WE'RE DOING DECEMBER! Whether you pre-plan your December Daily or create as you go along in the Christmas month; make your own covers or decorate ready-made ones, use Project Life style with plastic sleeves and pockets or create your own pages. Maybe you havent made one before and ask 'I cant think what I'd fill a page with everyday?' We'll help with that! Whatever your style we'd love to see it! Here you will find a seasonal blog open from 1st November to 31st January each year. We hope that this will become a wonderful resource of sharing, prompts and inspiration. What is a December Daily? Its a mini-album recording your daily memories capturing the spirit of December. Bring it out with your decorations each year and remember Christmases past. Scroll down on the right side bar and you will find past December Daily albums of each Designer. Check their 'journey' link too, this will give you some great tips and scroll a little further down and you will see the albums categorised into types for easier searching :) Now - 'Let's December Daily'!

Saturday, 30 November 2013

We're Ready to Scrap December!!! Bring on the 1st!!!

We are very excited about tomorrow - AT last - the 1st December!

Our embellies are poised ready to go...... take a look!

Pretty exciting -eh!


We also would love to show you 

KIRSTY's very first December Daily which she submitted to our 'Covers' section
 Its absolutely gorgeous!
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We also had Deborah submit  her 2012 and 2011 albums

Thanks so much for sharing with us!


Are you ready with yours?

Dont forget we would LOVE to see your pages!

You might be showcased here!

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Deb's December Daily journey........

This year's will be my 3rd December Daily.  I started in 2011 after admiring Mandy's gorgeous creations and thought, I need to give this a go.  Although I must admit,  I did wonder how I would manage to have something to record each day.  So, without jumping in too deep,  I decided to go through my stash and find bits and pieces that I thought might work and made my covers from some corrugated card.   It was quite small (about 4" x 6"). My page base was made from an old canvas pad I had never used and I pre-planned my pages.  I remember as I went along through December, thinking - am I doing this right?  Is this what a December Daily is all about?  By the end of my first one I realized it's about what I wanted it to be about.

Some of my pre-planned pages.......all very basic but as much as I wanted to do a December Daily,  I was still a little unsure.

and a finished page...............

and it ended up looking like this, so as you can see I found plenty to record in December.

Then in 2012 (by now I was hooked on December Daily-ing lol)  I decided to go bigger and not pre-plan.  I found the smaller size and pre-planned pages too restricting for me.  I loved working on my 2012 album.   It was my main scrappy project for December and I loved the process of creating a page for the memories I had each day.   When I didn't take photos, there was always something to record. 

                                                                 2012 December Daily.

Tied up with a ribbon and some decorating on the back as well.

and some of my favourite pages.............

 A photo of all the beautiful "red" I could see around me that day.........

Some hidden journaling in a pocket attached to my page.........

and a copy of a grocery docket...........

So now, in 2013 I am ready to go........covers prepared and some little embellies done.  (I wanted to make a few of my own embellies this year to fit in with the pastels).  It's just a little smaller than last years and I said I wasn't going to go any smaller as I loved the size last year, so we'll see how I go.  



This being my 3rd December Daily, it is probably my favourite so far now that it is completed............that is to LOOK at, not so much the creating of it if that makes sense.  I love how it has turned out but think the pastels will be a "one off" as I really did miss creating with the more "traditional" Christmas colours especially red although red is not really a colour I scrap with a lot in everyday scrapping.  There are a couple of the things I did this year that I will probably do in my next December Daily...........Handmade dated circles and some handmade embellishments.  I mainly did this to fit in with the pastels theme this year but really enjoyed pre-making these in the lead up to Dec 1.  Also the inclusion of some plastic sleeves (divided pockets) throughout the album.  I think it has added some interest to my album.
So, my thoughts for my 2014 December Daily...................
*Maybe try a different look other than the rings on the outside holding it all together.  This is what I have          done for all 3 December Dailys.
*Also my first 2 were portrait orientation and this one was landscape and I think I prefer to work with the portrait orientation.  The size was good to work with.
*Definitely no pastels (well at least not for a few years).
*Start collecting bits and pieces right now for my 2014 December Daily so that I have a real mix of things as I think I prefer the "bit of this and bit of that" rather than one particular line of papers or a particular colour scheme.
*Totally loved Mandy's use of acetate and her little peek-a-boo pages in her 2013 December Daily so will keep this in mind for my next one too.


When I first made the decision to go with an "art journal" December Daily, it was for two reasons.....to get some practice in art journalling using a variety of techniques (tick) and to have something different from my previous December Dailys (tick again).

   I didn't want to do what I have done in my previous albums -  "take a photo everyday" type of thing as I was finding, for me,  this was becoming a bit repetitive as I was taking similar photos each year.    Instead I wanted to try to create a relevant page in an "arty"sort of way.  The photos DID creep in however....probably more than intended, but overall I am super happy with how my 2014 December Daily has turned out.   As you can see it's a little chunky-er than I had first thought it would have been. 

 I was a little concerned at first that I might have "bitten off more than I could chew" but I surprised myself at how easy it was to create an art journal page every day. 
Here are a few of my most favourite pages although as I flipped through the book, there is no page I'm not happy with. 

My photo extension page with Santa up the tree.........loved creating this one.......it really was soooo easy and lots of fun.

My melting snowman..........this was one day that I had to put my thinking cap on as to what was relevant to that day.........it was a nothing sort of a day but it was HOT.
So a melting snowman was born.

and this one is probably my most favourite of all.........it includes some drawings from my grand children and that's pretty special.  I still have a giggle at the angry Santa looking at his list.  lol

I'd have to say this has been the most enjoyable and rewarding December Daily in the four I have now created.  Would I do this again for a December Daily? - ABSOLUTELY but maybe not for 2015.   So what plans do I have for this year? (Yep it's this year already and I'm thinking about it lol) .......something different again.   On our journey this year, I have been very inspired by Mandy's little book of lists and also by Julie's use of fabric to cover her album.  So at the moment I have "FABRIC" and "LISTS" in my head.  We'll see where that takes me.
 I have quite a few more months to think on it.

Monday, 25 November 2013

Mandy's Door Covers (Continued)


The last time I posted (see here) the front cover below to my December Daily was finished (kind of)

Just wasnt sure what to put behind the door, but liked the blue and cream one underneath....

Soooooo, going with the transparency idea.....
this Fancy Pant's Quickcuts seemed perfect....

Cut it down to fit the door and punched some holes for the jump rings....

 Snap decision..... couldnt figure how I could possible fit any journaling or photos etc on the door behind without it taking away from the look of the front cover (didnt really want the Dec 1st page showing though ...

 Sooooooooo decided to stick the transparency in between and  adhere both the doors together to make one solid door- much like a sandwich!

 Then flipping that over... still have the high 'windows' and those patterns are not staying!
 I really want that little top of the Christmas tree peeking through...

And at this stage dont know if that brown shuttered back door will stay yet???
Its just placed there...........because .... it was there LOL!

So the solution for pages for each day will be to add in little envelopes, both solid and wax paper ones...and patterned paper etc measured to fit from the bottom of the doors to the bottom of where the windows begin... problem solved ...and the little Christmas tree transparency can still peek through!  There are more doors that can be fitted in yet (if it works out) so this is not the front and back cover here... the Christmas tree door may very well be  in the middle of the album with many pages still to come after.... we'll see how it turns out as we go along in December.

Here's the cover properly finished this time around
(I've added a lovely little trim down the bottom too)

Its still very much a journey of what might happen with this little album... making it up as it goes along is total fun....  any set plans usually set by me, undoubtedly get tossed out the window somehow...
Soooooo have long given up making any!  hee hee

Not long to go until the 1st December!!!


If you'd like to share any of your December Daily
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(we'd love to see them!)

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Deb's 'Tree Embellies'.............

I've been having a play trying to make some little pastel coloured embellishments for my December Daily with some Christmas trees - super easy.

  So starting with a scrap of cardstock about 2" high,  glue four strips of scrap patterned paper (I gave each of them an edge with the pinking shears first)  starting from the bottom and working up to the top. 

To form the triangles, cut from bottom to a point at the top.  I wasn't too particular, because if the sides weren't equal then that's how I ended up with some smaller trees by trimming up the sides to make them even. lol 

There were some upside down triangles left over as well which will make a great banner somewhere down the track on another project.

Then by adding a little trunk,  I now have some cute little trees to use as singles or grouped together for my pages.

Now to make a Christmas tree banner.   I've seen these super cute trees made from strips and I love to look of them, so  had a little play and made a banner/bunting.  I found them a bit fiddly at first to make as mine are quite small.   I cut the "trunks" about 2" long and then folded them over, so finished they are only 1" and just 1/4" wide.   The rectangles for the trees are 1/2", 3/4" and 1" - so all pretty tiny.

With the folded over trunk pieces I popped them over the twine and glued together.

Then I just started gluing on the branches - smallest at the top and finished each tree off with a little pearl at the top.

These were fun easy little tree embellies and are now ready to decorate some  pages when I start my December Daily.
We'd love to see any preparations you have been doing for your December Daily album.......not long now until Dec 1st.

And don't forget to add your past or present December Daily albums so we can have a peek.
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Friday, 22 November 2013

Bec's December Daily Journey....................

Today I thought I'd show you my  past December Daily albums  which are different to what I'm creating this year, just to show some different ways of doing them and to hopefully help with inspiration.

This was my very first album and went for an approx 7x9" cover and using my bind it all to bind the album. But as you can see from this first photo, the pages inside weren't all the same size as the cover, but a mismatch of all different sizes and shapes. 

On the left the inside cover was covered with sheet music paper. The first page was using acetate, shaped and inked along the edge with white Staz On ink. 

Full page photos and more acetate pages. 

Non christmas events also went into the album. 

And of course, photos of the ornaments/tree decoration that the children chose to purchase that year for the tree. 

For this album, I went with a more shabby rustic cover with the doilies, the paint, white being the dominant colour with a hint of other colours like blue and green. The cover was a piece of corrugated card and I've taken off the top layer to reveal the corrugations and tied/bound with three ribbons. 

Again the pages weren't all the same size and a lot of acetate pages again. 

 I decided to try a shaped cover with the pages following shaped as well and again used my bind it all to bind the album. I drew the shape myself and used the first shape to replicate the shape for all the pages and back cover.
This year I went with the traditional Christmas colours. 

Not all the pages were the large shaped pages. Some were smaller and different orientations. 

When I had LOTS of photos for the one day, for example Christmas Day..........
 I put them all on a piece of paper and concertina folded the paper, so when you undid the ribbon holding it down, the concertina opened up to reveal another 7 photos under the 1 photo. Such a space saving idea. 

Last years album I went for a squarish shape, and again the pages are all odd shapes and sizes. The colours I chose was the red, white, blue with sparkle! Bound with two large rings. 

 And acetate pages again........


2013 December Daily

This December Daily was my 5th and I loved it just as much as the excitement and eagerness as the first AND this was my 1st December Daily in a Project Life style.  But with that, there have been 'what ifs' and do's and don'ts that I have come across with this album as with all my other albums.

With my life being so much busier than my previous 4 albums, this Project Life style was sooooooo much simpler and easier to keep on top of. I'll definitely be doing it again with an even busier lifestyle this year.

But the changes I would make for my next album would be:

* Pre make more title cards, decorated cards, shaker pockets, words etc. I found this was the main thing that held me up, but with having some of the cards, embellies etc already done, was a great help and very efficient with being so busy.

* Not being so hard on myself if I forgot about "Tinsel", our elf every night and not remembering to take a photo. I was regularly taking pics at the start of the month, but as it was getting closer to Christmas, I was struggling to remember with all the things I had to do to get ready for Christmas Day.

* My past albums I have loved the full page or larger photos in my album. So my next album I want to include some full page photos cut down into 4 pieces to fit inside the 4 pocket pages.

* Sticking to a colour theme. - What made it easier was having ONLY my "christmas" coloured embellies, cards, ribbons and paints in a bowl all together. I'll definitely be doing that again.

* Deciding on a "colour theme" early on was a great help. Having those colours that I had chosen, readily accessible from the start made it so much easier. I didn't have to think to hard and waste time thinking about the colours when the focus was on the photos and the important journaling and memories that I wanted to record before I forgot them.

* Not worrying so much about what everyone else is doing and how AWESOME everyone else's albums look. I did this for me and my children and they LOVE it!! So thats all that matters. Once you start worrying about everyone else's gorgeous albums, then time is being wasted stressing about how you 'wish' yours was looking. I spent too much time doing that and forgot to focus on why I was really doing it and it's main purpose. Enjoy the process and the memories. 

Well, another year over, another December Daily done.
Boy did that time fly!!! But it was fun.
Here is my finished album..................................

I enjoyed making my album binder/cover this year. I had made it to suit my personal needs and wants and loves. It was a challenge I had set myself and I am very happy with the outcome of the final product.
My final addition was the year in the little metal frame on the front. 
Now it's complete........................
I still enjoyed, and found practical, the Project Life style as last year was the first in 14 years that I worked full time. Christmas is our busiest time at work and I still had time to complete my album.

These edgings on the pages I loved. But would make sure that I had a substantial stock of them pre made before December 1st so I wouldn't run out like I did this year.
Lesson learnt #1
I really wanted to do more of these list type cards but didn't have time. Next time I would have the ideas already and then have the cards chosen for each list so all I have to do is write on them.
Lesson #2 learnt

I wish I added more of these individual cards as a page, emphasising a special photo or day or moment.
Lesson learnt #3
I really LOVE these shaped pages and the added embellishments on top of the photos where I felt a little restricted with the pockets. So I would like to add more of these free pages but still have the Project Life pockets amongst them.

Again, I absolutely enjoyed my process of my album.
 My children love it and looked through it several times already.

My plans for my next December Daily???....................... Not 100% sure if I'll make my own binder again. Possibly! Although there would be a few changes to my structure of the inside pages and the presentation of them. I am thinking of an incorporation of my past Dec Daily's and recent Dec Daily's. More feature pages, more interactive pages. (I can't believe I didn't make a shaker pocket like last year!!!)