December Daily® 2014 | Day One

Welcome to December Daily® 2014 | Day One.

Remember when I suggested not making this more complicated than it needs to be? It's still true. I thought about that a lot today as I printed my photo and added a bit of stamping directly onto the letter A. 

I also thought about how this project, like many others I embark on, is not about any one single page. It's about all these pages coming together - some super simple, some more complex, some with long stories and some with short - to tell the story of our December. 

Here's a look at my full page for Day One: 

My  foundation page included a printed date card + green stripe pattern paper + star stamps + red stitching. 

We do have some  printed date cards (in all three sizes) available in the shop if you'd rather have them printed for you (vs. using the overlay set to print your own). 

Today's story centers around a photo of Anna at the table in the early morning hours opening her Advent calendar. I'll probably include something about Simon and his on another day - he was still in bed at this point in the morning. On top of the photo (in Photoshop) I added  "morning story" from this word art set + my story about Anna and welcoming December. 

The photo size I used (cropped in Photoshop) is 5.5 inches x 6.25 inches. 

I printed it here at home on my  Epson R2000 printer

On top of the photo I added a letter A (A is for Anna but could also be for Advent). I played around with stamping using  Olive Green Staz On ink directly onto one of the large gold letters.

As you can see, it's not perfect and it does want to slip around a bit but I still liked the text pattern it created.

If you know it's not going to be perfect then it tends to look a lot cooler when it's messy. 

One of those puffy hearts found it's way into the center of the A. 

I adhered the A to the photo using Scotch adhesive. I'm thinking (as I look at it now) that I might add a staple too because it feels like it needs to be "grounded" to the page a bit more.

A really simple start to December - because it doesn't have to be complicated and there is joy around every corner if we are willing to look.  

Here we go!


Click on the images below to link to the products used in this project.


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41 thoughts

  1. me1312 says…

    Love your Day 1!!!

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  2. Llynx59 says…

    I love it!!!!

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