Tuesday, February 4, 2014

It's Never Too Late... (T Tues)

Hello, Tuesday readers!  The project I want to share today is a work in progress.  It's a...Christmas mini album!  Now, I know that February is NOT the popular time to make "December Daily"-type albums.  Obviously, people make those in December.  And they work on them daily (in theory).  But that never made any sense to me.  Why take on a huge extra project during the busiest month of the year?  So, I've never made a December Daily.

Supplies: B/W paper from Fancy Pants; all other paper from Simple Stories; punch from All Night Media; white pen from Ranger; black pen from Zig.

However, this year I noticed that I have a BIG stack of photos from December.  If I were to put them all on regular 12x12" layouts, there would be so many that December would dominate my 2013 scrapbook.  So, I decided it was time to make a mini album.  It's kind of like a December Daily...just not made in December...and not worked on daily.  :)

~album & supplies~

I'm using a regular "brag book"-sized photo album (brand unknown), which I received as part of a Christmas gift.  I'll eventually decorate the cover to make it look more festive.  As for supplies, I'm mostly using pieces from the "December Documented" collection by Simple Stories.  The journaling cards and cut-apart sheets are just the right size to fit my mini album.

Supplies: papers from Simple Stories; pen from Zig.

Above is an example of a single-page "layout" in this album.

Supplies: papers from Simple Stories; stickers from Echo Park; pen from Zig; photo editing from walgreens.com.

And here's a double-page "layout," about my collection of European paper angels.

Supplies: paper from Simple Storeis; tape from We Call Her Happydaks; teardrop cab from Olla Podrida; pens from Zig.

The album has slots for 52 photos, but I don't have quite that many.  The sleeves that don't end up holding photos will hold greeting cards and other memorabilia.  Above is a Happy New Year card from one of my Russian friends.

Supplies: papers from Simple Stories; label sticker from October Afternoon; decorative stickers from Doodlebug; tape from We Call Her Happydaks; dots from Craftwork; pen from Zig.

The double-page layout above shows text trimmed from a Christmas bread wrapper (on the top) and a Bev Doolittle Christmas card (on the bottom).

I'm enjoying working on my album bit by bit, with no pressure to finish it by any certain deadline.  It's nice to make a page or two while sipping a cup of tea...although lately I've been more into cocoa with Valentine sprinkles.  :)

I'm joining in with Elizabeth and Bleubeard's Tuesday "tea party," and I'm eager to see what everyone else in the group is up to today.  Happy T Day!  :)


Halle said...

I like your idea for a late December Daily. I always dream of doing one of those but never get it together in time to start. :)
Happy Tuesday!

Lynette said...

I have never been able to "get into" doing a December daily....way to busy. Love your work.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Oh Denise, I love this concept. And the fact that you can take your time making it, makes it more worthwhile and special. No pressure to create fast, instead, you can take your time and find the perfect paper, like that BREAD WRAPPER. Yep, that one blew me away. Completely clever and "green," too.

I was impressed with your angels. Do you make them yourself, buy them, receive them as gifts, or ??? They are truly lovely.

Thanks for sharing your hot cocoa with the Valentine hearts during T(ea) today. I am going to find some of those heart sprinkles because they are so much fun to look at. And thanks for your sweet comment, too. It means a lot that you notice.

Svjetlana said...

You are absolutely right about December daily, I never had time for it in December. Your album is adorable.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

You are so smart to be working on a December project now when you are less rushed and busy! Your book is already looking amazing and will be a nice remembrance come this

The cocoa with the valentine sprinkles looks yummy and comforting! Happy T day!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

GORGEOUS creation with so many wonderful details!
I like to finish up my album as soon as possible because if I start another project, chances that I will "abandon" the album! that is just me!

Billie-Jean Beveridge said...

Hey Denise!! i love your theory with the whole why put the pressure on in December. I find doingthings in your own timeis more of an enjoyable thing than trying to do it in a hurry. thanks for your kind words on my blog. uniforms can and can't be a blessing lol. I have been super busy this week and had forgotten to wash the girls uniforms so i was hitting the ground running to get them ready this morning, no uniform would have been easier. take care and i cant wait to see your album when it is done :)

Carol L said...

Your mini album is a great idea for any time of the year! I used to do this with all the photo cards I got in the mail at Christmas! It's fun to flip through them and see how families have grown and changed through the years ;) Now I think I'll go fix myself a cup of hot cocoa and see if I have any sprinkles in the house ;)

see you there! said...

I like the idea of a mini album used the way you have used it. You can call it December Daily Memories and it won't be "late" so to speak.


IrinaR said...

Привет Denise! Не перестаю удивляться - ты как всегда(ничего что на ты?), найдешь оригинальное решение. Это классно, из простого фотоальбома сделать что-то типа "Project Life" и получить чудесный December Daily!!!! Здорово!!!!
Hi Denise! Can not help wondering - how are you always (nothing that you?), Find an original solution. It's cool, from a simple album to have something like "Project Life" and get a wonderful December Daily!!!! Gorgeous!!!
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