Improving My December Daily

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Welcome to another week of the Make It Monday Blog Hop! Can you believe that this is the last Monday of October already! Their are some really cool things for you to learn this week from me and my other fellow crafty friends so don’t forget to hop along with everyone else at the end of my post!

Yes I know we are still in October but with November literally a week away I have already started prepping my December Daily album. This is the third year that I will be doing a December Daily album and I am really excited about it. I have some stamp sets that are just perfect for my album this year along with a Picture My Life Kit that is to die for, which you can get from my Close To My Heart shop! I am doing it a little diferently this year in that I am using the We R Memory Keepers 8×8 album. I used this album my first year doing December Daily and I found that I like this format more then the 6×8 Snap album that I used last year.

I have one issue with all this and that is that the 8×8 album only offers two styles of page protectors and that just doesn’t work for me so I had to get a little crafty this year and find a way to use my left over 6×8 Snap album protectors this year. Let me just say that I love the way it is turning out with my crafty idea. My crafty idea has been to add some washi tape to the 6×8 protectors and then just punch the holes where I need them. Thank goodness I have a crop-o-dile and left over Christmas washi tape from last year.

The first step is to add washi tape to the page protector. Look how pretty it looks already.

Add washi tape to the page protector

Add washi tape to the page protector

The next step is to flip the page protector and seal the washi tape on the other side of the protector.

Seal the washi tape on the other side of the protector

Seal the washi tape on the other side of the protector

Now you are going to cut the edges off of the washi tape so that you have nice pretty edges at the end of your pocket protector.

Cut the sealed edges of the washi tape off of your protector

Cut the sealed edges of the washi tape off of your protector

Now is when we get to play with the crop-o-dile! You are going to take the main protector that comes with whatever album that you are using and lay it over the washi taped protector. Next step is to add some washi tape to both ends of the protectors so that they are sealed together and your protectors won’t slide around while you are trying to punch holes. Then you get your trusty hole puncher (crop-o-dile in my case) and punch your holes.

put the main protector on top of the protector that you just added washi tape to

put the main protector on top of the protector that you just added washi tape to

Punch the holes that are needed so that the protector fits in your album

Punch the holes that are needed so that the protector fits in your album

The last step is you are going to cut out the little pieces that are still attached to your protector. The crop-o-dile doesn’t cut out the entire piece so that is where my trusty Close To My Heart scissors come into place. Just a little snip on each side of the hole and the plastic comes right out.

Cut out the remaining piece that is still there from the crop-o-dile

Cut out the remaining piece that is still there from the crop-o-dile

Now all that is left to put your new pretty pocket protector into your album!

Place the protector in the album!

Place the protector in the album!

There you have it! This is my plan to create the exact album that I want for my December Daily this year. I will continue to share my prepping techniques as I get my album ready this year. I have learned that prepping the album ahead of time makes it a lot easier to get my album done each week.

Now hop along with the other Make It Monday ladies and see what tricks they have up their sleeves today!

Connie Hanks shares her inspired new wall display for showcasing scrapbooking layouts, tags and cards!

 Beth is sharing the beginning of her December Daily album (You Are Here)

Jen is sharing a free template & her NEW! Count Your Blessings Project that starts on November 1st.  This project will include hybrid, traditional and smash style scrapbooking, all in one fun mini album for November.

Karen scanned her Gelli prints to use them digitally!  

GinaZee: A project for Christmas tag swap. Using Wrapping paper for a Seasonal tag.

Kristie Sloan shares an interesting way to create a background with handwriting and a water soluble medium

Alice Boll from Scrapbook Wonderland has and adorable card for a little girl. Bonus… it’s a gift too!

Alison Day is sharing how to tie a current photo with an older story that didn’t have one, on her layout today


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7 More Days till Christmas!

I can’t believe that in 7 more days Christmas will be here! I started off my December Daily with a bang but last weekend I got so tied up with cleaning and trying to get ready for Christmas that I didn’t even get a chance to get my photos ready to print last weekend. I had some free time yesterday though and I got all my photos ready to go and sent them off to Target for printing.

I would have to say that this year I have done more prepping with my photos then I did last year. This year I take a look at my photos and decide which ones should be 3×4 size and which ones should be collage and which ones I am just going to go ahead and leave as a 4×6. Photoshop Elements has been my best friend throughout all this but I still have so much to learn!

Since I don’t have any layouts to share with you for my week 2 and almost week 3 of my December Daily I figured I would share with you the photos that I spent some time prepping yesterday.

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The collages that I made were done by creating a 4×6 photo and adding 6 2×2 photos to them. I am hoping that once they are printed that they look fantastic. Of course my 3×4 prints are done on a 4×6 photo layout as well and those turned out great last time when I printed them. I sent everything off to Target this morning for printing and they are ready to be picked up! If I somehow forgot something that I wanted to document for the past week and a half I always have my Canon Selphy to fall back on!

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December Daily Week 1

Well I completed my first week of my December Daily album. I ended up printing the majority of my pictures through Target but once I started working on my album I realized I didn’t print all the pictures I wanted! Canon Selphy to the rescue. I love this little machine, it makes my life that much easier to be able to print a quick photo at home.

Much like last year the majority of the photos were taken with my iPhone but I am ok with that. This morning I managed to snap some pictures of the little one talking to her Nutcracker with the DSLR!

I am still learning on how to get better photos of my December Daily. One of these days I am going to be able to post a great picture of my pocket page scrapbooking. Hopefully that will be next week.

I do find that with how busy I am during the week it is a whole lot easier for me to print my photos on a Saturday or Sunday and work on the project on the weekend. With all that being said here is our first week of December!

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Are you doing a December Daily Album this year? If so how did your first week go? Let us know in the comments!

P.S. Lain Ehmann is hosting a wonderful FREE scrapinar with the awesome Katrina Kennedy this month that is all about creating a successful daily photography project. This scrapinar is FREE so you might as well give it a try and see what Katrina Kennedy has to share with us about creating a daily photography project. You can sign up by clicking HERE!


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