DD 2017 recap – Day 7 and 8

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Hello friends! I’m back, a little bit later than usual, with my recap of day 7 and 8. This spread is sooooo fun and really makes me happy!! The combo of glitter accent, a picture/tag and a large picture, really speaks to me and brings me much joy. The creative process for these stories has been tremendously fun!

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On day 7 we celebrate my husband, since I didn’t have a lot of pictures and the quality og the ones I had taken weren’t very good (poor restaurant lighting to blame!) I opted to use a single picture and trim it down to match the tag that is on the backside. I re-purposed the negative portion of a chipboard packaging to create a focal point for the theme of the spread. This spread is definitely about celebration and good cheer!

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The opposite side of the tag was used as a date marker for Day 8 which highlights my new Christmas cushions. The Holidays are definitely about being cozy, staying indoors and spending time with loved ones. I used a large picture of the cushions and added a digital brush (a cozy story) along with a journaling sticker and rubber embellishment.

See you tomorrow! Cheers, M.

 

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DD 2017 – Day 6

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Day 6 features a full spread, not because I had a lot of pictures (I don’t, I only have one!!) but rather because I wanted to be creative and design a focal point of embellishments for the date. Sometimes the process is just about creating something pretty, and that’s ok!!

To create the left side of my spread I used a 6×8 sheet of pattern paper, paired with a glassine bag (most likely re-purposed from a scrapbooking packaging), I layered washi tape from Ali’s shop and added various embellishments with a large number for the date. Rather simple in design but effective in impact.

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The right side features a 4×6 picture with one of my favorite digital brush by Ali Edwards – Let your heart be light, such a beautiful and fitting statement for that time of the year. It was the ideal compliment for the picture of my view sitting in the living room looking at my three daughters playing together. For me the Holidays is not only about the religious meaning but also about celebrating our family, being grateful for everything we have and cherishing every fleeting moment.

I paired the 4×6 picture with two 3×4 pictures, one for journaling and the other embellishing. This combo will often be repeated in my album, picture(s), journaling, embellishment card. This has been a great way for me to complete my albums and the design is simple yet appealing to the eye.

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Hope you are inspired to start/finish your DD! See you tomorrow.

Cheers, M.

DD 2017 – Day 4 & 5

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Day 4 and 5 showcase multiple design elements from two 3×8 pictures and a 6×8 pictures. I truly love how this spread has turned out! So many fun pictures and stories, they were a joy to create.

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To compliment the story of Day 4 and to have a place-marker for my date, I opted to add this blurry black and white picture of Christmas lights. They provided for the ideal background to the story of day 4.

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On the opposite side I have the story of Day 5 which showcases two pictures, one of my daughter who is the topic of the story but also a large picture of a treat she had that day. The large picture was also the perfect option for journaling. The pages are divided by a white star transparency, which adds an extra sparkle to this spread.

I really like the effect of these 2 stories together, the moose peaking out from behind the 3×8 picture divider is a fun element to this spread. I repeated gold accents throughout the spread, this is a sure way to create a cohesive design. I also added digital elements to some of the pictures, again a great way to add extra details.

See you tomorrow, cheers! M.

DD 2017 – Day 2 and 3

 

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Welcome back to my DD 2017 recap! Today I’m sharing day 2 and 3, they feature a large 6×8 picture, along with a 4×6 journaling card and picture. The 4×6 design elements aren’t my favorite to use but in this particular case they worked well.

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I dedicated day 2 and 3 to the decorations in our home, including the Christmas tree. I love to decorate for the holidays and try to start as soon as possible but some people in my family, who will remain nameless, try to resist my attempt to decorate before December 1. But that doesn’t stop me, I take out decorations little by little and pretty soon the house is decorated.

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For the design portion of day 2 I created a large 6×8 picture of a close up of the tree, to which I added a digital brush and some embellishments. I love the bold statement a large picture brings to a project, they are my go to design element in any 6×8 album. On the opposite page for Day 3 I paired a 4×6 journaling card to which I added a large sticker for the date along with a chipboard tree and journaling. I finished this spread with a 4×6 picture to which I added a digital brush. These two pages are rather simple in design but combined together with the 6×8 picture they create an eye catching design.

Thanks for stopping by, see you tomorrow.

Cheers, M.

December Daily 2017 – Cover & Day 1

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Hello crafty friends! After a brief hiatus from the blogging world I am back with hopefully a daily series for the rest of November and up to Christmas day. I’ve decided to share with you my 2017 December Daily album with close up pictures and tips/tricks on how I created my 2017 album. Hopefully some of the ideas will inspire you to adapt them to your own December Daily.

First of all, if you are not familiar with December Daily I encourage you to check out Ali Edwards website – here for all the details. This will be my 4th year doing DD (December Daily) and my only regret is that I didn’t start earlier, this project has been such a treasure!! For the past years I’ve been using a 6×8 album but I do think that I’ll switch it up for 2018 – stay tuned for more details as December approaches.

So without more delay here is my December Daily 2017 daily recap…

Cover pageĀ  – The cover page is always an important design element for me, it sets the tone of the album and I always love to create a bold design. Last year I opted to pair a transparency with a (clean) Starbucks paper bag. I love the love birds design on the bag and knew it would create the bold statement I looking for.

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By using the paperbag I knew that I had to find a way to use the backside as well, which turned to pair beautifully with washi tape and journaling. In order to keep the bag closed together I added stitching with my sewing machine to the top and bottom of the bag, it also added texture to my cover page, which I always love to do in my DD.

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Day 1 – The obvious story choice for this day was the arrival of our elf – Guimauve (marshmallow in French). I used a digital template from Ali’s store and paired it with journaling and a few carefully curated embellishments. I didn’t want to overwhelm the page as it was already busy with pictures and journaling. Using digital template is a great way to take the guess work out of the page design, the elements are already in place, the only decision is which picture to use.

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Most of the supplies used in my 2017 DD are from Ali Edwards and some older embellishments I had in my supplies. Limiting the amount of products really does reduce the amount of time spent creating my pages. I also print my pictures are home with my Canon Pixma MG 7720.

I would love to hear your thoughts about DD, how long have you been doing a DD album, what is your favorite size. Please make sure to let me know if you have any questions regarding my creative process.

Cheers! M

AE – June Digital Kit

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As the end of the school year is wrapping up we are making plans for our summer activities. We are also enjoying a lot of pool time, but I do find that taking pictures around the pool to be hit or miss, in the case above it what was somewhat of a miss because it was blurry. However when I saw Ali’s June digital kit I instantly loved the digital brush and knew it would be perfect over a picture. So I colored the digital brush, changed the opacity and layered in on my blurry picture. The end effect is so fun!

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CTK – Right Here TN

I was so excited to start playing with the CTK June kits! Love the combo of pastels and bold prints, along side the gorgeous diecuts and stamps. My first project was a TN spread. I recently started a new TN book in which I document one or two pictures of each week, sometimes these pictures are a repetition from my PL others times they didn’t make it in my PL. This TN gives me the creative freedom that a PL doesn’t offer.

I opted again for a grid design! Seems like this is my go to when working with a TN. I only used items from the Cypress PL kit, those diecuts are amazing!! This picture also required very little journaling. Hope you will stop by CTK to see the CT amazing projects!!