Aaaaahhh. My favorite time of the year. Let the holiday festivities (and documenting) begin! I’ve got 4 new products for the Document Your December Shop at The LilyPad, all at 20% OFF thru November 23, 2014.
6×8 Layered Templates & Papers
This set of 6×8 templates is designed to help you build a custom December Album. This is not just your standard photo templates set – it’s so much more! The templates are a mix of photo masks, pattern overlays, hand drawn motifs and wordart (that can be used as elements to create titles or used as photo overlays). You can easily customize patterns to create your own unique backgrounds to suit your project needs. This set also includes SEVENTEEN 6×8 Papers (jpg files).
Try printing on vellum or transparency! The overlays in the templates make it easy to customize too. I’m partial to black, white and gold tones so I printed the designs as is but you can easily change the color to suit you preferred color scheme.
Wordart & Cut Files
3×4 and 4×6 Journal Cards
This set is great for both Pocket Page and Mini Album Projects.
6×8 Cut Files
The 6×8 files can be scaled down to 3×4 card sizes, making this set ideal for both mini album projects and pocket scrapbooking!
inspiration from the creative team
digital page by leontien (december you are my fave no. 3)
digital page by Sue (december you are my fave no. 3)
digital page by Julie (december you are my fave no. 3)
by Brenda (december you are my fave no. 3)
lovely packaging by caylee (december you are my fave no. 3)
by leontien (6×8 Cut Files)
hello all! it’s kristi again! here are my recent fall/winter pages.
(products used: today is elements)
i got to visit southern california in october and had such a great time. clearly i couldn’t decide which photos to use, so i just threw them all into 2×2 squares and gridded them on 4×6 photos. there wasn’t a rhyme or reason to their placement (originally i planned on cutting them out and shuffling them around) but once i printed them out i realized i liked them as is. (love when things turn out easy like that).
(products used: today is elements)
i wanted to include some bits i collected from my trip, but i had too many to fit in one spread. luckily i had snapped a photo of all of them laid out (nerd alert, sitting up and styling business cards and hang tags, sheesh) so i used that and just added a few bits in a small pile to add depth. this time i printed out the “perfect” element and cut it out to stick on top of the stack with a paperclip.
(products used: hello my name is)
went through a bit of a sad patch when i arrived back in brooklyn, so this spread is all about how thankful i am for my friends. they were al there for me when i needed them that week and i love that i have created my own family from these special people. all i need to get through a rough patch is coffee, yoga and friends!
(products used: quintessentials no.4)
the next spread is an everyday life documentation. the chai we love, a “drewism”, advice from a trusted friend, a text about interstellar, plans for an escape, a business card from a store, my new favorite artist, and a menu from a coffee shop. i love when i have fun bits like this from the week because they feel so personal, yet also completely ordinary.
another everyday life kinda spread. a new band i love, presents from a friend, recording a podcast for arrvls, a drunken text and songs i recently added to a playlist that remind me of my favorite co-workers. i used the “go on an adventure” card because the text is referencing a possible cross country move that is so scary but so exciting.
thanks for visiting!!
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Hey there, it’s Jamaica. Today I thought I’d share how a recent spread came together with some in-progress shots and internal dialog. Next time you hear me say “I was futzing” you’ll know this is what I’m doing, moving things around and talking to myself. Please tell me I’m not the only one…
This is where I started—an unfinished spread from September. I’d printed photos, jotted down the schedule and saved some receipts but nothing was coming together so at some point, I’d just flipped the page and moved on.
The biggest issue was an overabundance of brown. This spread needed color! So I pulled a few papers from On My Desk to fill the gaps. Pink, yes! Let’s add a coordinating badge. Maybe we should swap out the divided 4×6 beach shot for the single image to make room for other stuff.
I like the two reds, but the teal doesn’t quite match. How about two neutral gray woodgrain cards instead? And push the beach photo back to the right side so that the images are all staggered. Ooh, let’s try the Hello puffy sticker on the red. I love that puffy sticker.
Yes! I like that. Getting closer… maybe I should try moving the red cards to the inside? And add some veneer back in. If I use the ampersand, I could put names and dates on it. That could work, that’s one less thing to add to the schedule card.
I like this but maybe I should try one last thing—putting both red cards on one side and the neutrals on the other.
No, no. Reds, diagonal on the inside and neutrals in opposite corners. That’s the best option. And let’s move the Hello badge onto the top left card, that way the embellishments are symmetrical too.
That 4×6 beach shot hanging out over there on the left is really good. I should be using that. What if I break it up and put half in each corner? Just remove the drink shot, move Josh and Steph over… bam, that’s it! I love the closer shot and the blue sky on both sides of the spread. Now to add journaling and the last few details…
Let’s type the schedule of events on the striped card (takes up less space than my handwriting) and use a little pencil on the gray woodgrain…
And how about an extra pocket to hide the receipts from the two trips to Artisan? I love comparing Friday’s ticket (with one couple) to Sunday’s (with the other) but don’t want to look at them all the time. This is the perfect solution. The pocket is just cut from another page and stitched on using invisible thread, along the seam. A tiny gray label with gold foil finishes it off perfectly, picking up the gray from the woodgrain. I love it when everything coordinates. Thank you On My Desk.
Looking back at these photos, and other spreads in my album, I can see that I definitely have a style. The photos are almost always staggered. If it’s not the photos then the colors are staggered in pockets, lights in one set of corners, darks in the opposite. I don’t think I consciously think about doing that, it just ends up that way. Have you noticed yourself settling into a preferred layout?
Hi, my name is Jamaica and last year, I failed to complete my December Daily album. What, you too?
Despite my best intentions, I didn’t get past the first week in my album. We traveled over the holiday and all the preparations involved in that—making time other family, holiday parties, wrapping things up at work, shipping gifts, etc.—threw me off my game. This year I’m going to be away from home a lot as well. Sometime in December my 2nd nephew will arrive and I plan to spend as much time holding that new baby as I can. Which means I need a really good plan if I’m going to make it past the first week.
As I started thinking about what might or might not work, I came to the conclusion that I need it to be flexible and portable, and most of all, EASY. When the This Day in December cards were released, a lightbulb went off. What could be easier than jotting down a quick note each day on an already printed card? Done.
Printed on heavy white cardstock, all 31 cards make for a stack over a half inch thick. The next challenge was what to do with those cards. Because I want the flexibility to add photos, patterned paper or other bits of holiday ephemera, the pages need to remain loose until the end of the month when I can decide how I want to finish the project. I can either punch a hole at the top and add a giant binder ring, spiral bind the pages together or I just add them to my scrapbook, they are the right size after all. Who knows? The idea of using a folio to hold the cards until the end makes the most sense. It’ll keep them tidy during the month and protect them while I travel.
The folio is made of 3 pieces of chipboard (cover/ spine/cover) spraypainted gold, cream colored bookcloth tape and an elastic band. The inside is lined with my favorite On My Desk paper, Screensaver. It adds a fun pop of color when you open it up.
After adding the pink/red liner, I started to get excited, envisioning what the “pages” will look like with the addition of photos. Eager to try it out, I pulled a few photos from last year and printed a few extra days worth of cards, so I could play around.
Depending on what kind of photos I have and where I am, I can easily do more or less work each day. I can add a photo to the other side of the spread or cover that side (the back of the day previous) with patterned paper. I can add a longer story, snippets of Christmas cards, wrapping paper or ticket stubs. Or, if it’s busy and I don’t have anything to add, all I have to do is jot down a note. If I want to get fancy and have the right kind of photo, I can layer the This Day design right over the top. I can handwrite my notes or use my typewriter if I’m at home. So many options. I’m really hoping with all this flexibility, I won’t have any trouble making it to the end of the month.
Here’s one last shot of the spine and just how thick the little book is with all the cards tucked inside.
Now that I have a plan and all my cards printed out, I can’t wait for December to start!
Hi everyone! It’s Carly here today sharing a peek into a little album I created for a recent trip we took. For the first time as a family we went to Disneyland the week before Halloween and I wanted to make a special album just for our trip.
I had tons of photos and journalling I wanted to share, but I also had a lot of memorabilia such as our room keys, tickets, character autographs, wristbands, etc. I also wanted this album to be more colourful than what I normally create just because it was such an amazing experience for our family and I thought it deserved something a little more special to celebrate it.
In the front of the book I used some gorgeous gold vellum from the new On My Desk line at Gossamer Blue to make a pocket for holding both of our guide maps. I also added the Happy Memories die cut because it fit so perfectly with the purpose of this entire album.
The first page in the book holds our Disneyland welcome package and our four family passes to the parks. The girls were so excited when they received their very own personalized tickets. To say Disneyland is “magical” is so true – it really is the “happiest place on earth” when you are 7 years old.
I used the black and white small checkered side of the Daydreamer paper as my background and love how the tickets just pop on the page. On the other page the top picture is of my girls on the plane on route to Disney and just below I used the yellow side of the Maker paper and the little crown with the “make magic” Puffy Stickers which pretty much says it all!The next page I included our hotel room keys which were amazing because they customized each key with everyone’s name. I ended up just using the backside of the Maker paper because the colourful hearts couldn’t make a better fit.
There are so many pages to this book, but one of my most favourite is this next one. The page has a picture of the girls in Carsland which hands-down was our most favourite attraction and the picture of the teacup ride in the top corner was one of the first rides we went on when we arrived at the park. The pretty Multitasker paper and Fave Puffy Sticker sum up this page perfectly.
Taking our girls to Disneyland was such an amazing experience and I was so thrilled with how perfectly the On My Desk line just seemed to have all the right papers and embellishments that helped make this album that much more special. Love it when it comes together like that!
Have an amazing day!