Wednesday, January 23, 2013

More December Daily

More December Daily pages to share...

Today marked the first official day of December and Debbie and I spent our day at Hollywood Studios enjoying the different rides and shows.  We also park-hopped over to Epcot to ride the new Test Track with Matthew after he got off work. We got to preview it with other Walt Disney World employees. One word...awesome!!

The details:  Since this was Hollywood Studios, I thought it would be fun to do my photos with a filmstrip feel to them.  I was able to do this so easily using Kerri Bradford's Snapshots #2 photo clipping templates. Minimal embellishments on the page make the photos the stars. :)

This was probably my favorite day of our trip...Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party! The evening was full of magic and special events that made our evening memorable! The fireworks were amazing and I loved the parade as well! :)
The details: The photos on this page tell the story of  our amazing night and the full page diecut on the opposite page adds holiday charm and a bit of Disney magic to create this page.  The diecut which says "Have yourself a merry little Christmas" is from Kerri Bradford's December Additions digital die-cut kit...there are lots of fun backgrounds with this kit. You can see the details here.
Another fun day at Disney..this was our last day at the parks and we spent most of our day at the Animal Kingdom.  Highlights included our 3rd and 4th rides on Expedition Everest (I am hooked!), Mickey's Jingle Jungle parade, lots of animal sightings on safari, and our favorite meal of the trip at the Yak & Yeti in Asia. Yummy food!
The details:  When I did the page earlier with the presents on it, I thought it would be fun to do one large present with the day's page title on it.  So I used the same die-cut as earlier and sized my title to fit the present.  The title is from Kerri's kit "December Twenty-Five" the variety of words in here! I also ended up adding the journaling around the outside of the page since my diecuts took up the whole page. 
On my first day home, I headed up Parkview North and the NIC-U to see my new nephew Conor. He is so cute and I snapped a few pictures of him. This was my favorite one of the day. :)
The details: A large snowflake diecut page takes center stage on this layout. Its from the same kit that the "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" from December 2nd came from. This was probably my favorite of the group and I used it on several pages.  I also pulled out my baby stamps from Ali Edwards to create the fun title block and snowflake accent block.
As I started to edit my photos from vacation, I started thinking about all of my favorite moments of our trip to Disney at Christmas.  So I decided to scrapbook my top 10 favorites from the trip here and now.
The details: The striped paper is probably my favorite paper that I used in my album but here it proved to be a bit too bright and competed with my photos. So to tone it down, I added a piece of vellum over the top of it.  This really let my photos shine. :)  To correspond with the top 10 list, I added number stickers to each photo that went with each memory. Love the simplicity of this page!
On this day, I caught what my friend Debbie and I later dubbed the Plague.  I have not been that sick in a very long time...I missed work this day and the following 2 days as well and spent most of this day in bed.  So to remember this, I took a picture of what got me through those days...the meds. :)
The details: The overall design of the page is pretty simple and I was able to use a stamp from Ali Edwards (ups and downs) that fit perfectly with the theme of my page.  The journaling block is also a stamp from Ali her stamps and how simple they make putting pages like these together.
Since I was down and out for 3 days, I watched a lot of movies and tv shows.  I got caught up on all the stuff I missed while on vacation and also watched  a ton of other stuff.  This page documents some of the things I watched while I was sick.
The details: A pretty simple page but with a big impact.  The photos were all taken from the internet using Google Images.  I found the largest sized resolutions for each photo and saved them to my computer. I then created the collage using another one of Kerri Bradford's templates.  So easy to do...
Once I started feeling good enough to get off the couch, I worked on my Christmas cards. I hand-colored the manger scene with my Copic markers for about 30 cards and also stamped, embossed and die-cut enough stockings for another 30 cards.  It definately kept me busy but I ended up loving how both of the cards came out.
The details: This was a fun page to put together.  I hand-colored the wreath and the phrase "celebrate the season" with my copic markers and used some fun die-cuts and stamps to create this page.
One of the cool things that our local hospital does is that it puts up each new baby's name and birth stats on a billboard.  It rotates with each baby's name and its a fun thing to add to the baby book and it was great for my album too. :)
The details:  This was another fairly simple page.  I used the diecut snowflake background page again and also added a print and cut from my Silhouette that coordinated with the Echo Park This and That Christmas collection. 
One of our family's traditions is my dad making his stollen bread.  I took this picture of him baking his bread and added the recipe handed down to my dad from his dad. 
The details: The red die-cut on the right is from the Silhouette online store...I just love the clean graphic look of this page.  Minimal embellishments and a picture of the finished bread finishes off this page. 
I will be back to share more of my album soon.  Now I am off to snuggle with my sweet nephew. :)

Friday, January 11, 2013

December Daily Catch Up

Wow it is so hard to believe that I haven't blogged on here since November.  So many things have happened in the past 6 or so weeks including a recent trip to Disney, my nephew being born, Christmas has come and gone, and we rang in 2013. A new year and new possibilities ahead...

But I promised that I would share more of my December Daily album, so that is the first thing I want to do.  :)

One of our holiday traditions is visiting the Festival of Trees in Downtown Fort Wayne.  I just love seeing all the beautiful trees and practicing my photography skills.  This year we also went to the Botanical Conservatory where they had decorated and themed it to the story of the Grinch.  It was a fun afternoon and I enjoyed every minute of it. :)
The Details: The page on the left was created with a die-cut from the very talented Kerri Bradford using this kit from her digital store.  I used several of these pages throughout my album and it made for fun and interesting pages. The photo templates were from Ali Edwards over at Designer Digitals. So much fun stuff to use with your Silhouette too! :) 

One of my all time favorite traditions at Christmas is decorating our Christmas tree. We turn on Christmas music and pull out all of our favorite decorations from over the years. There are so many memories attached to these: the first Christmas that we had Bailey, memories of trips to Frankenmuth, Disney, and other places, and some of our collections of ornaments like Mom's rocking horses and my Snowball and Tuxedo collection. :)
The Details: The title was diecut from a design I found on the Silhouette store and cut with my Cameo.  The ornaments were all stamped with various Hero Arts stamps and colored with Copic Markers.  They were pop dotted on the page and hung with embroidery floss. :)

An ordinary December day....a new haircut and packing for my Disney trip. :)

The Details: I used another background diecut from Kerri Bradford and the date diecuts are from her as well. An EK Success border punch and some elements from the Echo Park This and That: Christmas collection finishes this page.

The first day of my Christmas Disney trip with my good friend Debbie to visit my friend Matthew who works at Epcot in Mission: Space. :)
The Details: The photo collage and large snowflake diecut are both from Kerri Bradford.  Her photo clipping masks are so easy to use and I am now addicted to them. I just totally love how many photos I can fit on a page. :)

This was our first full day spent in Disney. Debbie, Matthew and I spent our day in the Magic Kingdom, celebrating the magic of Disney.  This is also the day that  my sister gave birth to my beautiful nephew, Conor, by C-section 3 weeks early. So my friends and I celebrated my becoming an aunt as well! :)
The Details: A fairly basic page with lots and lots of photos on it.  All photo collages are from Kerri Bradford Designs.  I also stamped a few Ali Edwards phrases on my photos using white Staz-On ink.

Another amazing day at Disney.  We spent most of our day at the Magic Kingdom again but headed over to Hollywood Studios to see the Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights. One word...AMAZING! Hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights blinking and dancing to the music. This was one of my favorite parts of the trip...amazing! :)

The Details: Another large snowflake from Kerri Bradford as well as some awesome stamping and embossing to create this cheery page.

One of my favorite holiday events at Disney - the Candlelight Processional and Illuminations in Epcot. Add to that delicious food in Mexico and Japan and it was an amazing day! :)

The Details:  This page came together when I found the "Joy to the World" die-cut phrase on my Silhouette Cameo.  I added the 'International Skyline' stamp from Hero Arts along the top of the page with some black embossing powder to make it pop. I then embellished the bottom of the page with a border sticker from Echo Park and the date with some Kerri Bradford die-cuts to create my page.

Well I will be back with more pages hopefully tomorrow. Until then, enjoy!