Monday, December 9, 2013

December Daily- The beginnings

Hey everyone!
  I am a little late in sharing my progress on my December daily album here.  I didn't make my album in advance- this is my first time participating and I have more of a scrap as I go mentality, so I decided that doing it all along the way would work better for me.  It does have it's challenges. With this time of year, it's hard to stay all caught up, but I'm just taking it as I can and I'll finish up when I finish up.  I'm still documenting, still getting the stories all told.  It might just take me a week or so into January before I'm completely finished.  And I'm okay with that.

Here is my cover:

I am using a simple stories binder that I already had on hand.  I had the page protectors and everything for the binder already and it was just sitting there waiting for a reason to use it, so instead of purchasing something new, I just went with it.  I may still add some embossing or something else to the cover later on, but for now I'm good with this.

Then I made a little title page for the front of our album. Love the little sequin confetti packet.  My sewing machine was being a little temperamental that day so it took me a little while to seal the packet closed at the top, but it all worked out ;-)

And finally my layout for Day 1.

The girls are so happy having our elf, Sprinkles, around during December so it was definitely a story I wanted to be sure to include.  The smaller photo in the middle is just an extra picture I wanted to include and the back side is a card that Sprinkles brought with him when he showed up that morning.  The crayon on it is courtesy of Hayley taking it to school for show and tell.  Her teacher had her store it in her crayon box until it was time to go home after she shared it.  I created the "magic" card using photoshop with a quote I found, and embellished it with some washi tape a large gold sequin and a number sticker that came in an older Studio Calico scrapbook kit that I had in my stash.

He arrived a few days late this year, but I still used it as my Day 1 story.  We were traveling on December 1st and the girls were asleep for the ride.  We were all so tired that I didn't really take photos and it wasn't something that I wanted to document for the December album- it was more of a Thanksgiving story.  I WILL be documenting our December travels when we go to Grandma's for our big extended family celebration.  I am not as structured about this as some are, I suppose.  I don't really care which day what happened, as long as I get all of the traditions and events documented.  For the story card, I just put something together quickly in photoshop and printed it out and then added the polka dot washi tape to the bottom.  I purchased that washi at Target.  The large elf photo has the thin white frame and the "Hello magic hello Joy" printed directly on the photo.  I printed all of my photos and everything at home on my Epson printer.

I'll be back soon to share days 2 & 3!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Happy December!!

Hello December.
Hello see-your-breath-cold mornings.  Hello hot chocolate.  Hello happy Christmas lights.  Hello twinkly Christmas tree.  Welcome back Sprinkles the Elf. Hello extra time with family.

This year the Christmas spirit has really hit me hard.  I'm not sure what it is this year, but I am so excited for the holidays.  Usually I procrastinate with the decorating and everything but I'm on the ball this year. I've already been digging things out and getting ready for our big house decorating weekend (THIS weekend!).

In addition to decking out the outside of our home, I've been doing some crafting to deck the halls inside too.  Starting with this advent calendar that I made yesterday after the kids went to school.  I know I was a couple days behind, but I still wanted to do this with the kids so we just opened two boxes yesterday.

I used this cut file from the Silhouette online store designed by Lori Whitlock.

When the little boxes are first cut out, they look like this.  They were very easy to assemble and went together quickly.  The polka dot tab is also included in the cut files to decorate the boxes.  It also includes files for the outer box that holds the small boxes.

 Here are my boxes all assembled with the little polka dot panel attached.

 Here she is all decorated.  I used glitter paper from American crafts to cut the numbers (included in the cut file) and accents on my box.  The top section with our name on it was not included in the cut files, I created that myself to personalize it.

Here it is with one of the boxes popped out so you can get a better look.

This was such a fun project and my kids are REALLY enjoying it so far.  I put a couple little treats in each box along with a holiday/winter themed activity.  The ones that fall on the weekends have the bigger activities like bake holiday cookies, go ice skating, etc.  The ones on the school days are along the lines of reading a holiday story, watch a Christmas movie, have hot chocolate, etc.
Are you getting in the Christmas/Holiday spirit in your home?  If you decide to make one of these boxes, please link below- I'd love to see it! I highly recommend this file if you have a Silhouette and Lori Whitlock has a video tutorial on her you tube channel if you're worried about how to assemble it.

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy the rest of your day!!