Week 50, covering December 9-15. I got a bit fancy this week with a traditional layout. A lot of the documentation for this week is going into December Daily, so I had room for it!
Like the rest of December, all of the documentation is from my December Daily Doc workshop. Loving that writing along with the photos then is allowing me to get detailed journaling down now.
This side shows off some awesome Jonas + Jake block building, the kids’ obsession with a microphone toy, Eliza all bundled up for one of the few days that actually felt like winter, and the kids looking at the tree lights. In my go-to technique of making an Instagram collage, there are photos of the tree all decorated, packing boxes for orders, using our DIY pizza peel for the first time, a pillow fight, and snuggles.
This side is uses Project Life Baby heavily. You’d never know these came from a baby kit! I didn’t just use the cards whole, I also used one in pieces over the spread. You can spot it in the “Week 50” circle, the journaling strip for the tree photo, and on the next page in the spread as a cut-in half circle and another journaling spot bit. If you cut them up and punch them out, one card can stretch really far.
I created a traditional page to document the annual Anderson Christmas party, which easily has over 100 people in attendance! The December Daily pages will focus more on our extended family members, but this page features my favorite photos with the four of us and my favorite story from the day (again, taken directly from my Daily Doc for the month).
I added a bit of sewing to hold down the title, which wasn’t very sticky, and to ground the look. Once the sewing machine comes out, it’s a little hard to stop! I sewed straight white lines across all of the white paper strips I added (in the top left corner, the bottom right corner, and across the top of the photo block). Sewing with a color that blends into your background adds subtle texture. I added in red decorative zig-zag stitching too.
Make sure that you put your sewing machine to the widest stitch when you’re sewing on paper so the holes aren’t so close together that the paper rips! I tape the ends of my sewing lines on the back of my layout so I don’t have to tie anything off. It looks messy, but no one will see it! Total time saver.
Fun trick: the “n”s are cut down “m”s, the “s” was an “8”, and the “o” was a “9”. Some creative cutting really helps to stretch your letter stickers, especially when those vowels run out! I used a ruler to help guide my title placement (a trick I learned from Everyday Storyteller).
I had Jake write the journaling for this side of the spread, because his handwriting is fancier. I’m glad I did! It looks awesome. And it’s neat to get his handwriting in Project Life too.
Do you ever take some time to get fancy with Project Life/
Supplies Used: Paper: Basic Gray Jovial 6 x 6 Paper Pad, Project Life Core Kit – Baby Edition, Rosy Lost & Found by My Minds Eye, 7 Gypsies; Pen: K & Company Smash Stick; Stamp: 7gypsies Numero Clearstamp; Ink: Color Box; Stickers: BasicGrey – Self Adhesive Doilly Ribbon, Thickers by American Crafts, Sassafras Lass; Brad: Basic Grey; Washi Tape: My Mind’s Eye; Adhesive: Scotch Dot Roller, Scor-Tape; Page Protectors: Project Life Design A, Project Life 12×12; Printing Service: CVS; Tools: EK Success 1-3/8-Inch Circle Punch, Tonic Studios Guillotine Paper Trimmer, We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper, sewing machine; Other: Thread.
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