Saturday, December 14, 2013

December Daily update

     First off I hope that you are all enjoying this wonderful holiday season.  I know I've been pretty scarce on the bloggie scene.  To be honest this past fall and winter have been an up and down roller coaster for me health wise.  It seems that I have worried myself into some sort of stomach problems (i.e. ulcer or whatever) that causes me some pretty down days.  I thought the round of meds the doc had given me had cured the problem, but it came back with a vengeance.  They are actually sending me to a cardiologist Monday for some tests to make sure it's not my heart.  That's where my pain seems to be centered so they want to rule that out.
     So basically I have fits and spurts of feeling good enough to do anything, therefore not as much crafting going on as I would normally do or surfing the web.  I have managed to get some work done on my December Daily though.  I haven't decided whether I'll take it past Christmas or not, but if I don't I'm about half way there.  YAY!  So here's what I have to share.

     While digging in my stash I found an old set of embellishments from Making Memories that's colors matched my papers perfectly.  The little sentiment strips and buttons were in it.  The number circles were a free download I found on line.  The first page is mostly journaling.  For the photo I purchased some of the Simple Stories Snap photo pocket pages and trimmed it to fit.  It was too long so I stitched the bottom closed and cut off the excess.

     I added another photo for the other side of the photo pocket and Like my friend Nancy who just posted deets on the cutest Christmas tree mini album, when you open the pages they are all facing right side up.  I wish the album had been side bound for easier opening, but it is what it is.  The day two page is an insert I created since the album only came with six pages.  This page flips out to reveal two pocket pages inside.

     I filled my pockets with journaling tags and matted photos.  The Christmas Santa calender in the right hand pocket was a freebie off the internet.

     The back side of the insert is another pocket page holding days 4 and 5.  Day six is an acrylic album page.  I have never worked with an acrylic page before and was a little lost on what to do with it.  However the photos worked out just right for it to be tree decorating day and I thought this beautiful picture of the lights would look wonderful framed in frost.  I used some ancient Opaque white Stazon I had which wasn't working to well.  I managed to get it looking decent and then I added some transparent sparkly embossing powder.  You have to be careful when embossing acrylic.  It will warp and I had to flatten out my scallops several times.

     Got the start and finish of the tree done by my baby girl on the other side of the acrylic page.  For day 7-8 I created another insert with a fold down flap.  The front of the flap has a cute Jillibean Soup mini bag to hold the journaling tag.  I didn't get a pic of the folded down flap so you can see the snowman cookie jar page.  This thing was a booger to photograph in my lightbox.  I will be doing a video of it later and things will be much easier to see then.

     This page features a small part of my Lenox snowman collection.  My mom has bought me several of them over the years and I decided to capture the Snow Band.  I added a couple of stars cut from corrugated cardboard and will probably add something else to that bare bottom corner.
     Need to get some more pics developed so I can share some more pages.
     Have yourself a wonderful weekend!


  1. This is fabulous - a really lovely way to record those special memories. The care and love you've put into it shows on every page, you clever lady, you! So sorry to hear you've been under the weather - sending you huge healing hugs for a speedy recovery. Tracey xx

  2. LOLOLOL...firstly, I'll get to the sappy friend stuff in a minute, but before I forget..I laughed outloud when I saw you used the word selfie...LOL.. That's a riot. My daughter constantly tells me "Mom..No!" when I say it..I guess because it irritates her I can't quit! Now secondly...oh my goodness Tracy. You've been through the ringer chica and I will continue to pray for you and hope that what you find out on Monday is a solution or step in the right direction for getting you feeling back to your self. I feel terrible that I haven't visited your blog in what seems like forever, but I've locked myself in my craftroom (YIPPEEE) today and I'm doing nothing but visiting friend's blogs and drawing up inspiration. So don't mind me stalking you today.
    Big huge hugs to you my friend and I'll be thinking of you daily (as if I ever stopped I hope you get to relax a bit and have some fun for you.
    Twang :)
    LOL...oh crap!! I nearly gosh your project here is fantabuliciuos!! It's not enough to peruse it twice...I'm going back for MORE!

  3. oh Tracy, I am so very sorry to hear of your health troubles. I will pray, send big hugs, and then pray some more. it just stinks that you have been going through such a tough time.

    your album is truly lovely - every page a delight. you know I'm loving the cardboard pieces! :)

    Merry Christmas to you. lots of love coming your way!

  4. Sorry you continue to be having health issues, Tracy. I hope you get some answers about what's causing them. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Your December Daily is really amazing! What a wonderful keepsake it will be! Very creative design! Hugs!

  5. Oh Tracy, I am so sorry to hear about your health problems and understand how that must make you feel. My thoughts and prayers are with you and hope that you feel better really soon.
    Your December is looking wonderful. I love all your detailing and fabulous papers.
    Take care, sending you hugs
    Sue xx

  6. Hi Tracy, I've not been blogging/commenting much lately either but thankfully mine is not due to any health issues. However when I saw this post I just had to stop by & let you know I am thinking of you, sending huge hugs & hoping for a speedy resolution for you. Take care hon xx

  7. Oh, Tracy...that's just beautiful...and I DO so need one to record every busy, special day...It's just such a great idea! I'd even be happy with a journal...with no photos or embellishments...let alone something like this!!! I will be praying for you, my sweet friend! Hope the doctors can get to the bottom of your troubles and get you all straightened out so you can get back to just lovin' life!!!:0 Do take care!!! Christmas program in the AM...say a prayer for me, too!!!

  8. Sorry you are not feeling too good ... I had an ulcer and the meds really helped but like you I had to have the necessary checks first ... worrying made the ulcer worse so try and relax ... I'll say a prayer for you!
    I adore your album ... every page is precious ... and what a sweet collection of snowmen ... Have a happy day!

  9. Hi Tracy, your album is gorgeous, every page is a master piece. I am just loving it! So sorry to hear you are still having health issues, I will keep you in my prayers. I hope everything goes well at the cardiologists and you get well very soon. Big warm hug my friend, Ivonne

  10. Your album is adorable, what nice memories to go over each year and a nice start perhaps to doing more albums huh?

  11. Tracy
    I hope you will get an answer on Monday that will put you in the right direction for complete recovery. I am sad to think you are not feeling well. You are in my prayers and thoughts.
    Have to say - I may not leave comments the way I use to but I never miss to check your blog.
    This album is just a beautiful piece of art and something to treasure for always.
    Think good thoughts, be positive and know everyone is sending you lots of love.
    I wish you and yours a blessed and Merry Christmas, stay safe and take care of yourself.
    Big Hugs

  12. Wow your daily looks amazing Tracy.beautiful work!!
    Hope the doc can find your problem hun and with the right med ,hope you feel better soon!!
    Sending big XXXXXXXXXXXX

  13. Hi Sweet Lady, You really are having a rough trip lately. I am sure your heart tests will prove fine. Ulcers do cause pain in this area. You are in our daily prayers xxxxxx
    Gorgeous creation! what a lovely keepsake and memory builder.
    Huge Hugs coming your way xxx
    Mau xx

  14. Tracy, get your gallbladder checked! My daughter suffered for 3 years with severe pain & went through all sorts of testing for ulcers, hiatus hernia, heart disease etc. & it turned out to be her gallbladder...had it out & hasn't had any issues since! Take care & feel better soon.
    Hugs, Renee

  15. I am so sorry to hear you not feeling the best. I do hope they figure out soon what is going on so they can treat you. But I must say your mini album here looks amazing. I LOVE it.

    Big Hugs my friend.

  16. How wonderful this is Tracy. Every page is just beautiful. I do hope you get your stomach problems taken care of! Hugz, joann

  17. This is fabolours Tracy!! Beautiful made and a wonderful Christmas memory. hugs, Marlies

  18. I am absolutely LOVING your beautiful December Daily album, Tracy! Wow, SO cute and so full of amazing detail! I love the pretty colors and papers you're using. So up my alley!
    Really sorry to hear about all your health issues lately, though! Hope you can get everything diagnosed so that you can get on a good treatment plan...soon! Hugs to you!

  19. Love this beautiful album, so many creative details! I'm so sorry that you haven't been feeling well; you are in my thoughts and prayers! Hugs!

  20. You poor girl... really hope that your health will improve soon... Maybe you have been working too hard, anyhow, just hope to see you well real soon my friend! On a lighter note I'd like to say how wonderful your Christmas album looks, it's totally delightful with all these fine details! Hugs, Ira
    Ira’s Crea Corner

  21. Oh, Tracy, I hate to read that you had some health problems. I hope they are long gone now! Your album is gorgeous! :) Sending you lots of hugs!

  22. Holy wowsers....!!! I'm not sure what to say @ this point!! Fab details & design, of course !!!
    That's a lot of work, sweet lady!!!

    I'm going to continue to pray for you & health answers!!! ❤❤❤


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