Entries Tagged as 'december daily'

december daily 2016.

Posted on: Friday, February 24, 2017

December Daily 2016 | Ann-Marie Loves

We may be in the thick of 2017 but my 2016 album is still going strong! The other day I printed out a bunch of photos from December (might as well work my way backwards, no?) and popped them into page protectors.

December Daily 2016 | Ann-Marie Loves

This spread was all about the random moments throughout the month. Some were iPhone photos, some were DSLR photos, but when paired together, they make December look gooooood.

December Daily 2016 | Ann-Marie Loves

Our Solvang trip! I had so many photos from that day and most of them were dark and busy, so I made sure to break that up with a solid block of yellow and a full size photo page.

December Daily 2016 | Ann-Marie Loves

For the last spread, I kept things as simple as possible and just printed two full size photos of my two bubs from Christmas. I added a little journaling in Photoshop and then placed a few embellishments on the printed photo and called it good. I love the way it turned out!


december daily 2016.

Posted on: Friday, December 9, 2016

December Daily 2016 | Ann-Marie Loves

Every time we move, I curse myself for having so many scrapbooks and craft supplies. They’re so much fun to play with but good lord, they are such a pain to move and find room for. That being said, I decided to take a more practical approach with my December Daily this year. Instead of starting a new album, I am just adding a December Daily portion to my ongoing 2016 album. I figure that this will be the easiest way for me to stick with it AND save some space in the closet. Additionally, Briar loves paging this particular album so I know this will get a lot of attention long after December passes.

Here’s the first spread:

December Daily 2016 | Ann-Marie Loves

It wouldn’t be complete unless there was a ton of color!

December Daily 2016 | Ann-Marie Loves

For the introductory page, I am using one of my all-time favorite papers from Amy Tangerine’s Oh Happy Life collection. As soon as I saw it, I put it aside for this particular project knowing that it would be the perfect palette for my version of Christmas. I also used a die cut tag, a Crate Paper pinwheel sticker that I’ve been hoarding for years, and Amy’s holiday stamps.

December Daily 2016 | Ann-Marie Loves

December Daily 2016 | Ann-Marie Loves

Instead of doing a strict daily format, I’m doing an “almost daily” format. Basically, I’m too scatterbrained at the moment to be that disciplined with documenting everyday so I’m just going to wing it and call it good ;) For this page, I used three different photos and added the “love,” “merry,” and yellow paint swipe using my Hand-Lettered Holiday Digital Brushes. I only had about an hour to pull all this together so using the brushes on my before I printed helped to bring in fun design elements without having to dig through my stash.

December Daily 2016 | Ann-Marie Loves

I woke up this morning excited to look at what I made last night. I’m eager to add more to this album! Stay tuned.



december daily | part three

Posted on: Friday, December 14, 2012

December Daily Part Three | Ann-Marie Morris
December Daily Part Three | Ann-Marie Morris

PINK PAGE // If this page looks an awful lot like the previous page, then you would be…correct. Ha! Originally, I planned on inserting a different colored paper in the backside of the glassine bag, but I loved the way the hot pink looked so much, I decided to keep it as is. The pink patterned paper on the outside of the bag is actually a postcard I purchased from Cotton + Flax at Renegade and the gold screenprint on top of that is from Life Love Paper. I also bunched up a little bit of this faux-tinsel yarn (I’m obsessed with this stuff!) and secured it to the underside of my photo with a gold paperclip. (Additional supplies: date stamp | StazOn Ink | Sharpie Ballpoint Pen | washi tape | snowflake printable that I designed – link to come!)

TEAL PAGE // First of all, I was so psyched when I saw this free printable on Pinterest (from the new-to-me and super inspiring blog, A Pair of Pairs) because I knew instantly that I wanted to print it on teal vellum for my book! Love when that happens. To preserve as much of the printable design as possible, I kept my embellishments to a minimum: a photo, a few strips of washi + American Crafts Glitter Tape, and my trusty date stamp. Easy enough to finish in less than ten minutes. Just how I like it.

Random sidenote: I feel like I’m always chasing daylight when it comes to photographing my projects these days – I just can’t seem to stay on top of it! And the thing is, I love more nighttime than daytime in the winter, but I have totally been struggling with it over the past few weeks. These photos were shot on the end of the driveway (of all places) with approximately five seconds of natural light to spare – gah! When and where do you shoot your photos?


december daily: part two.

Posted on: Tuesday, December 11, 2012

As usual, I have fallen behind with my December Daily. No surprise there.

Luckily, I’ve learned over the years that if I write down the highlights + corresponding photos for each day, I can catch up in no time at all! So here’s a spread from what I completed this afternoon:

December Daily Part Two | Ann-Marie Morris
December Daily Part Two | Ann-Marie Morris
December Daily Part Two | Ann-Marie Morris

LEFT PAGE // I used a journaling card from Kelly’s kit (which my good friend Sarah designed!), a ledger paper from one of Jamaica’s Duly Noted installments, and washi tape from Freckled Fawn. The floral paper is (I think) by Heidi Swapp + I am obsessed with that shade of yellow! If you haven’t already guessed, I am a big believer in making the holidays whatever colors you enjoy! No need to go red + green all the time (unless, of course, that’s your thing!).

RIGHT PAGE // I used a large glassine envelope that I received as the packaging for a gift bag from Urbanic (but you can always find more here). Originally, I was just going to leave the bag as is, but then I decided to place a sheet of hot pink cardstock inside the envelope to give it a little bit more visual interest. (You know I had to sneak some neon in there!) The awesome hexagon overlay behind my photo is from Life Love Paper and the date stamp is from Oh Hello Friend – both ladies run equally fantastic shops! I also used these Amy Tangerine Thickers and my most favorite pen of all time (seriously). Sidenote: To make sure the date stamp didn’t smudge, I used my trusty StazOn black ink pad and let it dry for a few minutes longer than I would have with regular paper. So far, so good.

I have to say, it’s pages like these that make me want to return to this hobby over + over again. I love being able to repurpose things (such as the glassine bag) + find new ways to document my life. Cue the happy scrapbooking feelings…

How are you guys doing? Are you staying up to date or are you falling behind like me?


december daily: part one.

Posted on: Tuesday, December 4, 2012

December Daily season is finally here and I am so psyched about getting back into paper + glue again. Here’s what I’ve been working on:

December Daily 2012 | Ann-Marie Morris
December Daily 2012 | Ann-Marie Morris

COVER. The original state of my book was an old leather day planner that I found at a thrift store for a dollar. To make it my own, I stripped off the leather covering right down to the three chipboard sheets (two covers + one spine). I then re-covered each chipboard sheet with woodgrain contact paper, attached the three components with two strips of lightweight paper, added even more contact paper over that, and finally hot-glued the binder mechanism back in. It definitely took a good chunk of time, but in my opinion, it was totally worth it. As for the embellishment, I just added a few strips of washi + glitter tapes to both covers, a 2012 flair button from Kelly’s December Daily kit, and an Instagram pic with photo corners.

December Daily 2012 | Ann-Marie Morris

INTRO. I knew I didn’t want the first page of my book to feature the first day of month, so I used one of the awesome vellum screenprints from Kelly’s kit in front and placed this sheet of paper from Freckled Fawn behind it to create the sunburst effect under the phrase. And of course, all three of my favorite washi tape colors made it on there. (Nothing says “Happy Holidays” quite like hot pink, am I right?)

December Daily 2012 | Ann-Marie Morris
December Daily 2012 | Ann-Marie Morris

DAY ONE. Clearly I am out of practice when it comes to scrapbooking for myself because this simple spread took nearly two hours! However, in those two hours, I was reminded of how much I miss this hobby + how grateful I am for all the fun (omg, so much fun) supplies that I still have on hand. The little kraft envelope on the right is part of the packaging from Tina’s screenprints that I ordered last week – love when I can recycle! It was also fun using the stamp set that I designed for SC’s 25 Days class (as seen on the righthand page). Lots of good things going on. I am so excited to see how the rest of the book unfolds…


American Crafts Brown Sugar Glitter Tape // American Crafts Aqua Glitter Tape
// Adhesive Photo Corners // Kikkerland Paper Clips // Woodgrain Contact Paper // Oh Hello Friend Number Stamp //

december daily: it’s totally happening + i’m totally excited.

Posted on: Thursday, November 29, 2012

Admittedly, scrapbooking and I have had a pretty rocky relationship this year.

I was always happy to do it as a job, but when it came down to my own free time, it just wasn’t high on my list of priorities anymore. But somehow, someway, probably by the grace of a Christmas miracle, the lure of the December Daily reigned me in again and I have to say…it feels good to be back! I love this time of year for so many reasons, but one of my favorite parts is all the paper that’s involved: the packaging, the holiday cards, the “to & from” tags, the Starbucks red cups, the wish lists, the receipts, the gift cards, the shopping bags…the list goes on and on. Needless to say, having a December Daily to house all these treasures is a MUST.

I’m so excited to be contributing some of my pages and tips + tricks to Studio Calico’s 25 Days class (registration closes TONIGHT!), but of course, there will be plenty for me to share here (and the ‘gram!) as well.


P.S. You can see my take on December Daily from last year right here.

December Daily: Days 10-15

Posted on: Monday, December 19, 2011

Hello there! I am back after both John and I each took a turn battling the stomach flu. Yuck. But isn’t it amazing how good it feels to be healthy after a few miserable days? I take that feeling for granted way too often!

Anyways, I managed to wrap up days 10-15 in my December Daily yesterday and wanted to share some photos with you!

Now I just need to figure how the heck I’m going to pack this jumbo book into my suitcase so I can keep at it while I’m home! Ha! Wish me luck! (;

december daily part one.

Posted on: Sunday, December 11, 2011

As promised, here is my December Daily!

The cover is made from a small binder I found at the DI for a buck. I painted the outer cover with teal paint and Calico White Mister Huey (blended together with a foam brush), glued on a Hambly overlay, and embellished with a Chap sticker, glitter snowflake from Target, BasicGrey stickers, and Crate Paper’s woodgrain paper. It took awhile to figure out how I wanted it (and I’m still not sure I’m completely done), but for the time being, it’s fine.

It’s 3″ wide, so there’s plenty of room for me to fill it up with plenty of holiday goodness!

Most of the pages took less than 15 minutes. Some I made beforehand, others I made as the day arrived. I’m trying to go with the flow so for the very first time, I can actually finish one of these babies! It’s been fun going through all my supplies and finding little bits and pieces that I want to include. For instance, today I found a super cool dot stamp by AC that I can’t wait to use! Oh my, this is fun!

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

catching up.

Posted on: Friday, December 2, 2011

Hello there! I hope everyone had a relaxing Thanksgiving weekend. I know I did. And I know I am very excited for this weekend, to catch up on sleep, laundry, grocery shopping, and of course, December Daily-ing! Last night I got my cover and my first day squared away, so I’m feeling pretty good about myself at the moment. Ha!

More photos to come, I promise! (;

i feel a minibook phase coming on.

Posted on: Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Last night I started gathering supplies for my December Daily album and had so much fun imagining all the possibilities for my book this year. I spent a good chunk of time playing with embossing folders, painting, stamping, gluing…the works. I even started assembling pages. YOU GUYS, THERE’S STILL TWO MONTHS LEFT! How, when, and why did I get so on top of things and why is it not already December 1st??? Yeesh. I might need to cool it in the holiday department for awhile (unlikely) and perhaps go work on another minibook because I am in LOVE with them again! I am especially fond of anything that Vee does. Seriously. I think I favorited every photo of every minibook she has ever made, in her Flickr feed last night. Totes inspired, yo.

And while we’re talking about minis, check out how chunky this book is getting! Maybe I’ll do a video of me showing you the pages up close and personal? Hmmm…something to think about.


P.S. I have a whole board on Pinterest strictly dedicated to minibooks. Check it out, if you feel so inclined (;

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