY 2016 DECEMBER ALBUM - A HOLIDAY MEMORY KEEPING PROJECT FEATURING PUSH PRINT STUDIO!
MY 2016 DECEMBER ALBUM - A HOLIDAY MEMORY KEEPING PROJECT FEATURING PUSH PRINT STUDIO!
MY 2016 DECEMBER ALBUM - A HOLIDAY MEMORY KEEPING PROJECT FEATURING PUSH PRINT STUDIO!
MY 2016 DECEMBER ALBUM - A HOLIDAY MEMORY KEEPING PROJECT FEATURING PUSH PRINT STUDIO!

Products Shown Include: Digital Designs by Push Print Studio, acrylic stars from Color Cast Designs and reindeer flair gifted from a friend.

 

MY 2016 DECEMBER ALBUM - A HOLIDAY MEMORY KEEPING PROJECT FEATURING ONE LITTLE BIRD DESIGNS.
MJP_6908.jpgMY 2016 DECEMBER ALBUM - A HOLIDAY MEMORY KEEPING PROJECT FEATURING ONE LITTLE BIRD DESIGNS.

Products Shown Include:  Digital Design from One Little Bird featuring Shimmer and December Magic.  Other cards from various past kits. Wood veneer from Elle's Studio

MY 2016 DECEMBER ALBUM - A HOLIDAY MEMORY KEEPING PROJECT FEATURING ONE LITTLE BIRD DESIGNS.
MY 2016 DECEMBER ALBUM - A HOLIDAY MEMORY KEEPING PROJECT FEATURING ONE LITTLE BIRD DESIGNS.
MY 2016 DECEMBER ALBUM - A HOLIDAY MEMORY KEEPING PROJECT FEATURING ONE LITTLE BIRD DESIGNS.

Products Shown Include:  Digital Designs by One Little Bird featuring Oh What Fun and a tag from Shimmer.  Twenty Five tag by Kelly Purkey. 

2015 December Daily® Days 14 - 25 | A Holiday Memory Keeping Project

Earlier this week, I shared this photo on Instagram and asked if I should share the rest of my 2015 December Daily. The response was pretty clear that several of you wanted to see the rest of the album, even though it is after Christmas and many of you are probably feeling "over the holidays"!

So this will be my last share on this album... I was able to finish everything up with a little planning and a couple of free hours one evening.  While my album wasn't exactly as cohesive in color as I would have liked, I'm happy it's done and I can move on. Done is better than perfect.  To make my photos match up with the colors I had been using, I could have turned them black and white, but I feel like that might have stolen some of the character of them.

At the bottom of the post, I've linked up some of the products I've used. Enjoy!

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)  | Cork Shapes and Stickers from my shop |   Digital Design Essentials Word Art  | One Little Bird Designs| 6x8 Templates by Little Lamm & Co. | Free Printables from Pinterest | Joy to the World and Someone Worth Melting For free printable by Alex Hunter Designs

2015 December Daily® Days 8-13 | A Holiday Memory Keeping Project

TWO MORE DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!

Merry Christmas Eve eve. I am so excited to be here today sharing a really quick peek at days 8-17 of my 2015 December Daily® album.  This is going to be a post short on words since it's only two days until Christmas and I have to knock out some hours at the office before I head home to cook a huge Christmas eve dinner for my husband's side of the family.

A few quick thoughts on this project are these - first of all, I love this project! I'm really happy with how it is turning out and I've already made plans to play along next year.  Secondly, I'm really excited with my latest push to get (mostly) caught up.  This week I haven't taken many photos so I'll probably do a cluster or collage of what I have taken and keep these past couple of days to photo/page.  That way I can focus on all the Christmas photos I plan to take!  And lastly, I am glad I combined several days to one page because my little book is getting quite fat! 

I hope everyone else is coming along in their project as well and I plan to enjoy browsing your inspiration online via my iPad while I prep for the 2016 of #Hashtagthisweek - a memory keeping prompt!

Merry Christmas!

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)  | Cork Shapes and Stickers from my shop |   Digital Design Essentials Word Art  | One Little Bird Designs Word Art - the Two Five

 

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.

Note: Some of the following links are affiliate links, which means we receive a commission based on sales generated via these links.

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 

 

December Daily® Title Page, Days 1-2 | A Holiday Memory Keeping Project

There is no way it is already December 11th! I believe my calendar is trying to trick me...

Ok, maybe it's not. But time flies my friends! Christmas is only two weeks away now! I'm having trouble wrapping my brain around that. I'm done Christmas shopping, over half of the gifts are wrapped, I did some holiday baking with my Mom last Sunday, and the decorations are all up and enjoyed each evening at home.  Even though work steals us away from the holiday spirit much of the day, I'm really enjoying coming home to Christmas lights and holiday television or a good book by the tree. I've tried really hard to maintain a calm, relaxed schedule this year...

Working on my December Daily album however has come in spurts. I love to browse the inspiration set forth from the creative community and make plans in my head of what I'm going to do. However, waiting for the time off work and away from other responsibilities so I can actually CREATE in my album gets me a little anxious.

I finally had an afternoon off this week and was able to get some pages done. I've been documenting stories from each day in a document on the computer and taking photographs but printing and creating pages comes much more slowly. I keep telling myself while creating that 'less is more' and try to keep the embellishments and decor simple so I can keep up the pace. I really don't desire to have this project sit unfinished like my #thankful30 project has!

"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.

With that being said, here is December 1-2 of my album!  Since these were heavy on the photographs and stories, I was ok using up several pages.  I know that several of my other days that first week will only be one page.

Products Used: Aqua acrylic stars from Color Cast Designs |  Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree free printable by Alex Hunter |  Free Printable Number Tags from Rebecca at Simple As That   |  Various Papers and Cards from Felicity Jane (Sept. - Nov. 2015 kits)  | Celebrate Brush Script freebie by Karla Dudley | Journal Cards by Simple Stories - SNAP Collection - SNAP Pack - Gold, Peppermint Granberg, One Little Bird, and Danielle Young Project Faith freebies | Cork Shapes and Stickers from my shop



2015 December Daily® Plan, Prompts & Pages | A Holiday Memory Keeping Project

Happy Weekend Everyone!

"This Holiday Season..." Word Art via the Chestnut Lane Collection by Peppermint Granberg, One Little Bird and cork embellishment via the Turquoise Avenue Shoppe.

"This Holiday Season..." Word Art via the Chestnut Lane Collection by Peppermint Granberg, One Little Bird and cork embellishment via the Turquoise Avenue Shoppe.

I am so excited for the weekend and break from the daily work routine -  I have all sorts of Christmas projects to tackle - wrapping presents, writing cards, baking cookies! And of course, the Pentatonix Christmas album will be on REPEAT on our home stereo system. 

I'm here today to share my plans for my December Daily® project. Since I only spent a few days preparing for this project and gathering my supplies (find out why here), I decided I'm going to gather up the photos I have taken recently of our favorite Christmas memories we've already made this year, group them together, and spend time each day documenting a story.  Then, I'll integrate photos and memories as they happen throughout the month. I plan to journal each day, even if I don't get time to actually create pages but once a week or so.

I set up a Google Doc on my computer and synced it to my iPhone so each day I can jot down a story as time allows. Then whenever I get time to work on my album, I can easily copy + paste my journaling. You can do this in many apps - Apple Pages, Google Docs, and Simplenote are my favorite.

I already started my journaling during some downtime at the office and wrote out "My Reason Why"

...So the reason I’m doing this project? Because despite how busy we have been, this season is a time of cheer - a time to reflect on the good year we’ve had, a time to be thankful for God’s many blessings, a time to enjoy with family and friends, and a time to focus on the real meaning of Christmas. I want to note the things that bring us joy at this time in our lives. I want to reminisce over this year and shift my focus towards the holidays so I can create and share the memories of this special time for years to come.

This year Ali also has a free printable to document your intentions, if you like that better.

Since we are not doing an advent calendar or anything that will spark daily inspiration, I decided to create a list (see my Instagram conversation with @lilyandtwig about lists) of word prompts for my journaling and photos.  I'm sharing my list below and will be using different digital word art pieces from various designers to create title pages in my album.

MY WORD + PHOTO PROMPTS

  • JOY - document favorite parts of the year, gifts received at Christmas
  • REMEMBER - Document a favorite holiday memory between me and hubby
  • FAMILY - Family Photo of us with our dog, Time spent with extended family
  • TRADITION - Christmas eve
  • DECORATE - Our Trees/Mantle, Outside of the house
  • SING - Church/Living Christmas Tree,  Favorite Pandora Station and Holiday Songs
  • GIVE - Gifts under the tree, cards mailed out
  • LIGHTS - Bokeh of the Christmas tree, Dollywood visit, Speedway in Lights visit
  • REJOICE - note some things we are thankful for, incorporate the #thankful30 that wasn't finished (sigh)
  • CELEBRATE - birthday celebration and work parties
  • WISH - document our wish lists

And here are some of my first few pages - I implemented elements from the beautiful, brand new Chestnut Lane Collection from One Little Bird in with some of the supplies I already had.  These pages took on a form all their own - the photos were taken at night and brought a rich, dark feel to the layout.  Even though my style is more light and natural, I embraced the difference and I'm happy with how the spreads turned out.  I used a white glassine bag to hold our memorabilia from the day and vellum to mute the richer tones of the dark brown paper.

I have also created a title page, a shaker pocket page (swoon!), a few other simple pages that I hope to photograph and share REALLY soon!

Until then, happy crafting! Can't wait to see what you all have been up to this week!

"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.

A Round Up of Supplies (and links!) for 2015 December Daily® Album - A Holiday Memory Keeping Project

How is it possible we are already several days into December now?  Christmas is only a few weeks away!  I still have presents to wrap!

December 3

Last night I posted on Instagram and shared a sneak peek of my December Daily® supplies.  Unfortunately, my coming in late to the project and limited budget wouldn't allow me to purchase a kit or all the pretty little things I wanted so instead, I decided to make do with what I already had.   I shopped my stash, so to speak, just like I did over the summer for my #LittleSummerJOY album.  It worked out quite nicely... Below are some of the items I rounded up from my stash in addition to a few Christmas themed items I purchased over Black Friday on a 50% off sale at Michael's and Hobby Lobby.

Round up of supplies by Mandy of Turquoise Avenue for her 2015 December Daily® album - a holiday memory keeping project inspired by Ali Edwards! Links to all the products in post!
Round up of supplies by Mandy of Turquoise Avenue for her 2015 December Daily® album - a holiday memory keeping project inspired by Ali Edwards! Links to all the products in post!
Round up of supplies by Mandy of Turquoise Avenue for her 2015 December Daily® album - a holiday memory keeping project inspired by Ali Edwards! Links to all the products in post!
Round up of supplies by Mandy of Turquoise Avenue for her 2015 December Daily® album - a holiday memory keeping project inspired by Ali Edwards! Links to all the products in post!
Round up of supplies by Mandy of Turquoise Avenue for her 2015 December Daily® album - a holiday memory keeping project inspired by Ali Edwards! Links to all the products in post!
Round up of supplies by Mandy of Turquoise Avenue for her 2015 December Daily® album - a holiday memory keeping project inspired by Ali Edwards! Links to all the products in post!

Here are a few of the items pictured:

I am really excited to start sharing some of my first few pages. Since I committed to the project later than most everyone else, I've spent this week collecting my supplies and typing up a few stories of some traditions that have already come and gone.  Yesterday, I got an opportunity to work on some of my first pages with a beautiful new collection by Peppermint Granberg of One Little Bird which will be available in her shop tomorrow. I also shared a little sneak peek on Periscope (@turquoiseavenue) and on Instagram (@turquoiseavenue). 

If you're still undecided about joining in, please allow me to encourage you to just jump in! I promise you'll love it. I'm already enjoying the community and holiday cheer being spread in the Facebook group and on social media. In just a matter of a few days, I'm already looking forward to more of our holiday traditions and telling the story of our Christmas season!

I'll be back tomorrow or over the weekend to share my first few pages (I'm still working on them!).  Until then, hugs!

"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.

Joining in on 2015 December Daily® - a Christmas Memory Keeping Project Inspired by AliEdwards.com

December 1

All year long I look forward to the holiday season and then, before I really even know what is happening, it's here and in full swing.  I'm not complaining, because I love this time of year but for the first time ever I'm finding myself feeling discombobulated and out of sorts this holiday season. 

In years past, I would usually start Christmas shopping in August and have finished up by the beginning of November. Then, during the first of November, I put up our Christmas decorations and take on the holiday festivities as they come... This year however, my mind has been preoccupied with work and personal matters, my husband has worked a lot of overtime keeping him away and this morning I found myself realizing that Christmas is only a little over three weeks away. At this point, I've already gone through several of my favorite Christmas traditions without having the presence of mind to appreciate it all.   That made me sad... This is a precious time of year with fond memories and strong family traditions. I am not going to let them just pass me by!

When I began seeing images filtering into social media of December Daily® preparations and albums, I told myself I wasn't going to take on another project this year. After all, I have barely scrapbooked in the last three months aside from my creative team duties. Oh, but all the lovely things kept showing up in my news feeds! And I wanted them all.  I took a look at our budget and realized it wasn't going to allow for me to sign up for Ali Edwards class nor the Studio Calico class.  In addition, there was only a small amount available for any new products.  I considered doing the project digitally for a short while, but told myself I'd really want to touch and feel the project in order to keep me interested.

Over Thanksgiving weekend, while we were out of town, I committed to the project and bought what supplies my budget would allow. I joined the December Daily® Facebook group, and have been pouring over Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration.

Today is the first day I've had time to sit down and think about my intentions for the project.  After reading Ali's blog post today, I really feel a strong desire to be more present minded and focus on the stories of this holiday season. So while some of my favorite moments like decorating the house (which I did alone this year) and sending off our Operation Christmas Child boxes (we missed church that Sunday because of work) have already come and gone, I can still tell the stories!

I hope you'll join me. It's not too late to begin! In the next few days, I plan to share my supplies, plus how I'll be using specific words and song titles for inspiration! In addition, I'll be sharing my completed pages here on my blog when time permits and of course, I will mostly share on Instagram.  Follow me here.

"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.