This year I splurged and ordered the December Daily kit from Studio Calico. In past years I have created my own albums, using what ever it is I have on hand. I create my own png files to suit whatever size I need. My kit arrived shortly after our Canadian Thanksgiving, and it was super fun to look through the kit and check out all the goodies.
Our November started out with a snow storm and weather advisory. It was the perfect time to get the book started and ready. You need to have this book 'ready to go' by the time December hits. In my experience any way... If you don't do it, as the days are happening, you won't do it. It becomes overwhelming. I plan to continue on with my project life pages as well. I did it last year, and managed okay. [Even though I've only got up to week 38 posted, I'm actually current, and trying to get caught up on the posts]
To create my album cover, I painted the chipboard cover white. This winter, I'm suddenly drawn to all things gold and sparkly. [Silver has been numero uno for the last 15 years] So I was pleased with that finding. I used my heat embosser, and embossed my letters and numbers gold. I added the star and embossed it silver. I also added a silver strip of sparkly ribbon down the front. I think I'm pleased with this, though I might just add a couple of silver stars on the cover yet...
My title page was using the wood veneer '25', I embossed it white. [My heat embosser has gotten more action in the last month than it has in the last 5 years] I added the gold 'twenty thirteen' on top of the embossed veneer. [Up until now, all things included in the kit]
The red paper, was actually bought paper. I've been hoarding it for years, I've used it very sparingly over the last few years. That's the end of it though. I don't have a silhouette, though I'm green with envy every time I see cut files... Just can't justify the $$.
This page was cutting down one of the page protectors in half, so it's only 2- 3x4 sizes [rather than 4]. I wanted to include the calendar month. The die cut Polaroid is also from Studio Calico, however it was last years stock. I hoard. It's a problem.
Added sequins that I had in a bin, to both sides. I stamped and embossed 'memories' in silver, on the label, that I printed out [digital file] as part of the kit.
First page, December 1. I tried to a few weeks to get my little family together to take a few pictures for this years Christmas card. Between working, hockey, birthday parties, fund raising, brownie camps and Scout camps, we finally got out to take pictures. The afternoon before a blizzard was to blow in. You could say I was motivated. [Mason grumbled the whole time, he couldn't understand why we couldn't just use last years picture...]
Any way, super pleased with the cute shot I took of them, and decided it would be the 'page opener'.
I created my own journal cards, using 4x6 recipe cards. I created a file that looked very much like Ali's. I am so inspired by her take on December Daily. You can check it out here.
So there we are, day one. And so far I love it.