Tagged: Documenting December

December 14, 2013

Daily December – Pages 2 though 5


This post orginally apeared on the Polly Scrap Blog. Good Afternoon! The sun is shining here in Victoria today and I am chomping at the bit to get outside and read. So I promise for all of our sakes, I shall keep today’s post short, but sweet.

Today I will be showing you pages two through five. I’m still behind, but I am very proud to admit that no page has taken me longer than an hour. As you can see from this spread, I’m still digitally adding my numbers and staining my veneers. I didn’t do prep pages, so when it came to making this page I pulled papers from the kit that I thought would match the roof of the house. It was just good fortune there was a ‘Ticket Home’ in the same colour in the kit – I wonder if that was deliberate.

This page took me all of five minutes. Mog woke up on the 5th to find tinsel ALL OVER her room. It was one of the most magical moments I experienced while she was living with us and I wanted to remember it just the way it happened. No need to go overboard on design. I did however cut up some of the tinsel to go in as memorabilia.


I’m still not a 100% sure I love this page. I love the photos, but the rest… The problem is if I start tinkering I could be there for hours. I don’t mind that so much with my project life because I have a week or so to do it, but that’s just not the case for December Daily and I promised myself: close enough is good enough (until I get to the end and then I’ll come back and fix the things that drive me mad). I’m showing you now just in case I decide to change it in the future.

I do love this page. The colour scheme was pulled from the photo. If you are wondering why the music on the bottom card runs down instead of across – it isn’t a mistake. This gorgeous paper is the B side to one of the amazing cut apart sheets in the kit. It was a torturous decision. I knew in my heart of hearts it was the right paper to use, but I took particular care to only cut up the cards I didn’t like so much. The cute tag and sequin stars are all part of the kit too. I just vintaged (not a real word, but I’m going to use it anyway) it up with an old postal stamp I had on hand.

 That about wraps it up for me. Enjoy your weekend,

 Aimee xx

December 10, 2013

December Daily – Day 1


This post originally appeared on the Polly Scrap Blog. Can you believe we are already a third of the way through December? Crazy, right? I have to admit I’m not quite up to date with my album, but I am totally okay with that. December to me is all about making the memories, not so much about the documenting. It’s for this reason that I’ve decided to take a simple approach with my album. Simple is best:

Not bad for a girl who out-and-out hates red. I had planned for a navy, white and woodgrain album, but somehow that just went right out the window. It all started with the big photo. Oh how I love this photo.

I added the number directly to the photo before printing because I have a huge fear of entering next year with a thousand packs of thickers, with no numbers. I added the Elle’s Studio piece later because the sentiment was just perfect and it brought a little red to the left side.

I did manage to work in a woodgrain element by staining this freckled fawn veneer. I really like the effect of the dark veneer and I have stained a few more to go into the album in future, but I did also learn a valuable lesson: for the love of all that is holy – screw the lid on the stain as soon as you finish with it, BEFORE you stain the veneer. Take it from a woman who had to reprint her photos. The ‘oh christmas tree’ stamp is not mine, it’s Kellie’s. Can’t for the life of me figure out why I didn’t think to design one.

When I designed this card, I didn’t really think about where I would include it in the album. It ended up here on the first page because the kraft and the red colours tied in really nicely with the big photo. The first day of December is as good as any other for the calendar card, right?

You may have noticed my album is a little different to the one you are working with. I am using a capture album from Basic Grey – the pockets are not quite the same design as Studio Calico and Snap designs. On the right page there is a one and a quarter inch pocket across the middle. I thought it would be a great opportunity to make a photo strip with the extra photos. It took me five minutes in photoshop and I printed on my new selphy. What can I say – we have a lot of fun putting up the tree.

Okay, I admit this card didn’t turn out as I pictured it in my head. I had hoped to type on the tag, but the darn thing just wouldn’t go through the typewriter. I also tried to do that awesome messy thread wrap thing that Kayla does so well, but that girl is in a league of her own. I really am going to hit her up for a lesson. What I do love about this card is the story and the backing paper. When we were putting the kit together, this was one of Ruth’s picks. I’m so glad she fought hard for it.

The majority of the embellishments are from the Polly December daily, along with the paper and filler cards. This kit is just jam-packed with so many goodies; it’s like Christmas came early. If you would like your own Christmas treat in the mail, you can still buy it here.

November 23, 2013

My December Daily Album 2013


This is a post was written for the Polly! Blog.

Hi, Aimee here. I’m super excited to be here today to kick off the first of our December Daily series.  By now, I’m sure many of you have started amassing a pile of Christmas supplies. I know I have! This year, I’ll be using the Polly December Daily kit and whatever else I find lying around. I have to admit that I’m not really one for preparing pages. Partly because I like to use the colours from my photos to dictate a layout and well… I don’t have kids, so scrapping everyday is not that much of a drama. I have, however, taken the time to pimp out my album. Would you like to see?

Now three days, four coats of paint and a hot glue gun burn later, I want to talk to you today about inspiration.  I do truly believe that creativity is just like a muscle – the more you use it the stronger it gets. Personally, more often than not, I have a vision for a project long before I begin, but what if you don’t know where it is that you’re headed? What if you want to tackle a project, but have no idea where to start?  It’s a great question and that’s exactly where I found myself at 4am on Thursday. I had just wrapped up another amazing project that encompassed 3 of my CT teams. I was pumped and motivated by the result. I was up early to watch the Becky Higgins Creative Live class. I sat down on the floor behind my coffee table to watch the class with a bare Basic Grey Capture Album in front of me and… nothing. No ideas at all. What is a girl to do in situations like this?

Well my first port of call is always Pinterest. I adore Pinterest because the cream of the crop naturally rises to the top. It’s different from doing a Google search because Google works on a very particular algorithm that is influenced by your previous searches. Pinterest is people-powered. The more pins and likes it has, the more likely it is to show up in your search. I did get an idea for a misted cover, but ultimately abandoned it because my mist was the wrong shade of green.

Next stop is always Instagram.  There is something truly wonderful about Instagram because not everybody’s album looks posed and perfect. I also love that it all happens in real time. People are working on their albums at the exact same time as you. Sadly, in this case there were A LOT of red binding star albums out there, which wasn’t a lot of help to me.

Usually, if I’m still out of luck by this point, I would head for the big galleries, such as Studio Calico, Two Peas or even here, but you can guess what that would result in… red binding, painted stars.

Lean in just a little closer, because now I’m going to fill you in on a secret. My absolute last stop, which never seems to fail, are the archives. I head to my favourite blogs, the blogs written by my scrapping Idols, and I search their tags for relevant topics. More often than not, the posts go back many, many years and guess what I found?

This was an image I found of Elizabeth Kartchner’s (Dear Lizzy) Daily December album from 2011.  I loved the simple title and the use of frame.  I also felt the combination of textures were brilliant. The doily, washi, wood and glitter are just a great combination. I used enamel dots as a nod to her confetti motif.

So how did it come together?

1. Gather supplies. I didn’t have a frame similar to the one in the picture. The one you see on the front of my album is actually a letter stencil. I used to use it to address letters back in my pen pal days. The doily came from my present wrapping supplies. I dug through my washi basket to find all my red tape and I’ve got an uber crush on velvet ribbon right now.

2. Paint. I masked off the binding on my album (P.S. this album can be found in the Polly store) with washi and painted the front and back covers with Acrylic white paint. It took 4 coats over a period of a day and a half. I wasn’t really prepared to use a heat tool to dry the paint between coats because I have heard rumours of it warping the cardboard. Once dry, I gave it a light sand with fine sand paper to remove brush marks.

3. Layering and placement. Long before glue was involved, I shuffled the elements around and around until I was happy. I asked my scrappy friends, I asked my husband… then I ignored them all and did what I liked.

4. If it can’t survive a toddler attack, you didn’t use enough glue. I’m a minimalist and, don’t get me wrong, I understand the logic behind making flat covers, but I really do love mine so the only other option was glue and lots of it. I used a hot glue gun to glue everything (EVERYTHING) down.

5. Ta-da! Admire your handiwork.

Just in case you were wondering, here is my supply list:

  • Green Basic Grey Capture Album
  • Red Velvet Ribbon
  • White Doily
  • Maggie Holmes Gold Daiquiri Thickers
  • Freckled Fawn Red Stripe Washi
  • Small Freckled Fawn Red Sequin Bow
  • Wooden Letter Stencil
  • Red Enamel dots form the DD kit
  • Gold Enamel Dots from past Polly Kits
  • Green Enamel Dot I found lose on the bookcase

Just a few more things before I leave you. If you are using the Polly kit too, please feel free to tag me in any and all social media. I love seeing how you are all using my designs. There is no greater feeling as a designer. Oh and just a reminder, there are still December Daily kits and Christmas stamps available in store. Any questions?

Have a fantastic weekend.

Aimee xx

November 20, 2013

My 2012 Christmas Mini Album


Life has been so chaotic recently. We are now in our 6th week of life with Mog. I have enjoyed the hospitality of our local hospital for a few nights and the world continues to spin. Finding time to craft has been a real challenge, so when Kellie decided the new Christmas stamps needed their own blog hop, I was pleased. It gave me a deadline and real excuse to trash the office. This is what I came up with:

Cute, huh? I went in with very basic rules for myself – keep it simple but stylish. I didn’t partake in December Documented in 2012 because Christmas was the last thing on my mind and frankly, this time last year I was not a scrapbooker. Our wedding was set for two days before Christmas and there was still a ton of things to get done. I didn’t start project life until our wedding day so all the photos of the fun little Christmas activities we did in the lead up to Christmas have just been sitting on my hard drive. Then BAM – all at once, my favorite designs inspired something amazing. Shall we have a closer look?

The first thing to note is that it’s an accordion album. Valorie Wibbens, who is one of my all-time favorite digital designers, created the most amazing digital kit called Accordionly No.2. To create the album, you pretty much just drag, drop, print, cut and glue. I did warn you it was going to be simple. The front cover looks like this:

Once again, nothing too challenging here. A gold doily I had left over from Polly’s October main kit, Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic alpha (which you all should be hoarding, they are so handy to have), American Crafts glitter tape, two gold heart brads and an old Ann-Marie loves Paper wooden stamp. I glued a large length of black and white twine between the front and back covers so that it would wrap around the book a few times before tying up at the front.

Our first Christmas event of the year is always putting up the tree on the 1st of December. I love our tree! To make the page, I used a couple of digital elements from Valorie’s Pocket Stuffers No.3 (don’t you think she comes up with awesome names?), the sequins match my ornaments almost perfectly, but I struggled a little getting the text to stand out on the gold glitter swipe. I also used Kellie’s light strand stamp from this set and the ‘oh Christmas tree’ from this one. Doesn’t it make you want to sing the song?

Page two commemorates my first attempt at personalised Christmas cards. I was pretty happy with how they came out and wouldn’t you know it, Valorie had the perfect embellishment to match! I can see myself using these stamps a lot in December.

Making Christmas pudding is a new tradition for us. We tried it for the first time last year and it was amazing. I was super sceptical because Nana used to make us all one for Christmas, but since she passed away a few years ago, I have never found one that came close to her recipe. This one however was so rich, dense and dark in colour by Christmas Day. Note Kellie’s amazing stackable stamps – I’m super lazy, so I line them both up on the same acrylic block, keep them straight and just ink in different colours.

Ohh this page just makes me smile. I know the photo isn’t great quality and God knows the concert was awful, but it was one of the very few Christmas events around town that we went to and I didn’t take this photo…hubby did, which makes it all the more special. It was just nice to have a night out together, no matter the surroundings.

While far less sentimental than my other pages, this is my favorite page style-wise. It even has a little sneak peek of one of Kellie’s upcoming wood mount stamps. I was sick in hospital when these were being sent out, so Kellie kindly picked one for me… I don’t know why she would ever think I would need a food stamp?!? Just kidding. You couldn’t pry it off me now if you tried! Having a look at my finished album now, I notice that I have used gold glitter digital frames around most of my food shots, that was a subconscious choice I assure you, but aren’t they pretty?

This is a very rare photo. I think in the entire time CJ and I have been together, we have maybe four couple selfies. This one was taken only days before we got married. We had decided to spend our first Christmas as husband and wife alone, so we celebrated with CJ’s parents a week before. I didn’t want to bulk up my album, but the page seemed to be missing some festive cheer. This conundrum was easily resolved with Kellie’s JOY stamp, a digital brad from the Pocket Stuffers No.3 and a gold 5th and Frolic sticker.

And finally… Christmas Day. Of course I have more photos than this, but all the ones that are really important to me are in my Project Life from this point. I just really like to take pictures of food. On a side note, that cute little tree stamp is one of Kellie’s too.

I don’t know why, but I felt the need to make a back cover too. Okay that’s a lie – I did it for the washi. I really love this Freckled Fawn washi. I feel the need to put it on everything. Good thing the roll is huge! I’m really happy with how the back cover turned out. I like the sentiment: “Be Merry & may your new year’s dreams come true xoxo“. Just click on the word to see where the stamp is from. So that about covers everything. Don’t forget to check out Kellie’s other stella CT members as they use the NEW Christmas Traditions set – Karyn and Jodie. Oh and don’t forget your discount code 😉


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