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December Daily 2011

I thought I would put all the posts in one continuous page, so here they are ...

This is my first year for a December Daily.  I'm not in on any of the kit clubs, and wanted to do things "my" way (like always, LOL), so I took on a pretty ambitious task.  Firstly, I decided to go from Thanksgiving (Nov 24) to New Years Eve (Dec 31).  I also have a compulsion for facing pages to match in some way, but didn't want to do a double-page layout for each day.  I instead made my base pages so that they could work together.  I gathered lots of supplies, and bought Kerri Bradford Studios December Additions: The Dailies, December Additions: The Pages, The Dailies: Month Add Ons, and Silhouette's December Daily numbers.  For my album, I had an 8x8 Doodlebug album (reversible, ladybug) that I bought years ago with an extra package of page protectors.  I never had anything I thought was special enough to use it for ... until now.  :)
Reversible album by Doodlebug Design.  I used a Recollections stamp (merry merry) and some Doodlebug jewels for the insert.
Inside cover, where the opposite front cover shows.  I used a stamp by The Paper Studio and cut glittery letters with my Cuttlebug (typewriter dies) for the inside insert.
Front page, used Kerri Bradford Studios 'twentyeleven' kit for the background.
Front page, printed my introduction on vellum, and stamped these cute bows.

November 24
Because of the number of page protectors I had, and number of pages I planned out, I figured Thanksgiving could be my only double layout (thinking I'd be able to wrangle the entire clan for a group pic ... what was I thinking?!?). 
More die cuts from Kerri Bradford Studios, and Silhouette, along with a stamped day of the week, and a Bella Blvd sticker.
I printed my journalling, then cut out the same artisan shape as the front with my Cuttlebug (Spellbinders die).  I plan to use this throughout the album.  It's layered on an inked tag.
In the Silhouette store, I bought a set of leaves, and cut several out in different colors.  I ran them through my Cuttlebug, using different embossing folders.  This leaf has a script pattern embossed on it.
Another artisan shape, and more leaves.  These were embossed with a wood grain and the d'vine swirl embossing folders.

November 25 & 26
My patterned paper came from a stack by Doodlebug, made for use with a matching Cricut cart.  I used more Kerri Bradford Studios designs and Silhouette numbers to cut with my Silhouette.

November 27 & 28
I used black & white for my color scheme here, since that's the same colors I use for decorating.  I thought echoing the houndstooth print from the dog's scarves was a cute touch.  I stamped my dates on punched tags, and used a couple of cute cuts by Doodlebug.

November 29 & 30
I tried using a lot of my stash for my December Daily, so I can't even remember how old this KI Memories paper is.  Same with the ribbon, I believe that came from CKC about 3 years ago. 
I continue to use that same Spellbinders artisan shape, cut with my Cuttlebug throughout my pages. 
I also used several punches - the scallop corner punch, the scallop border punch, a round scallop punch for the wreath, and a smaller round punch for the wreath center. I used some red & white twine, and Doodlebug jewels to jazz up the wreath.  I also used green glitter ZING! embossing powder for my dates and the Merry Christmas sentiment.  I love how the glittered embossing powders look, but mine never seem to come out as sparkly as I'd like them too.  Not sure what I'm doing wrong there ... if anyone has suggestions, please leave me a comment!!!

December 1 & 2
I repeated my black & white color scheme again, since I knew I'd be putting my Paris/Eiffel Tower wreath up at work, and that we'd be going to a concert the following night. Again, using my stash, there is an assortment of papers (Making Memories, The Paper Studio), along with some older KI Memories chipboard corners.  I used a few more cute cuts from Doodlebug's new Classic collection - love being able to print my journaling on them (Nichol Magouirk has a great tutorial on her blog for this).  I also planned to only have one 4x6 photo per page, but wanted to tell more of a story for the concert, so I combined several on one 4x6 ... and will most likely have a few more like this as I go through the album.
I combined stamps for my date blocks.  The block is Autumn Leaves (Ledger), the tree and dates are by Recollections (Year Round Fun).

December 3 & 4
The red/white stripe paper is from Recollections.  Even though it's thin, I really like the colors and basic patterns that it comes in (red, orange, green, hot pink - stripes, dots, gingham patterns), I keep buying it when it's on sale at Michaels.  The holly ribbon is super old, it seems like I got it with a free gift and has been in my stash for years.  
I kept up the continuity of using the Spellbinders artisan shape layered onto an inked tag, and I liked the mix of the different papers.  I also stamped this with a stocking and added a few Doodlebug jewels for sparkle.
This ornament was stamped and embossed with the same green glitter ZING! powder I used on previous pages.
I cut the dates (more Kerri Bradford Studios designs, naturally) from KI Memories paper, which cut beautifully in my Silhouette.

December 5 & 6
More really old background paper - this is from The Paper Studio.  I layered some pages out of a Recollections Christmas stack and it doesn't seem to show up as well in photos. 
I used a couple of Doodlebug boutique brads and a border sticker to embellish this relatively simple page.  
This sentiment was cut with my Silhouette from a Kerri Bradford Studios file (Yuletide Greetings).
For my dates, I cut one of the Spellbinders artisan shapes with my Cuttlebug, then stamped my dates on opposite sides.  I split down the center and layered underneath my photos.

December 7 & 8
This was an incredibly simple set of pages.  I used one sheet from a Recollections Christmas stack, then punched circles and a border from a sheet of red glitter paper.  I also cut my dates from the red glitter paper with my Cuttlebug (typewriter dies). 
I did just a tiny bit of stamping on the background with a Stampin' UP! snowflake stamp and Colorbox chalk ink, to match the Recollections paper.
I made my journaling into circle shapes and cut with my Coluzzle.  I thought it was a neat change from the rest of my pages, but still fit in. 

December 11 & 12
I got lazy when making the base to these pages.  I used a couple of different sheets from a Recollections Christmas pad, and just layered the whole sheets.
I can't say enough about Kerri Bradford Studios die cut files. They are awesome! I cut one for each side of the page.
I heat embossed my dates for these pages, but I'm still not completely satisfied with the level of sparkle I'm getting from the American Crafts glitter embossing powder.
December 13 & 14

Both my photos for these days had my black/white color scheme, so I used those colors once again.
Keeping continuity throughout, I used the artisan shape again, cut from a Spellbinders die with my Cuttlebug. 
LOVED this die cut by Kerri Bradford Studios, couldn't wait to use it! :)  I also used her designs for the dates on these pages.

This gift shape was from the Silhouette store, and I stamped a tiny grid on top for some texture.

December 15 & 16
These base pages were made with older Doodlebug Design paper and cardstock.
I love the Santa shape from the Silhouette store, and also their December Daily number set. The "Dec" is from Kerri Bradford Studios "twentyten" set.

December 17 & 18
More older Doodlebug Design, used for the base and sticker accents.
Another use of the Spellbinders artisan shape, cut with my Cuttlebug.
Dates cut with Kerri Bradford Studios designs, love the look the layers give.

December 19 & 20
I used some old KI Memories paper for the background, and die cut my journaling blocks and dates again.
I used the "December" from Kerri Bradford Studios and the numbers are from Silhouette. I masked off the outside, then stamped a background pattern on the number. I really like how it came out! :)

December 21 & 22
This layout is another favorite - I just LOVE the way the large die cut by Kerri Bradford Studios turned out.  I have been so super happy with my new Cameo, and it cuts these things like buttah. :)  I used a scrap from a Boxer Scrapbooks paper, along with Bazzill cardstock and some Doodlebug paper trim.

I also cut the dates from a Kerri Bradford Studios file, and dressed it up with some embellishements. :)

December 23 & 24
This background is from a pretty old Doodlebug stack made to use with a Cricut cartridge.  
I again used the Spellbinders die in my Cuttlebug to die cut the journaling spot.  I also die cut these trees from the Silhouette store.
These numbers came from the Silhouette store, and the white pops on that red punched border.
Also did a bit of stamping on one of the journaling spots with a Technique Tuesday Ali Edwards stamp.

December 25 & 26
I didn't have much journaling for these two days, so I just printed a few words on some Doodlebug cute cuts.  These were from last Valentine's Day's Sweet Love collection, but I thought they went with the background paper (last year's Happy Holidays collection) and looked cute.
I was trying to use a lot of my Doodlebug stash in this album.  I've been such a collector! Here I used a VERY old ribbon slide, with some newer rub-ons.
Wouldn't be a complete page without some Kerri Bradford Studios die cuts, right??

December 27 & 28
For this background, I mixed a couple of the same Doodlebug stack made to use with a Cricut cartridge, and some Bazzill cardstock. 
The Merry Christmas and star are from the Silhouette store, and the numbers are Kerri Bradford Studios.
Layered cardstock with a Doodlebug border sticker.

December 29 & 30
These background papers are by Recollections, some of the inexpensive (and usually on sale) basic papers at Michaels.
More die cuts from Silhouette, I again masked off the outside, and used a background stamp for the number portion. I'm really enjoying this look! :)
 Older Doodlebug icon stickers, a cute cut and Bazzill Basics flower.
Funny story behind this felt tree ... I saw them at Target right after Thanksgiving, and a few days later, read a forum post about someone using them for scrapbooking since they were 3 in a package for $1, plus they came in several colors.  After Christmas, I happened to be browsing what was left over, and found these trees (along with some hearts) marked down to 45 cents!  :)  I figured out quickly that spray adhesive was the only way to get it to stick, too!

December 31
I thought since it was New Years Eve, I'd go with a funky zebra print for my background, from a stack by The Paper Studio.
One of the stamps I got on a clearance sale - Everyday Life by Technique Tuesday. I loved that the clock fit in with New Years, and the reminder for the coming year is always welcome for me.  I stamped it on a Doodlebug cute cut from their recent Classic collection.
The date was die cut from the Silhouette December Daily numbers, but the month was was from a Kerri Bradford Studios file.  I rubbed a silver ink pad on the white number and I liked the effect ... except that it made it nearly impossible to stick anything to it! LOL
Another Silhouette die cut, that actually shows up better in person than it does in the pictures.

List of ALL my December Daily supplies:
vellum, cardstock, glitter cardstock, paper, stamp (months of the year), brads, flowers, buttons, ribbon, bling, script and wood grain embossing folders by The Paper Studio; album, page protectors, paper, cardstock, jewels, cute cuts, border stickers, paper frills, brads, icon stickers, photo turns, alpha stickers, button, boutique brads, twine, rub-ons, ribbon slides by Doodlebug Design; paper, tags, flowers, brads, glitter flourishes, stamps (merry merry, grunge calendar, year round fun) by Recollections; inks, stamp (tiny grid) by Stampabilities; paper, icon chipboard by KI Memories; cardstock, embossing powders, ribbon by American Crafts; brads, stamp (short & sweet) by Stampin’ UP!; cardstock, paper border, flowers by Bazzill Basics; border punches, round punch by EK Success; tag punch, tab punch by McGill; ink by Versamark and Colorbox; tags by Avery; ribbon by Offray; circle cutter by Coluzzle; paper by Boxer Scrapbooks and Making Memories; stamps (ledger) by Autumn Leaves, (holiday cheer) by Studio G, (ornament) by Imaginisce, (patterns) by Martha Stewart Crafts, (everyday life) by Technique Tuesday; dies (labels one, classic scalloped circles large) by Spellbinders; d’vine swirl embossing folder, typewriter alpha dies by Cuttlebug; felt tree by Target; die cuts (turkey, leaves, December Daily numbers, happy new year, Santa, joy, tree, fancy tree, Merry Christmas star) by Silhouette; die cut files (twentyten, twentyeleven, December Additions: The Dailies, December Additions: The Pages, The Dailies: Add-ons, Yuletide Greeting) by Kerri Bradford Studios



  1. Oh wowzers! You did such a great job! I am totally jealous! I want to do one this year. I hope mine looks even half as good as yours!

  2. LOVE your album!!!!- especially that you were SO creative with you embellishments and paper. I love the way the facing pages go together, but then there is a lot of variety in the whole album. I was not going to do a Dec Daily again this year, but your album has inspired me. I like using my cutter, and I have no shortage of Christmas themed paper in my stash. Last year I also stated at Thanksgiving since that is a time when there so much "holiday" stuff going on, and I would do it that way again . Thank you for the ideas and inspiration!!

  3. Great DD! I love how you used the b&w throughout in addition to the soft shades of Christmas colors. I like the repetition you used too...I found that helpful when I did all three of my boys' 1st year books. I love the Chesapeake (sp?) lights pic you have of the trees...really cool. Also, love the color of that wall..teal?..looks like one of mine. :) Thanks so much for sharing. Think I'll be following your blog! :)


  4. Wow, what a beautiful album. I saw your link over at scrapbook.com. You have inspired me. I am ready to go pick up the kids from school finish the night up with them and start preparing a December daily album right now. I am so very impressed with your album. Great job! Now lets see if I can make this happen for myself, LOL


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