project life | december 2012

wrapping up 2012 meant putting together all four of the last weeks of december at one time. as expected, december was a hectic and my pages did not get finished each week. and i’m totally fine with that! by sticking with my system of naming my photo files with the date and entering a quick note about the day in my day one app, i had everything i needed to put together the last few weeks without stress. it actually felt good to give myself permission to not worry about completing my project life pages in the middle of all the christmas festivities. so i am caught up and ready to share.

week 49 writing out christmas wish lists, bowling, lights and everyday life. this week i used ali edwards’ december daily sentiment box brushes to make the believe and hello magic journaling cards.left page: i included a little something tate said (he wanted some m&m’s), some photos of christmas lights taken with my iphone and i printed an email onto a 4×6 journaling card -  the email i received from becky higgins telling me i had been chosen for the 2013 project life creative team.right page: tate has been into the paul frank monkey lately so i took some of his monkey christmas stickers and made a little journaling card. (see the monkey on his shirt in the santa hat photo too?) a little instagram photo and story about how tate likes to take the ornaments off of our tree and a funny photo of how quinn likes to sit on mark’s back.week 50: rudolph quinn at preschool and christmas crafting this week. the merry and bright card was made using ali edwards’ december daily sentiment box brushes.left page: i love how tate says christmas and put it on a journaling card. (i also have video of him saying this too.) there are red + green christmas goldfish crackers, my cookie helpers and a photo of where stiller the elf sits everyday watching over the boys. right page: our finished cookies, pine cone christmas tree crafting, a funny thing quinn said, a make-shift apron and an instagram collage from this week. i could not let this week pass and not acknowledge the events that occurred at sandy hook elementary school. i found this quote card that cathy zielske used in her december daily and shared on her blog. i wanted to keep the design simple and in line with my white background, so i used the same quote and made a 4×6 card in photoshop.week 51 the big reveal of the new creative team this week on becky’s blog, our santa visit, christmas bowling and my little duck.left page: i love that our local bass pro shops allows you to take your own photos of santa. and i’m happy that tate did not scream + cry this year. he was not thrilled when mark put him on santa’s lap, but the candy cane that santa gave him helped distract him long enough for a few photos. i also included photos of our trip to the bowling alley. the boys wore their santa hats and we called it “christmas bowling”. and an iphone photo with a lifelong friend in town for the holidays.a few journaling cards from this week… an iphone photo of my sad little boy and who did not want me to go out without him, a christmas edition of what tate is saying right now and a santa journaling card made with ali edwards’ december daily sentiment box brushes. right page: i wanted to document the big reveal of the new creative team, so i made a simple card with the new logo and photos of me that are on the blog. quinn’s duck costume and trip to the preschool play are documented as well as a little note from becky and my weekly instgram photo collage. this is a sweet thing quinn said and some photos of the project life childhood mini-kit that becky sent me so that i could make some pages for quinn (see my pages here) and a photo of my desk while working with the beautiful cards from the childhood mini-kit: bridegport edition. week 52: christmas week and there are lots of photos. this week was 8 days long because i made my week monday, december 24th through monday, december 31st so that would end my year nicely. and i could begin 2013 on january 1st. i just love when my dates don’t get split up.

project life - december 2012 => tracy-larsen.com/blog

left side: christmas photos, a star journaling card made with ali edwards’ december daily sentiment box brushes and a white 4×6 journaling card with merry christmas in amelie font. right side: more christmas photos and lots of instagram photos this week so i used two of my instagram photo collages. and since there were a few things happening this week other than christmas eve and christmas day, i included some small 3×4 journaling cards from a girls night out, quinn’s favorite christmas gift, tate decorating cookies at a party and new year’s eve. bonus insert:  the daily adventures of our elf on the shelf, stiller the elf. i took a photo of him every night involved in some sort of antics. because the photos were taken at night and the lighting was horrible, i just used my iphone and processed them with instagram. they are not the best quality by any stretch of the imagination, but the boys loved waking up every morning to see where stiller was. it was important for me to document this part of our month – even if the photos weren’t perfect. i used my regular design a photo pocket pages and printed them on 4×6 cards using a template that i created.left side: days 1 through 12 right side: days 13 through 24 and a closer look at the cards…

*** fonts i used for my journaling cards are avenir + amelie ***

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