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This year I’m participating in my version of Ali Edwards’s December Daily project. Like last year, I started before December so I could document Thanksgiving too. I’m keeping it simple with a vintage book album base, one 4 inch wide photo per page, and just a few embellishments on each page.

This week, there’s a blog hop between Freckled Fawn and Ruby Rock-it. Ruby Rock-it sent me the Handi Scandi line to try out for the hop, and I used it a lot for my album this week. You can find my official Freckled Fawn + Ruby Rock-it mash-up projects on the Freckled Fawn blog this Friday.

Here’s last week, December 6-13:

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On December 6, Eliza and I went out for pizza and pinball with friends.

For December 7, I included photos of Eliza’s endangered animal project on snow leopards.

I have been sticking to a one photo per page rule for this year’s album to simplify things, but I decided to break it for this page so I could include her poster and her diorama.

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On December 8, I took a selfie in bed with my cat, which is sort of a funny photo to take, but how many cats do you know that think they are Teddy bears? Charcoal has been extra snuggly since the weather has gotten colder.

I loved the background paper on this page, so I kept it minimal with my daily wooden number + a small label for journaling.

December 9, I caught the happiest look on my niece Ava’s face. It’s one of my favorite photos of her, it captures her baby personality perfectly!

The “joy” metal tags are from the Freckled Fawn Christmas kit, but remember that “joy” phrases can be used year-round. Next time you need a happy sentiment in July, you might find it in your holiday stash.

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On the 10th, Jonas and I went to IKEA to pick up some presents.

The Handi Scandi line is perfect for documenting IKEA trips, and I’ve been using it for IKEA pages in my Project Life album too (because this was my fourth time going since it opened a few months ago).

For the 11th, my grandpa’s awesome girlfriend sent the kids crazy mismatched socks and they had so much fun playing in them. Jonas took off his pants and pulled them up to his underwear so they would be fully visible–hah!

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On the 12th, I included a photo of myself reading outside (while watching Jonas and his friend play). I’m trying to enjoy the relatively nice days before it is freezing all of the time.

The 13th was Eliza’s first Robotics tournament. I love that they use Legos.

This week was really difficult emotionally for me, but I decided to save the stressful experience documenting for Project Life and just stick to the little things that made me happy this week for this album. Even though I decided not to put the more “real” stuff here, I’ll still know what was going on looking back on this album: our friends took us out for pizza and pinball to cheer me up (Jonas was sick so Jake stayed home with him), Jonas and I went to IKEA as a treat after a lot of less fun errands, the photo of me outside was the first time I felt I could relax a little after mailing off some very difficult to get together documents. Pausing to celebrate and photograph the really good things during hard times helps me to stay strong.

Supplies: Freckled Fawn wood numbers and Very Merry Embellishment Kit // Ruby Rock-it Handi Scandi Cut-Up paper, Iconcology paper, tags, glittered die-cuts, and twine // This to That Red Tape // Mono Aqua Liquid Glue // Project Life pens.