Thursday, December 5, 2013

December Daily - Week One

My co-worker and scrapbooking friend Jennifer would often joke that when she buys kits, and tons of them at that, she’d tell her husband that it was by “accident”. She accidentally went to Michaels. She accidentally clicked “buy” online. My husband knows this story...

Well, one day, I "accidentally" bought the Studio Calico December Daily kit. Actually, it was a pre-order. I was just being nosey. My jaw dropped when I realized I had pre-ordered a $100 kit. I've never spent that much on scrapbooking products at one time. My husband bought my story all right… heh.

So let me make the most of my "beautiful accident". December Daily is about documenting a story for each day in December, from the 1st to the 25th, and possibly until the end of the year which I hope to do...

At the end of each day, I set aside about 15 to 30 minutes to look through my iPhone photos and document anything special that happened that day – that most definitely doesn’t entail my long grueling hours at work – so it’s whatever happened after I get home from work. It doesn’t have to be Christmas related; just everyday life. I’m more mindful about carrying my iPhone around with me. Even when we work out in our unfinished basement. I try to capture different “moments” and then choose the one that’s most document worthy at the end of the day. I don’t stress whether it has to be a full spread or not. Whatever works for me and my mood that night. 

One of my personal goals is to try and use everything in the kit over the 25 days. I tend to save/hoard everything pretty and am trying to break that habit for 2014. 

Here is my first week of December Daily! I am trying to incorporate a lot of see-through elements like Ali Edwards!

My cover (again, inspired by Ali Edwards) where wood veneer was gold embossed and secured on a page protector.

Love the gold page on the right. 

The December calendar, see through and stitched. "G" for our family initial - - - yes I am OFFICIALLY a G in 2013!!! - - - driver's license, passport and credit cards changed not too long ago! Whoo! Behind the G is the next page... Our wreath on the door. That was not coinicdental!

Troy sleeps in. My passport photo. Wreath goes up. Story about our Christmas tree.

Troy, Troy and more Troy. :) P90X. Gold embossed JOY. Christmas cards.

Mike and Troy horsing around during P90X arms. See through stars. Can you tell I LOVE stars? My special night at the track... My first speed workout after having surgery on my right foot 5 weeks ago which has been a painfully slow recovery (I also thought I had permanent nerve damage from the surgery). Oh and that Starbucks cup cover has a story behind it, literally.

Tanny texts me a photo with the kids from a few weeks ago. :) My big box full of Studio Calico goodies from Black Friday and my December kit. Also Lawn Fawn die cut which I can't wait to use! The cartoon was emailed to me from my co-worker on his day off. Our obsession for good coffee. 

Last layout is all about getting our king sized bed. I stitched through the wood veneer letters which cracked here and there. Oh well. I will live and I will move on... I haven't journaled on the light blue part yet. Trying to capture the album while there is still natural sun light peeping through my craft room. Love the starburst embellishments!

Hope you enjoyed my December Daily as much as I did. :) Week 2 starts today!

Here is how I try to stay organized:

85% of stuff shown is from the kit. My Canon Selphy CP900 to the right, best gift to myself this year.

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