December Daily® Installment No. 05

Cathy ZielskeScrapbooking25 Comments | December Daily 2014 | December Daily 2014
Man I love this time of year. I’m doing very little on the work front, ergo, the lack of blog posts this week. Everything slows down a little. We make cookies. We play games. We drink wine (not all of us in the Zielske family, mind you.) Despite the lack of sun—and I’m not kidding, we haven’t seen the sun for oh, about 10 days—it’s all good. I wanted to compile a bunch of images from my December Daily album as well as wish everyone a Merry Christmas. Sound good?

First off, I did decide to ditch the gold spray painted chipboard page from Installment No. 04.  It just bugged me. So instead, I did this:

Just a big shot of Dan and the date. Boom. Done. Happy.

For Day 15, I snagged a few of the phrases from this blog post to make a list of things I was excited about. To create that journal block, I made a white rectangle using the Rectangle Tool, then screened back the Opacity to about 75%. Love that see-through effect. Of course, it works best with an image that has a bit of space that won’t compete, visually.

More daily life for Days 16 and 17. Simple stuff. I made that “holiday cheer” card last year as part of a digital set that never got done. Might have to revisit that at some point.


Day 18 was Go Get Aidan Day. We tooled around Madison, staying one more night in her now former college town before heading home. I love how Ali’s template worked on the right-facing page. And the Elf shot? Well, what’s not to love, really? (Except the typo on Japanses. Might have to fix that one.).



Aidan made manigot (manicotti) from scratch on the 20th. Here’s the story (and here’s a link to the recipe!)


I  used one of my templates to create the right two card on the page above. Just printed out a 6 x 8 and cut it into fours. I love how it looks.

And that is where I’m at with this so far. I really have loved adapted this project to fit my style and taste.

So with that, have a very merry Christmas! Check back Friday for a cool giveaway from Katrina Kennedy for those of you who want to embark on a Photo 365 project!

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Cathy ZielskeDecember Daily® Installment No. 05

25 Comments on “December Daily® Installment No. 05”

  1. #1

    beautiful. Printed the Manigot recipe too. Hoping to give it a try over the holiday break. Thanks!

  2. #2

    Because the filter between my brain and my mouth burned out sometime ago….just gonna say I’m loving the demise of the gold page. It was lovely. Truly. But made me stop. Every time. Like a speed bump. Thanks for sharing. You always inspire me and make me laugh. And please thank your daughter for allowing you to share what was I’m sure a tough period in her young life. I’ve used it as a talking point of late. Very helpful.

  3. #3

    Can you point me in the direction of the recipe for the cookie frosting? Pretty please. I never get it right, and your cookies look so good! Merry Christmas. 🙂

  4. #4
    Anne B

    Our week has been much less relaxing… 3/4 of the family was down with that nasty flu last week, feverish, sniveling, hacking and coughing. Unfortunately, both adults were included in the count, so we are really behind on getting things done! But it will still be Christmas, and it will still be fun!

  5. #6

    Loving your capture of December for you and your family, hope the sun appears sometime soon. Merry Christmas Cathy & fam.

  6. #8

    Your pages are so wonderful! Your joy in having Aidan back home is shining through. I also have to say your cookies look so perfect and professional!!!

  7. #9

    Just love your style Cathy – and those cookies! Man they look so professional! Any chance you can share your frosting recipe!? Merry Christmas to all of you!

  8. #10

    The bigger question is…How do you decorate them so perfectly? My frosted cookies always look like frosting blobs. sigh.

  9. #11

    Heck yea, share the frosting recipe!! When I saw your post on FB I immediately clicked over to read your blog thinking, “yea right Cathy made those cookies! I bet she clipped that out of a magazine.” But NO, you are in fact a secret super baking chick. YOU. MUST. SHARE!

  10. #12
    Kelsey, Especially

    Okay so I love approximately a billion things about this installment, namely:

    (1) That elf photo, obvs.

    (2) That full page cookie shot.

    (3) That manicotti from scratch – I’ve never made the pasta from scratch, but I generally make the rest of it from scratch. We do finely chopped fresh spinach, parsley, and cilantro instead of mushrooms and like, seven different cheeses. My son LOVES it. He calls it “pizza spaghetti” (he’s 2.5), mostly because that’s what I told him it was called when first trying to get him to eat something new, knowing he loves both pizza AND spaghetti.

    1. #12.1
      Cathy Zielske

      Kelsey, you should try it. It’s seriously so good and the pasta is just thin crepes sans the sugar. 🙂

  11. #14
    Jenny B.

    Still loving your album! That cookie picture is my favorite! Well, that and the Elf one. HA! I just realized it’s Christmas Eve, and I have yet to watch that movie this year! Must remedy that tonight. 🙂

  12. #15
    Amanda B

    Ah…manigot. I can’t read that without hearing it like my grandmother would say it. Complete with hand gestures. Great recipe, too.

  13. #18

    Ok, the picture of you and Buddy the elf is something I have to copy! Love love love! Merry belated Christmas!!

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