Hey Everyone! Are you ready for December Daily this week? It will certainly be a busy one with Christmas just around the corner! I am excited to watch my album grow each day with the little details and stories I want to have recorded for 2016.
Today I am sharing my pages 10 through to 16. It was the first week of the school holidays here in Queensland and already we've had plenty on our to-do list!
Day 10, the first official day of the school holidays, saw us going to our local twilight Christmas markets. These events are held randomly throughout the year but the markets on the 10th, specialised in handmade Christmas items! Perfect for gifts! Lucky for us, there was also a fireworks display. These moments were all captured on my iPhone. The day/date title was created by using cardstock sticker from the CHRISTmas fundamentals sheet.
When documenting special events, sometimes the story spreads out over several days. This was the case over the next two days for us. On days 11 & 12, my boys participated in a rare opportunity to learn from and train with an Olympian. Their field hockey season ended in September but when a Kookaburra comes to town, you pick up your stick and get back out onto the turf!!
As my three boys were quite start struck, the black stars clear cut insert was ideal to slip in between these two pages. Using CHRISTmas paper pieces and The Zoo Crew Treasures&Text number stickers, I've created my day/date title. The green and black accents pick up colours from the photos and the "Blessings" CHRISTmas fundamentals sticker has been added to the outside of the pocket sleeve as a reminder of how blessed the boys were to have this opportunity.
Between the clear cut insert and the second photo for Day 11, I've trimmed down a tip-in from the CHRISTmas collection to add some journaling on. The CHRISTmas Tabbies help to turn the smaller pages and hopefully prevent any future damage.
On the reverse side I've used the IF Homespun cardstock sticker alphas to have a play on words. "Jinking" (a term/technique used in hockey) has replaced "jingle" in the common Christmas phrase. Next to the tip-in, I have trimmed a 3x4 cut apart from the CHRISTmas Daily Details. The 3x4 card has been adhered to white cardstock leaving the top open to create an extra journaling pocket between the two pieces.
Using Holly Jolly Christmas Fundamentals sticker alphas and Tiny Text Alphabets, I've created a title/filler card to help highlight the event in my album.
As mentioned above, Day 12 was much the same as Day 11. The exception being our hockey club had exclusive access to the training sessions. The boys and their teammates also made it onto the local news.
The number "12" for the day/date title was cut using my electronic die cutting machine and slipped into my album directly via the jump ring.
The news clipping is screen shot and I've circled, directly on the photo image, where my boys are sitting. A QR code on the back of the photo will ensure that we can come back to watch the article at any time in the future.
After a busy few days, Day 13 was spent at home completing tasks and finalising gifts. Each year for the last six years, I've created a "year in review" photo book for myself and the grandparents. As the details were all computer based, I didn't have a photo readily available to share in my album. Instead I've reflected on how grateful I've managed to fit this in for the last six years and shared a photo of the already existing albums from my shelf.
The day/date title numbers have been fussy cut from the 6x8 Bright and Brave mini paper pad.
On December 14th each year we celebrate a December birthday. I traditionally take a photo of Grandma with the kids to commemorate the occasion. The opposite page has been create using a photo collage and sized to 4x4.
On some days throughout December, I find it hard to take photos. Or I have photos, but I'm not happy with how they have turned out. Day 15 was one of these days. However, it was also a day when we sat down as a family to watch a Christmas movie. I simply went to Pinterest and found an image of the movie poster that I could use, and sized it to fit into my album. Problem solved! Using complementary colours on the opposite page helps to highlight the story.
Day 16 was again spent at home finalising Christmas gifts and creating labels for the wrapping. I happened to use the IF Homespun clear stamps for my labels in the photo, so I repeated the idea using the Homespun # clear stamps for my day/date title. The 2x2 Daily Details cut apart from Holly Jolly Christmas collection was trimmed to 4x4 and slipped into the pocket page opposite my photo. I like how it reinforces my "label" references.
Next week will be the last Friday in December and I look forward to sharing the last few pages of my album with you. Thanks for visiting today, and if you have any questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments section below. Have a wonderful and safe Holiday..x
IF CHRISTmas: Away In A Manger, God's Love, Daily Details, 6x8 mini paper pad, paper pieces, tabbies, Fundamentals Sticker Sheet, Tip-Ins; IF Bright and Brave: 6x8 mini paper pad; Holly Jolly Christmas: Daily Details, Mr Claus, Merry! Merry!, Paper pieces, Tabbies, Fundamentals; Oh My Stars!: Bell Pepper Stars; The Zoo Crew: Treasures&Text; IF Homespun cardstock stickers: Black Eyed Pea; IF clear stamps: #s & extras; Tiny Text: White Tiny Text; Clear Cuts: Black Stars, White Hearts; Christmas Cheer: icons; Bella Bows: Baby Girl; Enamel Hearts: Hey Sugar, Sugar.