I'm right smack dab in the middle of Thanksgiving dinner preparations but thoughts of my December Memories album keep popping into my head each time I wander into my craft room. I see my supplies just waiting for me and we all know that December is just around the corner.December Memories 2013 album cover and first cover page in this post. You can view my December Memories 2013 pages 1-10 in this post.
My Project Life plan.....
This year I have decided to keep on doing my December Project Life just like any other month. It will consist of daily photos of our everyday life, basketball games, Charlie, and random photos which will definitely include holiday happenings. I'm fill my second Project Life album for the year quickly and I would really like to just keep it at 2 albums. So my plan for Project Life is to limit the number of inserts I create, keep the pages flat and keep it at 2 albums for 2013. I will be using any leftover supplies from my Gossamer Blue December Memories Kit + there will a wonderful Themed Kit and Life Pages Themed Add-on Kit coming in December. Those items + anything I have in my stash will easily get me through the month of December. My December Project Life pages will have hints of the holiday just like any other holiday months in this year's album.
So let's take a look at some more days of my 2013 December Memories album. You might recall from my post featuring days 1-10 that I'm using the number system as more of a listing of memories....not necessarily a chronologically ordered album of days 1-31. Each 2 page spread will represent a holiday moment.
Page 11. I'll be using this for a random holiday event but since I added the ticket strip, I might use it to list our holiday movies we view on tv or at the theatre.
Tip: Adhere sacks and pocket type inserts to the front of the pocket insert. This way the tags or inserts can be removed easily for viewing. These were a fun addition to the December Memories Kit from Gossamer Blue. You can get a view of the December Memories kit items in this blog post, although the kit is now sold out. I'm just so tickled to be a part of Gossamer Blue...Lori is so generous, down to earth and she selects the best items for kit. Just love her.
This journaling card with stitched embellishments is just the perfect touch to add to the list making. Santa always needs a little helper, right? The holly jolly clip was an item I sold in my shop earlier this season. As a reminder, I'll be using gold stitching throughout my album this year. It goes well with so many of the gold accents that I'll be using throughout my album.
Large White Tags, stitched a line with gold thread and added some gold stamped tags with our names on them. My hopes is that each family member will hand write their wish list. The polka dot clip was from a set I offered in my shop earlier this season.
Page 15 is wide open for whatever. Since this has the sheet music maybe I can capture Jordan playing us a song on her guitar. Good idea Mish, I just thought of that while typing.
I filled all of the chalkboard inserts with Fluffy Snow. It just tones down the black a bit and I love the contrast of the sparkly against the dark.
Okay by now you've seen that I've filled each and every slot with a journaling card, sequin mix, tag or sack. So you might be wondering, where do all the photos fit in? My big plan is to now keep my Project Life inserts to a more minimal look when it comes to embellishments. ( I'll be discussing this more in a post about Project Life 2014). So I thought when it comes to mini albums I can just go all out with the decorating and embellishing and dimensional items. The December Memories kit came with soooo many good products that I want to show them all. For my photos, I've decided to print them as smaller square Instagrams that will fit onto a 3 x 4 journaling card, leaving lots of the background in sight still. So I'll be thinking "square, square, square" when it comes time to taking photos. Some may be cropped to smaller rectangles also but the idea is to leave the backgrounds showing.
Page 18 is a good example of why I want to show off the backgrounds. This floral paper is just gorgeous and was another favorite from the GB December Memories Kit. I might use this page for photos of snow if we get any this year.
Speaking of journaling, I want to be sure to capture the stories and memories along with my photos this year. Since space may be limited in the pockets I've decided to use lots of iPhone apps to alter my photos with journaling, collages and added designs. I'll make a list at the bottom of this post so you can see my favorite apps and how I'll be using them on my photos. I'll also be using my vintage typewriter for lots of journaling because my handwriting is so large and loopy...it takes up too much space. I may add a hand written letter somewhere to my family just to prove that I can actually write with a pen.
Page 19 is wide open for now.
Another example of adhering a dimensional item to the outside of a page protector.
A little clustering of stars that still need something in the centers.
Gold Foil Doilies, Gold Shimmer Envelopes and Gold Clothespins still in the shop. Check out the Shimmer Swirl Envelopes & Paper too, this is mega gorgeous, folks. I will definitely be adding some of this into my holiday album.
Okay, whew. That was some fun sharing of holiday inspiration. I would LOVE for you to leave a comment letting me know if you're doing a December Daily type album, if you got the GB December Memories Kit, what your plan is, what your progress is. Let's chat, shall we?
Also, here's a list of the iPhone apps I'll be using to alter my photos for my December Memories album this year. I'm not sure if these are available for non iPhone users, you'll have to check.
My iPhone App List...
Camera + for filters
Rhonna Designs for overlay designs and text
Instagram for filters and making square photos
Diptic for collages that will be square
A Beautiful Mess for cropping square photos, adding filters and fun overlay text
Phonto for longer journaling
Picstitch for creating collages
Picfx for cropping squares and adding filters
Color Effects for creating fun black and white photos with color pops
Pic Tap Go for.....I don't know I just got it. :)
Once I have my photos edited and saved to my iPhone photo library, I email my photos to my big computer and save them in my iPhoto library. I don't use iCloud because I like to pick and choose what photos I send to my big computer. From there I add any additional editing using the iPhoto editing program and then print as squares. No Photoshop. To print squares, I use my printer's settings to adjust the sizes to a 2 x 2, 3 x 3, etc then print on 4 x 6 photo paper. I use an Epson Artisan 730 and their Premium Photo Paper (I purchase at Staples). Love and highly recommend for great quality photos printed at home.
December Daily organization.....
One last thing for today. If you're looking to store your December Daily products in some fun, vintage items I have been putting up new listings in my shop all month long. I'll be shipping quickly for the holidays. You might just find something fun...like lots of Jello molds like I love to use. You can check out my shop here. I combine shipping and refund back to your PayPal account for any large overages.
Okay, it's back to turkey talk now and thoughts of Thanksgiving. I hope you enjoy this post. Please leave me a comment to let me know how it's all going for you! :)