Memory keeping: December Daily – Day 6

Happy Friday…again!!  Banner morning for making stuff, cleaning up and doing laundry (I guess that’s what happens when you get up at 4:30 am!  I’ll be napping soon….)  The story of the 6th is the story of an early Christmas present for Charlie !!   I’m trying to catch up and keep things simple so here we go….


Double spread today, you get my messy desk and attempts at caffeination as a bonus!


Left side close up…That card was perfect!  mixing elements from Ali’s main kit and the Authentique Classic Christmas line… I inked the back of the circle from the 5th green and added paper and a sticker, see through snowflakes from the 5th and made up a card and the santa head from Ali’s shop


Right side close up… Charlie enjoying his early Christmas gift!  I used the overlay on top of the photo and changed the color to better coordinate w the layout, added a sticker from Authentique sheet.  Journaling on a card I made up from Ali’s 4×6 Templates vol. 3, changed the color to coordinate w the layout, typed up the journaling, printed it out on yardstick I’d trimmed to 4×6 before running thru printer… added sticker tag w some bakers twine… Done!


Here’s how the see-through elements from day 5 worked with the day 6 layout… I think they work together pretty well!     OK off to get ready for work and do more laundry!  Catching up slowly but surely!

Happy weekending!


December Daily is a memory keeping project by Ali Edwards, click on the link for more information from her website.

Happy December Documenting everyone!


Memory keeping: December Daily – Day 5

Well it’s now the 8th and I’m a few days behind on DD….honestly I am not sure what happened and why it’s Thursday because wasn’t it just Tuesday???  Yikes…better start Christmas shopping or it will be xmas eve and I’ll be madly clicking on Amazon!

I knew the story of Day 5 was going to be the story of the first snow of the season.  The girls were SO excited when they went out to the bus and it was snowing… as evidenced by the blown-up SnapChat screen grab I made from Lily ;-).  So the story was there it has just taken 2 days to sit down and pull it together!


I knew I was going to use the snapchat photo, plus another photo Charlie sent as well as the “five things” card from the Main AE Dec. Daily Kit.  The rest up in the air… I ended up finding the PERFECT piece of transparent overlay when I was looking in a box for something else….as a bonus, when I took the protective plastic off I realized the little branches were blue! yay…   Found old snowflake stamp and stamped paper as a background for the snapchat photo which is on the left, then used it for the “5” that went on the overlay along with a “let it snow” banner from who knows when???   I went with a 4 pocket page protector and put in Charlie’s photo of the backyard along with the “5 Things” card, the “celebrate this” round backed in a bit of blue paper and then hand-trimmed, and some wood snowflakes from last year (?) with some shiny sparkly enamel dots.


Used Ali Edwards Gold Makers ink for stamping, beautiful metallic finish!  I also added in some mini wood veneer snowflakes that I’ve had forever here and there on the layout.


Journaling by hand…is it perfectly straight?  No.  Was it the pen that I wanted to use to  write? No…somewhere is my lt grey sharpie pen and I know not where it has disappeared to hmmm… BUT I just got on with it and got it done.  Repeat with me…done is better than perfect.


Close-up of the transparency overlaid over the page… I slipped a sheet of white paper under for clarity until I figure out what is going on the back for Day 6.  I love playing with transparencies and the hide and seek of what’s underneath!


And Day 5 is in the book!  On to Day 6 and I’m sure I will finish catching up tomorrow! (ha ha)

December Daily is a memory keeping project by Ali Edwards, click on the link for more information from her website.

Happy December Documenting everyone!


Memory keeping: December Daily – Day 4


Happy snowy grey Monday from New England!


The story of the 4th was the story of Mary.  This year for Advent, our pastor is presenting a sermon series that focuses on one person from the Christmas Story each week.  This was Mary’s week, as part of the sermon, Stacey showed paintings of Mary depicted in many different styles.  Because the choir sits behind the altar and the TV screens, we can’t see the photos but I knew what my page for the 4th was going to be by the time church was over.   This painting of Mary that I chose for my page was done by Edward Burne-Jones who was an artist aligned with the Pre-Raphaelite movement, a style of painting and decoration I love.


The aspect ratio of the image was such that I printed it roughly 3×8″, backed it with some gold star paper I’ve been hoarding forever, and had this brass star label in my stash just waiting for the right project.  I used Ali’s December Daily 6×8 Overlay for the passages from Luke that were read in church and a little note on the bottom (this would be where the “hybrid” part of the project comes in).  I changed the color on the overlay pulling a gold/tan from the painting (It looks better in person than in the photo) and added a strip of copper/gold washi  at the bottom of the page.  I suspect I know what my story will be on the 11th and the 18th (!).  This took very little time to do other than the fact that (of course) I had to replace 4 colors of ink in my printer.

Here is the back of the insert with the “4” from the Main DD kit embossed with gold


And here how it looks in the album living next to day 4.  I love the way it turned out.


I did a little updating on the day 3 layout, the “3” that I had papered and inked just wasn’t doing it for me so I carefully sliced it off the photo with an exact-o knife, embossed it with red glitter, then glued it onto a new photo that I had to print because even though I was super careful, there was one scuff from the knife and I’d rather re-print than obsess about that one tiny mark every time I opened the book!  (that makes 4 times that I printed the photo eek!  but now it’s done)

December Daily is a memory keeping project by Ali Edwards, click on the link for more information from her website.

Happy December Documenting everyone!


Memory keeping: December Daily – Day 3


Happy Sunday !

Just finished up the layout for yesterday, which once I settled on what I wanted to do, came together very quickly.  In addition to Ali’s main December Daily Kit, I also purchased Authentique’s  Retro Christmas papers and stickers.  My favorite December Daily albums are the ones that include retro inspired Christmas elements and papers.  Last year, I did not use any and I felt something was lacking while I was putting my pages together.


The story of the 3rd was the story of cousin DJ’s birthday party and cousins and friends hanging out.  The lighting at the house was lovely but very low so I played around with some photos in Pic Tap Go until I came up with a black and white option I liked (moody photo to match moody teenagers-ha!) .  A digital stamp from Ali’s shop from last year highlights the birthday boy… I papered and distressed the “3” and added it to the photo.  For embellishment, a cut file from Ali from last year on my silhouette, backed it with paper from the Retro Christmas 6×6 pad and added a star from this years kit.  I made up a journal card with stickers from Retro Christmas and added my journaling by hand.  Unless I’m adding words directly to a photo in photoshop, I hand write all of my journaling.  Faster, easier and I think the stories sometimes flow better.  And another one in the book!  I know what the story for today is going to be already !  Just need to pull it together (so happy about that!).

December Daily is a memory keeping project by Ali Edwards, click on the link for more information from her website.

Happy December Documenting everyone!


Memory keeping: December Daily – Day 2

Good morning!  Happy December 2nd … making pages and posting two days in a row?  I call that a major win.  Before I dash off to work at the fabric shop, I wanted to get yesterdays layout done and also add a few touches to my photo from the 1st.

The story of the 2nd is the story of the long drive home from seeing my Dad in Rochester…it’s almost 400 miles between my house and his and it’s an all. day. drive.  no other way around it.  The plus side is it’s turnpike/thruway with well-spaced rest stops, straight shot and I have Apple CarPlay !  I was also super-lucky with the weather … this time.


Sorry for the reflections, it’s barely dawn and photographing around the overhead light is a pain.  You also get a tiny glimpse of my desk-that-was-clean-last-night-now-not-so-much… So one photo of the bridge over the Hudson River (that I have driven over a million times)  a stamp from this year’s main kit, a jingle tag from an old sticker set (because I wrote on the photo and ran out of room so hello cover up) and a white enamel star.  I’ve decided to use the white chipboard numbers from the main DD kit in each layout but try and change them up so I stamped “currently” from one of this years stamp sets using Ali’s crafters ink (hello new ink pads! they are so yummy, I highly recommend them, you can purchase the set here)


I glued this to a star transparency from way back and backed it with a piece of white cardstock.   Wrote up a card from the main kit with another enamel star.  I went black and white with this layout as the colors in the photo were really vivid and I wanted a more neutral day 2 to sit next to the day 1.


So here is Day 1 and 2 layouts together.  I printed out my Day 1 6×8 (I put it on an 8.5×11 in photoshop then printed at home), added the “1” (which I tried to distress but that turned into a mess so now it’s solid black -hello fat sharpie-although in this photo, it looks green.) and added a gold star.

1 & 2 in the bag!  More stories coming for today, working @ the shop, girls basketball game, party at the cousins’s house…so many stories to choose from!!

December Daily is a memory keeping project by Ali Edwards, click on the link for more information from her website.

Happy December Documenting everyone!