November 27, 2013

December Memories 2013.....pages 11-20 (keeping it decorative & using phone apps)

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. 
So here we go with another post full of December Memories inspiration. Grab a candy cane and join me.  You can view my 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.
Today I'm sharing pages 11-20 of my December Memories 2013 album with a few tips.  But first....

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.
Page 12 is all about the list making.  I plan to compile all of my actual written lists in between these two pages. Some might go in extra page protectors, one might go in the sack or adhered to the front, whatever goes.
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. 
Page 13 notes the countdown to the 12 days of Christmas.  I might add a list in here of what I have to do yet for the month or it might just be reserved for another holiday moment.
Here's a view of more gold stitching.  I got my thread at Michael's.
This big chipboard button with holiday twine is attached to the outside of the page protector.  I like to add the dimensional items to the outside so they stay fluffy and tangible to the viewer.  This album is a great way to add more dimensional items to my scrapbooking as I now know that if I want to keep my Project Life to 2 albums per year, I need to "think flat".  That also should apply to my rear end and stomach but we'll talk about New Year's goals later.  Maybe.  Or not.
Page 14 is going to be a fun one and we'll see if my family actually cooperates.  I'm reserving these two pages for making our list for Santa. In our house, you must believe in the magic of Santa if you want gifts.  So we ALL believe.   The inserts are all filled with list making and Santa themed items.
On the left side I trimmed down some 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.
A closeup of the Santa themed items.
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.
Page 16 is wide open also.  See those two large red inserts?  I trimmed a 12 x 12 piece of patterned to 6 x 8 and then down to 4 x 6.  You'll see the two chevron inserts in Day 17, those are the reverse sides of this paper.  So on those days I'll have to be careful about stapling and stitching.
These chipboard accents with a glossy finish were my most favorite items from the GB December Memories Kit. I ordered extra from Pink Paislee to use for my upcoming holiday planners and greeting cards.
Page 17 with the chevron papers.  This page will be used for various photos of the fireplace, hence the warm and cozy flip and chestnuts roasting song insert.  I'll also add my holiday mantel makeover photos in here, maybe with a smaller insert.
I stitched on a floral die cut here.
Added my popular Woodland Sequin Mix from my shop in this pocket.
And more of the Fluffy Snow in this chalkboard pocket.
My plan for the photos....
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.
Many of the embellishments are just tucked into the pockets right now & they'll be adhered after I decide the final placement.
Love these snowflake accents, especially with the gold stitching.  Still lot of room for a photo or journaling.
My plan for journaling....
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 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.
The Tags are just slipped into the pockets and will be moved around and adhered over or under photos later on.
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. 
Day 20 is so pretty with all the neutral colors and gold foil accents. Since this page has the gold foil present in the bottom right I plan to use this layout for wrapping presents.  I always try to snap a photo of my wrapping station, a fun holiday aisle at Target and the wrapped presents under the tree.  Maybe I'll even add in some actual wrapping paper snippets.
See these gold foil accents?  I love them so much.  And the gold stitching. If you're looking for more gold to add to your holiday crafts, I have 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.  :)

Printing tips...
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 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!  :)


Dawn F. said...

I enjoyed reading your post and your plan for PL and your December Memories book. I did not get a kit but will be using supplies I've got on hand. I do subscribe to the Life pages kit and will use some of that but I have so much in the way of Christmas supplies that I can't justify spending more right now. Thanks for your inspiration and Happy Thanksgiving! Dawn F.

Shan said...

Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful! Your December Daily is awesome. I have everything gathered but need to put pages together. The green tiered tray has come in handy! Thank you so much for posting your apps choices! I love Rhonna's app! I couldn't justify the price point for GB kit, love it but with four little kids, that money was put to use making a special Christmas for them. I used a lot of free downloads that were originally tags and used them as 3x4 cards. I also have a crazy amount of Christmas paper from years past. Thank you for your PL and December Memories posts! I'm so far behind on PL. Hoping for a better prepared 2014!

Maria Asmus said...

I love your pre-made pages, the are really really lovely!! :)

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