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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!

thanksgiving book.

Posted on: Friday, December 9, 2011

And since I STILL haven’t been able to photograph my December Daily book, how about a little Thanksgiving instead? (;

Here are some of my favorite pages. I need to add more journaling and really secure the binding, but other than that, it’s done!

Seriously, Instax photos make mini-booking (new word) SO much better. I held out for a long time because I thought I didn’t need it, but it just makes me so happy to whip that thing out at inappropriate times and snap away! Even when the photos don’t turn out, they’re still usable (see the cover of my book!).

Moral of the story: Add it to your Christmas/Hanukah list. It’s going to change your life.

20 Before 25: Complete!

Posted on: Sunday, December 4, 2011

This minibook kick I’ve been on has me confused about which books I’ve finished/photographed/shared/etc! Ha! So here are some of my favorite parts about 20 Before 25 album, in all it’s completed glory!

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! (;

judging a book by it’s cover.

Posted on: Wednesday, November 23, 2011

This past weekend, I bought a bunch of old books and small binders at the DI so I can make “binder” minibooks.  And being the impatient person I am, I just had to put them to use as soon as possible. So… I decided to axe my original Thanksgiving book idea and go with a new one! (;

I am in LOVE with the idea of using a binder mechanism (as opposed to book rings) to hold all my papers and memorabilia together. All it took was a little finagling to free the mechanism from its original binder, and a little xacto-ing to remove the guts from the old book. No big.

Next came decorating the covers and picking papers + envelopes! Since I chose the book based on the color of the cover, I only added a small amount of green acrylic paint and a few spritzes of Calico White Mister Huey (I told you I was obsessed!), to give it a smidge of texture and interest. While I let that dry, I dug through my stash of scraps to find the perfect mix of papers in all different colors and sizes. Then I broke out my fun embellishments, including these fabulous stamps, Mister Hueys, and lots of decorative tape! And of course, this was all at 10:30 last night when I should have been doing laundry and getting ready for our trip! (;

Now I can’t wait to fill it up with Instax photos, plane tickets, fastpasses (what’s a trip home without a stop at D-Land?), receipts, etc. The very best part of all!


Posted on: Monday, November 21, 2011

Monday again? How does this always happen? (;

Luckily it’s a short work week and then John and I are California-bound for a few days. Halle-freakin-lujah. 

This past weekend was pretty uneventful, with the exception of assembling and disassembling my booth at Bijou Market (trying to fit a table into the backseat of a VW Bug…not for the weak of heart), decorating, shopping (and more shopping), and gearing up for the big holiday weekend. I also bought a bunch of small binders and old books with cool covers at the DI and am now rethinking my Thanksgiving book! I might want to start from scratch and go the binder route…undecided. Today at work, Lindsey and I got to experiment with Studio Calico’s Mister Huey’s and now I’m ridic inspired to use them on all my upcoming projects! FUN! I have to say that I am most impressed with the Calico White color – it is so opaque and paint-like, it couldn’t be more perfect! I highly recommend trying it out for yourself (:

twenty to twenty-five: days 7-9

Posted on: Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Yesterday I turned the big two-five, which means one thing: I need to finish this book! I have all the photos printed and all the journaling typed out, I just need to put it all together and share with you guys! (:

In the meantime, here are days 7 through 9:

I’ve been super busy getting ready for Bijou Market this coming Friday, that my little book has definitely been put on the back burner. But I’m determined to wrap it up before I go home for Thanksgiving and start a brand new mini! I just placed an order for two twin-packs of Instax film…I can’t wait to use them with family and friends!

Happy Hump Day!

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