progress.

Progress has been made on this December Daily. It's getting a bit fat, so it may need to go on a diet consisting of less dimensional stickers. Though bigger rings could replace the current smaller ones, I am hoping to keep it consistent with the one from last year.

Inspired to take a self-timer photo because I actually wore something other than lulu's and a zip hoodie, which turned out to be quite the task as the dogs decided they wanted to get in on the shots. Had to take a photo of our delicious dinner. So grateful for friends who moved from Hollywood to the westside so we can do these weeknight outings.

Thanks for all the kind words and excitement about the new Daybooks. Of course I can't wait to see what you all do with them. The highly coveted Lovestruck stamp set (used in some of the pages above) are back in stock at Simon Says Stamp!

Other things I'm making progress on right now: finishing up a client's Mediterranean cruise scrapbook (and an identical album she will gift to her friend), staying organized, cleaning up my desk at the end of most days, narrowing down my One Little Word for 2012, and eating too much. The progress on indulging and eating and putting on winter weight is much like the progress on my December Daily. How's your progress coming along on all the holiday planning and projects? Hope everyone is finding time to relax and enjoy!

a gentle reminder

... to myself to keep things simple. Especially when it comes to this December Daily. I played a bit of catch up and here's what it looks like now. Can hardly believe we are halfway done with December.

Still loving the 4"x6" size as it's turning out to be the perfect size for all these bits: hand made card from Paige, Whole Foods label, business card from a restaurant I do not recommend at all, hotel stationery & key card from a hotel I would highly recommend, card from End Malaria Now thanking me for a donation, and plenty of different washi tapes.

December Daily Days 1-4

Keeping the documentation simple, as the most important thing for me is to enjoy the process and to get it done. So here are the past few days of December documented.
Thursday, December 1st:

Friday, December 2nd:

Saturday, December 3rd:
Paper Daisies recently opened their doors in Sparks, NV and had me teach 2 classes to their wonderful customers.

Sunday, December 4:
Stayed home and rested up for most of the sunny yet chilly day. Sad to have missed going to Unique LA. Mommy was there with amykathryn and said some of you blog readers stopped in and picked up some goodies. Yay.

doing it again

Last year I professed I was doing it, and by doing it, I meant participating in Ali Edwards' project - December Daily. To my surprise (and delight), I actually completed the project all the way through. Well, all the way to the 25th of December, which counts in my book. The plan is to keep much of what worked the same for this year.

The small format - 4"x6", bound with 2 rings worked, so I chose the same size for this year. Using up much of my stash was the main goal. I went through the Christmas themed items, choosing most from Echo Park, American Crafts and Hambly. And threw in some others from Jenni Bowlin, Crate Paper, and Studio Calico.

For the cover, I began by adding gesso to a thick piece of packaging. While it was drying, I wrote the word December in white gel pen and poked the holes and hand-stitched it. I used metal stamps for the 2011 circle, punched the heart from a scrap that got some white mist on it. Then I punched the green sheet with a Martha Stewart punch and haphazardly layered on the bits. Admittedly, I went a bit overboard and crammed in a mix of items that may not go so well together. Oh well.

December Daily banner (which will show up on all related posts this year is from Rhonna Designs Christmas kit).
Sticking with a simple plan of 1 or 2 pages per day depending on what happens, and 1 photo - either Instax or Instagram. If I end up with more, great, if there is less, that is fine too. My plan is also to include magazine cutouts and bits from mailers and other fun finds. My main motivation is to get it documented and done, while enjoying the process. Love Ali's advice on being realistic and making stuff when you can. Oh and having fun with it. That's what I did last year and that's what I plan on doing again this year. How about you - are you joining in on the fun too?