Wednesday, January 21, 2015

PLANS FOR FEBRUARY

I'm working a little backwards here. Instead of figuring out how I'm going to Document 2015, getting my cover page done, etc...I'm prepping for February.

February is my favorite month because that is the month my daughter was born. She was born on Valentine's Day almost 13 years ago. I know I'm not the only Mother out there with a Valentine baby, but it is still super duper special to me and I like to Document it in a special way.

Ali Edwards, the creative genius that gave us December Daily, has inspired me to do a "February Daily" album for my daughter every year. I started in 2010, but in 2012 I just included it in my Project Life albums. It would be a nice change to go back to making the February albums as I did before. I found these heart stickers at my local Target and decided to use them as the color palette for the album. That may change when I start creating my layouts, but this is a good starting point. 
(I apologize for the weird lighting, it was a gloomy, rainy day and it trying to get some great lighting was difficult to do in my workspace.)


I gathered anything and everything I already had my stash that I thought would work well with what I had in mind, plus the adorable valentine themed embellishments I found at the Target One Spot (Seriously love that spot.)


What I plan on documenting in this February album:
  • Daily happenings (In February, there's always some kind of valentine thing going on.)
  • What she's currently interested in (TV shows, books, trends, etc.)
  • Have her journal about how she feels about becoming a teenager
  • Annual Questionnaire (I do a layout of this with her photo & add a new question every year.)
  • Random ephemera 
  • Valentine cards 
  • Photos, of course!
Every year, I continue the tradition of  giving her one valentine every day from February first to the fourteenth. I'll be including those in here as well. 

I haven't decided if ALL of the month of February will be in this album or if I'm only going to Feature February first through the fourteenth, ending the album on her birthday. I'll decided as I go along I guess. 

Here's a quick look at the albums I made for 2011 and 2012. I wish I kept doing this consecutively instead of skipping years, but oh well!


 2011 








2012




Things I'll be working on these last two weeks of January:
  1. Brainstorming and starting 2015 PL (Cover page and how I wanted to format it.)
  2. Ideas and gathering supplies to for the Valentine cards I'll be making her.
  3. Listing all projects I'd like to finish this year. 
I may have my own reasons for documenting February the way I do, but hopefully these albums and my album for 2015 will give you some ideas for your own February. If you decided to do one for you and your boyfriend, friend, husband, etc...There's so many fun ways you can create and things you can incorporate in your February album! Take my ideas and make them your own!

Here's some ideas:

  • Start taking a picture in the same spot in the same position/pose and do this every year.
  • List everything you want to do together in 2015
  • a layout of everything you have in common and DON'T have in common!
  • interview each other

The possibilities are endless! No, really...they are.





Monday, January 12, 2015

DECEMBER DAILY FINISHED

Here's a look at my December Daily. I was actually able to complete this album AND my Project Life 2014 so I feel good about moving on and to conquer other projects that I can't wait to share with you.

Hope this video gives you some inspiration or ideas if you're still working on your December Daily or even some ideas for next year.

What do you document in your December Daily? I'd love to hear and be inspired by all of you!

Happy New Year and on to more creating!






Wednesday, December 10, 2014

DECEMBER 3RD THROUGH THE 6TH

I've been using things from my stash for my December Daily, instead of buying anything new. I've been avoiding the use of the traditional Christmas Green and Red. I like how it's coming along, but I have to admit, I'm really not used to December NOT looking like Red and Green threw up on it. Especially when I have lots of Heidi Swapp's collection from last year at my fingertips. So this is fair warning that my defenses are weakening and I may just give in at some point.


Since my last post, I've managed to get December third through the sixth done. Here's a look at the spreads. 








I've never documented the Christmas music we listen to every year...YES, that's a Justin Beiber CD in there. There are quite a few catchy songs on there, you know...don't judge me. I'll probably add an insert here of a list of my favorite holiday songs. 



I used glittered up this wood veneer ornament to give the page a little more pop.




When I bought a Starbucks Christmas ornament, it came in this bag. You can tell I crumpled it up before I realized I wanted to add it into my album. I just put it in as an insert (after running my hands over to flatten it like a gazillion times) and I'll put whatever ephemera I have from the season into it.


I'll write about mine and my husband's date night at his company party on this card, probably from top to bottom, surrounding the part I embellished.


















Thursday, December 4, 2014

THE START OF 2014 DECEMBER DAILY

I have officially started working on this December Daily today. While I'm a little behind on Project Life, I am determined to stay on top of my December Daily and make a little time for it every day. I wanted to finish more pages today, but I at least had the chance to finish my cover page and December first. The cover page looks nothing like I first pictured in my head, but I love the way it turned out.


My December first tradition (and ALWAYS the activity for December first on our Advent Calendar) didn't happen. Our artificial white tree that we've had for I don't know how many years now, turned yellow. BUMMER. So unless we wanted a Yellow Christmas instead of a White one, we needed to buy a new tree. Joey and Keilani voted for a fresh one this year, but I'm still on the fence about it.  With late night soccer practices, homework and a couple other things, Our mission to buy a tree will have to wait until Friday. Booooo. 



I really want to decorate the the front of this album, but I'm not sure what I want to do yet, so I'll wait on that. 







Tuesday, December 2, 2014

THE GHOST OF DECEMBER DAILY PAST

I hopped on board with Ali Edwards' December Daily albums for 2010 and 2011. For 2012 and 2013, I just included it in my Project Life album. Here's a look at the December Daily past...Well, the mini albums at least.


                                                   2010

 
2011

 




I compared the two approaches I took with my Decembers and I realized I really like the way my mini December Daily albums came out (all dressed up), but I liked the simplicity of December in my Project Life album too. This year, I've decided to put the two together. 



I chose the Becky Higgins 6x8 album am steering clear of the traditional Red and Green. I'll use a tiny bit of new holiday paper and goodies, but for the most part, I'll use things I already have in my stash.

I always go into this thinking there won't be that much "christmassy" stuff going on in our lives for me to dedicate a whole album to and every year I'm wrong. I plan on documenting the essence of OUR (my family) life during the holidays. I want to make this album full of only our Christmas traditions, memories words up until December 25. The rest of the month and other every day things in between will go in my Project Life album. 

I'll be sharing my progress along the way. Welcome, December.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Project Life Out of Order

Usually the thought of catching up with Project Life out of chronological order would drive me nuts, but right now I'm enjoying it. July and August were hard months and I'm not sure I'm ready to relive them yet; especially July. I tried, but I found myself getting a little too emotional. So for now, I'm having fun starting September, a month that made me smile a little more.


For these layouts, I mixed a few bits from here and there, including a couple of title cards from Becky Higgins Project Life Kits, Seafood and Sunshine, and Studio Calico's September Project Life Kit, Poet Society. I feel like it that kit a great Fall feeling to it, but I was able to add little pops of my own to make it more "me." I added a couple of Heidi Swapp's glitter stickers to the journaling cards. My favorite thing on this layout? It's barely noticeable and super simple, but I love it anyway...The  gold bow. I stuck a Basic Grey, glittery gold, square candy button in the middle of it. 



Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Don't Call It a Comeback.

Okay so everyone has stuff going on that puts them behind on documenting life, right? Good, I'm not the only one. So It's November. I haven't scrapped since mid May. All Social Media have been neglected. Booooo. But I'm getting back in the swing of things!

Let me fill you in: In June, we went to Maui. When I got back, it was July; Back to reality and juggling soccer, school, work and every day to-dos. My Grandfather had been sick with Cancer for quite some time and his health was quickly declining. I spent every day with my Grandparents, giving them any help they needed. He passed away July 12th. From that moment on for my whole family, it seemed like everything was zooming by in a blur. You know, like when you would watch the Road Runner on TV? It was hard to keep up. We were all Emotionally, physically and emotionally drained; going on next to no sleep. Week one was spent preparing for his services and that weekend was his Funeral. Week two, my Jose and I got to approved to move into a new home, packed it all up in 4 days, and moved that weekend. Week three and 4 consisted of unpacking and putting the house together. (Don't ask me how I managed to pack in 4 days, but it took 2 weeks to unpack because I wouldn't know.) Next thing you know, we're in August and my daughter is starting 7th Grade. That whole period of time was full of emotional changes and big adjustments. The dust was slowly settling and until just last week, I've had to pick up some pieces here and there from everything that had happened and catch up with Real Life (because Life was like: Bye, Lorimay...I'm going on without you.) before I tried catching up with Project Life and other scrap projects.

I finally got a chance to exhale and find the bright side...No more little apartment that my family was quickly out growing and...I have my own scrap room! Heck yeah, baby.  I've been CRAVING to get back to documenting and creating! I can't get the nice shelving I really want right now so I won't be posting any photos of my workspace just yet, but I had to get it unpacked and organized so that I could get started again. I had months of Studio Calico kits to sort through and at last, I can finally play with them and my other goodies I've been hoarding! Yay!

Here's a little bit of what I've started. Man, does it feel good!