Hello Everybody! Carrie here with day 1 in my December Daily : ) I'm using the dreamy December Dreams kit, along with my Instax printer, typewriter, sewing machine, gold thread, and some transparency paper used with my inkjet printer. I super love this project and decided on a 4x6 inch album this year.
Day 1 documents our annual trip to a local farm store for our Christmas tree! To begin my December Daily album I printed this 4x6 photo of my daughter onto transparency paper using my inkjet printer. I chose to place the photo inside a page protector instead of having it as it's own page with holes because the ink will run if it gets wet.
There is a 4x6 inch piece of plain white cardstock layered under the photo with some text from my typewriter that reads "elias family christmas". I love that you can see the text through the photo.
The next spread are two instax photos which I sewed onto this gorgeous Christmas tree paper using my sewing machine and some gold thread. The 4x6 card is cut from the 12x12 inch Christmas tree paper, and in case you are wondering about sewing onto the photos.....I used this same technique where I sewed instax photos onto paper for a layout about 10 years ago, and I just looked at the layout the other day. It still looks great! (No issues with the ink ; )
On the opposite side of the spread is a tiny 2x4 inch insert with two 2x2 inch pockets. The top pocket holds the number 1 with the "winter" text from one of the cut apart sheets. The pocket below it is a 2x2 inch card cut from one of the lined papers. I placed the black swan flair on top of the page protector with red line tape, and added the light blue "december" tab from Studio Calico. Behind it all is the key transparency paper from the kit used as a divider. I cut the 8.5x11 inch transparency down to 4x6.5 inches, punched holes and added it right into my album.
The backside of the 2x4 insert is filled with two 2x2 inch cards cut from the b-side of the swan paper which is this pretty pink graphic paper (I super LOVE the swan paper too!). The top card is journaling from my typewriter, and the bottom card is the rest of the journaling along with a piece of art my daughter made.
After the transparency is a 3x4 inch insert filled with the Christmas tree journaling card from one of the cut apart sheets. I added two tree die cuts from the die cut pack and popped them up on the card using foam adhesive. I wanted to make the card have a Christmas tree farm store feel ; ) As a way to help turn the page, I placed the fun white pom pom at the top of the page.
The back of the 3x4 insert is a lined card cut down from one of the 12x12 inch papers. To add my journaling I used my typewriter again. I like the consistency as well as the fact that I can fit a longer story in a smaller space compared to using my own handwriting.
To finish off this card I layered two of the heart die cuts from the die cut pack together and popped them up using foam adhesive. The pink and red together for Christmas make me think of sweets, and more specifically a gingerbread house! Love that!!
To finish off Day 1 I added two more instax photos to a 4x6 inch card. The card is cut down from this lovely diamond 12x12 inch paper. To add extra sparkle and interest I decided to using my sewing machine and gold thread to stitch lines along part of the diamond design. I also stitched my photos onto the paper like in the first card. I think it just makes adding the instax photos feel more finished to me.
That's it for my Day 1. Thanks for taking a look and I'll see you next time! : ) Carrie