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'!

Sunday 29 November 2015

Jane's Page Preparations

Page Preparations

Now my album cover and title page are all completed I've started to prepare bits and pieces for the inside. As last year I decided to get the basics of my journalling cards done digitally and used Katie Pertiet Jolly Good Edgers along the bottom of each card. 

These have all been cut to 3"x4", the corners rounded and inserted randomly throughout my album. I will go back to them in December to add more decorations.  These are just two of the many different designs that will be popping up through December.

 The next part of preparation for my album was cutting and placing all the papers that I will use to number my pages. Like the journal cards they will have extra decorations added to them in December. I cut thirty one 3"x 4" papers and rounded the corners. These were all placed in the page protectors, again quite randomly - it's so easy to move them around later on if needed.

I then punched thirty one 1" circles from quality white paper and the same number of 1.5" circles from gold mirri card. I stamped the numbers 1 to 31 using Uniko Classic Numbers and matted the white paper onto the gold mirri card. These were then slipped into the pockets with the papers and I also added a few other bits and pieces from my stash which I may or may not use.

I always like to have a planner page - well you'd expect that from me wouldn't you - and this year I decided to create my own. I got a bit creative with my digital supplies, but in previous years I've just used patterned paper, a pen and a ruler to draw a grid.

The planner slots into the page protector behind the title page, so it's right at the front and easy to add things to and check out what's going on. I find I use previous year's planners to see when I did things like buying the tree or sending out cards - helps to stave off those I'll never get it all done type feelings that threaten to overwhelm me when things all start happening at once.

 The very last thing I've prepared is a simple chart using Microsoft Word to keep a track on the weather throughout December. I'm not sure why I started doing this, but it's now become a tradition and I would feel something was missing if I left it out.  Well you know we Brits are obsessed with the weather! And it is a bit of fun to compare the really cold temperatures, winds or occasional snow or sunshine with the same dates from previous years.

So how are your preparations coming along? 

I'm thinking if you've decided to play along with us at Let's December Daily that's the most important decision done and the rest will just fall into place as we go on this journey together. 

I can't believe that my next post will be sharing the first page(s) of my gorgeous golden 2015 album with you. See you soon!

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Friday 27 November 2015

Bec's Page Preparations.......

Oh what fun I've had with this 'flat' December Daily so far.
 My pages will be prepped as I go as I'm wanting to keep the pages in theme with what is happening in my photos.  I don't want to jump too far ahead.
But some pages I've been able to prep before hand. 

As the pages are 19cms x 29cms I've cut a heap of the papers down to 18cms x 28cms and covered the pages with a little of the Kraft peeking out. I haven't done every single page though. I've skipped some pages so I can create my own page with mixed media.  

I've inked the edges of the pages with a black ink. 

And some of the pages I've prepped with clear Gesso ready for some paint, ink, gelatos etc.

Here I've used a water soluble crayon and scribbled in 2 corners. 

I then wet it using a water spray bottle and moved it around with a brush.
I added some white water soluble crayon and some texture paste through a star stencil for some added interest. 

I noticed on this page it was curling because of all the wet medium, so I attached a piece of scrapbooking to the back to flatten it out. 

Added some stamping of Christmas words on the edge of some of the papers.......

Here I've used a white gelato through a circle stencil and used my finger (while the stencil was still down) to move the gelato around the inside of the stencil. 

I cut out 3 layers of a Christmas tree and plan on adding more detail to it soon. 

Again, some gelato through the star stencil and blended with my finger........................

How is everyone's preparations going?  We'd love to see them..............

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Wednesday 25 November 2015

Deb's Page Preparations............

I have decided not to go too far ahead with preparing my pages as they are all different sizes and shapes.  I thought it might be best to choose my page for each day as it comes depending on what I have to record for that day.  However I have prepared the binding, ready to be attached as I create each page.   Continuing on with my canvas paper as I used on my cover ,  I decided to randomly stamp full pages using a variety of stamps. 

Then using my template,  I've cut individual strips from the stamped canvas paper and decorated the edges......some have been stamped and some machine sewn.  This size will fit the larger pages of my album well but some will need to be cut for the smaller pages.

I also purchased some "POP" tape which I had never used before and thought that it might make an alternate binding.   I was a little worried that the thickness of the canvas paper on each page may make it all a bit too bulky.  

So with that in mind I used one of the canvas pages that I had stamped (as an experiment) and had not cut up into strips thinking that I may include  some of them throughout my album as well.  The POP tape didn't stick as well as I would have liked so it was stitched down. 

I've already decided that this transparency will be my introduction page so to that I have added one of the canvas binding strips (folded in half, slipped over the edge and glued) and punched the holes. Just a little fabric and rub on/sticker alphas added to the transparency to start my album off.   I'm really liking the stamped page with the POP tape binding behind this transparency so I'm thinking this may work for my day 1............we'll see.

How is everyone's preparations going?  We'd love to see them..............

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Monday 23 November 2015

Mandy's Page Preparations.....

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Its time to prepare my pages, and have to say, this came together quite easily.
I do straight stitching with these, but by all means... 
the pages still can be constructed by using strong glue.

 Here's a bit of an overview... at the very back is the cover, the one in the middle is the back cover (left plain for now) and the one in front is a page newly constructed.  The 12x12 stripe paper (from 7dots Yuletide Collection) underneath is about to be put together
as a page as an example a bit further in this post.

 The pages will sit in the album like this:
(with a bit of the scallop showing)

And when its opened up.... the reverse side is this lovely white/black grunge

Which will contrast so well with the Christmassy red and white stripe...

Now onto how to construct the pages....
Each 12x12 is cut in half... to 12x6ins. This gives two pages to each 12x12 - bonus!  No paper wastage!  The black denim I bought from 'Spotlight'  and asked the lady at the counter to cut it 30 cms wide and as straight as she could... so I've barely had to trim off the ends!  
The denim is cut here at 7cms

A quick press with the iron so it will fall evenly in half, and some spots of glue to hold it in place at the top of the paper.....

Slip the paper in between the folded denim and sew two rows

 Next is to mark out the eyelets (these are large ones bought from a hardware store)
by placing the already constructed page on top and marking through it.  
You can just slightly see the markings.

I've made up quite a few pages,  a full red one which will contrast with the red and white stripe and
 of course where would I be without my transparencies!!  These are some old Hamley Screen Graph Prints....  nicely grungy too!

 A collection of pages ready to go!!
(so excited!)

One of the transparencies might work a treat as a cover page maybe?

 The thickness of the denim and the eyelets are going to allow space between pages some layering and texture which is great.   I've still got the idea in my head I might trim the bottom edge of each page with colourful fabric if it suits... but that will wait until the page is complete
with photos etc so thats hanging in the balance.

Not long now until the 1st of December!
The Christmas decorations will come out, and my past December Daily's will soon grace the coffee table again.   I love how each one is so different and how each one becomes such a conversational piece with friends and family.   
So happy another one will be making its way among the mix!

 If you want another peek at my whole December Daily stash...
here's the POST
Or how the COVER was constructed.
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Saturday 21 November 2015

Jane's 2015 December Daily


 I like to get organised so set to and decorated my album cover. Experience and a lack of places to store completed albums has taught me that lots of embellishments and paper on the cover doesn't work for me. There's nothing as disappointing as watching all that hard work get squashed and torn with handling as there's lots of little fingers in my family so everything needs to be a bit robust.

But I did want to make my gorgeous golden beauty my own, so after much deliberation I decided to decorate the spine. And tried hard not to get carried away!

A couple of bits of paper from the Kaisercraft collection were cut to size, a die cut star with a candi dot in the centre and a triple ribbon bow were quickly added to the title slot thingy - does it have a proper name? Then some number stickers were goldened up with a little ink and added below.

And I'm happy with how this looks and can live with any mishaps that might occur.

So having got the cover all sorted my next job was to create a title page. And this is more elaborate as I know it's going to slide into a page protector. 

You'll probably notice my style is quite simple, unfussy and I was going to say CAS, but I think NAT - neat and tidy - sums it up better.

I started by selecting a sheet of patterned paper from Kaisercraft's A Touch of Gold collection and cut it to size - 6" x 8". I also knew I wanted some mirror gold and a sentiment tag, so they got put into the mix straightaway.

Next I gathered together a few - quite a few - bits and pieces from my stash store I might use and spread them out on my craft table. 

A twine bow was added to a button embellishment cluster saved from a gift from Christmas 2014. This was the next item to be placed and then some inspirational words. Nothing is stuck down at this stage as I like to move things around until it works.

I die cut the 2015, using Lawn Fawn's Louie's 123s, and placed that on the page which in turn led to the trimming down of the three words to one. It still looked a little bare, so cut a circle of American Crafts Vellum Wonder and a rectangle of Forever Friend's A5 foiled paper to slip behind the embellishment tag cluster. Now am ready to stick things down.

My final touch was the addition of a star paper clip - from Freckled Fawn - hanging off the bottom of the tag.

Loving the drama of the black and gold, how about you?

Day 1

 Remember this photo of my page preparations?

Here's how it's progressed. First up I tackled the number card. I chose the Becky Higgin's card with hello at the bottom as it seemed appropriate for a first page. I added a die cut snowflake - Die'sire - behind the gold matted number and decided to leave it at that.

Next moved on to my journal card adding some black sparkly tape across the top, a small die cut scalloped square and black punched circle behind a twine threaded button.

I always like to start my album with some good intentions for Christmas - nothing high falutin, just things I want to remember. I used number stickers from a Mambi Happy Planner pack - yes I'm into Mambi planning too! And just finished the card off with a die cut snowflake and gem, both gifts from a Pocket Letter penpal - have I mentioned I do that too?

As it's the first day of December there wasn't really a lot to photograph - I know soon there'll be far too much! So decided to make the bottom right pocket into a shaker. I popped a couple of die cut stars and the word magic inside along with the obligatory sequins and simple stitched across the top to stop them escaping.

And that's my first page completed - feels so good!

Day 2

For today's number I used a Technique Tuesday Magic Circle die and popped the matted 2 onto the circle part. I've kept the negative part of the paper and that might just be appearing further down the line.

I made the December label on my computer and printed it onto some patterned paper before hand cutting it close to the letters.

To today's journal card, like yesterday, I attached a strip of washi across the top. Then added an arrow die cut from the same paper as the number card pointing to a gem embellished star. The golden heart is a brad I've had in my stash forever.

The journalling took up all the rest of the space, but did sparkle up the Katie Pertiet border with some Wink of Stella - never shows in photos, but it is there.

Here's how the finished page looks with a photo of Mr Toad and the back of yesterday's shaker.

Day 3

Today's number card starts with a golden embossed Uniko stamp with the number mat centred on top of it.

I finished it off with a narrow ribbon. The ribbon is wrapped round and stuck on the back and then a smaller piece of ribbon is tied round it to give the appearance of being knotted. I find it keeps things flatter doing it this way as I always curl up the base paper or have the ribbon too slack if I try to just tie it round.

The journal card has a little cluster at the top made from four different dies and an enamel dew drop sticker. You'll notice on the finished layout the card is slightly different - that's because I forgot to take a photo before I wrote on it, learning the ropes as I go along!

The cluster is on the right hand side and I added a little piece of paper washi tape at the bottom of the journalling.

And here's the finished page:

Day 4

Another stamped image for today's number card, but this time stamped it onto a scrap of card and die cut it before adhering it to the base paper. It was difficult to get a good clean image on the slightly embossed base paper so this seemed the best way to overcome that problem. 

I finished it off by adding a piece of knotted twine - once again using the same method as explained above.

The journal card is very similar to day one,  simply reversed the colours.

And the completed page:

Day 5

Today's number card uses the same Uniko stamp as day 3, but this time embossed in black. I also added part of the negative die cut left over from day 2 and a couple of adhesive gems.

These five number cards will form the basis of all the rest of my number cards and will be repeated throughout my album.  I like how this give continuity and flow through the album and also means I can get on and prepare them all before things get too hectic.

The journal card is very simple and consists of a piece of washi tape with a little envelope stuck on top. I popped a star paper clip to the flap.

And the completed page:

 I often add digital elements to my photos and so far they've all been Katie Pertiet designs that I buy from Designer Digitals.

 Day 6

I've added a label to the base number card to reflect one of the stories I've journalled about.

 The journal card has two small strips of washi tape, three sequins and the addition of an arrow paperclip pointing down to the journalling.

 I've now completed six different types of embellishments to my base journal cards and will be repeating them throughout my album - you'll remember I'm doing the same thing with the number cards.

 Here's the completed page:

Day 7

The number card uses a similar but different die from day 2, but keeps the same placement of the matted number and the addition of a shaped handcut computer generated word.

The journal card is the first of the repeated embellishments, once again placed to the right because of the position of the journal pocket in my album. I've written my journalling as a list and used gems for the bullet points and also scattered smaller gems through the bottom border print.


And here's my completed page:

Day 8

The first part of today's page is quite straightforward and follows the pattern I've already set.

All of the photos in my album so far have been portrait and have been very careful to turn my camera as I knew the wallet pockets were more suited to this orientation. But I knew the time would come when a photo just had to be landscape and that happened today.

So used a page protector with a 6" x 4" pocket at the bottom and two 3" x 4" pockets at the top. I slipped a favourite pice of patterned paper in the top left pocket and a strip of golden openwork ribbon in the right pocket. I die cut two stars and glued them back to back onto the ribbon.

Have you noticed the ribbon tied paperclip? That's holding an extra journal card in place behind the photo. I cut a 6" x 4" piece of card, stamped a row of trees across the bottom and then threaded beads to make a border above the trees.

 I wrote my extra journalling and then hand drew the lines.

 And also decorated the back using washi tape - this also covered the tape holding the bead string in place - and added even more journalling.

Day 9

A special day for me as it's my grandson's 1st birthday. The extra page from yesterday was really useful here too as it meant I could use more photos than a normal page would allow.  

The back of the ribbon works well on the top left pocket and added a piece of patterned paper with a die cut one and letter stickers to the top right pocket.  I photoshopped two photos to fill the 6" x 4" pocket.

The rest of day 9's page follows my usual pattern.

Day 10

The only thing of note on this page is the use of the left over border from day 7's number and the addition of three golden sparkly hearts to the number card.

And here's the finished page:

Day 11

 A couple of quick easy pages following my set pattern.

I did get a bit creative by doodling stars on the journal card.

Day 12

A closer look.

Day 13

Today I had to put my thinking cap on to work out how to include several unconnected photos. So decided to make a little flap book using parchment as the front and back covers - only the back cover and the bottom photo goes into the album pocket.

I stamped the tree, holly border and greeting and then added some glittery washi tape and gems.

I glued the photos to a piece of ribbon and then folded them concertina style and journalled on the back of each photo to remind me what it was about.

 I left a length of ribbon at the top to pull the photos up then realised the photo strip would fall out when the album was picked up so  added a  ribbon tied paperclip to hold it in place.

Day 14

There was nothing much happening today so decided to feature some of the candle lit decorations round my house.

I found a little candle poem for my journalling and doodled a bit with black and gold pens.

Day 15

Another page needing some adaptation as I wanted to include several landscape photos. I used a page protector with two 3" x 4" pockets at the top and one 4" x 6" pocket at the bottom as the base. Then  cut up a 12" x 12" page protector into individual 6" x 4" pockets. I attached two of them on top of my base protector and machine stitched them together to give stability.

I made an extra large journalling card to slip into one of the pockets, managing to pick off the circle & star embellishmentstack from the pre-prepared card.

Here's how it looks when open (above) and closed (below).

Day 16

 This page includes the back of that 6" x 4" bottom pocket. I added my journalling card and a quotation card side by side with a little repositional glue to keep them in place.

Day 17

Today I made a stamped transparency for one of the pockets.

I used staz-on ink to stamp part of the bauble stamp from Honey Doo Crafts. Then added some sequins and gems to both sides of the transparency.

I added the golden tree on the photo to cover the faces of a couple of folks who I couldn't avoid including in the shot.

 Day 18

 A simple straightforward page showing the back of yesterday's stamped transparency pocket - love how it looks peeping through to day 16's number card. I added a strip of ribbon to the number card and doodled with my gold glitter pen on the journal card.

Day 19

A straightforward following my pattern album page. I added glitter to both the number card and the journal card - glitter seems to be happening more as Christmas gets closer

 Day 20

I added a pocket page to contain all the present receipts. Started with 3 patterned papers and 1 piece of black card all sized to fit my album.

I cut the black card and one piece of patterned paper diagonally and rounded all the corners.

Then glued them together to strengthen and stiffen the patterned paper.

I put washi tape along the diagonal edge and folded it over to make a sealed edge for the pocket top. This was repeated with the other two halves to make a second pocket.

The other two pieces of patterned paper were glued back to back and then the pockets were added using strong doubled sided tape.

Added an embellishment cluster to the bottom of each pocket.

I attached two paperclips to each pocket top to make it easier to to slip in the contents. 

Day 21

I took a photograph of a letter from one of my grandsons for the page pocket and then tied the original with golden ribbon, added a tag and slipped it into the pocket on the back of day 20's insert.

Oh and in case you've spotted the ribbon ties on the pocket insert they were added as I punched the holes on the wrong side and wanted to make it look deliberate - hush don't tell!

Day 22

Another quick and simple page focussing on the oldest and newest tree ornaments.

Day 23

Today I got a bit creative and made a tree card using washi tape and random sewing. I used a snippet of ribbon for the trunk and although initially thought to leave the threads long and hanging later decided to trim them down.

 I added some stamped stars and sentiments and glued on gems, sequins and a paperlip swirl with a star in the middle.

Day 24

A page all about Santa and my own deliveries too! I jazzed up the number card and featured some of the many Santas around my house. I always like to include photos of the decorations and it's a useful topic for days when not much is going on.

Day 25

I started today's pages with a larger number card and some special words along with a photo of before the mayhem.

I've included several extra pages of photos - on my blog here if you're interested - and finished today's pages with a double pocket of journalling and included a Santa tag I made for a challenge - here. I linked up the two journal cards by continuing the washi tape line outlined in gold and also doodling in gold on both cards.

Day 26

A simple page reflecting the relaxing day.

Day 27

 Simple page following my format.

Day 28

A double page of photos as my three grandsons exchanged presents today.

I added some stickers to the number card and digital sentiments to the photos. Up there with my favourite moments of this Christmas.

And since I had the stickers out popped some on the outside of the page ptotectors too! 

Day 29

Another straightforward simple page - the time for creativity is waning as I enjoy and entertain my grandchildren, but that is exactly why this PL style suits so well.

Day 30

Day 30 also is a simple page - Christmas money was burning a hole in this 6 year old's pocket!

Day 31

I made a charm to hang on the number card to make this last day of December page a little bit unique. I glittered up a wooden star and threaded it along with a large heart paperclip onto black ribbon and stapled to the number card. I also jazzed up the journalling card with black glittery gems and golden stars.

Completed album

YAY! I finished my album and kept it updated each day through December and stayed calm - well relatively - with sharing the process here at LDD.

I added a gold elastic tie round the album to keep it tidy - it's a bit bulky and did begin to wonder if everything was going to fit.  And I made a little charm to hang from it.

A close up of the charm.

The last pocket in my album contains a collage of photos which didn't make it onto the main pages as the quality was not the best. I often use this method to include those wobbly, but favourite photos, the small format seems to disguise the imperfections.

And my final page is a simple goodbye to 2015.

 Here's my completed weather chart which is tucked safely behind the goodbye 2015 page.

I really love my golden album and the PL format was so easy to keep on track and not get overwhelmed and fall behind during busy times. I also loved that so much of the pocket contents could be made in advance or during quieter times.

Looking back over all my December Dailies I realise that, although all very different, they have one thing in common - every page is the same shape and most the same size. So maybe 2016 will be the year to break out of this format and go for something a bit more random. And I've also got my eye on some papers with a blue & brown colour scheme.


Dont forget you can link your pre-planning or stash photos up

And if you have your Covers done....
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And you can even share your  previous December Daily's