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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Project 12 - September (gulp!) and October 2011

Amidst all the other things going on in my life last month (namely; kids, house, new PAC duties, kids activities, husband, figuring out Stampin' Up! .... etc) I completely forgot about my September layout for my beloved (hear that Davinie!) Project 12. My bad. My total bad!

I have managed to carve out some "me" scrapping time this past week (see my December Daily post) and got not only September's layout done but October's too. Yay me!!!

Let's start with September ... sketch first ...

The left hand page tells the stories of early September - our trip to Lynn Canyon's suspension bridge and the girls returning to school. Paige started Kindergarten so it was an especially memorable September.

Close up of the embellishments. 

The right hand page features a picture (that I love!) of me with my girls on my birthday. Tucked down in the corner is a picture of our van after Greg and the girls were hit by someone running a red light at a nearby highway intersection. SO blessed it was not more serious! I do want to remember the incident though as it really impacted us for several weeks so in the layout it goes!

And that brings us to October. 

The left hand page features a large picture of me with Team Pinkalicious Pandora supporting my amazing friend Beth who is fighting Stage 4 Breast Cancer with every fibre of her being. This lady doesn't know the meaning of the word "quit"! Go Beth!!!
Underneath are small snapshots of the first half of October. Marley and Paige playing soccer, LC riding a pony for the first time ever, and one of two Thanksgiving dinners. Yes, we scored two turkey dinners this year!

Some close ups. 

I added the girls' team names. 

The right hand page talks about Hallowe'en. LC was old enough to get into the spirit this year - doesn't she make a super cute kitty?! 

As you can see I had lots of fun embellishing these layouts. I've added way more to my pages than I normally would and am super pleased with the look. Ever evolving, I am!!

Thanks for coming to see my work. 

Saturday, November 19, 2011

It's done, now bring on December!

For you non-scrappy types, that title may seem cryptic. But if you know what I'm talking about, then I'm sure you can share in my excitement that my December Daily foundation pages are complete and waiting for the stories of December that will fill their pages. Sooner than you think!!

To see all posts relating to my 2010 December Daily go here. To check out what Ali Edwards (the December Daily Goddess!) has come up with this year go here.

Okay, now for the good stuff. WARNING: PHOTO HEAVY!! I'm not going to comment too much about each page so you can scroll through them as fast or slow as you want! If something in particular needs to be said, I'll say it. :)
Like how this is the front cover. :)

Day 1: I decided to embrace a few things this year. The first being the transparency overlays like last year, only this year I went for irregular shapes and sizes. Which ties into the second thing I embraced, irregularity. Oddly shaped pages. Pages and embellishments that stick up, or down, or both. And a variety of photo pocket sizes. The third thing I did is minimal embellishments. Beyond the day's number, I added very few extras. I know from past experience that the stories I decide to tell in December will need their own embellishments so I'll add them as I go along. Ditto the patterned paper strips in the lower rectangle next to the numbers on the card stock pages.  

Day 4 shows the second example of a photo pocket. These are from Pink Paisley's combo pack (I bought them for Ali's One Little Word). For Day 2 I used a cut down CD pocket holder from Avery. So you see, odd sizes for different sizes of pictures/ephemera!

Day 7 uses another Pink Paisley pocket. This is one of the ones that folds over and attaches. You can see the string attacher above the 7. I'll probably replace it with something prettier eventually.

A note also about the back side of the brown paper - I'm not crazy about the colours in this pattern (they don't match my red, cream and brown scheme) but I will most likely cover it with a picture or collage of pictures later so I'm not sweating it now.

Day 19: Kind of really love how this turned out. I made a couple boo boos (taped it to the wrong side so had ripped paper to hide) but I love how the tags and the ribbon came together to complete this page. 

Okay, I know I said I wasn't going to comment much but this overlay needs some explanation. The paper was originally white and sparkly but the white was too stark with my cream scheme so I got out my trusty mists and sprayed the heck out of it. I used a couple of colours (a brown and a red) and the combination gives this nice antiquey red that perfectly matches my scheme. 

Oh, and I gave the back a quick spritz too as it may be seen.  

Day 24 has more spritz on the originally white snowflake paper. But I didn't spray the back as I'm sure I will be covering it ... maybe. I did staple it shut though ... hmmmm ... oh well.

And then we come to Day 25. I really love this page. At least, I did until I punched the holes in the wrong spots! Sigh. Oh well ... embracing imperfection right along with irregularity!! 

And while we're on the topic of punching holes in the wrong spots ... I did it to ALL the card stock pages originally. but I cleverly covered them up with strips of coordinating paper and repunched in the correct spots. Yup, pattin' myself on the back a little bit there!

There, all done!

Here it is all ready for pictures and extras. Looks pretty thick already, doesn't it? 

Thanks for stopping by. Are you doing a December Daily? Leave me a comment so I can share in your fun too!