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Decemberish Dailyish

I’m always excited about Christmas, but this year my cheer level is off the charts – it’ll be Nora’s first Christmas as a somewhat functional human being, and I can’t wait to share all our traditions with her (and make some new ones, too).

I want those memories documented in an album we can pull out every year around this time, so for the first time ever, I’ll be participating in December Daily. Except I started it in November. And I’m focusing on the highlights, which might not necessarily happen every day. So… Decemberish Dailyish it is!

Decemberish Dailyish

I’m using a gold 6×8 album with divided page protecters from Seven Paper, and I’ll be using a mix of new products and stuff I’ve been hoarding for years. Looking at what I’ve made so far, I’ll just assume that some recurring themes will be gold, stars, and oh so many deer heads and antlers.

Decemberish Dailyish

I was planning on starting my album with Thanksgiving, but then we went on a really fun hike in the snow the weekend before. We sang Christmas carols as we walked through the woods and Nora played in the snow, and I just couldn’t not include it.

Decemberish Dailyish

Found this old Studio Calico card with gold and stars. Score.

Decemberish Dailyish

Decemberish Dailyish

This little conversation I had with two friends who have kids about the same age as Nora made me crack up on one of those kind of long tiring, nap-refusal days, so I printed a screen capture of it. It’ll be cool to look back on in 15 years – will we still be using our phones for everything? Sending text messages? Using emojis?

Decemberish Dailyish

I found this star transparency in my stash and added it in between pages for some breathing room. I tend to use too many photos in projects like this, so I’m trying to add some white space and breathing room here and there.

Decemberish Dailyish

Nora is in love with the star we got at IKEA. We had one when I was growing up and I’ve been looking for one for years, but never found one in the U.S. until now. It hangs in the window and she’s obsessed with it.

Decemberish Dailyish

The next page covers Thanksgiving. We’ve really embraced this holiday even though it’s not celebrated in Norway and we don’t have family here. It’s just a really good excuse to get together with our fellow geographically orphaned friends and eat pie.

Decemberish Dailyish

Something very special happened the day after Thanksgiving, but it’s not my story to share, so I wrote it down on a tag and hid it behind the gold arrow paper.

Decemberish Dailyish

Black Friday was #optoutside day! We went for a short hike in a local park, and Nora got to play on the freezing beach. I added the #happy button to go with the whole hashtag thing. I also had to mention Dansgiving, which this introvert sees as the highlight of Thanksgiving – every year on Black Friday, JK and I snuggle up on the couch, watch Dan in Real Life, and eat leftovers. It never gets old. This page wasn’t very Christmasy. Maybe the #happy button needs antlers?

Decemberish Dailyish

The next page was supposed to be about the first Sunday of Advent, but then something really awesome happened that I had to write about instead. Once again it is not my story to share, but this is turning into one amazingly joyful album already – and December hasn’t even started yet!

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  • Reply Melissa-lea December 1, 2015 at 12:45 am

    What a lovely album so far. Loving your style :)

  • Reply Yuka December 1, 2015 at 4:29 am

    Such a fun and beautiful album… Now I want to get the Ali’s overlay, too!

  • Reply Sarah Sabri December 1, 2015 at 8:09 am

    This is beautiful! And I love that you started a little early to capture the whole season.

  • Reply MargieH December 1, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    What a nice start to your lovely album – can’t go wrong with gold either! LOL!

  • Reply mariaeufemia December 2, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Fabulous start to your album. I love how you are making it “daily-ish!” What base page are you using – did you alter an DD .png from a past year?

    • Reply Ingunn Markiewicz December 2, 2015 at 6:09 pm

      Yes, it’s one of Ali’s old overlays – I just had to switch out the days. I know I’m totally going to forget to change them at some point during the month…

      • Reply mariaeufemia December 2, 2015 at 6:43 pm

        How did you switch out the days??

        • Reply Ingunn Markiewicz December 2, 2015 at 7:46 pm

          I opened two files at once, one with the right date and one with the right day, then deleted the day and replaced it with the correct one (I used the rectangular marquee tool to highlight the word, then either deleted or copy/pasted it).

  • Reply JulieE December 2, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Lovely start to your album. How did you print out the long text message? That doesn’t look like a screen shot.

    • Reply Ingunn Markiewicz December 2, 2015 at 6:07 pm

      Thanks! Since it was a longer conversation, I took three screenshots and then stitched them together in Photoshop. :)

  • Reply Lisa Davolt December 3, 2015 at 5:22 am

    An amazing album. Loving how it is coming out!

  • Reply Melinda December 3, 2015 at 10:59 am

    Flat out delightful photos and storytelling voice!

  • Reply Lori Green January 10, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Love your photos and layouts I was wondering what camera and lens you use everyday.

    • Reply Ingunn Markiewicz January 11, 2016 at 3:58 pm

      Thanks Lori! We have a Canon 60D and usually use a 24-105mm lens. To be honest, I totally want an even fancier camera, but I’m having trouble justifying it since I haven’t really taken the time to learn how to become a better photographer or unlock the magic of this camera. :^)

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