After a lovely Christmas Day full of family, presents and food, I've spent the days since just lazing around home. I'm reminding myself that at 32 weeks pregnant, being lazy is considered perfectly reasonable, maybe even required on occasion. ;) As such, for the first time I am going to end my December Daily with December 25th, rather than continuing through to New Year's Eve. However, true to my normal form, I'm a LONG way from calling my December Daily complete at this stage.
December 8: I used an old kraft envelope to hold a letter to my little Chip, embellishing with patterned paper and chipboard stars that I'd inked. The date is added with alphabet stickers and a rub-on star for a little colour. I am considering printing up a slightly smaller version of our Baby Warming invitation, that we made and sent around that date, to add into the envelope.
December 9: It's hard to get more everyday life than a photo of toilet paper, but when Mike arranges it in the shape of a Christmas tree AND decorates it with tinsel, there was NO way it wasn't making its into my December Daily.
I decided to use the diecut frame and then sized the photo to fit. The colours, wood veneer and gems are repeated on both sides of the spread to help tie it together.
American Craft cardstock in Weave
Studio Calico diecut frame
Studio Calico wood veneer stars, heart and number
December 10: An around here spread, using photos and list-style journaling that combines Christmas and more everyday life.
Journaling reads: She is counting down; 15 sleeps to Christmas,19 more work days before maternity leave, 11 weeks before Chip is due. He is overseeing construction of built-in benches in our outdoor area. She is procrastinating unpacking the rest of the Christmas decorations. He is making wooden planes as gifts, following his Grandpa's design. She is thinking in lists; to do lists, present lists, shopping lists.
Kaisercraft enamel stars
Studio Calico wood veneer banner
American Crafts Zing! embossing powder in metallic teal
December 11: I used an older Ali Edwards' template to contain my photos and paired that with a piece cut from the Carols by Candlelight program. I added journaling strips on top of the ephemera piece, decorating with washi tape and sequins.
Journaling reads: With no Christmas Eve Carols by Candlelight attendance for me this year, I organised to get my fix at a local carols with Peta and the kids. There were free helium balloons, face painting, bubbles, even Ana and Elsa appeared. We didn't quite make the fireworks - I too had to head home to put my very tired boy to bed - but we're definitely planning to attend a Carols by Candlelight together again next year.
December 12: Meeting sweet little April, less than 24 hours old. The journaling is largely taken from a blog post, formatted in Photoshop Elements before I printed the page elements separately. My friend Nicole was incredibly organised and had a birth announcement to give me on Christmas Eve (I spent a big portion of Christmas Eve snuggling with this little one, only sharing her begrudgingly with Mike) so I trimmed that slightly and used it for the right page. How adorable is she in that little plum pudding hat!
Studio Calico wood veneer numbers
There a few more photos printed and a couple pages partially complete, but that's as far as I've got for now. And I do have to laugh; this time last year I was in the exact (and I mean EXACT) same stage. According to my blog post a year ago today, Days 1 to 11 were complete. This year Days 1 to 12 are complete, with the exception of Day 5 which I've skipped for the moment. The exact same stage I was last year! ;)
Links to all my previous December Daily pages are available here.