I just finished filming a walkthrough of my Project Life album from the first half of 2017. You can check it out here:
It was interesting going back through this album. Most of these layouts are no older than a year and it feels like my style has changed so much! It was nice to revisit it though, I feel like I rarely go back and look at my albums.
It’s almost December which means it’s almost time to start one of my favourite projects of the year, December Daily. Like last year, I am racing to finish last year’s album right now. But this year I’m doing a few things different.
Black and white. The holiday season is so hustle and bustle that I wanted to use the instant calm and slow down that comes with black and white to tell stories this year. This is going to be a challenge for me because if you know me I am all about colour. But I’ve been practicing my black and white photo editing and filled a bin with all the black and white (and GOLD!) things to use while putting together my album.
I’m also going to do December in my regular weekly Project Life album. This lets me get all the day to day stuff in there so I can focus more on stories in my December Daily album. In the past it has been my only documenting for December so I tend to throw everything in there. I want to focus more on the big (and little) significant stories this December so this will help. Also, less filler means less pages to rush to finish.
I built myself a kit to work from. I filled it with all black and white things. With gold of course. I was super inspired by Ali’s Black and White Card set and Black chipboard numbers so I started there. I always get so inspired by something she comes up with for December Daily. Last year it was the Studio DIY kit. I was a little sad there wasn’t something fun like that this year but then I got swept away with B&W. Some other big things I’m excited about for my album are the 3×8 journal cards from In a Creative Bubble (I am going to black and white them) as well as the Classic Holiday Journal Cards. I’ve been saving these white script alpha stickers from Freckled Fawn as well as basically all the black and white alphas I have! And I’ve got some festive stamps from Kellie Stamps! I’m so excited about this alpha.
Organization. I have started using the Cocoa Daisy Dori in a personal size as a memory keeping planner. I keep track of all the things we’re doing so I have some idea of what I’ll be documenting as well as jot down little quotes and cute things. Further in I make sketches when I have ideas of what I want pages to look like. This will be a good reference if I put the album aside. Haha.
Here’s some pics from my 2016 album I’m rushing to finish!
I’m SOOO excited about December Daily this year and making all sorts of plans (more on that later) but first I have to finish last year’s album. I just got the rest of my pics printed and I’m busy getting it together. I just finished this layout using the September Freckled Fawn Kit. I am loving the black and white. SO much. So much I am really leaning towards a lot of black and white for this year’s December Daily. I need to pick up some extras from this kit!
I love big 6×8 pics in projects like this. When I pulled this one out of my stack I knew it would go great with this kit. I kept it pretty simple – one of the wood veneer days, a journalling spot and a vellum sticker. Easy peasy. The picture has so much impact it didn’t need much.
I added in an instax picture, a tag from the ornament pictured and a couple of photos. Again, I kept it simple with washi, vellum, puffy and enamel stickers and those sweet sweet black script alphas. They’re a great way to emphasize words in journaling to create a mini title. Using this kit made it easy to get another page done quickly without compromising style.
I’ll admit, I haven’t been around scrapbooking long enough to have used crazy edging scissors, but when I hear cutting pictures, that’s what immediately comes to mind. Wavy edges for everyone! I know a lot of people shy away from cutting a picture, but sometimes it’s for the best. But keep those wavy scissors in storage, I’m talking about fussy cutting pictures to get the best out of them!
In this layout (using various Gossamer Blue kit components from 2017 kits) I cut up 4 photos! That’s right. 4. The peony picture at the top got cut into a circular shape for more impact. The donut got fussy cut out of its frame due to a blah background, the fluffiest picture ever got cut around because the background was so busy and the Starbucks cup got cut because the background wasn’t great to journal on. All valid reasons. Sure, I could have gone into photoshop and done some editing (if I remember how, eeeeek) but I really like getting hands-on with some pointy scissors and a tape runner.
The important thing to consider when cutting down a picture is why. In the case of the picture above the background of the store we were in was just TOO BUSY. So many colours and kids and chaos. So I cut around B and the unicorn and stuck them to a more subdued cut down piece of patterned cardstock that went with the layout. Then I added some journalling and a simple embellishment and voila!
I <3 circular pictures. I took a 3×4 picture and turned it into a focal circle that I mounted on some patterned cardstock. The picture just didn’t quite go with the layout, but cutting it down and mounting it on a pattern that was harmonious with the layout made it work. Then I added some appropriate word embellishments and some enamel dots that echo colours and sentiments throughout the layout and it works! The donut was similar – the background just didn’t go with the layout so I swapped it for some pink! As for the Starbucks cup, I wanted to add some of my favourite lyrics from an Atom and His Package song and they just didn’t work on the background the cup was on. Cutting around the cup and sticking it to a more subdued background made it easy to stamp and write some journalling on. Next time you’re working on a layout maybe you’ll find an opportunity to break out the fussy scissors!
A close second and third are the Rose Gold To-Do paper clips and the Rose Gold Woodgrain washi! I used the clips on both layouts I did as a journalling starting point and the washi was perfect for decoratively attaching embellishments and smaller pictures to the layout.
It was really easy to put together a cohesive layout with this kit. I went for an over-all soft breezy blue and soft green feel to go with the pictures and the kit did all the work for me. Throw in a few embellishments and quotes and it was good to go. I also used the White Puffy Script Alpha. It’s my new fav alpha, I love the yellow too!
The Epoxy Foil Floral stickers not only have some gorg florals, but some staple hearts and stars. I never have enough enamel or epoxy hearts and stars, they go with everything!
I’m not usually a doily person, but the ones in this kit were easy to use. Taking traditional doily forms and printing them in fun colours on acetate gave them a fresh modern feel! I attached them to journal cards to make things a little more interested and used one to create a sun-like shape on a beach photo.