December Daily 2017 | Days 22-25


Seriously you guys, that cover makes me so happy. Even though the bottom rows have a very pronounced curve to them. You can read more of my ramblings about the cover in PART 1 and a little more in PART 2 and don't forget to check out PART 3.


Day 22 is all about the last shift of work before the holidays. I meant to include more about what we did aside from work, but instead just slipped in a photo from The Grand Tour o remind me that we watched it that night after work. I added a white heart sticker and stapled the cork number onto the December card and called it done.

Day 23 was the work Christmas party. I put some of the photos out of order, but I'm still happy with how it came together. This photo of Jon and his parents with Santa is super blurry, but I made it black and white and love how it came together.


I stapled the cork number and a plastic circle from the 2016 Paislee Press kit to the top edge of the photo. I love that by "framing" the number, it draws your attention to it.


Day 23 continues onto the next page with a full page selfie. When I was looking at the photos I'd taken from this day and  trying to put the spread together I was all "do I really need a full page photo of my face (okay, half of my face)? The answer was yes because somehow I'd managed to get to the day 23 with a single photo of myself.

I have my feet on Day 1, and a photo of my face on Day 3, but that's it. This is a project about me, and my life, and yet I'm in a total of 1 photo with my face. It's not that I don't know how to get myself into photos, I simply avoid them - like the Santa photo on the previous page. I don't feel comfortable being in front of the camera and over the last 5-6 years I've noticed a decline in the number of selfies I take, and photos I appear in.

So all this rambling to say yes, yes I did need a full page photo of myself, with a gold embossed 23. I actually really liked this photo right after I snapped it, and I still like it. Trying not to pick out all of the details I hate about it. 


I added one of the gold foil tags and stapled one of the phrase strips from the main kit to a felt heart, also from the main kit. I stapled the phrase to the heart and used glue dots to adhere the phrase strip to the tag.


On the back of the tag I journaled about the Christmas party. I added some phrase stickers to the top and the same ribbon that I used on the first tag. I added some additional photos from my walk to the party on the page to the right, with a transparency from the Paislee Press mini kit.


Day 24 we went to Jon's parents' for dinner since work was officially closed and we really didn't want to cook, but his mom was making dinner for everyone. I kept things pretty simple since I knew Christmas Day was coming up and I had a ton of photos and the album was already getting a little bulky. 


I added an acrylic piece from Color Cast Designs (it's from 2015 I think) to my large sunset photo. I tried to get it in the middle-ish and I love it's contrast against the colours of the sunset.


For most of December I'd wanted to capture the reflection of our tree in the livingroom window, and I finally did on Christmas Eve. We'd come home early-ish from Jon's parents because we were going out early the next morning so the kids didn't have to wait to open gifts.

I told the story about how on our way home, it was so cold outside that we hit a bump and a rock chip on the truck window turned into a crack along the bottom of the window. Yet coming home to the reflection of the twinkle lights made everything better.


The wood veneer 25 is from 2013 or 2014 (super old) and I slipped this transparency that I cut down to 3x4 into the pocket with it to just make this side of the pocket feel completed since I was leaving the wood veneer raw.


Day 25 starts with the ridiculously cold weather and a story about picking up Jon's Aunt on our way back out to the farm. Then we move on to the mess that is large presents for everyone that don't fit under the tree.


I love how the wood veneer and the transparency look from this side. That transparency is hands down one of my favourites.


Then I journal a small gratitude list that covers a lot of the things that were going on at the Wong house on Christmas Day. I included a photo of breakfast (bananas and caramel on waffles), and a photo of most of us crowded around the table working on Lego. I added another of the tags with the same ribbon as the other two.


#2 on this list was because Jon had bananas and caramel and I simply put maple syrup on mine. There was teasing about this, but I stood my ground. I love gratitude lists because they remind us that we're really blessed to have what we have and shouldn't take any of it for granted. 


I will probably always tease Jon about this photo of him getting ready to shove his hand into the turkey. I love it though. I love that it captures his sense of humor and that he's usually the one to stuff and take care of the turkey when we have dinner at his parents' house. On the right I added some photos from the adventure that was building Star Wars Lego sets with the nephews. They were pretty excited.


On the back of the tag - where I put the photo of Jon - I added a wood veneer 25 and some phrase strips. 


I added another Lego photo and a photo of the fort they built. It was so much cooler than anything we had as kids. I usually try and include a photo of Jon's turkeys in any projects I'm doing, and this is no exception. He loves making the turkey. This one got a little bit too crispy on some parts because for some reason it wasn't cooking as fast as it should have been, and had to stay in a little longer. But it was still freaking delicious.


To finish off Day 25, I wanted to print out a 6x8 photo of everyone gathered around the table, but I don't have it yet. Jon's dad took it with his DSLR and hasn't had a chance to e-mail it to me yet, but I'm saving it's place anyways. This might stay like this until I forget what was supposed to go here, but that's okay.

On the right I wrote about a day of Lego building and included photos of the two BIG sets we helped the boys build.

Thanks so much for coming to check out my December Daily album. Please feel free to leave a link to your project in the comments. I'd love to check it out, whether it's a blog post, some videos, or just photos in a gallery.

December Daily 2017 | Days 14-21


This cover will possibly forever be my favourite until the end of time. I'm so so so glad that I did it. I love it's messy little flaws and crooked lines and I absolutely want to stitch it onto a traditional layout - that's how much I love it.

You can read more of my ramblings about the cover in PART 1 and a little more in PART 2


The two previous posts covering days 1-13 can be found at the links I shared above this photo. Today I'm starting with Day 14. It took me almost half the month to get the first gift wrapped.

When we were in the city earlier in December we found this really great wrapping paper. The roll had EASILY 300% more paper than any other roll I've ever seen. I was able to wrap every single gift that needed wrapping paper and still have enough leftover to get through next year. It made me happy to see it under the tree with THESE REALLY GREAT TAGS that I found on Pinterest.

I trimmed a piece of wrapping paper to 6x8 and adhered it to a piece of cardstock before adding the tag and slipping it into the pocket.


Day 15 was a short story about how LITTLE snow we have. Which is freaking ridiculous for where we live. In Alberta. Which, if you don't know, is in Canada. It was unseasonably warm for most of December and what snow we did have mostly melted by this point. It did snow again later in the month and we had a mostly white Christmas, but it also got ridiculously cold towards the end of the month.

Day 16 was all about Gracie. She gets super cuddly in the winter, and yet still holds the firm belief that the couch belongs to her. When both Jon and I are at home for a full day, most of it is spent at our desks working on our respective hobbies and Gracie curls up on the couch and looks adorable, always. I used a card from the 2015 kit and some giant letter stickers from my stash to write cozy and journaled under it.


Day 17 I printed out a digital 4x6 card from the For the Love Story Kit (learn about Story Kits and Stories by the Month) and used a variety of stamps to make a list of things I love about this season/photo/day. I added an older "December routines" card to journal about the mundane details of our life right now.

Day 18 is supposed to be an interactive advent calendar, which I scrap-lifted from the always lovely Brandi Kincaid - you can check out hers HERE and catch a video walk-through HERE.


I stapled the cork heart to the red heart, hand wrote "kitty cuddles" and stamped all the rest of the list. I love this card and will most definitely be using it over and over again. So many ideas to use this card like 60 times.


I just took a photo of my advent calendar and cropped it square-ish in Photoshop and I printed it out on Matte photo paper. I cut it in half down the middle and adhered the left side directly to the cardstock backer and made the right page flip up so I have space to include the notes about how each of us feels about each tea. It's a work in progress and I'm hoping that this piece is finished before this post goes up, if not I'll try to remember to post a little update with the finished product.


Day 19 is all about my two favourites being weird but also adorable. I cropped the left photo to the size of the advent calendar on the other side, and thanks to a poll on Instagram all of my full pages outside of the pocket have been printed on Matte photo paper.


I stacked some phrase strips along the edge of the full page photo.


I stacked some more on the photo on the 4x6 photo on the opposite page.


I love these large chipboard numbers but I hate the bulk they add to my album so I take a knife to the back and peel off the majority of the layers to make t more flat. Which makes no sense if the chipboard heart right next to it doesn't have any layers removed, but you get the idea. I added a phrase strip across the heart and the number


Because we had a very not-busy-with-holiday-stuff December, Day 20 was about finally getting 99% of the gifts wrapped and under the tree. Jon still had to wrap all of my gifts, but I'd gotten through wrapping all the other gifts, so I snapped a photo and wrote a little bit about it.

Day 21 was all about packing up the holiday baking that needed to be delivered to a few people at the work Christmas party in a few days, and because Christmas was quickly approaching we had to get some ready for Jon's family. Luckily we chose something we wouldn't have to worry about going bad or stale before delivery.


I peeled the chipboard number to make it thinner and wrote my journaling on a heart with little stitch marks embossed around the edges. I added some gift die cuts from this Feed Your Craft set and adhered everything to a card with some text on it.


I don't often heat emboss anything, but I did a reasonable amount of embossing in my December Daily album. This circle was a wood veneer, but I didn't like how the raw wood looked against this pattern, and so I took some white embossing powder and embossed it before adding the number 21 puffy sticker from 2016.


The photo of the boxes was just printed as a 4x6 and I cut it in half down the middle and slipped it into the 3x4 pockets. I adhered this rubber holiday cheer banner outside of the pocket and went right across. I thought about putting it inside, but it wouldn't cut in half nicely, and it would have made the pockets too bulky because it would have been right on the center line, so I left it whole and hopefully it stays attached. I might go back and add a staple or two just to make sure it doesn't fall off.

Thank you so much for coming by to see my December Daily album. In an effort to get this project shared before spring is upon us, I'll be sharing the final two parts of this album on Monday and Tuesday. I hope you all have a great weekend. Feel free to leave links to your December Daily projects in the comments. I'd love to see them!

2017 | Week 47


When Ali does a Project Life catch up, she talks about "formulas" and one of her formulas is repeating an embellishment across a spread. I've got a literal ton of chipboard pieces from past Story Kits and various chipboard bundles and other kits Ali has released. I also added in a 3x4 card from an old Feed Your Craft kit. 


This week we put up our tree, I finished drilling my album cover and got ready to stitch it. The "right place right time" chipboard piece is hiding a dead animal. We came out of work after closing and someone had been hunting earlier that day and just strapped their animal to a rack on the back of their vehicle. I laughed out loud and insisted on taking a picture, but knowing it might be sensitive or offensive, I added a flip pocket and stuck the chipboard onto a piece of clear plastic and slipped it into the pocket to hide it.


So many words. I took a box of old stickers and die cuts and things to my niece and nephew. They were so ridiculously excited. I put together simple little books for them to put their stickers into and it kept them entertained for at least an hour. We had so much fun.

December Daily 2017 | Days 6-13


Alright, today I'm sharing Part Two of my December Daily album. Part One is a very long and rambling post where I talk about this awesome cover that I created. I however, forgot to mention in that post that this album came with Ali's 2014 December Daily kit (no longer availabe) and I stared at it for so long until this idea came to me, and I'm so grateful that I waited until inspiration struck and this became the result. I LOVE how it turned out, flaws and all.


Day 6 starts off with the back of the heart page I made with a cut file and tutorial from Ali's December Daily Product Play Workshop - more about it below. On the right side I wrote a little bit about the photo of Gracie playing under the tree with her mouse. She loves that burlap tree skirt that Jon's cousin made us, and spends a lot of December under the tree. She really hates when I put presents under there and she doesn't have space to lay down on the tree skirt.


I stamped a number 6 onto one of the hearts (okay 2 because the first one smudged), and repeated the same format that I used on Day 5. I tried to match the size of the phrase stickers, but I know the "give thanks" one on the bottom right was a little taller than the one on the other side, but it wasn't a big deal.


Day 7 was the definition of peace & joy, so I felt great using that card. I created a 4x6 template in Photoshop and measured the space for my journaling and created a text box. I printed it out on plain paper with registration marks and then just stuck the journaling card down where I wanted the words to print and hoped for the best. Luckily it worked out great.

The full page photo is for day 8. We went down to Calgary for our third visit to Zoo Lights. We (mostly me) look forward to going each December. It's the one place we can go and enjoy some really great light displays. In our small town, not too many people do anything elaborate with their Christmas lights, so it's absolutely worth the drive to see the zoo decorated for the holidays.


I stapled the gold circle number, and a phrase strip to my photo and added a little green chipboard star. Super simple, but ties the green to this photo and repeats the gold on the photo for day 8.


I trimmed a phrase strip from the main kit into a banner shape and adhered it right along the edge. I added an old glitter star sticker and dug into my number stash for that half circle wood veneer. I gold embossed a wood veneer number (old Color Cast Designs) and had strategically placed the cluster so the half circle curved with the curve of the lights right below it. Love how it turned out.


Day 8 continues with another full page photo on the back and a large paragraph of journaling next to a December box digital stamp from Ali Edwards. I added some puffy star stickers from  Feed Your Craft and repeated the puffy stickers on the right page, with a puffy heart and a puffy star. I added a chipboard number 8 and one of the die cuts, also from Feed Your Craft.

I make Jon give me his tickets every time we see a movie, or go to the Zoo so I can include one in Project Life and one in any other project I do related to that trip. He's so used to it by now that he just hands it to me when we get into wherever we're going.


Day nine was all about a very quiet day/evening at the hotel while Jon headed to a tournament where he won a beautiful trophy. It seems weird to some I'm sure that I would spend an entire day curled up in a hotel room reading, blogging, and watching random marathons on the Food Network. My introvert self loves it though.

Day ten we drove home from the city. We spent a quiet night at home with Gracie watching Holiday Baking Championship and Despicable Me 3. I added a transparent card to the bottom right pocket.


Here's a better look at the transparent card. I just slipped a piece of white cardstock behind it so you could see it better. I love that card so much. 


Day eleven was about my very long to do list being thrown out the window despite most of the things on it needing to be completed. I shortened it down to fit on the card by leaving off two more things I didn't do, and just told the story on the top right card. I added one of the tags that came as part of the early-bird freebie for buying the main kit. I stapled the rubber piece from the Paisley Press mini kit to the felt heart and then adhered the felt heart to the tag using glue dots.


I stapled the rubber piece from the Paisley Press mini kit to the felt heart and then adhered the felt heart to the tag using glue dots. Fingers crossed it stays there. 


Does anyone else find  these 2x2 pockets so hard to fill? I wanted to use more of these in the album this year, but I can never commit to putting things in the pockets. I like to use them for "around here" words only pages, or holiday music. But I had a TON of photos from babysitting my niece and nephew, so I selected a few and put them in the pockets and added some embellishments.

All of my journaling for day 12 is on the back of the tag. I made a 4x8 template in Photoshop and had to print it twice because the first time I forgot to factor in the holes for the rings. I used THIS STAMP SET to stamp along the top of the tag and also on the wood veneer circle.


I really love the see-through bits. The rubber love square was released this year with Ali's other December Daily products and I think basically every other piece is old-ish, except the puffy heart sticker from Feed Your Craft.


I added more photos to the back and love seeing the journaling through some of the pockets. On the bottom left corner you can basically see all the way back to Day 9. I love the see-through layers. 


I used the Joy from THIS STAMP SET and the pattern paper I stamped it on was actually from the 4x6 card Ali included with all December Daily orders thanking everyone for joining her for this project. I fused the embellishment pockets closed - including the 12 - and left the back of the chipboard 12 raw. Love these two kids and their silly faces.

Thanks so much for coming by to check out this second installment of my December Daily album. You can check out Part 1  and on Friday I'll be back to share part 3 of 4.

2017 | Week 46


This week I used a mixture of old Feed Your Craft cards, and old Ali Edwards cards. I love that both Elise (Feed Your Craft) and Ali create intentional products to help you tell a variety of authentic stories. I also love that they compliment each other - granted I have a ton of both, so I dig until I find pieces that fit together in a spread.


Title cards for me, are literally just a place to put the dates. Sometimes they're just a pattern with a label and the date and other times they're the marketing cards from the Story Kits (which have a handwritten quote on them) and the date.

This year I've learned to love list journaling. Like the currently card. It's just a great way to get a bunch of little stories into the spread without taking up a lot of space, and generally those little stories don't need more than one sentence to tell them.


It's reaching the point where photos of Gracie are almost like filler cards. Sometimes I get to the end of the week and I have a dozen photos of her being adorable on my phone, and I try to keep them from filling every single pocket. This was also the week I started working on my December Daily album cover - below this post you'll see the first 5 days and the beautiful cover I made. 

I'm trying to be more aware of the photos I take each week, and to make notes about some of the smaller stories I want to include. I want to take more photos, and be more intentional in taking them. We'll see how that goes this year.


December Daily 2017 | Days 1-5


FINALLY. It's time to share December Daily and let me just say, it was tough to keep this cover a secret for the entire month of December, and now half of January, and now that I'm sharing it, I'm so proud of myself for taking the risk.

When I first got the idea, I was skeptical that it would turn out, so I didn't want to tell anyone about it, except Jon. He was at his desk painting and I came out and literally was just like "okay, so I have this idea. It's probably stupid, and I can guarantee you as soon as I reach the point of no turning back, I'll doubt myself, and have regrets about starting it. It will probably be worth all of that in the end, but I want you to know now that I'll probably whine about it. I'm not even trying to talk myself out of it. That's how much I want to do this." and he simply just said "go for it". Then I explained what I was going to do, and he handed me the drill and off I went.


A little bit of backstory about this idea - I was scrolling through Instagram and came across THIS SNEAK from Paige Evans. I went to the Silhouette Design Store to find the file (here) and bought it (and a couple of other designs).

I played around with the sizing of the file to fit it on my album cover. I didn't notice the top chevron is a little wonky, until after I drilled the holes, so I just left it. I couldn't fix it without it looking even worse, so I'm embracing it and all the crooked lines and uneven stitches. They lend to the handmade aspect of the cover.

Okay, so I used the Silhouette to draw it on a paper about the size of the album cover. If I did it again, I would use a pen. The pencil lines smudged and as it went down the page, the pencil got more dull and the lines weren't as dark making it a little harder to drill the holes. I would also use a drill press instead of a hand drill. It took longer to hand drill because of hand cramps. 


It took me about a week to get all of the holes drilled, and then I had to stitch it. I didn't get it finished until a few days into December, but it was absolutely worth it. I didn't want it to look exactly like the layout Paige was making (her finished layout) and since all I had to go off was the sneak photo I linked above, it wasn't too hard to keep it different, I just did what I liked and tried to stick to more traditional colours that I would use inside my album. I love this so much that I want to do more with this design, but I also want to experiment more with stitching on layouts in 2018. 


The only downside to drilling through the album cover, is that some of the layers separated and the inside is a textured mess. In some places, The stitches are the only thing holding the inside of the cover together. I still love how it turned out, and I love how it looks across from my title page, which for once is literally just my reason why right off the start.


This year, I took Ali's Hybrid Workshop, and I learned so much more about working with digital elements and layered templates and using Photoshop (learn more about it here). It was a huge game changer for me, and now that I have more knowledge about using and printing digital elements, I can be a true hybrid scrapbooker.

I used some old rubber banners and this layered template to create my title page. Instead of photos I made text boxes about the same size as the boxes for the photos and turned them to the same angle and just typed until the box was full and moved onto the other one. The bottom left box was a bit of a challenge. For some reason aligning the text to the right edge, wasn't my first thought, so I spent more time than I would have liked working on this.

I pulled colours from some past digital December Daily kits and I love how they turned out and how well they go together.


Day 1 was about decorating the tree. We put it up in late November, but managed to wait until the first to get it decorated. I used a mixture of the 2017 Main Kit and some bits from previous kits going all the way back to 2013. 


I have ripped many a cork pieces trying to put adhesive on them, so I usually just use my tiny attacher and staple them where I want them. I aimed for the middle of the photo, and added a chipboard banner beneath it.


Day 2 was super simple, just photos and cards slipped into pockets and an old gold foil number circle. It was all about getting my niece and nephew advent calendars.

Day 3 was a layered template that's included in Ali Edwards' Hybrid Workshop. I edited the template a bit to work for me - like making it a little wider to be outside of a page protector. I coloured the numbers using colours from my title page and added typed journaling.


An older Jasmine Jones card to tie in the gold number circle.


The center of the template had a circle that just said "yes". I edited it out and added this flair badge from Feed Your Craft instead. I love that I can just throw the photos in, colour some pieces, type journaling, print it out and call it done. It's not really that simple, but simpler than trying to measure and cut my photos to fit onto a page this way. Digital skills are the best skills.


I'm a fan of over-sized photos and this one right here was the reason I sized the layered template to be outside the page protector. I didn't want this photo to have one half in a pocket and the other half not in a pocket. 

I generally hate photos of myself and most often when other people take them. But I love this photo. We were making slime because the birthday girl has been asking for a while if we could make some. I brought the glitter and the glue and my sister brought everything else and my sister-in-law provided the containers to mix it all in. It was messy and sticky and I don't think I'd ever do it again, but I'm glad that my sister-in-law insisted on getting a reasonably good photo of all of us. I especially love my nephews face.


Holy man this post is getting long. I apologize. I'll try and shorten my ramblings going forward. I'm realizing now that the cover likely could have been it's own post, but here we are. I added a chipboard number and put a phrase sticker on it and added a little chipboard circle.


This star is actually a paperclip holding the other side of this page closed, and if I had to do this page over again (I already made it twice) I think I'd move the number and the other bits down to the bottom to incorporate the star clip into that cluster of embellishments.


I almost forgot about the journaling for this page. It's tucked in between this photo and the one on the other side. I attached a little tab from the Christmas kit Feed Your Craft released this year and I love how it looks. I'm also ridiculously excited that Elise is growing her product offerings to include puffy stickers, chipboard and die cuts. 


I used this stamp set from Ali Edwards to stamp a big Joy onto my journal card. I measured a rough size estimate of the stamp and created space for my text to go around it. Once I typed my journaling I printed it out and added the stamp, the tab and the number sticker and then when I adhered my pages together I left a little pocket of space to hold the journaling. The other side is just blank white.


Day 4 starts on the back of the over-sized photo. Jon asked me to whip up some holiday hour signs so we could put them up early enough that people would get the message that we were closing for the holidays. I'm not sharing it here, but the bottom piece (we will be closed and below) actually flips open to show what we wish we could make the sign say. It's full of sassy sarcasm and some swears which is why I've left it hidden there, but it's so absolutely us and Jon was surprised that I actually typed it out and included it. But I'm trying to be authentic.

The right side includes a journal card, a messy circle and number 4 card from the 2016 kit - I added some gold chipboard stars to the number 4 card similar to how Ali did (here). The "oh what fun" is letters cut out and stitched to a piece of acetate (clear plastic) with a pink star stapled to the top and just slipped into a pocket. I made a bunch of see-through bits last year and never used them. I include the other portion of the "oh what fun" cut later in the album as well.


Day 5 is all about beginning our holiday treat making. I kept the right side fairly simple and then had the heart page I made with a past transparency (I think 2016) and a cut file from the December Daily Product Play Workshop that Ali offered this year. I added some embellishments from the word phrase stickers, the heart chipboard set and two of the felt hearts from the main kit.


I added some embellishments from the word phrase stickers, the heart chipboard set and two of the felt hearts from the main kit. I already had the date on the left side, so this one just got embellishments relating to that. The other side of this page went with day 6, so you'll see that in the next December Daily post going up on Friday. 


Thank you so much for coming by to see this extremely long post about the first few days of my album. I'm sure most of you came over here just to see the cover, so here's an extra photo of it. If you did read all my ramblings to this point, thank you. It means a lot. For some reason I don't care that much about the blog analytics as opposed to the reactions I get on Instagram. Which probably makes no sense, but I know a lot of people are all about the visuals and less about the ramblings. I'm one of those people, but sometimes I visit blogs JUST to read what they wrote, so thanks to all of you just the same.

I'll be back on Friday to share another 8 days, and hopefully that post won't be quite as long as this one. If you participated in December Daily, or just made any sort of December/Holiday related album, I'd love to see it. Feel free to leave a link to your album(s) in the comments