I have completed three December Daily albums in past years, but the last one I finished was in 2013. I set out every year with good intentions. Last year, I even printed out a whole bunch of photos and got all my supplies together. But the year progressed and so did my motivation. I find if I don’t journal pretty close to the moment, the narrative changes or I don’t remember what I would want to say about it.
But this year, I am determined. I will finish this. Even if it takes me all year!
This year, I limited my supplies to only use Felicity Jane or Paislee Press items as my base and I am only pulling embellishments from the choices I have loaded into my Raskog cart. I have decided on a loose ringed Traveler’s Notebook size clear acrylic cover from Color Cast Designs which will help with it’s manageable size. Here is my cover page that shows through the acrylic cover.
I also am trying to make it as simple as possible, using the Little Lamm Paper Co’s Reindeer Games TN Template for all of my journaling. I spent a few hours typing up journaling for every day in Evernote, then post holiday craziness, all I had to do was drop it into the template and print. Now I have photos and printed journaling waiting for me whenever I have a chance to work on it.
I am working out of order – just picking up whatever photo inspires me in the moment. So far this whole plan has been working well for me. Especially since I actually have a few pages already done! That’s way better than the last four years already!
Here are the first few pages I have finished
My craft room is a total mess but I look at it as a sure sign of progress!
I have been admiring all the traveler’s notebook inspiration I have seen lately. I have a few in my stash but was never really quite sure what project I might want to do in them. I have also been a little burnt out on Project Life but still wanted a way to capture some of our normal, everyday stories.
Then came the 52 Favorites Project by Paper Issues and the light bulb moment dawned on me! Where has this project been all year and why was I just hearing about it in October? I immediately picked out one favorite photo from each week from January through October and printed them all small enough for a travelers notebook. I also printed journaling for about half of those weeks with no rhyme or reason, other than the size would fit in a TN. This is so unlike me to NOT start with a sketch or some sort of plan in mind. I am just going with the flow, using what I have, and totally loving it! I got five weeks worth of photos and journaling in my TN within a few days! Here are my first few spreads.
These first two are using Felicity Jane kits
This next one was using the new Freckled Fawn November 2018 Traveler’s Notebook kit
This one was Elle’s Studio papers and elements
And back to Felicity Jane kits with this two week spread
I’m using my stash. I’m finally using my stamps! I’m using my TN’s. This project is awesome!
I set a goal at the beginning of 2018 to be more active on social media in order to up my chances of making another scrapbook design team in 2019. Little did I know how much sooner than 2019 that goal would happen. It seemed like within a few weeks of each other, I made the Sahin Designs Creative Team and was also asked to guest design for Paislee Press, Kellie Stamps, and Ali Edwards. I have to say that due to some of these opportunities, 2018 ended up being my most productively creative year yet!
I was not so good at keeping up with my blog, though, so I wanted to post a recap of some of my favorite layouts that I made while part of the Sahin Designs team.
Using the Blue Skies Collection
Using the Mermaid Dreams Collection
Using the Unwind Collection
And using the Getaway Collection
My article 5 Tips for Getting Yourself in the Picture was originally posted in April 2018 but Elif just reposted it again as a refresher. I loved writing this and taking the photos for it. And it’s so cool to see it reposted and hopefully provide inspiration to new readers.
Hope you pop over to the Sahin Designs blog and check it out!
Along with my other guest creative team spots, I was honored with a guest spot for Kellie Stamps and asked to work with a few of her digital stamp releases. We had just had a camping trip and a family vacation, so the two sets I worked with were perfect timing for documenting those adventures.
My first layout is using the Go, See, Do Set – an awesome combo of travel and adventure stamps that allowed me to document my son and my nephew’s first trip to see tide pools.
My second layout uses the Camp Life Set. Camping and the shenanigans that come with it. Again a first trip for my son!
These were so fun to work with, I couldn’t help but order some physical sets too!
I had the distinct honor in June of being a Guest Storyteller for none other than Ali Edwards Designs. To say I was over the moon about this opportunity is a total understatement. This is a life goal of mine and to be a guest was such an honor. And what better subject to have for the month’s story kit to work with than Grow.
This was the perfect kit to document my little man’s growth, and his recent obsession with his height an weight. I knew that was a story I needed to get documented and this kit presented the perfect opportunity.
When I first got the kit, I absolutely LOVED the timeline acetate piece and knew immediately that I wanted to incorporate the birthday photos I had of my son through the past years. And I loved how this one came out.
I have to admit, I did a full-on happy dance when the classroom launched on June 1st. Seeing my name, my article, and my layouts posted on Ali’s site still make me quite giddy!
↑↑↑ OMG! That’s me! That’s me!!!
See, still giddy!
I am super excited that I was chosen to be part of the Sahin Designs Creative Team for 2018. It happened so fast, I barely had to time to breathe before I was already creating!
My first submission is using the Berry Much Collection, which is one sale all this weekend.
I am looking forward to creating with more collections this year!