So, to focus on the now and on what makes me and my family happy in the Christmas season, I am on the December Daily bandwagon! I am taking two classes, Shimelle's Journal Your Christmas and Studio Calico 25 Days. I am using tips and prompts from each to make my own rules as I go! And I am using my stash-- no special purchases for this project.
Nope, I haven't made the cover yet... or the opening page, but I have the pages for December 1 and 2 to share!
|I heavily inked all elements. The banner, loop border, date medallion, page base, tag and number are die cuts. The holly border on the left is kraft paper that I embossed, inked, and added paper berries.|
My journaling for this page is on a tag that pulls out and has a second mini picture from the day...
This page is about what was going on December 1st: my daughter grabbed her dolls and her camera and took their pictures outside. It was a sunny day and the autumn leaves were still on the ground. I asked her to stop what she was doing and I snapped this picture of her with all the the dolls. Then, I took a picture of her taking pictures!
The reverse of my December 1 page is my 'Christmas Manifesto', which I have patterned to go with my December 2 page...
The manifesto is an idea from Shimelle's class. Mine isn't a true manifesto in the idea of a declaration of what I will make of Christmas or even why I am doing this journal, but more of a 'What Christmas Means to Me' kind of page.
I really debated the idea of typed versus hand-written elements for this book. I think hand-written text is more personal and meaningful -- how I would have loved having something like this from my grandma! But I don't love my hand-writing so I had to come to a compromise. I kept the hand-written notes on my concealed tags. I decided that I would type anything that was fully exposed.
My December 2 page was on the theme of a memory. This is an ornament that I was given by my 3rd Grade teacher, Ms. Roby. She was, hands down and without a doubt, the meanest teacher I ever had.
At our class Christmas party, however, she handed each child a ceramic ornament that she had created herself. It was forever a lesson to me that there is some degree of goodness in everyone.
On the concealed tag, I made a note about the day, to keep true to the 'daily' aspect of the ongoing monthly journal.
|The page base, date medallion, date number, and tag are die cuts. I used decorative scallop scissors to round the corners on the photo. The ribbon element was handcut, embossed, and inked.|
I am trying to balance my December Daily to have both photographic elements and journaling. I am also wanting to use lots of colors and patterns in this book. I finally figured out that I would probably be using the same page size and shape for each day. I am using a similar date medallion for each for continuity. I found great daily sketches that I am using on Got Sketch.
Thank you for checking my blog post today! I hope to continue sharing as the month continues. If you are doing a December Daily and posting on your blog, please give me a heads up-- I would love to visit to see yours!
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