WE'RE DOING DECEMBER! Whether you pre-plan your December Daily or create as you go along in the Christmas month; make your own covers or decorate ready-made ones, use Project Life style with plastic sleeves and pockets or create your own pages. Maybe you havent made one before and ask 'I cant think what I'd fill a page with everyday?' We'll help with that! Whatever your style we'd love to see it! Here you will find a seasonal blog open from 1st November to 31st January each year. We hope that this will become a wonderful resource of sharing, prompts and inspiration. What is a December Daily? Its a mini-album recording your daily memories capturing the spirit of December. Bring it out with your decorations each year and remember Christmases past. Scroll down on the right side bar and you will find past December Daily albums of each Designer. Check their 'journey' link too, this will give you some great tips and scroll a little further down and you will see the albums categorised into types for easier searching :) Now - 'Let's December Daily'!

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Lori's Day 24 and 25

Day 24
We have finally made it to Christmas Eve! This year was a little different for us since we actually got to stay home! 

These last few pages have been interesting to make. I only have a few page protectors left and the majority of those are the 4 - 3x4's. Not only that but I haven't really had a chance to resize my photos, so I am working with all 4x6 photos and trying to fit them into a 3x4 pocket! It wasn't really that difficult since I was able to cut down the photos without losing anything important.
I realize the bottom photo on the right-hand side is not the best quality, but it is the only one that I took of one of our traditions of playing Wii games on Christmas Eve. In person, it is not nearly as dark as what it appears here.

Since I am working with only 4x6 photos, a few of those could not be cut down and I really wanted to include them, so I created an insert to fit those onto. I made a 5x7 card base, covered that different patterned papers and then added my photos to that. 

On the inside is where I have journaled about all of the photos.

Here is what the insert looks like sandwiched between the two pages: 

Day 25
Christmas Day has arrived - and I woke up not feeling well at all. I didn't take a lot of the pictures that I try to be sure and take each year - like a photo of each one of the kids with all of their presents wrapped and then again when they are all opened. I just went with what I had and tried to pick out a variety of everyone opening their gifts. 

I wanted to stay consistent with the journaling cards, so I made them all the same with each person's name at the top. I will go back and make a list of everything they received and a few fun little stories that go along with a couple of them.

We always go to my in-laws for Christmas dinner and a gift exchange, but since I wasn't feeling well I decided to stay home, so I have no pictures of that...there's always next year!

I had planned to make one more page showing the aftermath of opening presents, and I can not, for the life of me, find where I put the photo! I thought that would have been a good way to finish off the album.

There you have it - my very first December Daily complete!

How about you? Are you all finished? We would love to hear from you - just leave us a comment below!

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Lori's Day 23 Continued

Day 23 continued

Day 23 was a busy day for us. We have always had an ornament exchange with my side of the family on Christmas eve, but this year we changed that to the Saturday before Christmas eve - which just happened to be the day before Christmas eve! I had quite a bit to say about this new tradition and that warranted another insert.

Here are the pages without the insert:

I wanted to be sure and document which ornament each of us got this year, so I just added that to the photos. Since my husband and youngest son had to leave before the exchange started, I wanted to be sure and tell the story of why and get a photo of their ornaments, as well. That is what is included in the insert.

Once again, I had a lot to say, so I made another flip up journaling card.

 Here is the back side of the insert:

The layout with the insert added: 

Journaling card opened:

I just have Christmas eve and Christmas day and then I will be all finished! I will be back in a couple of days with those layouts.

How are you coming along? We would love to see your December Daily, so share in the comments below.

Monday, 8 January 2018

Mandy's Days 26-28

DAY 26-28
These are the last days for my December Daily.  Maybe its weird to stop midway between Christmas Day and the 31st of December... but there are no rules (very big grin) 
Its just that our time away for Christmas happened to finish on the 28th plus we had our eldest daughter home until then and so the rest can go into my annual 12x12 Project Life Album. 
(lol, afterall, the latter has been cast aside completely while doing my Dec Daily!)

And our Summer really began in earnest now...
Used some lovely Heidi Swapp glitter wide washi tape and the decorative one is Basic Grey (Oliver?) with some star banners.
Finishing up on some pretty straight forward pages.

More washi tape here too... bricks in red and brown... cute!

Thats the last pages,
Will be back to show you my outside cover (since I left that till last due to the spillage of mixed media fear faced in the beginning which could have ruined it.... all good though!)

We would love to hear how you are doing on your December Daily! Please feel free to share with us in the comments below.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Lori's Day 20-23

Day 20
Not a lot happened on the 20th, so I decided to document a couple of our decorations that have special meaning to us.

Day 21
 Again, another day that not a lot was going on. I took a photo of our wrapping paper and talked about how it was just a few days before Christmas and I hadn't even started wrapping presents!

Here are both pages together in my album. I'm really hoping to only use one album for this project, but it is getting really full!

Day 22
 Day 22 was a pretty busy day for us. We had to finish up our shopping and I didn't even take any pictures of us while we were out and about. I did want to write down a few thoughts about our shopping experience - because it was such a good day, and to let our family (and anyone who looks at this album) know what we were feeling this holiday season. 

Day 23 - Part 1
 We finally woke up to a little bit of snow! I kept this page very simple to keep the focus on those pretty snow pictures. 

Day 22 and 23 side by side:

I have a couple more layouts for Day 23 and will share those with you in my next post.

We would love to hear how you are doing on your December Daily! Please feel free to share with us in the comments below.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Tracey's Day 25 continued and 30

I'm so Happy to say my December Daily is done!  Today I am continuing with pages for day 25. I also have a page for Day 30. 

Day 25 continued
 I created a double page using pattern paper as a border. Christmas day was very warm we decided to move the table tennis game into the family room and enjoy  playing, keeping cool with our recently installed air conditioning. These page show the games we played. I printed the journalling out on the computer....I don't like my handwritting , so if I didn't print it out I would use my type writer.

I printed the photos small so I could fit a few to a page. Another double page, fun pattern paper and washi tape.

On the first page my journalling reads - Family photos....the best we could do! Oh it was so hard getting a good photo! Blurry, someones eyes were shut or no one was looking at the camera!
For the  first page I printed out a collage of all the not so good photos. On the second page my husband eyes are shut.....but it was the best one of everyone. More washi tape , heart shape die cuts, Merry Christmas and the stars are puffy stickers, lots of gold colour shine. Every page edge is inked in gold too.

Not a lot happened between the 25th and 30th....
....actually I was busy trying to keep on track with this album!

My parents live 3 hours away, so we had our Christmas day with them on the 30th....I documented that with a single family photo.
I really liked the verse on this page.......We received a Christmas card from a real estate agent , the verse was on it. I kept it because I didn't want to forget it , so I cut it up and added it to the final page! Nothing like a little recycling!  I've added an envelope ....I thinking I'm going to use it for recipes I made for Christmas this year.

For the final page, I die cut a Christmas tree using my cricut.


I'm Happy with how my First December Daily turned out.

 How are you doing with your December Daily? We would love to see it - just add a link to it in the comments below

Friday, 5 January 2018

Mandy's Day 25 Pages

Christmas day is always hugely busy for us....
probably more than most and we do this same routine year after year...
We start with the morning at our house - it needs a page (change that to double page!)
By lunch we travel (not far) to my husband's family farm (another double page)
And by the evening we've travelled 3 1/2hrs to the other end of the state to be with my family 
(yes, another double page)  
In my defence though - my pages are only 8x8 and in contrast to my other 
December Dailys - thats small!

LOL, so with that said... I got to scrap up a storm the last couple of days... 

DAY 25

The Anticipation....

Here's the other side of the star on the reverse of Day 24,
By ruling some outline around the stars edges, it gave it definition.
The 'dec 25' was a diecut that had come in a pack.  It was the same width of the
star so went with a 'column' look to this side

Just love the Victorian Santa Claus and flora

Another peek through page.....

I've used some more doors from this 7Gypies paper
Gosh its lovely!!

 And cut out two doors (from two pieces of the 7Gypsies paper and 
the 'panes' of the window in the doors

Apologies for the poor photo (took this as light was fading..) but you can see the cut out piece of the page (to fit a 7x5photo that will be fixed to the next page), and the doors are attached by long strips (of the cut out piece) and folded like long hinges and glued so the doors can 'swing' open.

The 'brickwork' and the stars for 'doorknobs' are also part of the 7Gypsies 'Architexture' sticker range.
I wanted the it to look like we were seeing in from the outside of the 'house'

And here's how it looks with the doors swung open to see through to the next page.

Add a star banner, some diecut branches, more white rubons and stickers and the page came along quite quickly.  Putting glitter washi tape around the edge of the doors covered the somewhat rough cutting 

Peeking all the way though....

And peeking through from the 24th through the other way :) 

The  unwrapping of presents...
I thought all the colourful pieces of pie graph kind of looked like wrapping paper.. and it did go everywhere... love that moment on Christmas morning!

The pie pieces where cut from little bits of colourful paper I had in a little dish.. does come in handy!

Dusted off my 'IZINKs' in Tomato and Cactus

Put a dob of it here and there, then with a straw.... blow!
What a great effect and so vibrant!

This double page felt completely different to the page before..

So got out the big shot and made some diecuts that really suited in greys and whites to work with the colours in the photos.
(and who doesnt love sequins for a pop of colour too!!!)

Another 'card structure' has been add under the 'ho ho ho' to hold more photos
The little row of christmas trees are a lino cut print I made and then printed
out in various colours ages ago.

Opening the card....

...really does help with those photos not wanting to be left out.

The 25th is the cresendo in my December Daily...  so if there are lots of photos, 
I try find a way to include them.  

I didnt want to do another card structure so baubles work!!
Add in a few diecut pine branches...
Phew... thats the 25th done!
Nearly the end, might add a couple of more pages for the 26th etc
How are you doing with your December Daily? We would love to see it - just add a link to it in the comments below