So before it gets too much further into January, I'm going to post all of the rest of the pictures of my 2013 December Daily Album in a single post. This last December was hard for me. I knew it was going to be, but I didn't know just how hard, how deeply I'd feel a hole in my life. So I never put up a Christmas tree and had to fight back tears at even the slightest scent of pine needles. It was really hard to try to do things in the holiday spirit, because I mostly just wanted to forget that it was December. But I made it through, and I'm sure that in years to come, I am going to be glad that I documented December 2013.
So without further ado, here's my 2014 album... right from the start. Since there will be plenty of pictures, I won't also add the "what it looked like before" of the foundation pages- if you want to see them, they are here.
I added a transparency page to the front cover, with the star adn the yellow thicker numbers, which I sewed over to keep in place.
A little peek at an advent calendar that I made this year.
Day 4 & 5:
I took out the page between days 4 & 5, as I didn' t have much to say on the 4th, and plugged in a very fitting card from a friend in between. ;)
I cut up a page protector and created a "floating" pocket card with the plastic piece- to which I adhered the number 5, and put a piece of paper the same size on the other side.
I cut down the page I took out between days 4 & 5 and flipped it around for an extra insert page for day 6. We got a ton of snow, and so there were a few extra pictures of these monkeys playing in the snow.
Added a few old(!!) winter run-ons I found from Heidi Swapp to the cards on the left. On the right, a little washi tape along the photo, some Studio Calico wood veneer, and some words from Authentique onto the picture.
On the 7th, my mom and the dogs and I headed to Portland for a wedding brunch for my brother and sister-in-law for the weekend.
Added an October Afternoon winter wonderland brad to the paper tab on the far right.
For the journaling, I added half of a Stampin' Up! holiday label.
The brunch was on the 8th. And worth of it's own post. Gorgeous. So glad to meet the new family members!
Glitter heart card (can't really see the glitter in this picture) is from MAMBI, and the jewels are prima.
Day 9 & 10:
The cold weather continued. Brrrr. Not used to this at all. Here I added a beautiful Christmas card that came in the mail from my 8th grade English teacher. Yep, we still write cards every year- my English teacher and my Health & PE teacher. Love getting these cards each year.
The text on the photo was done pre-printing with the Rhonna Farrer Designs app, which I totally love. (And I also made my Christmas card with this year....you'll see...below)
On the 10th, I needed to pack- because I said yes to a trip to NYC for a few days with girlfriends, which was one of the best decisions I could make, right when I needed it most.
The next morning, I flew out bright & early and headed for adventure!
The "adventure" sticker and the camera brad are both from the simple stories travel line.
NYC was great! I can't put into words how good it was to get to spend time with these amazing women that I met in Ireland in 2012.
Of course there was a good walk into Central Park and to Rockafeller Center!
I added a second page of pictures from the 14th, because...well, because I wanted to! ;) I think that picture with all of the santas is hilarious- apparently it was Santa-Con in NYC, and so they were everywhere. And to top it off, we had just come back from a flea market where I found that cute vintage suitcase...but there's something hilarious to me about me standing there with my "run-away" suitcase with a bunch of Santas! haha! No? Just me?
We went to breakfast in SoHo and then my trip was unfortounately over. But those pups sure were glad to see me when I got home!
I came home to this T-Rex christmas card from Michele (who I had just visited in New York, as well as a handful of other holiday cards.
The card on the right was going to be my Christmas card this year, except I couldn't totally commit to it. I kept changing it, hoping I'd like it more...but it never did work. Eventually I cheated and made a photo card....would have been so much easier to do that right from the start!
Day 17 & 18:
I was going to just pull out the middle page again between 17 and 18, but then it turned out I needed more for 18 then just the single page. So I cut a page protector in half, and so I had 2 extra pockets for each day.
My mom and I took a fun needle-felting class at the Studio, and came home with 2 santas. I'm not sure where my mom rounded up that mini Christmas tree- but she put them all on the kitchen table- for the whole of the holiday decorations this year.
Day 19 & 20:
On the 19th, I did a christmas card class at the office, and then I just plugged in a bunch of cards that had been coming in the mail.
On the 21st, I drove out to the coast to visit friends. I got a little bit of quintisential Oregon weather, in that I had gorgeous blue sky, and less than 5 miles later it was grey and gloomy and my windshield wiper was at full speed.
I threaded soem of the bakers' twine through the button, tied it in a bow and adhered the button to the page with a glue dot on the left.
I've done that Hwy 20 drive so many times, I almost feel like I could do it in my sleep. (I wouldn't recommend it...it's actually one of the most dangerous roads in Oregon). On the right, I custom cut an envelope with the Stampin' Up! envelope punch board to fit perfectly into the space I had available. There I could tuck away some journaling that I wanted to remember, but doesn't need to be part of the book itself.
For the medallion on top, I punched out a small red circle and added a Prima wood veneer snowflake to the top.
A great cure for the blues is giggles from little boys and sugar cookies...which is what my Sunday was full of.
I tucked the star paper clip into the pocket page- there was a different card on the back, so you can't see the clip from the backside.
My great team at work got to exchange gifts on Monday morning, and more importantly, exchanged a lot of laughs. Love these guys.
I got to meet up with a friend and her two boys at lunch- where they greeted me with these sweet and adorable handmade christmas cards from each of them! Both with jokes! What do you call a santa when he stops moving? A santa pause!
And what do you call a mom that's really happy at Christmas? Feliz Navi-MOM! ;) Adorable, right?!
I taped this photo card in with some washi tape strips along the side, so that I could still read the sweet message on the backside.
Since Christmas eve was mid-week it made it a little harder to get up and going for the full day, but we headed north relatively early in the morning, and had a really nice time with my dad, brother, and sister-in-law...and five dogs. Yep, that's right. Between all of us, we came up with 5 dogs!
But there were no disasters and no tragedies. ;)
After the various versions of a Christmas card, all of which I wasn't satisfied with, I decided to use dog pictures and pretty it up with the Rhonna Designs app...and voila! Christmas card I like- and all I needed to do was send it to the printer. Boom, done. So easy! (Need to remember this for next year!)
Then at the very end of the book, I put in a full-page page protector- which is a perfect place to hold all of the other holiday cards that came in during December...and continued to come in over the last few weeks. (see, I'm not the only one that sends cards out late!)
SO. There is december daily for 2013. It didn't go quite as planned, but it went. And it's documented. Did you get your's done? Have you ever had a Christmas season that just didn't seem so Merry? But you survived, right? tell me you survived!! :)