On the first Monday of each month I participate in a challenge hosted over at the Memory Keeping With PLxSU Facebook group. The Design Team are based in countries all around the world and we are all SU Demonstrators and Project Life fans. This month we are challenging ourselves (and you of course!) to complete a page or pages around a December theme. It's important to note that this doesn't necessarily mean a December Daily page - it can be absolutely anything to do with December.
Having said that, my pages today are from my December Daily album. This is the third year I have started a December Daily album. My first year I didn't complete the album until the following September. Last year I finished the album in January. Not too bad! This year keeping up will be so much easier with the Hello December PLxSU Collection.
Now, you might notice that I have actually started my December Daily with a November entry. That's because in Adelaide the Christmas season officially begins with the Annual Christmas Pageant. This year Rob took the big kids into the city and they watched from his office window.
Another November entry, simply because we attended our first Christmas party for the season in November. The party had a Super Hero theme, and Rob and Hudson didn't need much encouragement to dress in their Superman t-shirts!
December 1st is the day we put up our Christmas tree. It fell on a Monday this year, and it felt really strange doing it on a weekday. From my perspective it was great though, as I could assemble the tree without any 'helpers' or whining kids! I did briefly regret allowing the big kids to decorate the tree by themselves as they made a huge mess and left it for me to clean up!
Here's a little trick for pocket pages: don't be afraid to cut photos to fit them across multiple pockets. It makes planning your pages a little easier. If you are cutting a photo of people though, place the photo on a flat surface and lay the pocket page over the top. This way you can see if you are going to cut through someone's head BEFORE you start chopping up the photo.
My husband was on call and got called out on Monday, so we decided to wait for him to be home on Tuesday to finish decorating the tree. All the kids have name baubles and they take turns putting Santa on top of the tree each year. The tree is so tall that Rob needs to lift them up so that they can reach! It worked out well that we did the tree over 2 days, as I didn't have anything else 'planned' for my DD that day.
It's not Christmassy at all, but it was the 'story' for the day - the surgery I had on my head. A DD doesn't necessarily need to be all about Christmas, you just pick a story for the day and tell it!
Sometimes, no matter how much you try, you just can't make a back to back page work. In this case I had one landscape photo and one portrait photo. Thankfully in each pack of Photo Pocket Pages you get one page that is a single 6x8 inch pocket. I just cut a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock to size and adhered the photo, date card, journalling and embellishments to the cardstock and slid it into the page. Easy!
I really like the addition of the Cherry Cobbler Glimmer Paper to the date cards. I saw this somewhere, but I can't remember where. I quite liked it, so I've decided to use it through my album. It helps the cork numbers you get in the Hello December Accessory Pack to stand out.
So, that's it from me for now. I have a few more pages to show you, but I will do it in batches through the month. You can see what the rest of the MKWPLxSU Design Team have come up with by clicking on the links to their blogs listed below.
Claire Daly, Australia – http://www.clairedaly.typepad.com
Julie Kettlewell, UK - http://www.juliesjapes.blogspot.com.au/
Delys Cram, New Zealand - http://delysc.wordpress.com/
Constanze Wirtz, Germany - http://conibaer.blogspot.com.au/
Janet Morrow Wakeland, USA - http://remarkablycreated.com/
Kim Holterman, Netherlands -http://kims-scrapbooking.nl/
Kimberly VanDiepen - http://stampinbythesea.com/
Bye for now,