Yippee! I made it – with just hours to spare. But my 2013 December Daily album is done. And I love it. And that little nagging voice is finally quiet! Hah. I won.
My previous post (Christmas in September – Part 2) left off on Day 25. Christmas Day. My 3 boys sitting on the stairs for a photo before coming down to see what the morning has brought.
I have a number of photos for this day, so we’re good in that department. Here’s Hunter with his new Leatherman (horrors – present from Daddy). I used the wooden 25 for this page – it fit perfectly and I didn’t want anything to take away from his smile.
For my next page, I used Ali’s Peace Love and Joy transparency inserted into a 3×4 pocket and 3 other photos. I used Photoshop to add the words (the type is called His Name is Honey). A gold clip, a label with a stamp from the 2013 December Daily stamp set and other embellishments complete this page.
I went black and white for 2 of the photos on this page. All the colors in the photos were beginning to compete with each other. These photos were converted using RadLab’s Sterling BW. I used a stamp from a previous December Daily kit and the Merry Christmas button for balance. The Christmas tree “Love” stamp on the top left photo is a digital stamp from one of Ali’s stamp sets.
As I was looking back through the album at what I’d already completed, I decided I wanted a little more craftiness. Not much – I’m still aiming for a very clean look. So I used a few of the 6×8 pieces of patterned paper, glued back to back, to make additional pages that would exist outside of page protectors. I used the gold foil letters to spell “Good Cheer” and added a tab from one of last year’s December Daily mini kits. I liked this simple look so much, I added several more pages like this in other places.
This certainly wasn’t difficult to do. And not super creative. But it’s simple and it works.
Besides – I really wanted to use the gold foil letters and the black wood letters that were included in the December Daily kit.
Picking back up again, I continued past the 25th. The boys and I, along with 3 other families, went out to Angel Fire, New Mexico to go skiing between Christmas and New Year’s. All total, there were 9 kids (8 boys and my niece) and 4 moms. We were so outnumbered. LOL.
Again – I didn’t have photos for every single day of our vacation, but just continued to use what I had. If they were super blurry or off color, I converted them to black and white. I am a firm believer that black and white can make anything look better. I kept using the Date Stamp templates for consistency and to show that my album continues through to the end of the year. I also used a few additional embellishments.
I used the red candy cane transparency frame for the top left photo, and the stamp on the top right is one of Ali’s. A label with a stamp from one of the Story Kits finishes off the page. And that’s the end of the photos I have for December. But if I left it now, the back of this 4-up page would be blank. Which could be okay. But I decided to do something with it.
I used patterned paper, the Christmas postage stamps from the December Daily kit and some Washi tape.
You can sort of tell – instead of adhering the postage stamps directly to the patterned paper, I popped them up with Pop Dots for a little dimension.
I used one of the albums offered as part of last year’s December Daily kits, designed by Kelly Purkey. And then I added some of the gold clips to the front. They just seemed to fit.
Here’s a close-up shot. I adhered the gold clips using redline tape. You really can’t tell, and so far they’re sticking really well.
So my 2013 album has met my albums from 2014 and 2015. The albums from 2010 to 2012 are in a separate basket, packed away to be brought out in December. I only started using these 6×8 ring albums in 2013. And these are the ones that remain out on the shelves (along with my Week in the Life albums and about 23 others – both 8 1/2×11 and 12×12). My goal is to scan all of my albums and convert them into photo books. I love the photo books I’ve created using Blurb. Sigh. Another project.