Project Life :: 40 Days of December (it’s my version) :: 2014

Welcome to my *FiRsT EvEr* Days of December 2014!

Let me first say that I had no idea what I was doing. This is only my first Project Life album. Well, it was going in my PL album for 2014. I was hearing about all kinds of projects to do and pockets to make all year so it doesn’t surprise me that I got confused. So, in an earlier post about my ’17 Days of Thankful’ (see earlier blog post) I explained that I heard about the 30 Days of Thankful and then a few weeks later I heard about December Daily. Seriously…in my head I thought they were the same thing!! So, I mapped mine all out. Starting with Thanksgiving, right? Thankful? Made sense to me. So then I decided to go until January 5th, which is the day my youngest returns to high school. So I would get the entire holiday season. So I gave a pocket for each of the now 40 Days…of Thankful? December Daily Thankful? Daily Thankful? Holiday Daily? In my head (I’m in my head a lot), I had it all covered and then I saw new posts and I realize that it’s 2 separate projects. Not only that but people make a totally separate album for December Daily. Well, I have a 12×12 that I keep all of my Christmases in (I’m working on our 5th Christmas album) so there was no way I was going to make another album. I decided to leave my now 40 Days (of Crazy) in the 2014 album, and a pocket a day was great for me. So, that’s what I did. And it’s finished!! I kinda like this way of doing it and I just might do another 40 Days in 2015!

I saw that other people were making little added ‘pages’ with transparencies and I really liked the look of it so I added a few in my album.

Here are pages 1 & 2, November 27 – December 7th, minus the transparency.

My title pocket!

I decided to use gold pieces here and there.

The left side of my layout.

Thanksgiving Weekend!

We don’t have an Elf but I saw this photo and I had to add it to my album. For some reason it reminds me of the naughtiness of the childhood of my now 15 year old.

The right side of my layout.

I loved the Freckled Fawn Embellishment kit that I got from Take Ten Kits! http://www.thestudio29design.com

Here’s a better photo of my first transparency in my album.

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Here are pages 3 & 4, December 8 – 20.

I was so happy to find lots of pink for my DD album!

The left side of my layout. My decorations went up as I waited to get a tree!

The right side of my layout.

Here’s another transparency- pink! And a ‘Have a Holly…’ tag!

Front of the tag.

Back of there tag!

What the page looks like with the transparency added to the album.

Front of the transparency…

…and back of the transparency! I was lucky to find a pink one!

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These are pages 5 & 6, December 21 – 31. With more transparency pages added!

Oh, I love these 3 pockets together!

I made 2 tabs for the transparencies. (I really like that word- transparencies)

Christmas cookies!

Christmas Morning!

New Year’s Eve!

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Last page! January 1 – 5, 2015!

Happy New Year!

(I may have over bought for this year…looks like I’ll HAVE to do it again next year!)

I had a great time making these pages in 2014 and I’m sure I’ll make them again in 2015!

Thanks for looking! I wish you a fabulous 2015!

-Cynthia

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Project Life Album :: #17DaysOfThankful (it’s my version) :: November 2014

For this project I decided to use the perfect pieces from the Take Ten Kits November 2014 kit. I love the colors! And the images! They’re beautiful and perfect for what I was going to do.

This started with me misunderstanding, as usual, something I knew nothing about. I thought I understood it but clearly I did not.

There are TWO things: 30 Days of Thankful and December Daily. I thought there was only one thing. I thought it started on Thanksgiving, hence the Thankful, and went all the way through Christmas. There was the December, too, so I thought the Thankful, the December, oh, I had it all mixed up! So, without realizing it, I went on with my planning. I counted and I came up with 40 Days. 40 Days of…Crazy, I decided.

So suddenly it was November 1st and everyone was talking about 30 Days of Thankful and I decided to jump right in- even though I was starting again on Thanksgiving, I wanted to do this along with everyone else. Until the 17th. So, I used the Collect app for this experiment. And I loved it! I love the clean look of it, which is typically the opposite of what I normally do. I love color.

Anyway, I decided to jump in on November 1st. And to go only through November 17th. So it would be 17 Days of Thankful. Why? because the 18th is my birthday and that would be a whole separate page. I would then take a break until Thanksgiving and start my 40 Days of Crazy.

Welcome to my 17 Days of Thankful! (just pretend it’s a thing)

 

This is the left side of my 2 page layout.

Here is the card for November 1st from the Collect app I have on my iPhone. It keeps an image for each day and you can make a note on it. The app collects it in calendar form, which I love!

This is an adorable metal coffee cup paper clip thingy! It was in the Take Ten Kits for November 2014. Perfect for my Day 1.

The Grateful and the Take Note card are both from the Take Ten Kits November 2014 kit. Beautiful colors and images!

My calico Chloe. I had to keep shooing her away cause she really wanted to just lie on top of my Project Life album! I don’t even want to think about the cat hair sticking to everything, the pockets, the static, ugh!! Shoo! Chloe! Get away! She was terribly frightened- can’t you tell?

The Good Stuff card is also from the Take Ten Kits November 2014 kit. Fabulous for my 17 Days of Thankful! Because the everyday stuff we are thankful for really is the Good Stuff.

This is the right side of my 2 page layout.

The Deer card and the Thankful card are also from the Take Ten Kits November 2014 kit.

Thankful. I really am.

Here is both pages of the 2 page layout for my #17DaysOfThankful. I had a great time with this project and I need a break until my #40DaysofCrazy.

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The Shepherd and His Sheep

My uncle’s book given to him the year of his birth, 1935, from his grandparents, my great-grandparents, Nana and Papa Carlson.

He never had children of his own. He died at 24.

I never knew him but I miss him.

Project Life Album :: Thanksgiving 2014

This is my layout for Thanksgiving!

Each of us cooks for dinner. It didn’t start out this way but as time goes on and the kids get older, they take on helping make the dinner. The one time all year that all of us cook.

My husband and son make Apple Pies, my other son make fancy Pigs in a Blanket with pesto and gouda, my daughter makes my mother’s Sweet Potato Rolls, and I make the turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry and orange sauce, and peas with basil. It is a delicious dinner.

This is the left side of my 2 page layout.

This wood piece is from the Take Ten Kits November 2014 add-ons!

I love it!!

This is the right side of my 2 page layout.

Typing out our menu made it look fancy. 🙂

Typing out our Thanksgiving menu made it look fancy. 🙂

And here are the 2 pages side by side, the way they sit in my 2014 album. I like the way all of the browns make it look very November and very Thanksgiving.

This was a very simple layout that didn’t take much time at all!

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Our Christmas Album :: Many years in one album :: Simple and finished to enjoy this year!

I have made Christmas Albums to document every Christmas we’ve had together for the past 30 years. Some years there are many pages, other years just a few. I put them all in the albums so we can take them out and enjoy them year after year. If you haven’t done this before, I suggest it! You can do this for ANY holiday, any time of the year, or for any special occasion, to take out year after year!

The pages are simple and best of all – finished!

The front page of the album is a simple one. I use a photo from the first year the album begins.

This particular piece of paper was printed like this so I just added paper behind the photo, and paper behind the square ‘Merry Christmas’, put a few foam dots underneath to raise it up, and it’s done.

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The left side of this 2 page spread starts with a few photos of my decorations around the house. I try to change it up a little but…ok, the gnome and vintage pinecone elves are new.

And this is the right side of this 12×12 double page layout. (each side is 12×12)

Christmas Eve and Christmas Morning- our presents don’t appear until after Santa comes. We’ve never had the ‘There’s no such thing as Santa’ conversation. Ever. Not even with my parents! Or my grandparents! I guess it’s now a family tradition. Because once you stop believing in Santa, well, you don’t get presents from Santa. And my kids are 30, 20 and 15. Let’s just say that every Christmas morning when I wake up Santa has come. And it’s always a thrill. Always.

And here is the double layout of the above photos! It all makes sense now!

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If you look at the pages, you can see I just take a 12×12 paper, cut it in half, one side bigger than the other, and they go on the outer edges of the pages usually. You can’t even tell that there aren’t full 12×12 papers covering the pages. There is plenty of color and my paper lasts a little longer. Sometimes I cut the 12×12 paper into 6 strips so I have enough for 3 double page layouts!

There were a few more pages of Christmas morning, and now this is Christmas Night when we went to a cousin’s house. We don’t see each other often because the kids are busy with school but when we do see each other, we always take photos of the kids. The photo in the middle is special because the 2 taller men graduated from the same high school the boy in the middle, is currently going to. Very exciting!

Notice the paper strips. And I usually do my journaling on the computer now. My hands aren’t holding up too well as far as writing with a pen goes. And most pages the embellishments were stars I cut out of silver paper. Next year I’ll choose different paper and I’ll figure out something else to embellish it with. But I like to have the pages from the same years match each other. And then next year the page with Christmas 2015, will have a grand new beginning. A little dramatic- I get excited talking about scrapbooking.

And this is the right side of the double page layout. More stars, more paper strips and more cousins.

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The big cousin Christmas Party! More paper strips and stars…notice the simple theme? The photos are pretty bright and exciting on their own, but, no, I like to push the color a little further. I can’t help it.

Ahhh, how can it be that a 19 year old female has never held a baby? I don’t know, but she was thrilled to get her hands on her new littlest cousin! More matching paper strips. They probably all came from ONE piece of 12×12 paper. A good time was had by all. Until we meet again, cousins!

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Holiday wrap-up, no pun intended. I didn’t take a photo of the left side of this 2 page spread but this page is on the right and is the last page of the 2013 Christmas pages. When you turn the page, prep will begin for the 2015 Christmas photos. Thirty years of Christmas photos. I believe those 30 years are in 5 albums and this is the 6th. Not too bad.

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I invite you to start your own holiday album- ANY kind of holiday album, any time of the year! Your kids, grandkids- whoever. You and your family will always enjoy taking it out year after year. That much I can guarantee!

And keep the pages simple- they’re easier to finish!