Thursday, December 8, 2016

December Daily 2016

If you are not familiar with the December daily albums, it's a mini album of December. I bellieve it was started by Ali Edwards, . I cracked up after posting this when I realized my album for this year says 2006, wow! I fixed it after posting it, lol!

There's endless ways you can do a December daily album. Anywhere from creating an album from scratch to using a 2 ring binder, As I have here. 

There's really no end to how creative you can be with it! I save holiday event tickets and memorabilia to add to my album in a memorabilia pocket, or stick it to the page. 

I have also incorporated some clear pocket pages. I will put some pictures in the spaces on the pages and some in the photo pocket sleeves. 

 My style is to use anything and everything that catches my eye. I'm really not a matchy matchy kit gal! I do like kits, but I find you can use all kinds of things together without having to stick to a kit. So get creative and branch outside of that kit mentality! If you like it, use it! Challenge yourself!

I found when I was tight on funds, that was when I got the most creative!! See what you have in your stash or what memorabilia you've saved from past Christmases. Use tissue and wrapping paper.

Above I used a cute clipping I saved from a magazine add and a tag from clothes. Below I used a stamp I saved from a card I received. 

 I used a cute Starbucks gift card I kept and a candy wrapper from a holiday candy I love!

 I even mixed up the pages. The album I used was actually meant for spring and it came with coordinating pages. I keep the pages that could still work for Christmas and took out the really springy ones. Then added more pages I had. You could also easily make pages with cardboard or paper.

Some of the pages I used from a different album kit had different holes punched. I just punched new ones to make it fit this album. 

I used alphabet stickers, various stickers and embellishments from all different stickers I had, not just Christmas stuff. Don't limit yourself to the Christmas theme, other embellishments can work too!

 Remember to record notes from each day in December and add photos, even if it's not a Christmas event. It's fun to look back on the month as a whole. No one does Christmas stuff everyday!

I number each page with fun number stickers or embellishments to represent each day in December. 

 I like to put some sort of tab on each page because it looks cute and makes it easier to grab. Especially the short or weaker pages.

I love washi tape and like to accent my pages with it or use it for tabs. I also like using paper clips just to add a little something sticking out from the top of the page.

I believe most people end the December daily album at day 25. I decided to make mine through the whole month because sometimes we do fun stuff after Christmas too, so why not!

I love the Wood veneer and cork embellishments, I incorporated some of these on my pages as well.

One thing I came up with when I was low on fund that I have fallen in love with is, to save punches or purposely punch hole in small scraps and save them in a jar. I add in little embellishments, sequins, glitter and whatever I think would be cute. Shake the jar and simple apply with glue or glue dots to desired area. Free and so cute!! Also makes good shaker packets! Here's an example if you've never seen shaker packets
 I hope you are inspired and excited to go make a December daily album!! Be creative and have fun!!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Bible Art Journaling - Watercolor

I am really enjoying water-coloring in  my Art bible! It brings me into a deeper thinking of the scripture. I know it's not for everyone, but for the artsy mind, I find it brings the scripture together more clearly. I'm connecting things in new ways and able to study the scripture deeper by making it visual. It's really coming to life for me through this process. It's not about your skill level, as you can see, but more to get you thinking in a creative way about God the creator. I really connect to God through the nature he created and through art. Tying it all in with his word is just amazing!!

I was have a couple of hard days recently and nothing cheered me up, until I painted this in my bible. I was inspired by my rainbow mug. I love rainbows and the promise behind the rainbow! So, I turned to Genesis, where God made this covenant with Noah. This is my favorite page so far, not because I think it's my best, but because it makes me happy. I'm so thankful to have a loving and creative God, that created me in his image!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

How I use the Collect App for Project Life

This is what the Collect App looks like. I take at least 1 picture every day. 

I write the summary of what we did that day, anything from the ordinary to the exciting. Not everyday is eventful! Sometimes I have to come up with something to take a picture of that day. But, it's real life and it's a memory from each day of what our life looks like. You can print these out on cards the size of the small Project Life journal cards and just slide them in the small page pockets. Sometimes I put one here or there in my scrapbooks, or use them on Vacations to record the details with the picture then print out. But, this year I'm taking 1 picture per day to print out and make into my 2016 scrapbook using just these photo cards, 1 per day. It's easy and fun to stay caught up. Then I just print at the end of each month and slide them in the pocket pages!

Watercolor Bible Art Journaling

I'm really enjoying bible journaling. I'm learning as I go and figuring out what my style is. For me it brings the bible to life and makes it visual. I've always had issues with reading comprehension and I"m not a fast reader. This helps me to really focus in on a theme and think about the scripture in a new way! I highly recommend giving it a try!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Bible Journaling with Watercolor

Bible journaling recently caught my eye and I was totally drawn to it. I had to try it! Over the summer I started playing with water colors and fell in love! I'm defiantly a beginner and just playing, but I'm having lots of fun with it! I am by no means a perfectionist, so the pages crinkling a bit from the water and bleeding through the page doesn't bother me. As a matter a fact to me it adds to the artsiness. I have a bible journal Pinterest board  here  if you want to get some more inspiration and ideas. I practiced in an old bible before starting in my new journal bible. If you're not sure of your style or if you will like something I highly recommend testing it out 1st on an old bible or book. For me, it helps the scripture come alive, much like the visual bible. It speaks to me in a different way and I'm able to express spiritual thoughts or scriptures in a different way. It brings the scripture alive. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Fun Gifts for a Scrapbook Retreat from my Stash

I picked things I bought in bulk or cute things that I just haven't gotten around to using. 
 The finished product up close. This took time, but not any extra money and I still have cute gifts to share at the scrapbook retreat. It's a win win!
 I made some simple PL cards by wrapping the top with washi tape. Then selected some things I have in excess to make a cute little gift.

 I had some rolls of glitter tape, so I measured and cut little strips to add to all the kits.
Then I wrapped a PL card with 3 different washi tapes to include in each package. I found cute paper clips I had in my office stash and clipped everything together. Then I just stuck them in little zip lock bags to keep them nice. Tada! So you don't need to go out and buy gifts, many times if you look around you can get creative with what you already have and aren't using!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Christmas Photo Card Scrapbook

I started putting our photo Christmas card and letter in an album in 1999 when we did our 1st photo Christmas card. When I started getting photo Christmas cards from our friends and family, I started adding those photo cards to the album as well. Here's a couple of pages from this years additions. I put the whole cards when i can fit them. Sometimes I crop the picture out to make it fit. But I save every one and enjoy looking through it every year when we pull it out at Christmas time!

Friday, January 9, 2015

My New Organized Scrap Room

We totally redid our room and switched our bedroom and the office. Then we built a loft for our bed above my now scraproom. I now have a nice big open space to scrapbook! 
 I minimized my stash in the fall and sold a ton of things. I still have more items for sale here!

 A place for everything! Now I can actually see what I have and find things! This makes me more excited to use my space! My goal is to catch up on my scrapbooking this year!!