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Exciting News - Simple Scrapper Featured Artist for December

I am happy to announce that I am the Featured Artist for December for Simple Scrapper!

Simple Scrapper is an online subscription community created by Jennifer Wilson and focused on purposeful scrapbooking.  A Simple Scrapper membership includes many resources to help you accomplish your goals in a simple and less complicated way.  There are classes, podcasts, a membership community and a monthly on-line only magazine called SPARK.  I was honored to have five of my layouts featured in the magazine.  My layouts were translated into sketches which the Simple Scrapper Design Team then used as inspiration for their own pages.  It was very exciting, and a little surreal, to see how other interpreted my pages!  

I'd like to thank Jennifer and her team for inviting me to be a part of the Simple Scrapper community.  Please visit Simple Scrapper here to learn more about the benefits of membership.

December Daily - Wrapping Presents

Today's spread documents the wrapping paper I selected for this year's gifts, along with a few thoughts about how once again I've waited to start wrapping until I have all of my shopping done.

My photo had a perfect spot to add a digital stamp and journaling.

I added more of the story on a journaling card from the Feed Your Craft "Remember December" kit.  

The other card is from Kelly Purkey's Joyful and Bright kit, and I added a diamond shape embellishment from the Ali Edwards' Main kit and a puffy stickers from Elle's Studio.

And maybe next year I'll remember to wrap the presents as I get them!

December Daily - The Grinch

I have been doing this project since 2008 and sometimes I worry a little that I won't have enough stories/photos to fill the album.  I don't record something every day and I don't number my pages but still I often wonder where I'll find new stories to tell.  But things usually present themselves, and that is the case with the page I'm sharing today.

One of my girls has been obsessed with the Grinch since she was a toddler and he has made several appearances in my December Daily books.  This year is no exception because I took advantage of a big Black Friday deal to get her a Grinch pillow sham.  She is well beyond her toddler years but was still excited over this little gift.  And there it was - another December story to tell.

I used a couple of pieces from the Brandi Kincaid/Feed Your Craft "Comfort and Joy" kit to put this page together.  The ornaments and quote cards were a nice, lighthearted match to the whimsical pillow sham.  The only other additions were two puffy sticker hearts and a banner.  This was a very quick and easy spread.

December Daily - This Happened Today

Today's December Daily spread features candles.  Against my better judgment, I battled the crowds at the mall this weekend and picked up some favorite holiday scents that were on sale at Bath & Body Works.  They aren't all for me - I'm sharing them with my daughters - but I do love certain scents at this time of year.

I again used a digital stamp on my 4x6 photo.  This one is from Kellie Stamps; unfortunately it is no longer available but she does have a fun selection of digital products here.  I added my story digitally as well and then placed a diamond-shaped embellishment on the left to offset the journaling on the right.

The bottom pocket holds another one of the 4x6 cards I prepped last month.  This one has holiday words and phrases in a fun script pattern and is part of the Document December kit from Elle's Studio.  I used colored pencils to fill in the circles and loops on the letters and then added a strip of patterned paper from Kelly Purkey's Joyful and Bright kit to the bottom.  I fringed the bottom of the stripes and then sewed it in place on the card.

And now I'm off to enjoy one of those candles...

December Daily - Oh What Fun!

I played with some digital stamps for this spread, which captured two photos from a pre-Christmas adventure last week.  (I am not strict about using only December events in this project.  I include anything that relates to the Christmas season.)

I added the stamps and typed text to the photos right on my iPhone using the Letterglow app and then printed them.  The final card in the trio is one that I prepped last month.  I added a few sentences to tell the story and the spread was finished.

December Daily 2017 - My Wish

December is here and so it's time for my favorite memory-keeping project, December Daily.  I'll be sharing my pages here and on my Instagram account.  

I started out with my wish for this Christmas season - peace.  Here's my first spread:

It's plain and simple but meaningful to me.  I hope you experience the peace of the season - thank you for stopping by!

December Daily Prep

It's that time of the year again - time to get ready for December Daily! (December Daily is a concept developed by Ali Edwards. You can get all the details about it on her website here.)

This is my tenth time making a December Daily album and over the years I've modified the project to make it easier for me.  I have a post about all that here.

I am using pocket pages again this year, along with a 6x8 album that I found in my supplies.  I'm not sure of the manufacturer but I think it might be an older Simple Stories album that I picked up on clearance at Michael's.  It has three binder rings and pocket pages in a variety of configurations: 6x8, two 4x6, two 3x4 with a 4x6, and four 3x4.  I added a few 3x8 pockets too.

Since I don't have very many Christmas supplies, I ordered a few (well, more than a few) products from Feed Your Craft, Ali Edwards, Kelly Purkey and Elle's Studio.  I have much more than I need for December Daily but I can put the extras to good use in my Project Life and on layouts. 

Last weekend I decided to do a little prep work.  I wanted to personalize the cards and 6x8 inserts that I'll be using this year.  I sorted through my supplies and picked out cards and papers in the same color scheme.  I'm going with less-traditional colors this year: pink, light blue, navy and gray with little bits of wood-grain, black and white and the more traditional red and green.  I was really happy that I had plenty to work with from the products I purchased.  And then I just had fun! 

I did quite a bit of stamping and embossing.

I used my sewing machine to add stitching.

I made a little book from a pad of half-circle paper in the Ali Edwards' main kit.

I added die-cuts and embellishments.

I haven't put anything in the pockets yet.  I'm just keeping what I've made, along with extra supplies, in a storage case and then when December arrives and I'm ready to put together my pages, I'll just choose whatever works best with the story I want to tell.

This really is one of my favorite memory-keeping projects and I hope to be sharing my pages here as I complete them.

Are you doing a December Daily project this year? If you are, please leave me a comment below and let me know where you'll be sharing your pages.  I would love to follow along!

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