December Daily :: Days 2 & 3

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Hi everyone! I'm back with a couple spreads from Friday and Saturday. I am a couple days behind, but I think that's the way it's going to go. So I hope you don't mind if I share two days at a time. I've (somewhat) decided on a "format" that I think will work well for most of my pages. It simplifies the process and allows me to focus on gettting it put together in a timely fashion, and then I can focus on the embellishments, which, lets be honest, are my favorite part once my patterned papers are in place!Day2_Detail2_AH

Here are a couple of details from my Day 2 spread. I focused on our town tree lighting, that we went to but didn't actually end up getting to see....isn't that always what happens? Sometimes I feel like that! Oh, well. It was our first time attmepting to make it to the evening event, so we'll know what to expect next year when we try again! :DDay2_Detail1_Ah

For this spread, I mixed Echo Park, Crate Paper and October Afternoon goodies. I really love the kraft snowflake background paper. I really think if I had had enough of that paper, I would have used it for the base of every page in this album, I love it that much!DAY3_ImageGrid_AH

And moving on to Day 3, this past Sunday, when we went to the Christmas tree farm to get our live tree. We have a pretty similar tradition every year, so I decided to jot down the sequence of events to our annual tree cutting day. I was able to get so many great photos on that day, it really was difficult to narrow it down to just four. BUt I really wanted to showcase aat least the most important features of our traditional day out, Starbucks (of course), hauling our cut tree, joyous happy kids and picking out the "perfect" tree.

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On this page, I used primarily October Afternoon along with bits from Echo Park, Crate Paper, even Papertrey Ink (snowflake die) along with my Studio Calico/Ali Edwards December Daily kit. I am REALLY loving how it's all coming together!

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One of the things I'm discovering and LOVING is how some of my older collections, especially 5 & Dime, is coordinating with my album. There are so many elements that I am using in combination with Holiday Style, that really keeps everything cohesive with my theme of red, kraft, cream, black. I"m also loving, how by keeping this simple palette, that the greens in my photos are really popping. There isn't another green to compete with. I love that. It keeps the natural greens from my photos very organic, and I love that feel. I'm really thinking, that of all my projects of late, this collective work, is really saying the most about "me" and my design esthetic. I was telling someone recently, that my work is very colorful and layered but when it comes to my home decor, I am very minimalistic and muted. I really love creams, beiges and greys in my surroundings. It's calming. I think that is why I love this so much, it's really combining both of my worlds into one collective piece, and that feels really neat. :)

We had some really sad news tonight, after an amputation surgery to ward off cancer in her leg last week, my Mom's dog passed away today. My kids and I have been very emotional, it's a very hard loss. I'm not quite sure how to go about it other than documenting and paying homage to her in my day 6 of my dd album. The news has kind of made all the other things about the day seem meaningless. I suppose that is what the DD is supposed to be about - all things that have happened in the daily life of that particular December - it's not all candy canes and laughter, that's for sure. Are you documenting the not-so-glittery portions of your December? I honestly can't think of passing something like this over by featuring where our Elf was today, instead...it doesn't seem right. What do you think?

Well that about does it for me today. I hope you are enjoying my DD so far. I'm having a great time! It's so worth the extra work and lost hours of sleep! I'll be back tommorrow with something fun from Echo Park, then I'll be back with more December Daily posts later in the week. Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a wonderful day!