Big December Daily 2018 Wrap up post, with photos of every page & product links

Hey y’all!  As you can tell, this is my DD2018 wrap up post, and I will include photos and product links at the end.  Many of the products are from my stash and may no longer be available, so I will list what I can.  (I will also try to link similar products if the item is no longer available.)

I absolutely love this project!  I look forward to it every year, and it’s one of our favorites to flip through as a family.  For us, it’s a yearbook of sorts, to see how the girls grow and change throughout the years… how their styles change, how their handwriting gets better, what was on their wish lists, etc.

Album:  Ali Edwards DD from 2017

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Cover page:

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I blogged about it here.

Day 1:  Christmas concert for my middle daughter:

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Day 2: family hike:

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Day 3: my husband put the lights up on the house:

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Day 4: letters to Santa:

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I blogged about days 2-4 here, and I have a YT process video for those days as well.

Day 5: our tree:

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I blogged about it here.

Day 6: mailing our Christmas cards, and reflecting on how I wrote about possibly being in a new house in last year’s DD, and here we are in a new house:

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Day 7: all about the pups:

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Day 8: “POP!” (her 2nd lolly every!):

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I blogged about it here.

Day 9 & 10: friends & coffee:

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Day 10 & 11: coffee & a Santa visit at school:

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Day 12: some of our favorite holiday movies:

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Day 13: getting my rings resized and wearing them again after 2+ years:

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Day 14: this year’s new ornaments:

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I blogged about days 12-14 here, and there is a YT process video as well.

Day 15: getting packages in the mail & relaxing while wrapping presents:

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Day 16: my parents came for a visit & took us to dinner:

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Day 17: a new outfit for our elf:

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I blogged about it here.

Day 18: holiday concerts for both my girls on the same night at the same time:

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Day 19: school party:

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Day 20: around the house:

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I blogged about it here.

Day 21: “just because” flowers from the hubs, my favorite peonies:

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Day 22: all 3 of my girls in the same dress:

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Day 23: gingerbread shenanigans:

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Day 24: decorating cookies for Santa, opening gifts, & family time:

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Day 25: Santa!, silly FB photo filters, and all the kiddos, + a pocket page to house all the Christmas cards received in the mail:

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I blogged about it here, and there is a YT process video as well.


As a reminder, I have a flip through video:


Ok…that’s it for me!  Let me know if you have any questions!

Happy Friday!



2018 Christmas card layout, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hello friends!

Today, I’m sharing a mood board inspired layout with you using the Hip Kit Club 2018 December Main Kit, and the puffy wood grain alpha from the Embellishment kit.  I also used one of the HKC exclusive cut files from December.  It’s called forest, and it was day 6 of the 12 days of giving.

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Even though the first thing that jumps out at you from the mood board is the bright colors, I was drawn to all the white space, and the black and white polkadot image on the top left corner, so I will have a lot of white on my layout, and I doodled a few polkadots on one of the trees.

Since I make a December Daily album, I don’t make a lot of traditional Christmas layouts, but there are a few that I would like in my albums.  One of those is our Christmas card.

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First I cut out the cut file on my silhouette machine.  I actually cut it out twice, then glued them together for added dimension.  I love how it turned out!  Then I backed the open trees with some exclusive pattern paper.  On another piece of white cardstock, I added some ink splatters in coordinating colors.  Once dry, I adhered the cut file to the cardstock, then I machine stitched on some of the tree trunks.

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Next, I added the Christmas card, then embellished it with treed from the HKC exclusive chipboard sticker sheet, and the HKC exclusive ephemera pack.

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I added the year with the Pinkfresh Studio alphas.  To finish off my layout, I added 3 puffy woodgrain stars.

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Well that’s it for me!  I hope you’re inspired by the layout and the mood board!

Happy Monday!

December Daily, day 25 & a pocket page

Hello friends!

Today I’m sharing day 25 and the last pocket page of my December Daily 2018.  I also have a process video if you’re interested:


For day 25, I had a lot of instax photos that I wanted on one layout.  I took a bunch of photos after Christmas lunch using the Santa FB filter, and I love them all.  I was trying to figure out how to get them all on the page, especially since I can’t cut the instax film, when I remembered the waterfall technique floating around instagram.  So, through trial & error, I decided to give it a try.

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I used a lot of the 3×4 PL cards from the Hip Kit Club 2018 December Documented kit, and a Hip Kit Club exclusive paper from the 2018 December Main kit for the background.

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I really love how it came out, and I’m glad I gave it a try!

On the left side, is a photo that I printed, then cut out into a circle with my silhouette cameo machine.

I also made a pocket page to house all the Christmas cards that we get inn the mail.  I used another Hip Kit Club exclusive paper from the December Main kit.

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On the left is a full page photo of the kids (hearts for privacy).

That’s it for now.  I’ll be sharing a flip through video of my album soon, so keep a look out for that!

Happy Thursday!


December Daily, days 17 & 20

Hello friends!

Today, I’m sharing days 17 & 20 of my December Daily album.  I am still chugging along…how about y’all?  I am going to be using the Hip Kit Club 2018 December Documented kit, as well as the 2018 December Main kit.

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For day 17, I documented our elf Stewart in his new outfit that we bought him.  I decided to use the packaging to make a pocket page to house all the notes to and from him.

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I cut out a piece of the packaging to make the front part of the pocket.  For the back part of the pocket, I used one of the HKC exclusive pattern papers.  I really love both sides of this paper, so it’s perfect.  The side that faces the pocket is a red & white plaid.  On the back of the paper is a red & white whimsical, folk design, which is also perfect for an elf story.  I die cut a tag from another piece of HKC exclusive paper, the navy blue one with a white dot pattern, and I also cut out a few pieces from the Pinkfresh Studio paper. I die cut a circle from the number 17 on the Pebbles advent calendar, which I’ve been doing throughout my album, and I tied them all together with a piece of twine, and adhered it to the back of the pocket page.

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For day 20, I did an around the house spread.  I used the 2×2 pocket page, and the 4 3×4 page.

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For the left, I printed out some photos from around my house to about 2×2 inches.  I filled the rest of the pockets with puffy stickers, the Pebbles number, a sequin star, and I even made a small shaker pocket.  (I used a couple of transparencies that I had in my stash to adhere some of the embellishments to, like the stockings and number.)  On the right side, I printed out the wreaths I have, and I left a spot for journaling.  I made my own card by typing my journaling on white cardstock, and adhering some of the HKC exclusive pattern paper (this paper is my FAVE!).  My journaling says: “I have loved decorating our new home! It’s so fun pulling out all of my collected items, but super fun buying new things as well!”

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That’s it for now!  I hope you like my December Daily pages so far.  I am still loving this project!  I’m hoping to have this album done before the new year, but I’m not in a rush.  When I’m done, I’ll have a flip through video on my YT channel, so keep an eye out for that.

Thanks for stopping by, and don’t forget to check out these kits.  There are some awesome HKC exclusives!!!

Happy Sunday!


December Daily 2018, days 2-4, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hello friends!  I am so excited to be sharing some December Daily pages with you!  I am sharing days 2-4 of my 2018 album, and for these days, I’m using the Hip Kit Club 2018 December Documented kit.

I also have a YouTube process video, if you’re interested!


For day 2, my story is about our family hike.  The weather was so beautiful, we had to take advantage and go outside!

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The number 2 is a cutfile called Scandinavian numbers from the Hip Kit Club 12 days of Giving, which you can get for free from the Hip Kit Club website, as long as you have an account.  I hand wrote a quote that I found on pinterest, and it says “of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt” by John Muir.  The Merry Happy card is an HKC exclusive from the DD kit.

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For day 3, my story is about the lights on the house.  It’s our first Christmas in the new house, and my husband was a bit hesitant to put the lights up, since our roof line is steeper and higher than our old house.  He got it done though, and I love it!

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Another thing about this story, is my genius purchase of the holiday season.  I bought an outdoor club that’s remote operated.  Now, we don’t have to step outside before going to bed to unplug the lights!  Love it!  I’m going to go get the indoor version for our Christmas tree!  Ha!

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For Day 4, the story is: letters to Santa.  We always go to visit Santa early to avoid the lines, but I document the day that the girls write their letters.  This year, I wanted the letters to Santa to be more individualized and personal.  I asked my older daughter to write her letter to Santa on her phone in the Notes app, then screenshot and text it to me.  My middle daughter wrote a classic letter with pictures.  I just had my 2 year old scribble on a pre-made card.

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I wanted a more interactive album this year, so I created a pocket page to house the Santa letters.  The front of the pocket is a photo that I made in photoshop of the 3 girls writing their letters.  I absolutely LOVE the way the letters and this spread turned out!

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I hope you like what I created, and if you’re interested in more December Daily posts from me, just click on the December Daily tag or category on my blog post!

Happy Sunday!




Dear Santa mini album, featuring Pinkfresh Studio

Hello friends!

Today, I’m on the Pinkfresh Studio blog, and I’m sharing a mini tag album that I created using the Pinkfresh Studio Holiday Vibes collection.  I absolutely love the colors of this collection…the bright white, with the classic red and green, plus some blues included too.


I decided to make a Santa mini album, and I included most of our daughters’ Santa pictures.  It starts with the first Santa visit when we had our first daughter, and then our second daughter, and finally with our third daughter.  I love having all these photos in one place!


I started off by die cutting some of the papers from the Holiday Vibes collection into tags.  I was mindful of the orientation, as I wanted to have the tags front and back, but I wanted to be able to see both tags when opened, without one being upside down…you can see what I mean in the photos.

I added in the photos, and the years, which I typed up on my type writer.  I also die cut some of the photos into tags, to add some variety.




Next, I embellished with “all the things” from the Holiday Vibes embellishment collection.  I made sure to pick out the Santa related embellishments, like the “Ho Ho Ho!” ephemera and “Christmas list” chipboard banner.



Here’s a closer look at one of my favorite, no-photo tags.  I really love creating those stacked hearts from pattern paper…you may have noticed them in all my projects!


I put all my tags on a ring, added a piece of red and white ribbon, and I ended up with the cutest little mini album.  I also love that I can add more photos as the years go on.


I hope you like my mini album as much as I do.  Don’t forget to check out the Holiday Vibes collection, and share your projects with us!

Happy Thursday!