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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?

xoxo

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?

xoxo

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…

xoxo

Supplies:
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.

xoxo

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 (;

Not Exactly Certain…

Posted on: Tuesday, January 12, 2010

why I have been MIA from the blogging world for so long, but now I am back and I have lots to share!

First of all, I am happy to report that I have began to put a dent in my happy list! For the past two days, John and I have gone hiking about an hour before sunset in the hills where we live. I have to say…it has been magical! It is the perfect time of day to take in the sweeping views, breathe in fresh air, take lots of vibrant photos, and allow just enough time to head back in before the mountain lions make an appearance!

(I promise, we hike on real paths, not just paved roads in the middle of suburbia! Ha!)

I feel compelled to tell you…I got this shirt today at Target for $2.50! Sarah, are you proud of me?? Haha!

In other resolution-fulfilling news, I have been feeling mighty creative lately and have cranked out the last few pages for my Holiday 2009 book! And what a joy it has been to be in a crafting mood again!

Latest obsession: creating hidden journaling spots, a la the “But wait, there’s more” tab on the left layout.

Can’t seem to finish a layout these days without a touch of measuring tape and ribbon!

Layout on the right is one of my new faves. I hadn’t meant for the Hambly body-form rub-on to go over the photo, but when it accidentally touched and wouldn’t lift off, I decided I really liked it there! LOVE rub-ons! So fun.

Envelope contains photos from a day spent in Glendale, enjoying the Christmas festivities. Easier to house the majority of the pictures in an envelope while featuring just one photo as the “representative”, if you will.

One thing I thought would be fun to have in my book was screenshots of websites I frequent and use them as a documentation of where I was at this time. I really loved playing with them and can’t wait to do it more often!

This particular envelope contains Christmas lists, tags, and little bits and pieces of the season that I know will be fun to look back on at a later date. The grey pouch on the right layout is from an old Abercrombie shirt that I bought years ago! It used to hold spare buttons, but now it is featured in my book! Love how recycling can take on so many forms…

I hope you all are fulfilling your Happy Lists as well! If you haven’t composed one yet, what are you waiting for???

There is so much fun to be had!

Life Unfolds

Posted on: Thursday, December 31, 2009

Another spread in my never-ending Holiday Minibook.

Can you believe it’s the last day of December? The last day of the decade? INSANE! I was in 7th grade when everyone was fearing Y2K and whether or not computers would live to see another day come the year 2000…and… nothing happened. Ha! However, because of this mass panic, we had three weeks off for Christmas break as opposed to the regular two – in my book at the time, Y2K was fabulous! But now I am 23 and can fully appreciate the gravity of moving into another decade. So much to learn, experience, enjoy, discover…I feel lucky to be exactly where I’m at and look forward to seeing how life unfolds.

Have a wonderful New Years Eve and I wish you nothing but the best in the coming decade.

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