Friday, December 31, 2010

December 30 and 31!

The last two days - this has been a fun month to document. I worked on some journaling today -- have to do some major assembly this afternoon!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

December 28 and 29

Getting close to the end of December!!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Tuesday Tip on Big Picture Classes blog

My tip was featured on the Big Picture Classes blog! Granted it was *last* Tuesday's tip and not today's, but I thought I would share anyway!

Tuesday Tip

And here's a picture of my tip in action:

Monday, December 27, 2010

December 26 and 27

Back from our Christmas trip and ready to do lots of December Daily catch-up! I'll have new posts throughout the week with pictures of how my layouts are turning out.

But for now, here is the foundation for days 26 and 27:

This is the same Christmas tree stamp that I used on day 13 (I got the stamp in Sweden).

More 7 Gypsies numerals!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

I have a feeling I will want to journal a lot about Christmas Eve, so I gave myself two options: a card that is out in the open and one that is hidden inside of the envelope. I think of Christmas Eve as an elegant time which is why I picked gold paper over traditional red and green.

For Christmas Day, I used some Stampin Up stickers on brown cardstock.

My one transparency in this album is also on this day. I had a piece of birthday transparency that I have had lying around for years, so I covered the birthday text with a strip of a Christmas border sticker on both sides.

Here is what it looks like overlaid on my Dec. 25th page:

Thursday, December 23, 2010

December 22 and 23

Foundation for Day 22:

and Day 23:

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

December 20 and 21

Foundation for Day 20:

The numerals are stickers on top of a build-a-brad base from Stampin Up.

I took a lot of pictures at Christmas time last year, so I am not worried about having enough. But I didn't do much journaling, so I tried to intentionally insert some journaling pages as we get closer to Christmas Day. This card from Little Yellow Bicycle will hopefully do the trick for day 21:

Saturday, December 18, 2010

December 18 and 19

We are headed to Montana to visit my in-laws, so Day 18 is kind of themed appropriately with the reindeer on the front and log cabins on the back.

Day 19 is just fun red paper from Stampin Up with thickers numerals. The curly brackets are from a Cosmo Cricket alphabet set.

Friday, December 17, 2010

December 16 and 17

I am packing and getting ready for Christmas traveling, so I am going to double up on posts today and over the weekend.

Here is the foundation for Day 16. Not sure what I am going to put on it yet since I didn't take any pictures yesterday. Maybe my to-do list of all the things that need to get done?

Day 17 was super easy to put together - the 17 was already printed in red glitter on the paper (My Mind's Eye) and it came die cut, so all I had to do was trim it to size.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

December 15

I had a hard time with this page for some reason. It was the last page I made when I was doing the foundation, and for some reason I felt completely uninspired. Hopefully something fun will happen today to jazz it up!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

December 14

Another day with resist paper - this time I inked over it with Real Red. I really love how bright the color turned out.

Numerals are from 7 Gypsies and placed on a ticket that I downloaded from Miss Cutie Pie. I can't find the exact tickets I downloaded, but these ones are very similar! In fact I think I might just use them too!

Monday, December 13, 2010

December 13

Sankta Lucia day! I pre-planned this page to have some Swedish on it hoping that we would do something Sankta Lucia related today, and we already have -- Lucia buns and Swedish carols for breakfast!

December 12

Maximized the 12 printed on this paper since I was running out of numeral choices! My shopping this coming year will definitely include increasing my numeral options (I'm seeing stamps, stickers, Tim Holtz metals...)

And you can see how Day 11 was spliced together because the back doesn't look nearly as nice as the front!

Lots of Christmas things happened this weekend - just have to get my pictures printed!

December 11

Here you can see the back of Day 10 along with the start of Day 11:

I spliced together this piece of Christmas paper from the two ends that were left over after cutting out Day 9.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

December 10

I really like how this page turned out. I used Presto Patterns paper from Stampin Up! and inked it with Chocolate Chip ink using a brayer. It's resist paper, so the white type is printed on the paper and shows up after inking. I then sprayed it with some Vanilla Glimmer Mist. I didn't like how the ink felt on the paper so I covered everything with a thin layer of matte Mod Podge. The white square is a Stampin Up sticker and the 10 numeral tab is from 7 Gypsies.

Friday, December 10, 2010

December 9

In today's pictures, you can see the back of Day 8:

and the foundation for Day 9:

Thursday, December 9, 2010

December 8

Here is my foundation page for Day 8. It is a little different from the previous days because I didn't use a page protector, so there is a bit more space width-wise. The Joy & Peace paper is actually part of a Christmas card that we got last year. I cut the tab part out of the right side by tracing the tab of a file folder along the back and then cutting it out.

The great irony is that today wasn't very joyful or peaceful. My external hard drive broke, I thought I lost my wallet (and then found it in the car), and I agonized over my dissertation chapter which still isn't done. Grr.

The number is from 7 Gypsies. You will see these reappear several more times -- I just love the way they look and how the font of each numeral is different. They have a little adhesive on them so they stick when folded over, but I have found that they don't stay stuck for very long. I keep pushing them down to re-adhere. I tried reinforcing one with a glue dot, but that doesn't seem to help either. Any ideas on how to make it stick better? Following Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas is making me think I should try Glossy Accents or matte multi-medium.

You'll have to wait until Day 9 to see the back!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

December 7

I have to say many, many thanks to everyone who is visiting my blog and to Ali Edwards for providing the link-up. It is amazing to see how my blog traffic has sky-rocketed and the places all over the world that my visitors are coming from.

I am also enjoying seeing what others are making, so if you leave a comment, I promise to leave one back!

Here is my foundation for Day 7: