Currently : December

December 16, 2014 |  by  |  LIFE RIGHT NOW  |  6 Comments

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Our December in photos. Things were going so well the first few days. The girls were so excited when they met their elf on a shelf. We named him Pip. We celebrated Eric’s birthday with carrot cake and the girls did awesome in the Annual Holiday Show at school. Then they got sick. And then I got sick – like couldn’t drag myself out of bed sick – and now I’ve got a huge 5 day gap with no photos. I’m not sure how I’ll deal with that in our December Daily album. Maybe I’ll use those days to document other holiday related things that don’t need photos? Our Christmas cards, Dear Santa letters? How is your December album coming along and how do you deal with photo-less days?

carly robertson | my december album

December 15, 2014 |  by  |  hybrid projects  |  5 Comments

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Hi everyone! It’s Carly here to share a peek into my December album. This is my first year doing a separate album to document the month and so far I’m loving this project!

In order to make this project manageable through such a busy month I pre-made many of my foundation pages before the month even began. I also made the decision to keep my album as simple as possible. My main focus is just getting the photos and journaling for each page printed and added to the album daily. If I find myself with a little extra time on a day, maybe I’ll add some decorative embellishments. However, I have this feeling as I get closer to Christmas my pages will become simply just a few photos and words, and I’m totally okay with that.

paislee_carly122014_IMG_7543I’m using the This date in December cards for each numbered day and many of my page designs start from templates from the December, you are my Fave No. 2 kit. I use this kit’s templates a lot to build my pages, even when I’m just creating my everyday project life book as seen here. This kit’s templates are such a go-to item for me.

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For most of my album’s foundation pages I used the new December, you are my Fave No. 3 kit and what I love most about this kit aside from the great layered templates, is the non-traditional colour palette of green, gold, black and white. Love!

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On day 10 it was my girls Christmas concert and I was certain I’d have a ton of photos, but the lighting wasn’t great, we were pretty far back in the auditorium and to be honest, I really just wanted to be present during the performance and not behind the lens. So even though I didn’t have lots of photos to capture this day I did have a lot to say, which is the reason for the full page of journaling.

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So that’s my album so far and I hope to share more of it with you soon. Hope everyone has a really wonderful holiday and I’ll see you in the New Year!

- Carly

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jamaica | december, everyday

December 10, 2014 |  by  |  hybrid projects, mini albums, project life  |  2 Comments

Hi there, it’s Jamaica. Just checking in on your Decembering. How’s it going?

I’m happy to report that my plan is working. Thanks to the pre-printed This Day in December cards and the little folio I keep them stashed in, I’m up to date with my little December Daily book. Here’s a look at how it’s shaping up…

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If you’re on the very short list of people I card, sorry for the early reveal. And the fact that I may or may not have sent the same cards last year. They’re from 1Canoe2 and I couldn’t resist, the green on the soft pink background is gorgeous.

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Good-bye spinning ball of death.

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For the last few years, I’ve decorated my tree with only balls so buying this tiny, rainbow colored set was a no-brainer.

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The plastic bags Anthro is shipping in this season are incredible—green on one side, feathers on the other. I’ll admit I cut it open carefully and am keeping it, despite the scuffs and dings.

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My newest nephew arrived early… welcome to the world Finn.

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I took my little book along with me to Disneyland (yay for portability!) and jotted down a quick note on the cards each night. I also put a few Instax photos, an unused Fastpass and my brother’s ticket (which he lovingly donated to the scrapbooking cause) into a plastic sleeve I had tucked the folio. When I got home, I couldn’t decide on one photo so I have two for now.

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Disneyland, day two. I realized I could do two photos per spread if I used the This Day in December art as an overlay.

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Again, two photos. It’s a luxury of being at home. When I’m traveling and busy again, I’ll likely be back to just one. Here I used part of the gift wrapping from Anthro to record what I bought.

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A close-up of what’s under the card, a shot of Anthro’s pencil tree. The pencils are all short and dipped in silver and gold paint then wired on. Very cool.

I’m still undecided on how I’m going to finish my book at the end of the month. Right now, I can easily imagine tucking the cards into my scrapbook. Bu, and this is a big but, I want to have a mini book to go along with my collection. I like seeing them all together. And the folio would be a sweet addition. I’m so conflicted.

xo, jamaica

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confetti party!

December 3, 2014 |  by  |  diy projects, LIFE RIGHT NOW  |  15 Comments

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Thanksgiving Weekend went something like this: Eat turkey, take a break, eat pie, take a break, eat more turkey. Avoid the malls on Black Friday, but end up at Target, which turns out is just as bad…maybe even worse than the malls. I was on a mission to find 2015 headbands but our local Target didn’t have any New Years themed products out yet. Bummer. I then headed to Party City (still feeling optimistic at this point) but it turns out they didn’t have them either. I ended up getting the generic “Happy New Year” tiaras, a gold Happy New Year Hat and a bag of gold star confetti.

On Sunday morning, the confetti throwing commenced.

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The first few confetti throws were flops. My clicking couldn’t keep up with the speed of falling confetti. I would capture them right as they were throwing the confetti and when I clicked again, I would capture the tail end, when most of the confetti had already fallen. No confetti in either frames. (We had other timing issues as well. Do we throw on three or after three?)

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Then I switched to continuous mode and, Eureka! I got confetti! Lots of it! In mid air!

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For best results, shoot in continuous or burst mode. This is the setting that enables you to take a lot of photos in quick succession and is available on DSLRs, most point and shoots and smartphone cameras. (On the iphone, just keep your finger on the shoot button. It will snap away until you take your finger off!)

The aftermath was a little messy, but TOTALLY worth it. It helped that they were just as excited about cleaning up the confetti as they were about throwing them. “This is SO fun!” Their words, not mine. I swear it.

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Where are you on the holiday card sending spectrum? On the signed, sealed and ready to deliver end? Way on the other end or somewhere in between?

caylee grey | german christmas markets mini book

December 2, 2014 |  by  |  hybrid projects  |  21 Comments

German Christmas Markets Mini Book by Caylee Grey for Paislee Press

As soon as it became definite that we were moving back to Germany, I allowed myself to start dreaming of the place again. I went through my photos from last year and looked at old minis and photobooks. I took out the Christmas market mugs and drank the German tea that I had been hoarding. I started speaking German to Griffin. I became aware of the fact that I had not made a Christmas markets mini book. Oh, the travesty. I got to remedying it immediately. The book ended up being quite different to my usual style with a scripty typeface and my preference for darker digital paper and photos, but when my husband said that this was his favourite mini, I was okay with how it turned out. I put some mistletoe over the photo of Spätzle so that I would know that I made it.

I love minis for how they capture something in particular and take you right back to how you felt at the time. When I go through this book, I can almost taste the Glühwein. After uploading these photos, it came to my attention that there were exactly twenty five spreads excluding the covers. I quite like that.

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Products: December, You Are a Fave Vol. 2 and 3

Have a wonderful December.

♥ Caylee

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