Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season!
This year I'm doing (or trying) to do December Daily. For those that don't know, this is a project developed by Ali Edwards to document one story everyday for 25 consecutive days in December. It was a project I wanted to do last year and kind of did, but the phrase "do to circumstances beyond our control" wasn't quite able to complete in the December time frame.
So,this year I am trying again and wanted to share my first few days.
I'm not using any particular kit, (though there are many wonderful ones available every year), I did decide to try and use my October Eggnog and Silent Night collections as my main supplies, but have a number of supplements I'll try and list as best I can.
One other item of full disclosure, I don't have children. So many of MY stories are about myself, my husband and our pets. The great thing about this project is that it's so flexible that you make it representative of YOUR LIFE and YOUR FAMILY, whatever that might be.
So here are days 1-3
This is my opening page. I wanted to keep it fairly simple, but still show our family right now. Myself, my husband, and our doc Cowboy and our Cat Salsa.
I'm using a Canon Selphy Printer CP910 for my 4x6 and 3x4 photos. (The larger ones I'm having printed by CVS.)
The red chevron pattern paper is from an old Martha Steward 6x6 Christmas Candy Collection pad. The snowflake patter paper is from Shimelle's 2015 Christmas Magic Collection. And the metal frames are old Making Memory tags. (If you don't have the tool, like me a bone folder works great to simply press the edge down.) The twine is from my ribbon collection. The title December 16 was created with Thickers, red glitter letters "hard cover."
My December calendar is from Maria L (who creates some incredible retro designs each Christmas as well as my FAVORITE December Daily pages!). I still need to update events and happenings, which as soon as I do I'll post an updated photo.
December 1st was all about getting decorations up. We don't put up a huge mount, but we do put up one outdoor wreath, two indoor wreathes, garland, lights, and poinsettias on our banister along with a couple ceramics and knick-knacks.
The card with the lady hanging the wreath is a design I did for the Silhouette Online store, that I turned I used and added the color background to. The number one from the "freedom" Thicker set. All of the word word tags are from October Afternoon Silent Night Collection. The two enamel dots are from Echo Park's Deck the Halls. The journal card is from Becky Higgins, retired Home collection.
December 2nd. Cool rainy day, at least for South Texas. We went to Spec's Liquor Store to find this amazing Pink Grapefruit beer we had at EPCOT's food & Wine Festival and a stop at the Grocery Store (HEB.) After all that nobody wanted to cook, or had taken anything out of the freezer, so we decided to go for my very favorite food, Indian.
The pattern card is from October Afternoon Eggnog collection. The number "2" is from Thickers- Freedom. A jolly Holiday tag is from an old K & Company Christmas collection. On the journal card, which is from an old We R Memory Keepers Collection accented with Michael's Christmas Washi Tape.
For December 3rd, I had two stories. (I know it supposed to be one, but both were important to me and big part of MY December.) The first part id the mini Page, I made from AC crafts red glitter paper with White Jingle Thickers. "Go Badgers" is for the Wisconsin Badgers playing in the Big Ten Championship Football game. Full disclosure - I am a HUGE Badge fan! It's a big deal and big part of my world. I know a lot of people aren't football or Badger fans, but for MY story this is important part of who I AM and what I LOVE, and MY LIFE, right now.
The inside of the mini page, is awaiting my journaling once get a ink cartridge refill for my printer. I have it written, just not printed.
The red glitter card is from Webster's Gingerbread line and the wood "cheer" word from a Michael's embellishment pack. I love the double meaning in this case of the word "cheer." The photo to the right is of me "geared up" for game day and starting to set up our tree. The number "3" is from Thickers' Varsity collection.
The second part of the story is setting up our tree. The journal card is left over We R Memory Keepers card with washi tape from Hobby Lobby. The card to the right is back side of the red glitter card from Webster's Christmas Gingerbread collection.
Below on the left is our dog Cowboy "helping" set up the tree. The word tag is from October Afternoon Silent Night and the enamel accent from Basic Gray. To the right is a photo my husband took of me redoing the lights on a portion of tree. We had pearl lights from Target of that part, which I really like, but they seem to go out quickly, and not one or two lights, but 1/2 the strand. I was frustrated at having to replace them and having them go out quickly so I went and got just plain colored GE lights to replace them. The only problem was I had unwired the old ones from the tree and wire in the new strands.
On the right is a set of old instructions for assembling a tinsel aluminum tree. We don't have one, but I love these redo instructions.