December Daily 2018 – Days 6 & 7

Plowing along with my words and photos today…did a few out of order but still planning on getting this all done by 12/31 !  Days 6&7, pretty simple and clean…

Day 6

Day 7

 

 

 

 

December Daily 2018 – Days 2, 3, 4 & 5

December has not started out on an overly holiday-ish note.  Real life has, as we say, reared it’s ugly head.  After several years of slow decline and a few months of very rapid decline, dad passed away at the beginning of the month.  Even when you have time to “get used to” the idea, it is still a jolt and the crashing into the wall realization that things will truly never be the same.  And, yes, I am including this story in the album this year because this is real life and this is our story and so it goes.  As dad said once while the was examining one of my earlier December Daily albums… “good lord, you documented everything!”  Yes dad, Yes I do.  xo.

Day 2

Day2-both pages

Day 3

Day3-both pages

Day 4

Day4-both pages

Day 5

Day5-both pages

So … I definitely have some “catching up” to do but here are a few things that are working:

  1.  Only having one size canvas… I am liking just doing 6×8 images,  I’ve combined the photo and words onto one canvas just  for posting here.
  2.   The continuity of photos on the left and words on the right.  I’m not anticipating running out of photos and I nev.er run out of things to say
  3.   Using a limited number of kits:  rather than hunting through everything I own, I put 3 kits plus some random extras into one folder on my hard drive and pull from that.  This year I’m using:  Paislee Press Dec Faves No 6 & No 7 and touches of Farmhouse by Mommyish
  4.   Kinda digging the black and white with pops of color !  It’s feeling very editorial.

 

That’s it for now, hoping to be completely caught up by the end of the year and I’m pondering whether I’ll print at home or send out.

Happy December 20th!

 

December Daily 2018-Loose plan & Day 1

Well then… one post every six months seems to be the way we are going lately!  Not that there has been a lack of making…there has just been a lack of posting.  Lots of making getting done and hopefully I can get around to sharing some here soon.

It’s the first day in December and in the memory keeping world that means it’s time to get started on December Daily. December Daily is a memory keeping project brought to life by Ali Edwards, awesome all around person and memory keeper extraordinaire!  I have documented December every year since 2009…tho in truth…last year’s is not complete but I am hoping to correct that this month.  For fun, I’ve gathered all of my past albums together and am keeping them in a basket in the family room for the season.  It is so much fun to go back and look at prior years and see what we were up to.  

 

I wanted to get day one completed and posted before I go out of town for a few days to kick things off.  I am very motivated to complete this year within a few days of the 25th… I have not decided if I’m going until the 31st or just the 25th.  Some years I have and some I haven’t, we’ll have to see.    My plan right now is one 6×8 photo with some embellishment and one 6×8 page of text for each day…we’ll see how that shakes out.  I’m hoping that only having to work with 6×8 for the main part of the album will make it quicker and easier to complete.  I am planning to be almost all digital only adding in tactile elements as I come across them and I’ll probably hold everything until the end and decide what to do with the ephemera then.  I have the kits I’m using and templates all ready to go in one file on my computer so I will not have to go hunting each time I want to make a page…we’ll see how that goes!    So with out further ado…here is day one:

 

I will be out of town for days 2-6 so I’ll have lots to share later this week.   Happy December everyone!

 

You can learn more about Ali Edwards and December Daily HERE on her blog.

A few photos into a book…

Well…so this is how  – let’s send Dad a few photos from the girls prom –   turns into… let’s do a whole project…involving other people…just a few days before father’s day!    But it’s done done done.   Is it fancy?  Nope but will he like it?  Yes.  And that is the whole point.

I lucked out and found a Heidi Swapp storyline album on sale at JoAnn’s so I snapped it up as the base for the album.  My sister Tina sent me some photos and I included a few snaps from my sister Nora that I grabbed from a few places online… mixed them all up with my organized and tagged photos from Lightroom (not to be confused with the photos that are still waiting to be organized and tagged) and voila!  A book for Dad.  So excited to get this in the mail to him today but wanted to share a recap for my sisters and friends online.   Here is my not so fabulous completely amateur finished album video!

100 Days project … the warm up

OK, it’s really not the warm up…I thought it started today, not tomorrow.  AT ANY rate, I have been doing something creative every day so far in 2018 (I’ve missed one day).  I have however, not been documenting it.  So to add another layer of complexity to my life I am going to be participating in the #The100DayProject for the first time… I will be sharing my daily posts on Instagram, but I have to say probably not posting every day here, because that would be rather redundant BUT maybe several process posts ?  I’m not sure yet.  But for NOW 18-04-02-Halloween-1973-WEBI give you Halloween ca. 1973.  Charlie is in the middle flanked by his sisters.  I’ve been working on a Halloween through the years album.  The plan is to have as many generations as possible and so far I’ve got some layouts done of our girls, Charlie as a kid, and Charlie and I as adults.  I have photos of Charlie’s parents as young marrieds having a halloween party and somewhere there has to be photos of me (because there are so many the odds are in my favor).   So that’s been a fun little project on which to work.  A bit of warm up for the next 100 days.

I’m anticipating that my something creative will continue to be a mix of knitting, sewing, photo editing and scrapbooking.  I’m not sure if gardening will count if it ever finally warms up!  We’ll see how it goes.