18: December Daily Mini Layout

Happy Friday!

I hope your holiday spirit has been extended through this weekend for NYE! I’m almost entirely done with my December Daily album.. just in time for my last-day-of-December goal.#decemberdaily #documentingdecember #decemberdetails #christmascrafts #DIY #sequins #spiegelmomscraps #mixedmedia #shimmerzpaints #pinkpaislee @pinkpaislee @shimmerzpaints @spiegelmomscraps @wordsandpaperscrapsSometimes I get so excited when the perfect photo opportunity arises, I forget to shoot in portrait and therefore have to get creative when I want to share landscape oriented pictures. I really love to create layouts in non-traditional sizes, and I’m excited to incorporate those together with traditional pocket pages in my Project Life album. Meanwhile, here’s an adorable picture of my incredibly difficult to photograph dog on a mixed media layout. #decemberdaily #documentingdecember #decemberdetails #christmascrafts #DIY #sequins #spiegelmomscraps #mixedmedia #shimmerzpaints #pinkpaislee @pinkpaislee @shimmerzpaints @spiegelmomscraps @wordsandpaperscrapsI splattered my background with black acrylic paint and Shimmerz Dazzlers in I Lilac You. Once that dried, I layered some Pink Paislee Yuletide ephemera underneath my photo and added some sequins from the shop for some shine. #decemberdaily #documentingdecember #decemberdetails #christmascrafts #DIY #sequins #spiegelmomscraps #mixedmedia #shimmerzpaints #pinkpaislee @pinkpaislee @shimmerzpaints @spiegelmomscraps @wordsandpaperscrapsI wanted to keep my pages consistent so I stitched the “18” from the themed cards for my album across the top. #decemberdaily #documentingdecember #decemberdetails #christmascrafts #DIY #sequins #spiegelmomscraps #mixedmedia #shimmerzpaints #pinkpaislee @pinkpaislee @shimmerzpaints @spiegelmomscraps @wordsandpaperscrapsI inked a sentiment across the bottom, added some silver sequin stars, and then I was finished! So quick and easy. I love the beginning of a new year! I’m excited for where it takes me.

What are you most looking forward to in the coming year?

-Rachel

 

Hope – December Daily Insert

Good Morning!

These days leading up to Christmas are my very favorite. I love when things slow down and we can really focus on the best details of the season. I’ve really enjoyed documenting this month! Today I’m sharing a sparkly insert I made for my album. Lots of gold and gorgeous sequins.#SpiegelMomScraps #sequins #sparkles #decemberdaily #documentingdecember #decemberdetails #christmas #DIY #Christmascrafts

I was inspired to create an insert like this thanks to those gorgeous gold letters I found on clearance at Target. I adhered one to each pocket and filled them with sequins from the shop.

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In the upper right pocket I created a shaker with Wish Upon A Star sequins and some chunky star cork confetti painted white. I also adhered a white star to the outside of my page protector too! I think adding things to the outside of page protectors creates some great dimension.

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I filled the lower shaker pocket with Plum Dreamsicle sequins. I think this mix is one of my top favorites. LOVE! This was such a quick and easy project and I can’t wait to see how it bring everything together in my album.

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I hope your Christmas season is full of joy and relaxing (and crafting!) Make sure you take advantage of today’s special 23% off your total order! Use the code 23ORDER when checking out. Merry Christmas!

-Rachel

December Daily: Incorporating Everyday Ephemera with Crafty Meggy

Hello hello SMS fans!! I hope you are all having a wonderful Sunday! I am really excited about this days spread! I am about a week behind in making my pages and on this day I had some spare time in the morning to go get some breakfast at Starbucks. I was excited because I had so many ideas on how to incorporate the coffee cup holder thingy and the bag from my breakfast purchase.

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This is what the two page spread looks like. I got the idea from pinterest to make a sequin pocket page out of  a 6×8 page protector. I decided to include the hand holder thingy (I can’t remember for the life of me what they’re called) in the middle of the page. I used my We R Memory Keepers Fuse tool to divide each of the pockets.

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I liked the idea of having one big sequin pocket on the bottom. I used 3 different sequin mixes, Evergreen Bough, Holly Berries, and Holiday Traditions. I wanted the divider to be curved to kind of form with the coffee holder. It didn’t turn out as awesome as I had pictured, but it worked!

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I curved the divider at the top of the coffee holder and then divided that pocket into threes. By the time I did that I think my Fuse was getting too hot because it started to melt the top of the page protector. Ooops!

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On the right hand side I punched holes in bag and made a little mat to put on the inside of the bag with more photos. I used some older Simple Stories tile alphas for the title of the page and I glued the day number right next to the title.

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I cut out a little shape on the photo mat so when people are looking at the album they will know they can pull it up and out. I really love how that turned out!!

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This Is the mat with more photos and journaling about our day. I kept the embellishing super simple. I used the Chunky Cork Stars from the shop.

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I used an arrow sticker to point out where my son is in the photo. I love this one of him in mid clap.

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I included smaller photos so I could tell more stories about the day. This worked out even better than I thought it would! I’m always glad when that happens!

I really love that I was able to use the Starbucks bag and coffee holder to bring to life this memory on my layout. Using real life ephemera is always a fun part of scrapbooking!

I hope you’re having a great day! Make sure to check out the current sales going on in the Spiegelmom Scraps store!! Today’s discount is 40% off cardstock.

What About Wednesday: December Daily Without Photos

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Aloha Sparklers!! We are knee deep in December. How are your December projects coming along? If your December is anything like mine, there are many obstacles (many good) that is causing me delays in my craft room.

I hope you are not too down on yourself. Decembers are busy, there are so many activities planned. Germs come out of the woodwork. The weather throws curveballs. We all love to see December and fun winter projects but they can be easily done when things slow done. During Christmas break or when the weather starts getting dreary. Just remember to save all the posts and pin the projects you want to use as inspiration!!

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On this note I wanted to talk about something different I am doing this year while working on my December Daily. This year for various reasons I am waiting to batch print all my December Daily and holiday photos together. Which ultimately means that I have no pictures in my album right now. I still do want to work on it while everything is happening. I scrap the best when I am documenting in the moment. Putting down on paper the things that are going on right now. That isn’t always possible though picture wise.

December Daily is one of those projects that works so well for this technique or decision to wait to add photos. Here are a few tips for making this making your album without the photos work>

  1. Remember to continue to take lots of photos. You will still need these photos at the end, use a photo a day prompt (there are tons on Pinterest) and look for stories that you want to tell in your December Daily. Like the stories behind your favorite ornament or how your kids routine changes in December. What your song playlist is this year, or what cookie is your spouses favorite to snack on. Look for those moments to capture. You can always narrow down what photos you use for that day later.
  2. Keep a notebook for writing down the things your children say, the things you thought about your day. Maybe write down some prompts you want to include in your album. I have a page for each day, so that I can write my thoughts of the day. What I want to focus on for that day.
  3. Pick your pictures before you create your days page. It is so easy to make a page ahead of time, but when push comes to shove, You really can’t have a page set unless you know what images you want to use. I use my notebook to write down the images I plan to include. When I build my page I then know where my pictures will go. This helps so I am not moving cards around when I finally get my pictures back after Christmas.
  4. Have fun!! Whether you have bought a kit, or using stuff from your stash keep your pages fun. Especially this time of the year when we are all busy and doing lots of fun things, this project is about the fun we are having. If you aren’t having fun it is okay to rethink your process to make it enjoyable and fun.

When you have gotten all your photos printed off, just add them to the pages and maybe add another sequin or two and then it will be all done. I think these tips can be helpful however you want to implement your album, simple, using all your favorite embellishments, lots of journaling, no journaling, how ever your focus too. There is no reason why not having photos should stop you from starting your album now while you are in the moment. Unless you want to wait 😉

Here is a look at what I did for pages 8 and 9 in my December Daily album. I am mixing up different sizes throughout the album. This helps for days I have lots of photos or on a day like day 8 where I don’t really have many photos. This spread is a SNAP 6×8 protector with 2 4×4 squares and 4 2×2 squares down the sides.

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I used the cut file for this month to make snowflakes to add to my day card. I like to have each day numbered. This year I am using lots of different fonts for the numbers. It is perfect since I am using mostly stash for my album this year.

I kept this card simple and didn’t add any sequins since I added the stars. Even though I contemplated using the translucent big sequins in the store.

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I chose a dark bottom I am figuring I will add my journaling with a typewriter font on this card. The edges only showing for a mat. I like to use my computer to type up some of the journaling in my December Daily. I am going to add the journaling when I add the photos, or at least when I am closer to being done. I will mostly just finish it all up in one day.

On the sides I added two small shakers with a silver hand made bows and Evergreen Bough sequins mix.

Then added circles to the two middle squares. One circle was a gift tag from last year. The other circle I cut an punched out from papers.

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Super simple but oh so much sequin fun!!

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Day 9 It snowed!! It hardly ever snows in the area I live, so my kids were so very excited to wake up and still see snow. Even though it was now raining, I let the kids go playing outside in the snow before breakfast. I know that a photo of the kids playing outside will be on this day and big. Who doesn’t like a big photo? I wanted something small though for the journaling for that photo. It will let my main feeling from the day be what you first see. I plan to add that journaling right to the 4×4 card that had the 9 day on it. I will probably also use a baseball protector pocket letter sleeves to hold more pictures from outside that day.

 

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I added a wooden snowflake to the back of the tag. I added some smaller circles in the other circle.

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Keeping my album pages simple and fun is key for me to keep going strong. I so love the end result and looking through all our memories from the month. I really am loving my approach this year and focusing more on recording the moments and journaling. focusing on the words, I know that the stories will come more alive when I add my photos after Christmas.

I hope you are checking out the store this week, there are tons of deals going on right now!! It is still time to grab some stocking stuffers. (The discount code for Dec 14th and the String Shop is 50STRING)

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Have a great week!!

Hannah

 

Watch the Process Video from my Youtube Channel for these days.

December Daily: Cover Layout

Hello SMS fans!! This is Megan and I am up today with a very cute and simple cover page for my December Daily album.

I was browsing pinterest before December trying to figure out some fun ideas for filler pages in my album. The cover page was one that I had no idea what I wanted to do! I came across this iamge on pinterest and fell in LOVE!!

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I just loved the differnt patterns, but also how simple this little cover page looked!!

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This is the cover page that I made up. I thought it would be fun to use washi tape with some of the Holly Berries sequin mix to make the tree.

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I also used the numbers ‘1’ and ‘6’ for the year we are in.

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I really love the colors of the sequins with the washi tape I used.

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I used the Chunky Cork Stars for the top of the tree and I was done! This page was super simple and only took about 15 minutes to get all of those little sequins glued down.

I don’t have a video for you today, but I hope you’ll stop by my YouTube channel! I’m hoping to get all caught up on December Daily this week so we’ll see how that goes!

I hope you’re having a great day so far!

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December Daily: Filler Page

Hello SMS fans!! This is Megan and I am excited to share this filler page I made for my December Daily album. I have been doing this month long project for the last 2 years and I have LOVED it! This will be my third year. I am super excited to get scrapping and keep up with this project this month.

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I started out with this project thinking I was going to make this filler page part of my Day 2 layout spread. I decided towards the middle of making it that I wanted to make this page into just a filler. I’ve seen people do this in their albums and loved the idea. I thought it would be fun to document our favorite holiday movies. There are 5 of us in our family so I asked everyone to pick their favorite movie and wrote it down on the page.

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To make this page I used a cinch album kit from Heidi swap that I got on super clearance at Michaels. I thought it would be fun to include random pieces in my album this year. This was the cover for the album I bought and loved that it had a hole in the top. I quickly decided that would be the spot for a sequin pocket.

I used a medium glassine bag from the store to hold my sequins. I spent a long time shaping it to fit the circle and then finally used hot glue to keep it stuck down. The sequin mix I used in the pocket was one of my favorites from the shop, Holly Berries. I really LOVE the colors in this mix!! It’s not only the traditional red and greens for Christmas so it’s very versatile.

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I embellished the bottom of the page with a green ribbon and a chipboard candy cane border piece. I kept this page simple and clean and I love how it turned out!!

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I put this cute little sticker down in the bottom right hand corner with a little red enamel dot for a little more embellishment.

I have a process video for you that I will post on my YouTube channel later today! I hope you’re having a great december so far!!

 

Documenting December: Embellishments

Happy Friday!

I wonder if you’re all looking forward to the first weekend of December as much as I am!

You may have noticed yesterday on my blog during our hop that I began my journey into documenting December. I’ve decided that I really want to focus on the tiny details of the month that make it so special. I don’t want to get too caught up in creating during my documenting so I made several embellishments in advance. This is my alternative to foundation pages – I’m not so great at guessing how I want my final pages to look so instead I created some embellishments to add in as I go.

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I started by painting a shipping tag a gray color that would coordinate well with the print on that Pink Paislee Yuletide tag. I trimmed down a gorgeous gold foil doily so that it would fit well in between. There are so many doilies in the shop that are perfect for holiday crafting (in fact, I just did a Pinterest search for ideas -so many good ones!) Once my tag was dry, I layered on some snowflake die cuts (download the FREE CUT FILE here), Yuletide ephemera stars, & sequins from the Holly Berries mix. I topped it off with a sticker phrase from Crate Paper.

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One thing I’ve found I struggle with in using 6 x 8 albums is that there aren’t pockets for horizontal 3 x 4 in the full size page protectors. I tend to photograph in landscape a majority of the time. In order to include more pictures, I created some 6 x 4 page protectors. You can save a few steps by using any size page protector that has two pockets like this. Be sure to leave margin for punching holes, holes which I forgot to punch, oops! I then use my Fuse tool to seal any edges. So easy!

#documentingdecember #decemberdaily #embellishments #DIY #silhouettecameo #freecutfile #spiegelmomscraps #sequins #scrapbooking #papercrafting #decembercrafts #goldfoil #pinkpaislee @spiegelmom_scraps @pinkpaislee @shimmerzpaints

One trick I like to use for lightening up my details – mixing sequins! In this shaker pocket, I wanted to use some more white to bring out the white snowflake die cuts, so I used one of the NEW sequin mix releases – Holiday Traditions  & added just a pinch of Wedding Bells. I love how it turned out! Try it!

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For my last embellishment, I combined Yuletide ephemera with our snowflake diecuts, and a few sequins from the Holly Berries mix. I stitched them together and I was done. It’s amazing how stitching can finish off a project.

I hope this inspired you to make some of your own holiday embellishments!

-Rachel