Hey scrappy peeps! It's December which means that scrappy "landmark" (perhaps time mark would be more appropriate) of December Daily has arrived. I have five years of unfinished December Daily albums perched on shelves somewhere. A number that is rather alarming and disappointing to me. And while I have said it before, I AM GOING TO FINISH my album this year! I have never premade pages before or completed the foundation pages and think this was my downfall. This year, foundation pages are complete. All digital pieces that I created myself! I'm very proud of this. I borrowed free downloads from here and there and personalized them, adding my own spin in some way, shape or form. Today I have my cover, the calendar and days one and two to share with you.
I am using a Simple Stories SNAP album as my album along with the various size pocket protectors available for the SNAP albums. I chose the colors kraft, teal, white, black, grey and red as my foundation colors. I realy wanted a simple cover. A little white mist splattered here and there provided the perfect backdrop to a die cut snowflake and the year with a few bits and bobs to accent and add a hint of red. The bakers twine united the fabric and chipboard, tying the two together nicely.
Upon opening the album, there is a gold polka dot vellum that overlays this calendar. I'm not crazy about the look of the polka dots on the circles numbers for the dates so am going to have to go back to the drawing board on that one. I also want to put a little something on the inside cover of the album. The calendar is something I printed off the web, it was a free download. I really need to begin writing down where I got these things from so I can direct you in the right direction. I was in such a creative flurry getting the foundation flowing that my brain wasn't logically thinking. I personalized the calendar by changing the font color of "December" red and removing the numbers the creator had in the original. I used date stickers from Simple Stories to add some pizzaz. I wanted to be able to write each days activities somewhere for a cohesive overview of the month.
The back of that calendar is empty. I'm pondering what I want to do there. I think I want to write a why or do a dedication but I haven't put much thought into it and want to be pleased with the results and not rush the process. So, until I know what I want there, that space is empty.
The little "jingle jangle" tag flips to reveal the delicious details of the December party breakfast that Henry, the Elf on the Shelf, brought with him. For years now, Henry has arrived on December 1st and brought a welcome party with him. For the past few years the kids have independently enjoyed their share of the party and Nikolas is in middle school, a later start than Mia in her last year of Elementary school. The "Eat & Drink" card is one that I made on my own and added a few embellishments to. I also made the top, right card; there is a vellum overlay over the journaling.
A lot actually happened yesterday, December 2nd. I chose to focus on this annual shopping trip with a girlfriend of mine. Mia and I also went to Bethlehem Walk, an event I also want to document but think I might have to put somewhere later in the album. Or, just scrapbook it. I can't have everything in this album so I'll figure it out as the month proceeds.
Simple. Really simple. A glassine bag with a metallic "2" from the Pink Paislee number pack, 2 pictures and another pocket card that I created. I toyed with typewriter journaling but decided that I like my writing and it more meaningful in my own handwriting.
I in essence reproduced the emblem for this event. I scanned in the brochure in order to be able to trace and cut the bow with my Silhouette. I then back the opening with a metallic red and further decorated. This white foundation with stitched edges was then adhered to the tabbed chipboard that came in the Simple Stories album. The little tag hanging from the bow is such a simple touch yet is my absolute favorite part of this double page spread.
I am determined to keep this going and finish this year. I am hoping, the accountability of blogging will also aid in my push to cross the finish line so be sure and check back in help me finish this this year!