Are you doing a"December Daily® this year? I think many of you may already be familiar with a"December Daily® scrapbook style album. If you are not, it is loosely an album that
documents the month of December leading up to Christmas day or New Years Eve (and
sometimes beyond – that’s completely up to you). It is a chance to
reflect, to share, to celebrate December, daily life and the season in a
manageable, in-the-moment type of way. It is documenting the month of December using photos and words."December Daily®is a December mini-album project that
documents the 25 days leading up to Christmas. The simple goal is to
capture the spirit of December via one story per day." - Ali Edwards As I understand it, the name December Daily® and the concept behind it are the creation of Ali Edwards and is copyrighted. If you have never experienced Ali Edwards, I would recommend looking around her website and finding out a little bit of what she is about. I am coming to love her take on documenting life. Her keen ability to draw you inward and examine the details of your life is phenomenal. She does a lot of the pocket style of scrapbooking and her take on embellishing is somewhat minimalist; therefore she focuses on telling the story of your life mainly through pictures and words. I LOVE Ali. You can check her out here:
Because "December Daily®" is a copyright, others refer to their December albums as something different so as not to infringe on the copyright. The other very common phrase I hear this event being referred to is Documenting December. Stampin' Up! calls their supplies for this type of album "Hello December". This will be my first year actually doing an official "December Daily® album. I did do a Christmas album last year that is pocket style, but I did not finish it and it is very elaborate and detailed for pocket pages. It is a pocket page scrapbook album for our family's 2014 holiday season - not a December Daily®. I do love it though. It is very bright, blingy and sparkly...
j - u - s - t l - i - k - e m - e!
This year I did purchase the Ali Edwards "December Daily® kit for the experience since this is my first official DD album. I just got the main kit, as it is expensive, ($49.99). I got a couple of stamp sets ($15 each, I think) and label stickers as well (additional cost). Since
this is my first official DD, I wanted the whole AE experience before I start doing my own thing with this lovely tradition. I just felt it
would be easier to follow along using mostly the same supplies as Ali is; plus
Ali has a blog where she posts ideas for journaling, photo collection and inspiration for the album layout. She also posts her own album pages as she goes. It's very cool. I have decided that I am also definitely going to be using the Stampin' Up! Project Life kit called:
The order number is: (140305) and I am using it as well and my own stash. Not sure yet whether I am going to incorporate both kits in the same album binder or do two separate albums but I'm leaning towards the former. I'll have to feel it out as I go along but it seems to make more sense to just combine the two kits in the same book.
The Stampin' Up! bundle is very economical at just $34.75 and has Project Life cards, embellishments and a stamp set. The 6x8 Kraft or Espresso albums are only $10 and the pocket page inserts are only $6.00 - a combined total of $51.00 for everything! You can even purchase coordinating cardstock pack for only $7.00 more called Season of Cheer, order number (139591). If you would like to take a look at the other Project Life by Stampin' Up! offerings, you can take a look HERE. The bundles really are rather cool and the bundles are always 15% off. If you would like to join me for the ride, visit my blog during the month of November when I will be posting some ideas for getting started on a December Daily® and will be sharing my process, progress and pages from my own 2015 December Daily and Hello December albums during November and December. I think it's going to be fun! Finally, I have to admit that I have been looking at other peoples December Daily inspiration online - yep, that's right - people have already started putting together their albums; some of them have their entire albums laid out already and I couldn't resist sneaking into my own Ali Edwards goodies. The best case scenario is to have the album laid out before December so you can focus on capturing and writing your December stories in December. Here are my two opening pages:
Here it is! The two page spread! I am using a 6x8 album.
The numbers are from Ali's kit (chunky and I love them) and the jewels are from the $1.50 bin at Michaels. I used gold acrylic paint on the letters and the background paper is from M's as well. The wooden veneer star is from Ali's kit.
The title "December Daily" and the gold striped Washi tape is from my Ali Edwards kit.
else here is from my stash. I used the Stampin' Up label punch and
Cherry Cobbler cardstock. The poinsetta is Prima and the gold jewel
circle is Paper Studio from Hobby Lobby.
Okay, okay - O.N.E. M.O.R.E. T.H.I.N.G. Just one more! I prohm-uss!!! I want to share with you that last night I shared pictures of my opening pages on the December Daily Facebook page and this morning Ali Edwards herself liked my post! I was sooooooo excited! How freakin' AWESOME is that??? Kay, that's it! Until next time... Deeva-licious Crafting kisses from Dee!
Just wanted to take a quick second to let you know about a "Flash Sale" this week at Stampin' Up!
I can hardly believe this because Stampin' Up! typically does not "do" sales of this sort. Stampin' Up! has all stamps on sale
for 15% off for just a few short days. This rarely happens, so check it
out and get your stamps ordered quickly!
The sale actually started yesterday and ends on Friday, so the window of opportunity to take advantage of the sale is slim and is getting slimmer by the moment.
As the graphic indicates, all Stamp Sets are 15% off. Here are all of the dirty details: Details:
Dates: October 19-23, 2015
Host stamp sets and rotary stamps are not eligible for the 15% discount on stamps.
Bundles are not eligible for this promotional discount, but they
will retain their current 15 % Bundle & Save discount. The
stamp set from the bundle may still be purchased a la carte with the 15% discount.
There is no limit to how many discounted stamp sets can be placed on an order.
There is no minimum purchase required for this promotion.
10-23-2015 @ 9:00. (Allows me time to enter order.)
If you want stamps that are offered in a bundle, I suggest the
bundle! Bundles are always 15% off, and while bundles aren't discounted beyond that, you can always take advantage of bundles and get stamps and coordinating tools at a
great deal anytime.
Okay, I mean it but I don't. I hope everyone is having a happy Monday but Mondays are my least favorite day of the week because all I am thinking about all day is the fact that I have five days to work until I get through Friday. So although Mondays are good days, for obvious reasons - (I'm alive and "talking" to you), for me they're also dreadful.
Just an example of Monday Madness for me - I am a makeup wearer; love the stuff. Been using it since I was 14. Of course back then I had to leave the house to put it on, but still. Well...this morning I was running behind so I grabbed my makeup bag and ran out of the door.
While approaching a red traffic light, I thought that this would be a good time to get a head start on putting on a little makeup. Because I was running late, I knew I couldn't get a whole face of makeup in before making it to my job, but I could at least start by and putting on my pink lip gloss. That couldn't be so difficult to do in the car, right? Yeah, right!!!
I reached into my purse. I didn't need to look; I know the shape and feel of the tube. Once located, I opened it without looking, removed the wand and used the tip of the wand to add a few dots across my bottom lip. I thought to myself that the tube was getting dry and hoped that I had at least one more tube left in my stash because this is my F-A-V-O-R-I-T-E pink gloss. Anyhoo, I rubbed my lips together to get even coverage on them. I was staring intently at the traffic light to make sure it didn't turn green without me knowing thus having the cars behind me upset because I was sitting still at a green light. HOWEVER - I had to replace the wand into the tube, which required me to look down for a moment.
I looked down and what to my wondering and disbelieving eyes did appear? My mascara! Right between my fingers. MASCARA??? I shook my head and looked again because there was no way I was seeing what I thought I saw. Where in the heck did THAT come from. WHO replaced my lip gloss with mascara? I looked around as if to actually catch the culprit that played this dirty trick on me. It's amazing how many things can cross your mind in a split second. I finally had the presence of mind to see if the person that played the trick on me did it before or after I applied my gloss. I slapped my mirror down, fully expecting to see pink lips but much to my shock, horror and dismay, they were black. That's right. B-L-A-C-K. Black lips. And while I know this is the style for some, it is sooooooo not for me! So for the next three traffic lights I was scrubbing my lips with all of the old receipts I could find in the bottom of my purse because old receipts is what I had at the moment and there was NO WAY I was walking into work and taking a chance of running into someone with black lips.
So, yeah...for me, Mondays are both beautiful and dreadful. I'd rather stay home and craft all day where it is safe and I don't run the fateful chance of walking around with black lips. Monday! Hmph!
Anyway, Saturday was my monthly day crop/class day. I wanted to post the projects from Saturday earlier but I am just getting around to it tonight. Better late than never, right? I had planned on bringing yarn to crochet some booties for Christmas gifts but because of the Big Game (Michigan vs. Michigan State), it was strictly business. In and out. Which is okay with me. At least I got to see a friend that I hadn't seen in a couple of months. I swapped out the scrapbook layout I had initially planned for an easier choice due to the game as well. People wanted to be home and I did too, truth be told.
I got the inspiration for the cards from Pinterest (who doesn't
these days) but I cannot honestly say exactly where. I see so much
inspiration that most things are a blur for me. Whenever, wherever, whoever...thank you for the inspiration. Pinterest
is a life saver for me lately because I've been too busy to be inspired, but anyhoo... here they
are. Hope you enjoy!
The Stampin' Up supplies (from L to R respectively) are: (1) Stamps: Hardwood, Flower Patch (2) Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge, Perfect Pennants (3) Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge.
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Pool Party, Crushed Curry, Sahara Sand, Basic Black, DSPS Moonlight and Brights . Inks: Chocolate Chip, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Sahara Sand, Basic Black. 1 3/4" Scallop punch
And here: (1) Flower Patch (2) Gorgeous Grunge, And Many More, Petite Petals and Summer Silhouettes. Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Sahara Sand and DSPS Moonlight and Brights. Inks: Sahara Sand, Rich Razzleberry and Crushed Curry.
And here: Flower Patch and Sparkly Seasons; the Owl Builder punch and Deco labels Framelits. Cardstock, Basic Black, Pear Pizzazz, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White. Inks, Perfect Plum, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Pear Pizzazz. The The templates used to make the large ghost and the borders are from Kiwi Lane Designs. I'll tell you about those on a different day.
Finally here: Flower Patch and For All Things. Cardstock: Whisper White, Soft Sky, DSPS Brights and Subtles, Crushed Curry, Rich Razzleberry , Wild Wasabi. Inks: Soft Sky, Crushed Curry, Rich Razzleberry, Wild Wasabi. 7/8" Scallop punch, banner punch and Dazzling Details Gold Glitz