Back again with a little more Christmas to share. The little nagging voice has politely reminded me that there are only 5 more days left in the month. And that if my 2013 December Daily album is not complete by then, I’m going to have to change the titles of my posts. Sigh. A little Christmas in October just isn’t as catchy. Plus Halloween is huge around here. More on that later.
This is one of my favorite photos from 2013. Our crazy elf tried his hand at baking. While it looks like snow (sort of) it’s really flour. A Date Stamp template, embellishments (I replicated what I had previously used on Day 7 but in red not blue) and the Snow button completed this page. I print all of my photos that are larger than 4×6 on an Epson Stylus Photo R2880. While Epson says its discontinued (replaced with a newer version) you can still find it online.
Following the full page, I inserted a 3×4 card from the kit. I decided that I did want to use a few more embellishments so I added the red trim and a gold clip. I liked these so much I went back through the pages I’d already done and added them in various places. I’ll include photos later in this post.
For this day, I put the Date Stamp on the card instead of a photo. Works for me. I also included another label stamped with black Stazon, a small quote from Ali and a few stars.
Day 18 only turned up one photo. And it’s one that I aged using RadLab. So simple to do. I included a Date Stamp and a 3×4 card from the December Daily kit. I used a circle punch to cut out the word Blessing, and a gold clip to make it look like an ornament. The circle and clip are adhered with Pop Dots.
No photos for Day 19. And rather than listening to that little nagging voice saying “Fake it! No one will know” I just skipped that day. And I’m okay with that. Here I used one of the chipboard banners from the December Daily kit, a Date Stamp and another quote from one of Ali’s sets. Notice the little gold clip I sneaked in. Cute huh?
Wow. No photos for Day 21. The week must have been a pretty busy one, as I’ve also realized I have no photos for Days 23 or 24 either. (Little annoying voice is laughing). But what do you do – even if I wanted to use other photos and endure the guilt of having those photos associated with the wrong day – I have no other photos. Voice just said “Too bad. So sad”. Need to start ignoring that voice. Lol. The black and white photo was created with RadLab’s Sterling BW. I happen to love black and white photos – but it really helps when your photo’s color is off.
Next I inserted another 3×4 card. I used the red trim (love) and some washi tape on the front. On the back I used a red dot to identify that there were only 3 days left ’til Christmas.
Day 25. Yay! I have photos for this day. Here’s the first one. Tradition: photo of boys on stairs before they come down to see what Santa has brought. Now the boys are 15, 13 and 12 (barely) in this photo. Currently, they are 18, 16 and almost 14. And yes. I still make them sit on the stairs for a photo on Christmas morning. A Date Stamp and button from the December Daily kit finish off this layout.
Now I promised to show you what changed when I went back and added more embellishments. Specifically, the red trim and the gold clips. So here are photos of the 3×4 insert cards again with these additions.
On the back of this card, I added another “ornament” created from a circle punch and gold clip.
And this card is new. I used a wooden word circle from last year’s December Daily kit and a 4×3 card from one of the mini kits. Added the red trim and wash tape. Voila!
None of the pages of this album are super difficult or ornate. None have tons of embellishments. None have a lot of stories. But I have a memory. A record of our family’s 2013 December. That’s what’s important. And I will cherish this album forever.