More December Daily

I can finally share two missing pages of my December Daily, since the kit they’re made with has been released today! Days 9 and 23.

DD 2011 - 9

Baby It’s Cold by Leora Sanford and Valorie Wibbens, available at Oscraps and The Lilypad
Playing card from Pocket Stuffers by Valorie Wibbens

The snowflakes are something I’d cut for last year’s album and covered with Stickles.

DD 2011 - 23

Baby It’s Cold by Leora Sanford and Valorie Wibbens, available at Oscraps and The Lilypad
December tag from December Stories by Designs by Lili

This page is a big favorite of mine! I just love that photo and the colors. 🙂

I still have to finish up my days 24 and 25, plus figure out the binding (NOT looking forward to that – I’m afraid to botch up my pretty pages! 😉 ) and the cover. The album is quite thick already so I’m not sure whether I will be able to bind it with the Cinch or not (I have 1 1/4″ coils). I hope to have more to share in the next few days!

Baby It’s Cold

Leora Sanford and Valorie Wibbens have created a gorgeous new kit out today, Baby It’s Cold:

It’s available at Oscraps and at The Lilypad, and it’s 20% off this weekend. I love the colors of this kit! AND, there is a great free with purchase offer: if you buy the kit, you will get this quickpage+template set for free

Here’s what I made with it:

The Weather is Delightful

Baby It’s Cold by Leora Sanford and Valorie Wibbens, available at Oscraps and The Lilypad
Font: My Own Topher

I only wish I had more snow pictures this year, but alas, the one depicted was the one and only snow we have seen so far this year.

I also made a page for my 2013 calendar (trying to plan ahead for once 😉 ):

December 2013 calendar topper

Background paper from Baby It’s Cold by Leora Sanford and Valorie Wibbens
A Month to Be Merry by Lauren Grier

I was loving this picture we took on Christmas day but didn’t feel like scrapping it with a normal page, so I decided to get started on the calendar. 🙂

Project 52 Cards – Year 1 Completed!

When I began this project in January of this year, I wasn’t quite sure I would bring it to completion, but it has been surprisingly easy to do it, in fact. For the whole of 2011, I have made and given a card to DH every single week. The toughest part was convincing him to pose for the pictures! 🙂 Here are the final 2 weeks.

P52 Cards - Week 51

You can see the Week 51 card here.

P52 Cards - Week 52

You can see the Week 52 card here (if you dare). (Incidentally, this photo depicts how tough it is to get DH to cooperate for pictures – on this occasion, I couldn’t get him to move to a better lighting position, so that’s all I got. I think it is quite fitting that I got a bad photo for the botched card. 😉 )

I am planning to continue this project in 2012 as well. I know DH looks forward to my weekly cards now, even though he doesn’t let it on. 🙂 My New Year’s card is ready to go! 😉

Sewing 101

I’ve already mentioned that I bought a sewing machine on Black Friday because I’ve always loved the look of sewing on paper projects, and wanted to be able to do the same. I bought the cheapest machine I could find ($50 at Walmart) and it is just perfect for my needs. In the process, I made a very pleasant discovery: my husband is in fact quite good at operating a sewing machine! And thanks goodness for that (more later)… Here’s an example of what he did for my December Daily album:

DD 2011 - 16b

So pretty! Well, anyway, going back to the sewing machine. I haven’t quite learned how to use it yet. But I really wanted to try sewing on DH’s Christmas card (and I certainly couldn’t have him do it!) so I gave it a try. Oh my goodness, I think I am a complete and utter failure at sewing! Here’s the proof:

Christmas sew card

Icolology:Christmas by Plum Dumpling Designs

Yikes is right! For the first line of stitching, I forgot to put down the presser foot, so the stitching was all wobbly. But for the other two attempts, I have no excuse – I had everything in place correctly, but I still wasn’t able to sew straight. I had no idea it was so hard to sew straight! I have some learning to do in the upcoming year, that’s for sure! 😉

Last Adventures With Our Elf

I haven’t posted Elf pictures in quite a while! He’s been busy coming up with new ways to be naughty, but what can I say? We love him, no matter what! 🙂

Day 22

The morning after the day we did our holiday baking, we caught him making snow angels in the flour!

Day 23

Luckily, he had a nice bath the following day. 🙂

Day 24

This morning we woke up to find a picture of Jingle Ginger on all our iPads, iPhone and laptops!

Day 25

JG has all his Christmas shopping planned out – candy, candy and more candy! 😉

Day 26

Phew, this one was a pain to make, but oh so funny! I made a mock up Facebook page for Jingle Ginger, with posts from Santa, Rudolph and Frosty. Then I put it up on DH’s computer. 😉

Day 27

2 days to Christmas!

Day 28

I didn’t think I’d be able to pull this one off, but I did! 😉

Day 28

Jingle Ginger turned us both into Rudolphs! 🙂 I had tried it the day before, but DH was already awake so I couldn’t do it (thus, the lame “2 days to Christmas” backup plan). But this time I succeeded! Too bad I put too few paint on DH’s nose, but I still count it as a success!

Day 29

I am so sad that Jingle Ginger is going back to the North Pole until next year! We’ll miss him!

December Daily 2011 – Days 20-22

I am all caught up!! Yipeee! Days 1-23 are completed! I cannot share day 23 because it uses a kit coming out next week, but here are the rest:

DD 2011 - Dec. 20

DD 2011 - Dec. 20

Left page:
Lift of December Daily Day 2 by Amy (amyjaz)
Music sheet by raidensgrammie21 on Flickr
Font: Carnivalee Freak
Right page:
North Pole by Mari Koegelenberg

This page is completely inspired by one of Amy‘s pages. I love that she writes in detail on her blog about how she is putting her album together!

DD 2011 - Dec. 21

Snow Day paper by Crate Paper
December Bits by Sabrina Dupre

I broke out the paper supplies for a couple of pages. These lights were perfect for a page on Christmas lights.

DD 2011 - Dec. 22

DD 2011 - Dec. 22

Striped paper from Snow Day by Crate Paper
Snowmen paper from A Christmas Collab by Micheline Martin and Fruitloop Sally
Word strip from Kitschy Christmas: Word Blocks by Sahlin Studio
Number 22: Maestro font

I cut the numbers out with the Silhouette, covered them in glitter, and then coated them with Glossy Accents (just another technique from Pinterest that makes me wonder why I never thought about it before…) I love the sparkle and the shine!

December Daily 2011 – Days 14-19

I’m happy to have a few more December Daily pages to share! DH helped me fire up the sewing machine today (i.e., he sewed while I gave directions) – and thank goodness for that, because I have sadly discovered that I cannot sew straight for the life of me! (but more on that later – I will make a blog post about it in a bit). Anyway, luckily for me, DH’s really good with the sewing machine, and I’m loving how these pages have turned out! 😉

DD 2011 - 14

Left page: Brown Paper Pack by Sahlin Studio, Santa from Christmas Wonder by Kaye Winiecki, journaling tags from North Pole by Mari Koegelenberg, word strips from Kitschy Christmas: Word Blocks by Sahlin Studio
Right page: Paper from A Christmas Collab by Micheline Martin and Fruitloop Sally, December Daily Numbers by Sahlin Studio, Font: Dear Joe 4

OK, no sewing on this page. 🙂 The inspiration for this page came from a contest DH entered for me last week on the October Afternoon blog – spouses were encouraged to enter, so I asked him if he would write something. We didn’t get a prize, but I loved what he wrote for me, so it had to go in the album! I cut out the words Dear Santa with the Silhouette, and layered 3 copies to make it thicker. It looks so pretty – seriously, I am so annoyed at how blah these pages look in photographs, they are so much prettier IRL! On the left page I wrote up DH’s and my wish list. Did you see all the check marks on my list?? I seriously couldn’t wish for anything more this Christmas! 🙂

DD 2011 - 15

Paper from A Christmas Collab by Micheline Martin and Fruitloop Sally
Journal Everyday by Sabrina Dupre

Well, to say the truth, I am running a bit out of ideas for the album. I am all set now, but I struggled a bit a few days to come out with a topic. Since I’ve been making this album focused on Christmas, I didn’t have a special topic ready every day, and I already covered most of the topics I wanted to cover. But our cute reindeer and penguin deserved to make it in the album. And isn’t that stitching pretty? 🙂

DD 2011 - 16

Paper from Cheerful by Tickled Pink Studio
Word strip from December Stories by Designs by Lili
Date and stars from Pear Tree album by Sara Gleason

This was my second experiment printing on vellum. I used the fast draft mode and that was a bit faint. I will try the draft mode next time.

DD 2011 - 16b

This is my favorite page so far! I used a piece of a paper bag from Starbucks, and DH’s stellar sewing was the perfect finishing touch!

DD 2011 - 17

Paper from A Month To Be Merry by Lauren Grier
Joy element from December Bits by Sabrina Dupre
December Daily Numbers by Sahlin Studio
Word strips from Kitschy Christmas Daily December Add-on by Jenn Barrette

I made and cut the HOHOHO with my Silhouette – I needed a touch of blue added on this page.

DD 2011 - 18

Kitschy Christmas by Jenn Barrette and Sahlin Studio available at The Lilypad and at Sweet Shoppe Designs
Christmas party word strip from Kitschy Christmas Daily December Add-on by Jenn Barrette

I sadly found out a couple of days ago that gluing vellum doesn’t quite work, but as you can see sewing sure does! 🙂

DD 2011 - 19

Word strip from Kitschy Christmas Daily December Add-on by Jenn Barrette
Number from A Month To Be Merry by Lauren Grier

That’s all I have for now! A few more pages are in the works. I’d love to get this done and posted by Christmas day, but we’ll see what I can manage. 2 more days… 😉 I played with glitter today – it is messy and a pain to work with, but it is oh so pretty!! 🙂

North Pole

Mari Koegelenberg has a new collection out today, just in time for Christmas! It is 20% off throughout the weekend.

I will be using it in my December Daily album too, but in the meantime I made this page:

Joy Merry & Bright 2011

North Pole by Mari Koegelenberg
Font: CK Mama O

ETA (12/23): I got a GSO at MSS for this page. 😉

Christmas Season

I am really enjoying this Christmas season. Too bad it’s coming to an end already – it’s such a magical time of the year! This year I’ve put quite some effort in making sure we did some Christmas activities – baking, going to see Christmas lights and gingerbread houses. In the process, I took many pictures that I really love. I have been using them in my December Daily album, but I also wanted to make a digital page to show them, so I made this:

Christmas Season 2011

Cheerful by Tickled Pink Studio
Sugar Shock font bundle by Lauren Reid and Darcy Baldwin
Gimme Space font by Lauren Reid and Darcy Baldwin

This kit is so pretty!! I loved using it!