Document Your December

Hello hello! I am so happy to share with you the pages I made with the new Document Your December products that were released today at The Lilypad! I seriously couldn’t stop creating this week! I took out all my photos from last year that I hadn’t scrapped (except for my December Daily album). And everything is 30% off this weekend!

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Do you have an Elf on the Shelf? We do and it’s such a lovely tradition!

 

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Last year I bought a selfie stick and it was perfect to take this picture! 🙂

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I just love these brushes and illustrations!

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Merry and Bright bundle by Lynne-Marie

This page is about one of our holiday traditions.

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I love all the pages I made with the DYD, but this one might just be my favorite! The papers are so good! I printed some out to use in my December Daily album too.

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I love how this looks like it’s an open album! These are printables for your planner but here I just used them as an extra layer on my page – so fun!

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I’m so excited also to be using these products in my hybrid December Daily album for this year!! I’ll be sharing that in December here on the blog.

It’s Beginning…

It’s that time of the year… Christmas is almost 2 months away and I love that there are so many opportunities to help us get ready. Studio Calico has some great classes available, and I’m always happy to get more inspiration!

First up is the

KEYSTONE CABIN WORKSHOP

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—for making and capturing memories! Join April Foster, Lisa Truesdell, and Kelly Noel for the perfect holiday retreat into creative ways to use the new “Keystone Cabin” collection to document your favorite moments this season. From fresh sketches and videos, to inspiring photo and journaling prompts, you’ll learn plenty of tips and tricks for using this exclusive collection to bring a rustic but modern feel to your scrapbook, pocket, and traveler’s notebook pages!
Class begins on November 1st!

I can’t wait to see what these ladies will be sharing in the class!

Next, they are re-releasing some past classes for even more December inspiration!

25 DAYS CLASS BUNDLE

Get in the Christmas spirit! Revisit our past holiday classes to get endless inspiration for your December 2016 projects. Our 25 Days series has housed some of our most popular classes, and they’re all back for a limited time, along with last year’s Wrapped! Many of the industry’s biggest names have collaborated on these classes, and the outcomes have been nothing short of incredible.
The bundle includes 5 classes:
December Daily | 2015, team taught
Wrapped with Amanda Rydell
25 Days | 2014 with Stephanie Bryan
25 Days | 2013 with Maggie Holmes
25 Days | 2012 with Maggie Holmes.

These classes originally retailed for a total of $130 – you’ll save over $100 by enrolling with this bundle. These classes are also available for $10 each through the remainder of 2016. This offer will expire December 31st at 11:59pm EST.

Have you decided on your format for December Daily yet? This will be my 7th time doing this project. Check out my 6 past albums here.

And here’s a look at all six of my December Daily albums.

I am still debating because it looks like I will be traveling for a good part of the month… currently it’s a toss up between a traveler’s notebook and a pocket page album.

December Daily 2015 Recap

One more December Daily post for the year.. a recap of my 2015 album. This is my 6th year completing a December Daily album, and the first time I’ve bought a DD kit.

I have to say that using the kit and a mini kit add on really made it easy to put the album together without losing too much time digging through my stash. The spine of the album I chose was pretty thick, yet I was surprised that I ended filling it all up!
Most of my spreads are dedicated to a single day, with just a few instances of 2 days combined in one spread.

I also loved the approach I took this year, inspired by Ali Edwards, to focus more on the stories rather than making sure to have one Christmas-related photo per day. This has been incredibly freeing!

I had a lot of content of the kit and mini kit leftover, especially papers, so after finishing up my 2015 album on the 26th, I powered through and got my 2014 album finished too.
Last year, my December Daily album got halted by a work emergency that occurred mid-month, and after December I just didn’t feel like going back to my album, which sat unfinished, with only days 1-7 completed.
But this year, after completing the 2015 album, I felt on a roll, and I was inspired to use the new supplies from this year on last year’s album.

And here’s a look at all six of my December Daily albums.

Thanks for following me on my December Daily journey this year!
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Catch up on my previous 2015 December Daily posts:
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Dec. 1st
Dec. 2 and 3
Dec. 4th
Dec. 5th
Dec. 6th
Dec. 7th
Dec. 8th
Dec. 9 and 10
Dec. 11th
Dec. 12 and 13
Dec. 14th
Dec. 15th
Dec. 16th
Dec. 17th
Dec. 18th
Dec. 19th
Dec. 20th
Dec. 21st
Dec. 22nd
Dec. 23rd
Dec. 24th
Dec. 25th

December Daily 2015: Day 25

And so we have gotten to the last day of my album! Christmas Day.

I did some minimal embellishing but really, it’s mainly about the photos for this day.

This first spread is about opening gifts.

I used a digital brush by Ali Edwards on top of my photo. Christmas breakfast is one of my favorite traditions! The journaling card is from the Jasmine Jones mini kit.

On the back of the journaling card I detailed the gifts I got. My husband totally surprised me with an Instax mini camera!

I embellished the card from the mini kit with some stamping using a set from Ali Edwards and color theory inks.
And after the gifts, it’s all about the food! 🙂

The card at the top is again from Jasmine Jones’s mini kit, while the one on the bottom was letterpressed by me using a plate by Studio Calico.
I even assembled my Raskog card on Christmas morning. 🙂 It’s my second one, and I love to house my Studio Calico stamps!

More cards from the mini kit here. The photos were assembled using these incredibly handy photo collage templates from The Lilypad.
I hand lettered our menu, which was incredibly festive this year, courtesy of Costco! 🙂 The alpha stickers are from Ali Edwards’s December Daily kit.

And that wraps up my 2015 album! I will post tomorrow a photo of the full album – it’s really quite full! I hope you’ve enjoyed my daily shares!
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Catch up on all my 2015 December Daily posts:
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Dec. 1st
Dec. 2 and 3
Dec. 4th
Dec. 5th
Dec. 6th
Dec. 7th
Dec. 8th
Dec. 9 and 10
Dec. 11th
Dec. 12 and 13
Dec. 14th
Dec. 15th
Dec. 16th
Dec. 17th
Dec. 18th
Dec. 19th
Dec. 20th
Dec. 21st
Dec. 22nd
Dec. 23rd
Dec. 24th
Dec. 25th

December Daily 2015: Day 24

Hello there! For December 24, I kept things pretty simple in my album.

Today’s story is about what we did on Christmas Eve.

I used the two journaling cards for my journaling. The adorable vellum mouse is from the Lollipop Guild scrapbook kit from Studio Calico.
The date is stamped with an alpha stamp by Kelly Purkey and Emerald City ink.
The journaling card on the left is from Ali Edwards’s December Daily kit, while the one on the right was from an add on from Studio Calico from a couple of years ago.

For the page on the right, I filled in the 2″ slots with some paper from an old Basic Grey collection and with some bits I printed out on transparency paper (the gifts are by Wilna Furstenberg, and the Merry Christmas is from Studio Calico).
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Catch up on all my 2015 December Daily posts:
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Dec. 1st
Dec. 2 and 3
Dec. 4th
Dec. 5th
Dec. 6th
Dec. 7th
Dec. 8th
Dec. 9 and 10
Dec. 11th
Dec. 12 and 13
Dec. 14th
Dec. 15th
Dec. 16th
Dec. 17th
Dec. 18th
Dec. 19th
Dec. 20th
Dec. 21st
Dec. 22nd
Dec. 23rd
Dec. 24th
Dec. 25th

December Daily 2015: Day 23

I certainly cannot pick a single favorite spread in my album, but I do have a few that I really love.. and today’s spread for December 23rd is certainly one of them.

This spread makes me so happy. I combined a lot of my favorite things here – letterpress, watercolors, stamping & embossing, and gold foil. 🙂
Today’s story is all about the gifts I bought for my family this year.

The card at the top left was made with an old Studio Calico letterpress plate, my Big Shot die cutting machine and the letterpress platform. I added some watercoloring on top with Peerless watercolors (currently sold out at Studio Calico but you can find them on Amazon too).
The gold foiled card was in the Jasmine Jones December Daily mini kit, and I simply added a puffy sticker from Pinkfresh Studio.
On the card in the bottom pocket (also from the Jasmine Jones December Daily mini kit) I added stamping with versamark ink and embossing with Rouge Zing embossing powder. The stamp images are from Pinkfresh Studio, while the alpha stamp is from Studio Calico.
The gold foiled label was from an old Studio Calico kit. I wish they made more of these!

The puffy stickers and acrylic presents are from Pinkfresh Studio. The paper in the top pocket is from the December Daily kit.
In the pocket at the bottom, I stamped a floral stamp from Pinkfresh Studio right on the chipboard numbers from the December Daily kit with versamark ink, and embossed it with Powder Zing embossing powder. I love how it matches the gold foiled leaves in the previous page.

This post contains some affiliate links. If you click on any of these affiliate links and make a purchase, then I happily receive a small commission. Thank you for your support! I purchased all the products you see used at full price, and am happy to share what I made with them here.
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Catch up on all my 2015 December Daily posts:
Title page
Dec. 1st
Dec. 2 and 3
Dec. 4th
Dec. 5th
Dec. 6th
Dec. 7th
Dec. 8th
Dec. 9 and 10
Dec. 11th
Dec. 12 and 13
Dec. 14th
Dec. 15th
Dec. 16th
Dec. 17th
Dec. 18th
Dec. 19th
Dec. 20th
Dec. 21st
Dec. 22nd
Dec. 23rd
Dec. 24th
Dec. 25th

December Daily 2015: Day 22

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Ours was very nice, with family time, great food, and relaxing. I am working on the last page of my album (25th) and today I am sharing the Day 22 spread. Just a few days left of this daily blog series then. I hope you’ve been enjoying it!

For today’s spread, I went with a non-Christmas color scheme to match the non-traditional winter weather we’ve had this year.

The cards/papers, overlay and enamel stars are from Ali Edwards’s December Daily kit and the Jasmine Jones add on. The stamps and embellishments are from Pinkfresh Studo.

This overlay from the December Daily kit was perfect to make a fake snow scene.. Oh how I wish we got some snow for Christmas! But there was no chance this year. Booo.

I did some more brush lettering on the journaling card. I started out using a yellow color, but it was too faint, so I traced over it with orange. You can still see a bit of the yellow that makes a shadow effect.
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Catch up on all my 2015 December Daily posts:
Title page
Dec. 1st
Dec. 2 and 3
Dec. 4th
Dec. 5th
Dec. 6th
Dec. 7th
Dec. 8th
Dec. 9 and 10
Dec. 11th
Dec. 12 and 13
Dec. 14th
Dec. 15th
Dec. 16th
Dec. 17th
Dec. 18th
Dec. 19th
Dec. 20th
Dec. 21st
Dec. 22nd
Dec. 23rd
Dec. 24th
Dec. 25th

December Daily 2015: Day 21

Merry Christmas! My December Daily album is almost done.. just a couple stories more to fit in.
Actually, I almost forgot to include this story in my album.. but it’s one of our Christmas traditions, and I love how this spread turned out.

 

Today’s story is about how we watch Christmas movies throughout the month. This year it was a mix of old classics that we love and some new (disappointing) ones.

Doesn’t matter how many times we’ve seen these movies already… they get us every time! I made a log of the movies we’ve seen this year using some older stamps from Studio Calico. I used Well Red and Emerald City for ink colors. I filled in the stars using Peerless watercolors (currently sold out but you can find them on Amazon too) and a water brush. Ratings are based on number of tears shed. 🙂

These two cards are from Ali Edwards’s December Daily kit that I embellished with some puffy alpha stickers.

This post contains some affiliate links. If you click on any of these affiliate links and make a purchase, then I happily receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support! I purchased all the products you see used at full price, and am happy to share what I made with them here.
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Catch up on all my 2015 December Daily posts:
Title page
Dec. 1st
Dec. 2 and 3
Dec. 4th
Dec. 5th
Dec. 6th
Dec. 7th
Dec. 8th
Dec. 9 and 10
Dec. 11th
Dec. 12 and 13
Dec. 14th
Dec. 15th
Dec. 16th
Dec. 17th
Dec. 18th
Dec. 19th
Dec. 20th
Dec. 21st
Dec. 22nd
Dec. 23rd
Dec. 24th
Dec. 25th

December Daily 2015: Day 20

Hello there! How is your December Daily album coming along? Christmas Day is tomorrow, and my album is done through day 21, and I am hoping to get another couple of pages done today perhaps.

Today’s story is about our Christmas wishlist.

The green card is from Jasmine Jones’s December Daily mini kit, and I had my husband fill it in. The Falala card is also from that kit. The other two cards are printed out on matte photo paper. The Wish List comes from the digital set from Ali Edwards, and was filled in with my wishes. The other is a digital freebie from Life Love Paper that I recolored.
So, let’s talk about what’s on my wish list. 🙂 To be honest with you, there is not much on my list that I really need. The only item I really want (and is actually under the tree right now!!) is a second Raskog cart from Ikea – I already have one that hosts my ever-growing collection of stamps, and at $29 I couldn’t resist getting another one. I also a big dream on my list – a Big Shot Pro. I have a Big Shot die cutting machine that I love and use for die cutting, embossing folders, and letterpressing. I would love to upgrade to a larger size to cut directly on 12″x12″ pages, but it’s a bit too pricey for me, so I dream on. 🙂
I also am thinking about getting a tripod to shoot video on my DSLR camera. The only thing that is stopping me is that there is very little light in our house so I am not sure if I’d be able to use it much.
The stickers I used to embellish our wish lists and add our initials are from Studio Calico, as well as the acetate numbers and the green label.
The stickers I used on the left page have been in my stash for many, many years, and were the last two of the set, so I am happy to say they are finally used up. 🙂
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Catch up on all my 2015 December Daily posts:
Title page
Dec. 1st
Dec. 2 and 3
Dec. 4th
Dec. 5th
Dec. 6th
Dec. 7th
Dec. 8th
Dec. 9 and 10
Dec. 11th
Dec. 12 and 13
Dec. 14th
Dec. 15th
Dec. 16th
Dec. 17th
Dec. 18th
Dec. 19th
Dec. 20th
Dec. 21st
Dec. 22nd
Dec. 23rd
Dec. 24th
Dec. 25th

December Daily 2015: Day 19

This is one of the few things in this year’s album that actually happened this day. 🙂 It has been very liberating for me this year not to worry to be documenting things happened on each day.

Today’s story is all about baking Christmas cookies.

In the top pockets, I added some digital brushes on top of my photos.
For the bottom pocket, I printed the shortbread recipe we used directly on a paper from Ali’s December Daily kit, and then added some stamping – the title (Freckled Fawn) and some ingredients (from Studio Calico). I used Well Red ink for my stamping.

For the right page, I trimmed down a column from the 2″ slot page protector. I dug out these embellishment stickers that have been in my stash unused for years. I thought they were perfect for a Christmas page!
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Catch up on all my 2015 December Daily posts:
Title page
Dec. 1st
Dec. 2 and 3
Dec. 4th
Dec. 5th
Dec. 6th
Dec. 7th
Dec. 8th
Dec. 9 and 10
Dec. 11th
Dec. 12 and 13
Dec. 14th
Dec. 15th
Dec. 16th
Dec. 17th
Dec. 18th
Dec. 19th
Dec. 20th
Dec. 21st
Dec. 22nd
Dec. 23rd
Dec. 24th
Dec. 25th