Sunday, December 8, 2013

December Daily 2013 Beginnings - with Reverse Confetti



It's the 8th of the month and I'm so excited to be playing along in another Blog Hop with the Reverse Confetti team! Last month's release was full of holiday magic, as well as some gorgeous everyday sentiments - the perfect combination to help me get started on my 2013 December Daily Album! Today I'll be sharing the first few documentation pages of my album, and I shared the "opening pages" (like the one pictured above) last month using more Reverse Confetti stamps - if you missed that post, you can see it HERE. While I'll be showing ways to incorporate these fun stamps into your December Daily album or other holiday memory keeping projects, the rest of the Confetti Crew and special guests will help you start thinking of those small gifts, tags, treats, or just sweet notes to spread the "Merry" this season!

The hop started over on the Reverse Confetti Blog, and you should have made it here from the fabulous Amy Sheffer's Blog. It would be worth your while to start at the beginning, so you don't miss a thing! And don't forget to leave a little love along the way for a chance to win some Reverse Confetti goodies of your own!

Now, on to my December Daily Album. If you're not familiar with December Daily, it's an album project - conceptualized by Ali Edwards - that documents the 25 days leading up to Christmas (some people start their documentation earlier and many people go longer). This will be my 3rd year creating a December Daily Album and I absolutely love both the process and the final outcome. However, this year I decided to do something a little different. Instead of documenting my month on a true DAILY basis (photo-a-day style), I decided to be more laid back and just create more of a Holiday themed mini-album. I won't do a page per day, but will rather just capture an overview of our holiday memories for the month. So some days may have several pages of documentation and then there will be several days without any documentation. We'll see how this goes this year and then I'll decide which format I prefer going forward. 

The first page of documentation this year highlights the arrival of our family's Elf on the Shelf, Scout. (For all of the following photos, you should be able to click on them to pull up an enlargement to see them a little closer if you want to see any of the detail).


Scout usually brings Dean a special gift (a Lego Advent Calendar) along with a letter basically telling him to be good, or else. I used some fun digital goodies by Emily Merritt on this page, which paired perfectly with that "Special Delivery from the North Pole" stamp from the Reverse Confetti Tinsel 'n Trim set. I stamped that sentiment in Versamark ink and embossed it with silver glittery Zing embossing powder. It looks so fun! I added a few other embellishments and it was done!


The next page features an enlarged photo of Dean at the end of a long day of decorating, when I made him put on those elf ears and take a picture in front of the tree. He refused to smile. The "Don't get your tinsel in a tangle" sentiment from Tinsel 'n Trim seemed fitting! The facing page has four 3x4 pockets. I stamped the "Joy" sentiment inside the red star of an Emily Merritt printable and added the "Ho. Ho. Ho." sentiment to the top of a printable journal card and journaled about the photo of Dean in the elf ears. Both the "Joy" and "Ho. Ho. Ho." sentiments are from Tinsel 'n Trim as well. I added a few wood veneer speech bubble words to the top right pocket and sewed it closed, then added an instagram photo of Dean decorating the tree to a journal card and created the hashtag awesome sentiment with the Arrows 'n Elements set.


And the last layout I'm sharing today continues with our Tree Trimming. I created a simple and fun 3x4 journal card by adding the red diagonal stripes from the So Stripey set to the top of a preprinted "Who, What, When, Where, Why" card by Becky Higgins (it's hard to see in the photo, but those words are along the left side of the card), then filled it in. I also stamped the Picture Perfect sentiment from Tinsel 'n Trim onto another Emily Merritt printable to create a quick & easy filler card. And finally, I enlarged a photo of Dean and I putting some finishing touches on the tree (with a photo bomb from one of our cats - do you see her? LOL) and added a few simple embellishments along with the "bring on the Merry" sentiment I created using the Bring on the Merry set.

And that's it from me today. Now head on over to Sarah Gough's blog. And remember, leave a comment on each stop for a chance to win a $15 gift certificate to Reverse Confetti. Comments are open until Tuesday, December 10th at 2pm CST, and the winner will be announced on the "Wednesday in the Works" post over on the Reverse Confetti blog!

Thanks for hopping along!

32 comments:

Leigh Penner said...

Oh, I love how you used the RC stamps for your PL! Fabulous!

mypapercraftworld said...

Wow, your mini Christmas album is brilliant, Jen ... and it shows how versatile RC goodies are! Anita (in France) :)

Ruth G said...

Fabulous album! I love your approach and I'm glad I'm not the only one who gets those "I'm done" pictures of their kids! I think they are great for showing just how they are feeling after an involved process! What could be more real than that!
I love how you used all the little details in your album to add so much interest and information! Thanks so much for sharing!

silvia said...

Fun pages!!!

jennifer mitten said...

Fantastic album - the photo of the kids trimming the tree looks like a Christmas advertisement. Fantastic job!

Amy Shah said...

Such a fun idea! Love the elf in the mini album. I am sure this will be cherished.

Lizzie T a/k/a Wifelady said...

Wow - your DD album is awesome!! Love that photobombing your cat did in the last one!!!

Stacey Schafer said...

your layouts are so inspiring, Jen!

~amy~ said...

GREAT PL pages!

Angelica said...

So fun!! Excellent use of the stamps and gorgeous design! I need to pull out my Project Life and get moving! You totally inspired me!

Tracey McNeely said...

The Reverse Confetti designs and fantastic for you December Daily!

Lisa H. said...

fabulous. LOVE the elf picture. cute RC details tucked here and there.

Amy Sheffer said...

I knew, knew, knew I'd get some scrappy inspiration here today! You're amazing!

cm said...

Wow, fabulous album! I may have to try a DD next year, based on how stunning yours is! My RC wish list will certainly grow after a visit here!
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Barbara Murphy said...

Awesome!! I LOVE the cat photo bombing the last pic...so perfect!

Diane Stricker said...

Nice idea and great pages.

Tracie Pond said...

Wow, great job!

Maureen said...

Love your album - how fun!

Larissa Heskett said...

Loving your pages!! Such FUN Inspiration!! Thanks for sharing and have a Fabulous Week!! ;)

Amy Kolling said...

Jen, I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this post. As someone who is trying to do a photo a day in December.....this looks amazing!!! I need to get on the ball and complete something like this while I'm inspired!!!

Olessya K said...

Awesome pages, it's challenging for me to incorpirate stamps to my pages, so thanks for inspiring!

Lindsey said...

What a fabulous project! Oh, I wish I would make the time to make one of these. :) I just love the way you've used the RC stamps on your pages.

Kristen said...

Wonderful pages!

Silver Lips said...

Lovely pages!!1 Thanks for sharing

Kathy Mc said...

WOW, this is fabulous! How fun to do a December Daily with so much happening in your life with your DS.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

What a great way to use these stamps! LOOOOOOOOOOOVE that elf pic and your use of pom pom ribbon! FAB x10000!

Sue D said...

How fun!

reallyonemorething said...

Thanks for sharing your pages. I like those sentiments.

Kari V. said...

Great work! I loved finding all the Reverse Confetti stamps you used on your pages!

Anne S. said...

Beautiful album! love your relatively simple layout.

Mary-Anne V said...

Cute Dec. Daily album...love the various uses of the stamps.

Dori Yannatone said...

Your mini album is fabulous! Love your layouts and use of the stamps!