Tuesday, November 22, 2011

December Daily...(part 1)...

Hello Friends!  I am really excited to share my project this year.  One, because I have actually finished ALL the base pages before December rolls around... and Two, because this project was on my "want" to do list! LOL!

It is a simple little album this year.  Barely 5x5"... And the best part is... I haven't spent a single cent on it this year.  Everything was taken from my stash.  Isn't it amazing how much stuff you can find when you actually go looking for it!!  Who knew huh?!

Yes.  I was totally inspired by AE's white on white front cover look!  Who isn't in the scrapbooking world, inspired by that talented lady.

My page layout for the project was all about repetition.  I had to make it easy.  December is crazy, busy as it is.  I didn't need to make this more complicated than it needed to be.  Last year I had no idea what I was doing.  I thought I could keep up with it all... The truth is...  I haven't finished it.  Life got in the way.  I have the photos and I have the stories written down in a journal.  I am sooo grateful that I managed that part at least!  I know I can go back to it and complete it.

So this year I am hoping I have taken the "where am I going to put that photo?" and the "what size should I print this photo out?" questions off the table.  I know exactly where my photo is going.  Yep.  I have decided on just one photo a day.  It doesn't mean I wont find a place to add more... ;)  Even if they just go in, back to back and directly onto the jump rings.

One side of the album is dedicated to holding a 2x3" photo.  It will fit nicely in portrait or landscape, so at least I haven't limited myself completely! LOL!

And I have made sure that there is room for journaling.  Hand written stories. 

I didn't limit myself to a colour scheme either. As long as it looked Christmassy... I used it! hee hee.. And some papers, which are clearly more suited to the northern hemisphere (page 10), I altered with a few well placed stickers and alphas!! (It used to say... "Let it SNOW". Hmmm.. Not going to happen in Australia at Christmas time!).

You may have also noticed the banners... Well, because I am crazy about them this year, I thought I'd add them to my album! :D  Hopefully (if I manage to do more in the future..) I will add my fave technique or scrapping habits in little doses to each album I complete.

Those little numbers are cute aren't they.  They are from Pretty Little Studio.  I love them and am definitely ordering some more.  (These ones came in my DT pack!! YAY!!)

On a side note, some of the papers I used weren't double sided.  This was one of the things that tripped me up last year.  This time however, I just took out some stamps and took advantage of the blank canvas that was before me.  No more trying to find enough paper to complete both front and back.  No stitching either.  And as much as I love a good row or two of stitching...  I had to leave it out.  All part of keeping it simple for me!  :D

Yep.  I am definitely looking forward to completing this project.  Keeping it simple has freed me up to enjoy the process of story telling.  If you are doing a December Daily this year, please share a link in the comments.  I'd love to learn more about the processes you use.  Every bit of knowledge or an idea is always taken on board by me.  Sharing the creative process is a part of the fun!

Thanks so much for visiting...x


products used: Maya Road chipboard album; pp - MLYB, Kaisercraft, MME, Fancy Pants, Pretty Little Studio, Nikki Sivils;  alpha - American Crafts thickers (powder blue, brown), Bella! Pink Paislee; other - PLS: number tags; shipping tags; ink: Tim Holtz, versacolor, Kaisercraft; string; Stampin' Up punch; clear stamps: Kaisercraft, Darkroom Door, Christmas Create.


bappleicious said...

WOW - I wish I had the commitment to do something like that but i'm pretty sure I dont - it looks amazing btw

Dolly B said...

Wow Leanne, just beautiful. I would love to do one, but with the kids all grown and left home , wouldnt have much to put in it :(

Mary x

Her Essential Hand said...

um.. you takin orders??? can you do mine.. tee hee.. that is just SENSATIONAL... oh so exciting.. bring on December :))

Lizzy Hill said...

FANTASTIC! Can you do me one too???? Hee! Hee! Especially love the banners ~ they look great:)

Esti said...

Absolutely scraptacular project!! Funnt, my "want to do" list always creeps ahead of my "have to do" list:)

khushifairy said...

great work done. But you really need to modify the Day 18 of your calender, by giving it some artistic look, like other Days.
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Стокли said...

Simple and beautiful=)
Really, how does it feel to have Christmas in summer?

Keri said...

This is gorgeous and perfect, Leanne...love it! I agree about Ali being an incredible inspiration, love your white-on-white cover and want to do one too...did you just emboss white chipboard? And as always, love all the PLS you used! ;)

Kerryn said...

It looks fabulous Leanne!!! I had the best intentions of doing a December daily this year. It is partially complete but got pushed to the side :(. I really should just put it together.
Thanks for the inspiration.

Sheree said...

Wow it's fantastic Leanne! I didn't end up doing one last year but I'd like to this year. Better get myself organised again! LOL

Can't wait to see all your pages full of photos and stories!

Sheree xx

Gail L said...

OMG this is divine! I absolutely love it! Last time I tried a dec daily a couple of years ago I failed! It's still not finished! So I will probably give it a miss this year but seeing your cute album makes me want to make one!

WendyMac said...

AWESOME Leanne thanks so much for sharing and inspiring me!! I have got all my goodies together ready to go!! Have a great day. x

JustForDaisy said...

This is absolutely beautiful! I found you via your fellow 'master' Kaitlynne! Would love to make something simliar! Just beautiful! :)