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 ūüėČ

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.

 

img_1558The bottom 4×4 card has a snowman and some Evergreen Bough sequins on the card. I wanted a card that was playful like my kids and puppy playing in the snow.

 

img_1559I of course have the shakers on the side. I really love how they look!!

 

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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.

World Card Making Day 2016

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This month is extra special my friends!  We are bringing you lots of inspiration for World Card Making Day!!  You can play along all month by sharing your cards with us in Instagram, using the hashtag #smswc2016.  We want to see card, LOTS and LOTS of CARDS people!!!  

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To keep this party moving here’s your line up today!

SMS Blog 

Jody

Lisa Kingston 

Christy Harriman 

Sarah McClellan 

Hannah Lemieux 

Khristina Sorge 

Sara Scraps

Katty Miranda

Evi Cortes 

Rachel Stewart

Laura Rumble 

Felicia Young

This month’s lovely cut file was designed by Laura Rumble, who is on the Sparklers DT for the 2nd year.  I’ve been such a fan of Laura for a long time so I was very excited that she designed this month’s cut file.  This would be perfect for a card front, or enlarged on a layout!  Bravo Laura!!

Starting today through October 31, there is an InLinkz linky tool in the right sidebar where you can link up a project created using this FREE cut file.  You’ll have all month to play along and link up!  Just right click on the photo (PNG file) and save it to your computer.  A randomly drawn winner will receive some awesome new releases coming November 1st, including sequins, cork and a Shimmerz Paints product of their choice!!!!  Yippee!!!!!

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Thank you so much for spending your time with us today!  Now hop along to my personal blog where I’m sharing a couple cute, masculine cards!!  Don’t forget to leave comments on the blogs to be entered to win the monthly $10 credit to the shop.

BONUS, there’s a huge sale going on all month!  Check out the graphic below for the coupon code friends!!

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Thank you!!!

Scrap It Off!! Design Team Reveal & Anniversary Blog Hop

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Hello everyone and welcome to the SpiegelMom Scraps SCRAP IT OFF Anniversary & Design Team reveal blog hop! ¬†We are incredibly excited that you’re joining us today! ¬†For the SMS 6 year anniversary we are revealing the new 2016-17 Sparklers Design Team, three special¬†sequin mixes, a FREE cut file designed by Guest Designer Khristina Sorge (insert scream here!) and prizes! Just right click on the PNG below and save it to your computer for your personal use!

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First, I’d like to thank my current Sparklers whose term is ending July 31st. Sarah, Laura, Yuliya, Lea, Anna and Katty. ¬†You ladies have been so fabulous to work with and I’ve appreciated all your beautiful design work for SpiegelMom Scraps! ¬†Hugs to you all!! ¬†In honor of my design teams, I’ve put together three special sequins blends just for this occasion!! ¬†Please welcome..

Now, introducing the 2016-2017 Sparklers!! ¬†This time the team is split into your “Blog Squad” and “YouTube Squad” for double the inspiration! ¬†You’ll get see who’s in what ‘squad’ during the first blog hop August 1st, so mark your planners peeps!

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And now, here’s our entire line up for today’s hop!

SpiegelMom Scraps

Jody  

Katty Miranda

Sara Scraps

Claudia van Rooijen

Laura Rumble 

Rachel Stewart 

Hannah Lemieux

Beth Soler

Christy Harriman

Lea Biccelli

Felicia Young

Khristina Sorge

Evi Cortes

Anna Sigga

Tiffani Nelson

Crafty Meggy

Sarah McClellan

Lisa Kingston

Thank you for spending your time with us today! We’d love for you be in the running for the prizes that we are¬†giving away on this blog hop, so be sure to leave comments on all the blogs to be entered! You have through July 31st to comment and enter. Sharing on social media will also earn you an extra entry. Just leave another comment letting us know where you shared the blog hop event. Easy Peasy!

** Bonus!!! ¬†You can play with the FREE cut file today through August 31st and link up your project at the end of this post¬†to be entered to win another fabulous prize!! ¬†You’ll get to design your own FREE cut file with Khristina Sorge and choose 5 sequin mixes from the shop!!¬†

Now, you’ll be heading over to Jody’s¬†blog. Enjoy the rest of the hop and don’t forget to comment on all the blogs to be entered to win!! ¬†There are amazing prizes including the entire Star Shine collection from Shimelle, an EZ Runner Grand and refill from Scrapbook Adhesives, a bunch of Shimmerz Paints and more!

********* The Linky Party link up tool is here**********

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Tuesday’s Talent ~ Juliana Michaels

Hello again Spiegelmom Fans! It’s Juliana here from¬†17turtles¬†and I’m¬†back for my second guest post! Today, I’m sharing another scrapbook page that I created using a fun mix of embellishments from the Spiegelmom Scraps Etsy Shop.

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The XOXO wood veneer from the¬†Dear Lizzy Serendipity Wood Veneers¬†jumped out at me as the perfect title for this photo of my sweet puppy Lincoln loving on one of his favorite toys.¬†XOXO_Adorable_Dog_Scrapbook_Page_Spiegel_Mom_Scraps_Guest_Designer_Juliana_Michaels_02I fell in love with the¬†Heart Felt Fetti Die Cuts¬†as soon as I saw them and couldn’t resist adding them and some of the gorgeous¬†Blue Lagoon Sequins¬†to embellish my layout. I really love how this mix of embellishments adds some texture and interest to my layout without a lot of added bulk.
XOXO_Adorable_Dog_Scrapbook_Page_Spiegel_Mom_Scraps_Guest_Designer_Juliana_Michaels_03Thank you for stopping by today and I want to thank Jody so very much for having me as a guest here on Spiegelmom Scraps!

HUGS!

Juliana

Spiegelmom Scraps Supplies:

Dear Lizzy Serendipity Wood Veneers

Blue Lagoon Sequins

Heart Felt Fetti Die Cuts

Thank you Juliana!! ¬†It was a pleasure having your create with us this month! ¬†Thanks so much for sharing your Summer Fun cut file with everyone here! ¬†It was very sweet of you ūüôā ¬†For anyone who happened to miss Juliana’s first post at Tuesday’s Talent you can GO HERE to find it and download the FREE cut file! ¬†