Project Life :: Days of December: Last transparency :: 2014

My last transparency for my Days of December album pages.

It’s about a 6×6 piece with a 3×3 photo of my lovable old pug Neumann.

And then you flip it over and there I am. Wishing you a lovely 2015.

Happy New Year…one more time!

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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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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.

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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!

Project Life Album :: 40 Days of the Holiday Season: Thanksgiving to Christmas :: 2014

Wait..’30 Days of ..’ starts today?!

For some reason when I read ’30 Days of..’ and ‘Dec Daily’ I thought they were the same thing.ish.

Why? I have no idea. I guess it’s the way my brain works. So, I thought the ’30 Days’ thing started at Thanksgiving to go until Christmas (because the word ‘thanks’ was involved). So, because fun here doesn’t start until Thanksgiving (the kids are home then Christmas prep begins). So I decided to do 40 Days. Yes, 40. But if you do ’30 Days of Thanks’ and then ‘Dec Daily’, it’s actually more than 40 days so I’m not doing too bad. I’m just doing it all together. For a big ’40 Days of Thankfulness’. It’ll go in my regular PL album. And I’ll do whatever I am thankful each day, probably. So I’m doing Thanksgiving until my son goes back to school on January something. This is my start pocket and I’m saving matching papers for the last day.

Also, my PL album is just about me and what I like about life. And I do monthly and add special event or occasion pages, if needed. I have a separate 12×12 family Christmas album and the kids have their own 12×12 albums.

Happy November to all! And may you all be less confused than I am!