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December Daily 2018 Part One

Happy December Daily Season! I love how this has become an integral part of the holidays for so many of us. Anything that creates this sort of joy and excitement for us adults during the darkest month of the year = awesome.

My album this year opens with a tag book I made after seeing Ali’s version in the December Daily Product Play 2 class. I’ll get the whole family to fill them out soon! And I asked Ali to sign the inside cover for me at the Prep Party in Eugene like the groupie that I am. Thanks, Ali!!

December Daily 2018

Opening pages: some current family photos + an intentions page.

December Daily 2018

December Daily 2018

December Daily 2018

I’m trying to focus on family togetherness this Christmas after being sick and down in the dumps for way too long this fall. I added the lyrics to When We’re Together from Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, because they’re so sweet and pretty much always stuck in my head (that + Baby Shark).

December Daily 2018

Day one: Alpine Trails Book Club meetup! I asked Laura (one of the book club leaders) to write the name of the club in her beautiful lettering for me, and made it into a tag along with the business card for the cafe we went to. (I ended up flipping the title card over to use the gold version.) The journaling card is part of Ali’s overlay pack from this year.

December Daily 2018

December Daily 2018

December Daily 2018

Day two, which actually happened on the night of day one, is about the tree-lighting festival in our town. This year’s was the most magical one yet. The journaling card and “magic” word are from Brandi Kincaid’s Mostly Magic kit from Feed Your Craft.

December Daily 2018

December Daily 2018

Day three: Lily’s two-year checkup! It occurred to me a little too late that it’s kind of confusing that there’s a giant number 3 on her two-year checkup, but oh well.

December Daily 2018

On day four, I used some patterned paper and a journaling card to create a pocket to hold Nora’s art and some journaling. I used that overlay design again – I like repeating stuff like this from time to time throughout the album to create some cohesion.

December Daily 2018

December Daily 2018

On day five, we pretty much spent the whole day counting down the hours until the grandparents arrived. I copied Ali’s idea of using the star stencil with some modeling paste on top of the giant cork number (and I also mixed pink and red, which I’m sure will disgust a fair amount of people).

December Daily 2018

December Daily 2018

December Daily 2018

I really love this album so far!

Albums, December Daily, Scrapbooking

December Daily 2017

I aaalmost finished my December Daily album from last year at the December Daily Prep Party (more about that later, I’m sure!) and then finally got ‘er done last week, just in time for another December Daily to begin. Many huzzahs!

December Daily 2017

Last year I made “let your heart be light” be my mantra of the season.

December Daily 2017

Both the half circle and the star cutout were inspired by last year’s Product Play class.

December Daily 2017

Day one was an Ali scraplift, but her’s is way better so go look at that one instead.

December Daily 2017

The backside is much cuter! It’s all about Nora’s advent calendar – Lily was too little still, but she still got all up in it. This was a good place for me to do my token handwriting page amidst a sea of typing.

December Daily 2017

Day two is one of my favorites from last year, from our town’s tree-lighting festival. I used one of Ali’s Slanted Layered Templates and I just love that big photo of Nora.

December Daily 2017

Day three! This was total magic. Last year, this guy in Seattle decided to build Diagon Alley in his driveway, and when we heard they were doing Dumbledore Santa photos, there was no stopping me. We stood in line for 1.5 hours and it was so totally worth it. It also gave me a good excuse to use my Potterhead stamps from Kelly Purkey (these aren’t available anymore, sadly)!

December Daily 2017

On day four, Nora was home sick from preschool and we had a cozy day at home with lots of movies and crafting. I took a photo of the girls waving at the garbage truck, slapped one of Ali’s overlays on top, and paired it with Nora’s drawing of Santa.

December Daily 2017

The day after that, we drove up to Snoqualmie Pass to (belatedly) celebrate Lily’s first birthday. I opened with a photo of me with the girls…

December Daily 2017

…and here’s my absolute favorite spread of this album. Lily living her best life, devouring birthday cake in the snowy mountains. Love love love spreading a photo across two pages like this. (We returned to this exact spot for her second birthday too!)

December Daily 2017

Day six is an homage to the good old cardboard box, aka the king of all toys. Look at those faces!

December Daily 2017

Day seven was about the pros and cons of growing up – Nora got to pick and help cut our Christmas tree, but she also experienced her first major disappointment in life when firetruck Santa was a no-show. (But for reals, how lucky are you when that is your first major disappointment in life?)

December Daily 2017

Not much happened on day eight, so I used it as an opportunity to use one of Ali’s templates and write about our tv habits at that moment. (YOU GUYS, THE SECOND SEASON OF MRS. MAISEL STARTED TODAY!!) On the right is a card from friend that was so beautiful that I just had to include it. Normally I include more cards from friends, but this album ended up way too obese for that.

December Daily 2017

Day nine, JK’s office holiday party. I used that same overlay again – I like to use things like that a couple of times throughout the album to create a sense of cohesion in the madness.

December Daily 2017

On day ten, I ran a 25K and Nora ran a 1K! I cannot get over that photo of her with her bear (who also got a race bib of course). Both of these photos were taken by Glenn Tachiyama.

December Daily 2017

Race bib + Christmas card!

December Daily 2017

Day eleven: Wellie’s confusion over our new lawn ornaments.

December Daily 2017

Day twelve – the arrival of the grandparents! This always feel like the true beginning of Christmas…and they just so happened to arrive today (as in now, 2018)!

December Daily 2017

December Daily 2017

For day thirteen, I made all the family members who were present fill out these little tags that I slipped into a pocket between the pages of day twelve. I really love having everyone’s thoughts and handwriting in there.

December Daily 2017

Day fourteen, ugh. Lily was NOT sleeping and JK and I were sooo tired, but we knew so well that this was a fleeting stage.

December Daily 2017

Oooh, the brussels sprouts. Day fifteen was all about our obsession with Cafe Flora’s brussels sprouts, which had us eating brussels every damn day in an attempt to recreate a healthified version at home. I have a feeling brussels sprouts will make an appearance in our 2018 album too, now that my parents are here so JK and I can go on dates!

December Daily 2017

I snagged a menu from the restaurant and wrote the journaling inside it.

December Daily 2017

Baking always makes an appearance in my December Daily albums. Day sixteen: pepperkaker.

December Daily 2017

Day seventeen was so cool – we participated in our first Gingermas scavenger hunt! The 2×2 pockets on the right are filled with random bits and pieces from the holiday season (gift tags, chocolate wrappers), including a piece of the Gingermas score sheet.

December Daily 2017

Day eighteen: Nora’s letter to Santa. Aaaw.

December Daily 2017

Day nineteen is another one of my favorites – turning disappointment (another Santa no-show!!) into a great experience.

December Daily 2017

Speaking of creating our own joy, day twenty is about how we decided to go for a run date in spite of epic tiredness (see above re: sleepless Lily) and ended up running through a glorious winter wonderland on Tiger Mountain.

December Daily 2017

December Daily 2017

…and on day twenty-one we got even more of that (plus drinks!) at the TNAB winter solstice snowshoe.

December Daily 2017

Day twenty-two is about how grown-up Lily suddenly seemed (using this circle template), and day twenty-three is about the girls “helping” grandma clean on Little Christmas Eve.

December Daily 2017

Day twenty-four is Christmas Eve, the main even for us Norwegians! I added a tag from Lily’s favorite present at the top, and tied some gift wrap ribbon around the number 24. Journaling about Christmas Eve tends to stress me out, so bullet points was the way to go for sure.

December Daily 2017

On the back I included a card from great-grandma and some more photos.

December Daily 2017

Normally, that would be the end for me, but on Christmas Eve it started snowing…it was a Christmas miracle for us Seattleites! So I added in a simple day twenty-five about the snow.

December Daily 2017

…and finished the album off with a photo of Nora and Lily with their grandparents.

December Daily 2017

On to 2018!

Albums, Scrapbooking, Week in the Life

Week in the Life 2018

Week in the Life was the project that made me finally return to the scrapbooking world back in 2015 – I bought Ali’s kit, documented my week (with Nora as a wee one-year old!), and made a full 6×8 album. It is such a cool book to look back on, so I had every intention of participating every year from then on…but, as always, life happens. In 2016, I had horrid morning sickness and even if I’d had the energy to make something, every day would have been about trying to find childcare for Nora so I could puke and binge-watch True Detective. In 2017, when Lily was just a tiny baby, I started making a very simplified version of WitL, but I never finished printing my pages (I bet they’re still floating around on my old computer though).

Week in the Life 2018

In 2018, however, Ali offered a 3×8 album option – this was perfect for me. It made Week in the Life seem totally doable again. And it was – I documented the week in May, and then finished the album five short months later, heh. So here are some of the pages from this year’s WitL.

(I dropped my album on the floor which is why the corner is a little scuffed up, but luckily the innards survived!)

Week in the Life 2018

Since I don’t have the best track record of actually getting these albums done, I decided to keep this very simple. Each day got one of these spreads with info about the day + general journaling about what happened (using the 3×8 layered templates pack, which is also available in 6×8), and then the rest was mostly photos with some random bits of extra journaling thrown in.

Week in the Life 2018

Week in the Life 2018

Week in the Life 2018

Week in the Life 2018

Week in the Life 2018

Week in the Life 2018

I did add some full-size photos outside of page protectors for variety.

Week in the Life 2018

Week in the Life 2018

Week in the Life 2018

The biggest challenge with this album? It got fat fast. I started out adding lots of dimensional embellishments but quickly realized that the album was having obesity issues. I ended up switching to stamps and printed digital embellishments instead.

Week in the Life 2018

Week in the Life 2018

Week in the Life 2018

Week in the Life 2018

Week in the Life 2018

Week in the Life 2018

Week in the Life 2018

Week in the Life 2018

Week in the Life 2018

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Week in the Life 2018

Week in the Life 2018

Week in the Life 2018

Week in the Life 2018

Week in the Life 2018

Week in the Life 2018

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Week in the Life 2018

Week in the Life 2018

Week in the Life 2018

I love sliding another finished album onto my shelf! And Week in the Life is a particularly effective way to capture the essence of our life in a given year. I picked up an extra 3×8 album in case they won’t be offered next year, because I definitely want to do this again.

Week in the Life 2018

Albums, Scrapbooking

Halloween Album

Among the December Daily offerings this year is the most adorable 3×8 album…and while 3×8 is too small for me personally to use for December Daily while my kids are this small and cute and photographable, I decided the starry night cover would make this a perfect album for Halloween. Yesss!

Halloween Album

I never really cared about Halloween until Nora was born, so I haven’t scrapbooked it before (EDIT: that was a lie; I just found this old Howl-o-Ween page from 2008, heehee), but I love the idea of having this little album with all of Nora and Lily’s costumes in one place.

Halloween Album

I want to keep the album really simple and doable, so each year gets one quick spread. I used the October digital release from Ali Edwards to make most of these.

2014, when Nora was just under two months old and I made my dreams come true by dressing her up as Mukmuk. Aaaw. Side note: she drew me a picture of Big & Mini Mukmuk a couple of weeks ago and my heart burst for the millionth time since having kids.

Halloween Album | 2014

In 2015 she still had no idea what Halloween was, so when JK dressed up as Jon Snow, Nora happily tagged along as his direwolf, Ghost.

Halloween Album | 2015

Halloween ’16 was so good – we dressed up as a family of dinosaurs with my baby bump as an egg with a baby dinosaur popping out. It was also the first time Nora trick-or-treated for reals, and she was obvs a massive fan.

Halloween Album | 2016

2017 was Lily’s first, uhm, ex utero Halloween! She went as the grizzly companion to Nora’s polar bear. For this spread I used the October Stories by the Month kit.

Halloween Album | 2017

This is the first album I’ve actually dared let Nora flip through…she loved it and wanted to keep it in her room (sorry, kid).

Nora

This year the girls have reached the age of actual opinions, so they will be dressing up as (surprise!) Anna and Elsa. My spread for 2019 might be more princessy, fewer bats.

Albums, Layouts, Scrapbooking, Tips and Tricks

Norway 2018 // Starting (and simplifying) a big vacation album

This summer, we got to go on a five-week vacation back to Norway. It was a really good trip that I knew I wanted to scrapbook, but the thought of cramming five weeks of non-stop adventure memories into one album was kind of daunting.

Norway 2018 Album

There’s no way I would ever be able to scrapbook such a long trip chronologically, so in order to not feel overwhelmed by the project, I decided to split the album up into sections. This made the whole thing seem much more organized and doable, at least in my head.

I ended up with four separate sections, plus a mini section each for the plane travel to and from Norway.

On the back of my opening page, I created a pocket using a flight map from the in-flight magazine and the menu of the restaurant where we had lunch before our flight (Floret at SeaTac – Cafe Flora’s sister restaurant, so good!). I used it to hold our tickets and some flight ephemera.

Norway 2018 Album

Each of the main sections gets a full page photo with a half circle and a stamped title – I decided to stamp as messily as possible so I wouldn’t have to get all perfectionistic and sit there fiddling with the stamps for three hours.

Norway 2018 Album

After the opening page, each section has a divided 3×8 page protector with a short introduction. The circle embellishment combo I used is an idea that I totally stole from @klisterprinsessan – I used journaling spots from old Ali Edwards kits and circle stickers from this year’s summer release.

The first section is about my parents’ summer house, which is where we spent most of our trip and is what I view as my home in Norway. I miss it so much!

Norway 2018 Album

The next section is about the people we spent time with there – grandparents, aunts and uncles, old friends.

Norway 2018 Album

Norway 2018 Album

Section number three is about the three-day trip JK and I took to the mountains, which was such a wonderful, relaxing (even though we hiked or ran every day) getaway for us.

Norway 2018 Album

I collected tons of memorabilia on this trip, and I’m trying to use a lot of it in the album, like this map and really well-designed circle logos from brochures I found.

Norway 2018 Album

The last section is about my sister-in-law’s wedding, the main event of our vacation!

Norway 2018 Album

This section is full of all sorts of stuff: programs, hymns, JK’s handwritten speech, a bag of confetti…and it’s going to be epically cute once I get photos of Nora and Lily as flower girls in there!

Norway 2018 Album

Norway 2018 Album

The album ends with the flight home…that blue thing in the back is a barf bag from the plane, which I’m using to hold the tickets. Heh.

Norway 2018 Album

Since this album is going to be full of really busy photos, I’m keeping the rest of the design simple – white journaling cards, typed journaling, stamps, and a handdrawn black line. (This page is about how we ran into former Prime Minister of Norway and current Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, on a hike! It was such an ultra-Norwegian experience.)

Norway 2018 Album

For now, the rest of the album looks like this: random photos, journaling cards, and memorabilia here and there.

(These photos are of me, the girls, and their grandparents in front of the summer house in 2015, 2016, and 2018!)

Norway 2018 Album

I’ve written a list of important things to remember, so there’s no rush in finishing this album – I can just jump in and work on it when I feel inspired or want to reminisce.

Norway 2018 Album

Dividing a project like this into themed chunks is definitely the way to go for me!