Hello December Daily™ album project!
The first few days of the month have flown by. I have a feeling December is going to follow accordingly. I have my theories this year, leading among them is the fact that this is Aidan’s last holiday season as a full-time resident. Time, people. It’s a bullet train.
Last year was the first year of doing this project and one thing I adored was the 6 x 4 album format. I would have done the same size if I could have found a 6 x 4 D-ring album (Hello scrapbook companies? Please make that size and style!), but instead I fell in love with the SN@P! albums from Simple Stories. You can read my set up post here.
This year I wanted to stay true to my style and aesthetic. This means as little glitter as possible. Holla.
Let’s see what’s shaking out thus far:
Family photo courtesy of my iPhone, a tripod and a mount. Rule No. 1 of Holiday Photos: Never trust the tree dude to take a decent shot. (I know that’s not a fair thing to say. He might have done a fine job. When he offered, I said, “Nope. We got it. Thanks.” And then as he backed away so I could set up the shot he hit his head on a beam that a bunch of trees were leaning against. Sorry tree dude!) Note: I used the Key Cam app for self-timing glory.
I am using Day Document cards to journal about the days. They give me just enough space on a 6 x 4 canvas to write about the daily happenings. I print them onto Bazill OP White cardstock. I plan to layer a few brushes from my Cool Yule Decor collection behind the text to add a bit more visual interest without any muck.
Oh yeah, it’s time to explain a new holiday game at our house: Deer in the Clear.
Last year I caved and bought an Elf on the Shelf. We named him Malachi and he did some very naughty things. It was kind of fun, I have to admit. This year Malachi has yet to make his first mischief but Dan decided that while we are all waiting he would do his own thing.
The other night, I was upstairs and noticed that my big red balsa-wood deer had been moved and placed squarely in the doorway of my bedroom. I picked him up, brought him back down to where he belonged and asked my family, “So, who moved the deer?” To which Dan eagerly replied, “You found him?” And then he threw his hands up over his head and shouted, “DEER IN THE CLEAR!”
The objective of the game is simple: place the deer in a spot where no one with even the most rudimentary of observational skills could miss it. That’s it.
I love this man.
Moving right along.
I also got a little crafty on the right facing page. I opened the photo in Photoshop, added a new layer on top of the photo layer, filled it with white and then dialed the Opacity way down (about 25%). Then I highlighted a section of it with the Rectangular Marquee Tool and hit Delete. Fancy!
Then I added glitter tape. I know. I’m awesome.
On this spread, I used one of Ali Edwards’ 6 x 8 Layered Template Sets to display an assortment of shots.
Again, my goal with this project is simplicity and staying true to my style.
I’m not getting too jiggy with it so far in terms of super crafty stuff. So far it’s been really fun. I am just keeping everything out on my dining room table so I can add stuff as I go.
That’s it so far. I will share a little here and there throughout the month.
Maybe even more Deer in the Clear shots. If you like.
December Daily™ is a holiday project concept created and championed by the amazing Ali Edwards. To learn more, click here.