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 29 November 2014

Bec's Pre Planning - Transforming Pocket Pages to Fit

I have loads of SNAP!, Kaisercraft pocket pages left over from last year, and from other projects done in the past. So instead of buying more for this year's December Daily, I decided to use these pocket pages and repurpose them. Because they won't fit straight onto the binder rings, I had to do some doctoring.

I used Kraft cardstock and measured the length of the pocket pages to the Kraft vertically and horizontally at 2" increments, then cut them up into strips.

I then scored them in the middle and folded them in half lengthways.

Next I punched the edges lengthways with my edge punch
 and adhered double sided tape down both sides of the strips.

Adhere the pocket page flush up against the fold, stick down on the decorative strip and
then fold over the other side to stick to the pocket page edge.

Measure the holes of your binder rings and punch them out of the strips.
 Recreating new holes to the pocket page with the addition of a decorative edge.

I used a mix of red, gold and Kraft card for the decorative strips.

                                                       Remember to share with us your
pages for your December Dailys.
We would love to see them.

Thursday 27 November 2014

Deb's Pre-planning ..........a Christmas carol.

Unlike last year,  there's not a lot to do in the way of pre-planning for this December Daily. It will just flow from December 1st.   BUT I'm really really busting to make a start of some sort.   I have too many pages for the days in December, so in between the days I plan to put some random bits about Christmas like Christmas carols, recipes, childhood memories etc.  With that in mind, I thought I could make a start on a Christmas carol, done on some deli paper all ready to go into my art journal.

This is how it progressed..........

I stuck down strips of masking tape to the deli paper, tearing the top part
 and leaving the bottom line straight.

Next came the paint.......as I went down the page I added white to the original colour
 to get it quite light at the bottom.  Then splattered it all with a lime green mist.

Some masking of circles in white paint and random stamping. 
 Outlining parts in white pen.

Then off came the tape.  I also tore along each side of the deli paper
 to make it fit better on my journal's page size.

I then started printing a Christmas carol in the gaps left by the tape.........
The complete song was never going to fit on here so I just starting writing
 and hoping that I could at least finish off at the end of a chorus which did happen.

This is now all done and ready to be glued into my December Daily.  
 I think it needs a bit of red, so when I come to it's spot in my journal
 I'm planning on base coating the page in white and doing some stamping
 in bright red and hopefully that red will show through the deli paper.  
 We'll see how it goes.

Remember to share with us your
 COVERS and PRE-PLANNED pages for your December Dailys.
We would love to see them.

Tuesday 25 November 2014

Julie's Pre-Planning - Title Page

Here is the first page in my 2014 December Daily album.

I fell in love with a bird die that a friend bought recently
and I've borrowed it to use in this year's album.

Here's how the open album looks with the title page along side the inside cover of patches .

Can't wait to show you the rest of my album as it goes along.

Don't forget to pop into all the links and share what you have done.

We would love for you to share your creations with us. 

Sunday 23 November 2014

Mandy's December '31 Day's of Lists' Book

'30 days of lists'!
and for December!
To explain: in my previous December Daily's, there is very little about me, typically I do all the photographing and proudly present Christmas along with my family - but its lucky if I get in one of the photos for the whole month...  not that I want my December Daily to be about me - but it makes me think what snippets I might not be leaving behind in the future....
What '30 days of lists' achieves is a no-fuss, everyday the page turns to make a list of what's to be done, or thoughts, or a stapled photo to represent what each day means directly to me. So, I need another little book (or you could choose any album genre) and no-fuss being the operative word!  
Then I thought:.... do I need to just do this little book and no December Daily?..... weeeeell that thought lasted a micro-second - that's just plain silly because what if I ended up not liking the '30 days of lists' and end up with NO December Daily!
Mind was made up!

(However, if you are time poor, this would be the perfect solution to documenting your December!)

 This year, I'm going to do both together and see how I feel about it at the end.  An experiment! I'm not so mad (in my defense) - because at the beginning of December each year my work breaks until February (I'm the boss lol) - so do have time to give this a go....

So born is what I'm going to call 
'The Companion to the December Daily'
And trusty Brotherhood of Books coughed this little blue book up from its coffers too!
 I couldnt believe the title and only 90 pages!
And will be completely pre-prepared by Dec 1st.

They will be worked together!
And it will either work a treat - or never to be repeated again LOL!
Arent they special!

Cover completed.....
 (I 'think' I'll do the full 31 days??)

Did put some effort into the inside cover....
 but it truly didnt need it.
(I was scrapping with friends, talking too much, and kept adding and adding!!
could have paid more attention and stopped to keep it simple!)

It has the same set up on each page - easy to use,
a little doodle around each page,

 A coffee stained tag with ribbon, a patterned card behind and a little paper Christmas embellishment,
all sewn together.    Each page has a sewn in numbered plate and inked throughout.
This page, being the 1st,  a little calendar of December.

 The tag is where the day's list of 'things/events/ to do's' etc will go remembering that this little book is for me- and the 'running' (or should say 'run-around' lol) of December... and completely seperate to the December Daily.

 And the numbered pages are where I'll add something that directly affects that list, it could be a photo, a docket, anything...  just simple and quick.

December 1st
Filled out.... its started!!

  Day 2

  Day 3
This day, I made 8 little snow hats for the ballet 'Nutcracker'  so I've added in a sample of the fabric used, a pic of one of the hats being sewn, and a quick sketch of a hat too.

  Day 4
Another baby bird to care for, so added some feathers as a feature.

30 Lists - Day 5

  Included is a tiny pic and a torn off part of my list for that day

30 Lists - Day 6

I got to say the experiment is working!!  I LOVE my little list book...
It's so easy and quick to list down the page what events took place each day and to add a small token pic or embellish to match something in the listing.
The ONLY trap is (and I nearly fell in it!!!!) not to start printing out photos for the lists book and then go repeat it in the Dec Daily ----- oooh I came close and had to remind myself that this is not the purpose of the list book!

 Day 7
Cant quite see the day number as the newpaper clipping is covering it.
Here I've added in a couple of newspaper clippings on 'Nutcracker' glued back and front so it acts as a foldout

 Day 8
Here I cut out a picture from the packaging of Paige's new curtains for her bedroom along with the retail price - except - I got them half price - something worthy to be scrapped since I bought four pairs!

Day 9
A Christmas advertisment added

Day 10

Day 11

Day 12
After bringing in the last lot of decorations, a tiny piece of branch fell off-
 perfect to stick in here!

Day 13

So glad I pre-prepared this little book!One of the things this little book has come in handy for is ....
the lists are fabulous to refer back to when catching up on what days did which - with the Dec Daily!

 Day 14

Day 15

Day 16

Day 17

Day 18

Day 19

Day 20

Day 21

Day 22

Day 23

List Day 24

Lists Day 25

Lists Day 26

Day List 27

 Day List 28
(you can see the move away from Christmas embellishing)

Day List 29
Day List 30
Day List 31

Oh my, and it grew a little fatter 
than I thought it would be for a little Lists book!

It truly would be the answer to very busy people who do not have the time and/or inclination to do a full Dec Daily.  And its so great having a document how my days pan out for future family to read.  I wish I had a book like this from my mother, or grandmother - sigh.    I 'think' it will be an ongoing concern for next year in some sort of format.  My two books truly are working hand in hand.
 And as much as I love this book,  I know I could definitely not go without 'creating' all different kinds of pages in my December Daily.   The 'List' book wouldnt be enough... this I know now.