Monday, September 23, 2013

December Daily-Photo Heavy!

So I finally photographed my December Daily from last year!  I must say taking these photos makes me want to finish it.  Orrrr, make a new one for this year, with some changes.  I really love the flaps and pockets; I just should have not numbered anything yet.  My biggest gripe on this project is how thick it is without any spines.  As I filled it, it got more bowed out.  I have seen some that look like large tubes when they are completed!  LOL.  Soooo, if I attempted this again, it would definitely have chipboard covers and a spine with some sort of hinge binding.  But here's the photos.... be warned, this will be photo heavy!

This project was made with file folders using Kathy Orta's you tube series of tutorials.  It is called a Lap Book.  As you can see, the covers are not decorated.  My plan was to complete the "guts" and then decorate the covers that way the covers wouldn't get dirty during my process.  

In the picture below, you see it is already about 2 inches thick, if not more!

Here is what you see when you open the covers, the flaps.  I wanted to start my Daily from Thanksgiving because I wanted to document the picking, cutting, and putting up of the Christmas Tree.  We do that on Thanksgiving weekend.  Along the side, you see the words, "Thanksgiving Day."  Behind that, is a large pocket that houses a large portfolio meant for Thanksgiving pictures (I never put them in).  The numbers I cut from my silhouette Cameo, as well as the trees, the Christmas ornaments and all the fonts.

Here is the portfolio that is stored in the large Thanksgiving Day pocket.

Here is a close up of the diecuts.  I really love how the numbers turned out.  They are about 2 inches in diameter, including the snowflake backgrounds.
Under the 23rd, is space for more photos.
Here is a close up of the ornaments.

Under the number 24, is another space for a photo.

Yup our tree did actually fall down!  LOL!

This is the back of the front cover flap on the right side.  The number 28 is on a very tall portfolio type tag.  Just below the 27, is another pocket for a tag.

Below the number 27 is a flap.  Under that flap is day 26, of November.

This is the back side of the left front cover flap.  I didn't continue with the numbers on this side, so you see the sticky notes. There are two pockets on this side as well.  

This is the section once you flip open the Thanksgiving section.  Lots of pockets and places for tags.

This is the large back pocket at the back once all the flaps and sections are opened.

 There are so many places to stick tags and photos.... this book never ends!

So that's it!  That's my unfinished December Daily!  When I look at how much effort I put into this I definitely don't want to do another one, EVER!  LOL!  Waaaayyyyyy too much work for my very first attempt at a December Daily!  Maybe someday I can make use of it somehow.  For now, I will move onto my December Daily for 2013.  I have so many ideas in my head, I am having a hard time deciding what to do! 

Thank you so much for stopping by!  In case you missed my other post with my videos, here they are on the above project!!  Have a wonderful week!!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

December Daily

Happy Sunday to you!  Thanks for stopping by!  I realized after I mentioned my December Daily 2012, that I never showed my DD last year!  OMG, I'm so crazy!  LOL.  I didn't take pictures of it but I did do three videos of it.  I will take some pictures of it this week to share with you.  Who knows, I may decide to attempt this style DD again this year!

Thanks for visiting me today.  Stay tuned for pictures this week!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Recovering from Surgery...

Hey Everyone!  I miss sharing projects with you but I'm on a bit of a hiatus right now; recovering from surgery two weeks ago.  I am almost back to being able to sit and be crafty but it's definitely taking some time. 

Has anyone thought about doing a December Daily yet??  I know we're only into September but if you've ever done one before, you know that the key to actually completing a December Daily is preparation!!  Having the album part done ahead of time and having a plan is soooo important.  The more preparing you do ahead of time, the more likely you are finish it.  I can say this because I tried, and failed, miserably last year!  LOL!  I tried the December Daily Lapbook that Kathy Orta designed, and I actually got the base of the album completed and started even decorating pages BUT part of my problem was numbering the pages AHEAD OF TIME!  I should never have done that because I couldn't commit to something that I had to do daily.  And I was restricting myself as far as photo placement.  So this year I will do a December Daily in a different style and I won't adhere my numbers down ahead of time!  But I AM excited to do one this year and complete it! LOL. 

Anyway, I hope you are having a lovely September!  Fall is almost here!  I can feel it in the air and I'm so excited!!  :)

Thanks for stopping by!!