I’m jumping back onto the December Daily bandwagon this year. This will be my third year doing the project (I was a mildly late adopter as you can read in my “The Reason Why” page below), and I am not sure what the album will end up being with Aidan off at school and, well, you know, not a lot of camera happy folks here other than Dan and occasionally me.
But as Ali wrote on her December Daily kick off post, “Find your own joy, even if you have to make it happen for yourself.” So I’m going to keep that spirit in mind all month long.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t live with Scrooges. But teen-aged sons and busy Dads don’t always want to do up the holiday hoo ha. You feel me?
I’m using a mix of products. I have the December Daily kit, lots of white card stock and a host of my own holiday products. I’m going to be tweaking some of my 6 x 8 template sets for this, using some of Ali’s sets and creating others from scratch as needed. I’m not sure quite how crafty I’ll get, but I will have you know this: I spray painted all of the December Daily kit wood veneer numbers. Yeah. You heard me. #craftycathy
The other cool thing? Aidan is getting into the spirit and is providing me with images and stories, too. So far? She fills the album. Love that girl. Here’s what I have so far. (All supplies are listed at the bottom of this post.)
My title page is very simple. I modified a template ever so slightly from this set (I brought the mask margins in by one extra grid square), and added a white rectangle shape to create a space in which to put that adorable rubber December Daily embellishment (part of Ali’s kit).
DESIGN TIP: Do you know about the Grid in Photoshop Elements? If not, you should! You can turn the Grid on and off and you can change and customize the how many little grid squares show up. I use the Grid when I design in Photoshop. It’s a quick and easy way to have even spaces in and around elements. Find it under the View Menu (View > Grid) and change its size under the Preferences (Preferences > Guides & Grid > Subdivisions).
This first spread includes my “reason why” page. Ali has provided this as a free download on her site (the artwork and various printable versions). I just added a little of my own patterned paper design to the bottom. The facing page is just a story, photo and journal card. I have journal card templates available for free that are designed to work with some of my Merry Hipmas card collection.
As shown above, I spray painted all of the wood veneer numbers from Ali’s December Daily kit. I’m using mini glue dots to adhere them to the pages. I created a simple 3 x 4 template with a circle shape in the middle to make the number card. Then I just clipped some digital patterned paper into the file. I’m going to repeat this idea throughout the album.
FREE CARD TEMPLATE: If you would like this simple card template, download the layered PSD file here: CZ_NumberCardTemplate
Here are Days 2 and 3.
For the Day 3 page, I modified the heck out of a template, added a journal block, a digital stamp and got generally crazy with it. But how cute, right? Don’t be afraid to play with templates. Open one, do a Save As… give it a new name and muck around with it. You can play with any template and experiment!
JOURNALING ON DAY 3 READS: Aidan has decided to send me some Christmas cheer every day that she remains in Madison. She took a photo of a life-sized cardboard Elf cutout and when I got the text, I couldn’t stop smiling. Her spirit is infectious, even from 228 miles away. We are counting down the days until it’s time to go pick her up. I’ll be leaving on the 18th and we’ll stay one night in Madison to avoid back-to-back four-hour drives. Until then, I can’t wait to see what Aidan texts me. It’s like Elf on the Shelf, but with iPhones and no scary elves.
Note: on the actual card there is a typo. It reads “her spirit is infection”. It kind of cracks me up. I’m leaving it. Life is too short to get hung up on typos.
And that’s as far as I’ve gotten. I’ve never prepared foundation pages in advance. I like the idea of tackling a little page every day in December. I probably won’t be doing any traditional scrapbooking this month (read: Make a Page Monday is on hiatus for a few) as this usually covers all the stories I want to tell.
PRODUCTION NOTE: This year I’m trying something new with all of my journal cards by printing them on smooth laser card stock using my HP LaserJet. This is a very new approach for me as I have always used my HP Photosmart ink jet printer to print everything. I just never realized I could buy laser card stock, specifically designed to take laser ink. Am I worried about the acid free, longevity of the journal cards? Well, sure, but I feel like the print quality that I’m getting is superb and I’m keeping all of it in page protectors. I’m thinking it’s going to work out just fine.
I’ll be sharing pages here throughout the month and on Instagram. Here’s to a month of making merry little entries.
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