2017 | Week 52

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This week encompasses two family gatherings, so I threw in an insert to finish off the year. I love how bright and fun this week is. Christmas is hands down my favourite holiday.

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The left side with the insert. I used more December Daily bits, and the December 2017 digital kit (here). The front of the insert covers babysitting my niece and nephew. We built lego's, made some crowns and had a pajama photoshoot and built a ridiculously hard puzzle. I added chipboard pieces throughout the week.

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Here's a closer look at the left side. I added a label to the title card with some phrase strips from the December Daily main kit. I struggle to use the chipboard that comes in the Story Kits. It's just something that I tend to hoard because it's either too pretty, or it needs the perfect photo. One of my goals towards the end of 2017 was to stop hoarding it and just use it. There would never be a perfect project, wherever it went would BE the perfect project. It helped me actually use my stash and I managed to empty one entire sheet of chipboard.

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The back of the insert was about it being ridiculously cold and making dinner then watching a movie. I told a similar story in December Daily and included our "awkward" family selfie.

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Here's a better look at the right side. More chipboard pieces across the spread. Love that quote card - that I think came in the digital December kit I linked above. I could have included more photos, but I feel like these capture the stories I wanted to include here. I wrote a lot more in December Daily from our Christmas gatherings, so I feel like this is enough for this album.

Ali talks a lot about NOT including every single photo, and I absolutely agree with that. It took me a couple years to figure it out, but I don't want to have to worry about dealing with 60 albums later in my life, so I'm actively choosing not to include every photo. I also don't even really take that many, so sometimes I include every photo because that's all there is.

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Here's a look at the spread without the insert. Even this would have been an adequate look at our week.

2017 | Week 51

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Big love for this spread. It was just before Christmas, and yet the only thing REALLY Christmas related, is the gifts under the tree. Still love this one. Using old and new December daily bits, and pieces from the Give Story Kit, and this journal card set.

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Some of these photos are repeats from December Daily, but I have absolutely no problem scrapbooking the same photo over and over again. The words are never exactly the same, and I sometimes try to look at the story from another perspective, but sometimes I just repeat myself, which is absolutely something I do even outside of memory keeping.

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Still love that wrapping paper, the snow, Gracie photos and sunsets. I had intended to include more photos of myself throughout the album this year, and I included some, but I don't remember even taking that many of them, so of course I included this selfie that I also included in December Daily.

2017 | Week 50

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Where did January go? I feel like the month has just flown by. I haven't started documenting this year yet, but I'm working n it. Why is a title page always the hardest part? I know I shouldn't let it stop me, but for some reason I feel like I need to sort it out before I even think about putting together week one. But first, I'll finish sharing 2017. Here's Week 50.

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I debated doing the weekly backyard photos again this year, but I think instead I'll put together a layout covering all of them from 2017 and call it good. This week I made new gift certificates for work and babysat my two favourite littles. The "we do" card is from this set by Ali Edwards.

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I didn't have enough photos, so I used a 4x6 card from a December Daily kit to document some things I love about December, even though we have basically no snow. Sometimes I also collage to 3x4 photos together, like the top right. We went to visit my Grandma at the lodge and play Birthday Bingo. For the first time in a couple years, most of the family was all able to make it. So fun. 

2017 | Week 49

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This spread is so BLUE and I love it. I used some cards from my December Daily stash, and I printed a few digitals from the Time Story Kit. Repeating the chipboard embellishment formula using the phrases, and the vacation piece from this chipboard bundle Ali released this past summer. I love how simple the middle row feels with mostly words.

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Sometimes I feel like my title card also creates a sort of "theme" for my weekly spreads. Like this one says "together" and most of the stories I told this week, are about us being together. With Gracie and with each other. I added a chipboard phrase strip to every photo that corresponded with that photo.

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The right side basically covers the weekend for us. Gracie photo, zoo lights, a day of relaxing in the hotel for me while Jon's at a tournament and the drive home. I love that this spread is just simple. The stories were straightforward and having a formula for adding embellishments makes things so much faster.

2017 | Week 48

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I love this spread. All the reds and greens and those chipboard half circles. I love this project, and I love the month of December. The date card on the top left is from THIS card set by Ali Edwards. The "cross my heart" card is an old Feed Your Craft and the rest were from various December Daily kits.

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Somehow, despite all the embellishments, this spread looks really clean. I love the repetition of the circle/half circle. I'm also proud of myself for using my stash of December Daily cards, and the hoard of chipboard pieces I think are too pretty to use.

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I always find those half circles so hard to use, but I made it work here. I aligned them in a way that when the pages were in the album, the chipboard pieces wouldn't be stacked on top of each other. I super love that cross my heart card. Brandi Kincaid makes really great stuff for Feed Your craft, but she also has her own shop HERE.

December Daily 2017 | Days 26-31

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This is the final installment of my December Daily album. You can find the other sections below. I want to thank all of you that have come to check it out, it means a lot. I love this project and if I only did 1 project a year outside of Project Life, I think it would be this one. I love it so much and I love Christmas.

PART 1 | PART 2 | PART 3 | PART 4

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Day 26 was spent packing up the dishes in the cupboard and washing the new ones we got for Christmas. Jon made dinner and we curled up on the couch with Gracie to watch a movie. I stapled a cork 26 onto the plate and added some filler cards and a journal card to the lef page and called it done.

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The card is from like 2013 and the chipboard piece was from the 2016 chipboard bundle. Looking at it now, I feel like I need to add something around the chipboard piece. Either another pattern, or some journaling, or a stamp maybe. It just looks too white.

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Day 27 was so ridiculously cold that I had to include not one, but two weather screenshots. I created a 4x6 canvas in photoshop with a 3x4 text box to keep my journaling from running over any of the words on the journal card. I just wrote about how cold it was and how we stayed inside for the whole day.

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I added some phrase stickers and a chipboard heart to fill in some of the white space. I could have measured sections of the journal card to get the text closer to the words, or just hand wrote my journaling, but I love how it turned out.

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I realized when I was photographing this that I forgot to add a tab to the edge of that half page. I'll go back and add one when I remember. 

Day 28 I babysat my niece and nephew. We built some Lego sets they'd gotten for Christmas and made some extra crowns which then led to a mini photoshoot with the two of them. Which was freaking adorable. 

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I repeated the cork number over a plastic shape that "framed" the number. I love how it looks and it fit perfectly in the top right corner.

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I included a single 6x8 photo of each of them, and one 3x4 of the two of them, and an extra 3x4 of my niece while we were playing Wii Tennis. I added in the "Oh what fun" card, I'd used the letters previously in the month. 

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Day 29 it was EVEN COLDER than Day 27 and so of course that needed to be documented. I stapled the 29 to a pattern card from Feed Your Craft and added my journaling and called it done. I added a full 6x8 photo of Gracie that is technically from Day 30, but I didn't label it, so it kind of falls into Day 29.

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Day 30 we had Christmas with my family. Jon and I took care of making dinner, my niece and I had made some Christmas crackers for everyone, including crowns. 

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I typed a novel of tiny journaling and printed it out on this card. I made a 4x6 canvas, measured the space at the top and created a text box to fit the open space, printed a test run and then printed it onto my journal card.

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I added a photo of my nephew playing with the road puzzle I bought him, and an adorable photo of my brother and his family playing Connect Four. On the right I slipped two of the crowns into a 6x8 pocket. I trimmed them off at the top of the pocket - they were a little too tall, and fused along the edges to hold them in place.

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I just fused along the edge of each crown, following the diagonal and dumped some sequins into the open space in the middle. If I did it again, I think I'd fuse one small section at a time and add the sequins as I go, but it worked out in the end and I love how it turned out.

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Day 31 Jon and I had to work until 8, and then we went to play Yahtzee with his parents. I just took a photo of my score sheet, stapled the number to the bottom, wrote who won along the bottom and journaled a little bit.

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I added Jon's score card to the back page and called it done.

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Thank you so much for looking at my pages. I super love this cover and will absolutely consider doing it again now  that I know what it takes. Or maybe I'll just let this be the only one for a while and just enjoy it as it is. 

Please feel free to leave links to your projects in the comments, I'd love to see them!