Sunday, November 24, 2013

December Daily 2013 | Planning ahead

Ironically, my last blog post was dedicated to the completion of my 2012  December album.  As you can see, I'm on the ball!!!   I was a little indifferent about jumping on board with December Daily again this year, but Studio Calico put out their 2nd DD kit, and I fell in love with the album.  Lets just say it was purchased very quickly, and I'm happy that it was.  You can watch this video from Ali Edwards to see the contents of the kit.  Also, if you are not familiar with the December Daily concept, hop around her blog to enlighten yourself.  It really is a cool concept and tradition. 

I must say I had a little bit of a hard time taking pictures of my prep work.  I'm using all of the transparent 3X4 cards included in the kit, paired with some pre-made, transparent numbered snowflakes that I posted on Instagram a few weeks back.  It didn't come out very pretty in the pictures but I can envision what the end result will be.

I'm trying to take a better approach this year as well.  Last year I thought I could journal every day, take some pictures every day and send them off to be printed, then on my days off, bring it all together.  Not a strong plan coming from the girl that shoots from the hip on most days.  Also, everyone came down with the stomach flu for days at the beginning of December, which didn't make for great stories.  This year, I'm trying to stick with one story per day, use these handy dandy prompts, and journal each day using the Momento App.  I also purchased a bunch of digital stamps and overlays from Designer Digitals from Cathy Zielske and Ali Edwards.  Super excited about them!

So here is my prep work so far.  Excuse the bad photos.  I'm still trying to master that camera of mine.

Cover.  I kept it simple with some light gold paint from Martha Stewart.  The snowflake is a wood ornament from Michaels.

 My cover page:

 Page one.  My gentle reminder not to get caught up in the stress that people feel during this holiday season.  It is so not worth it and I try hard to keep things lighthearted during December.

Some of my interior pages, not in any order because that would have been too simple for blogger to upload them the way I wanted them to be.  And also, I'm technically challenged today as this is my third attempt to post this.  ;)

 Someone I know is turning 40 on this day.  ;)

I stitched around some of the 3X4 cards that came n the kit, as well as a favorite paper that I cut down.  The plan is to use small photos in the stitched frames since I was gifted a nice photo printer last year for Christmas.  (Also making it easier this year to stay on track.)

That is it for now.  I must admit, I'm super excited to get this going.  M and J were up early this morning and the tree was decorated by 830am.  That's how we roll around these parts.  :)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


*please note, I just looked at this on my phone and the photos look very distorted.*

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