Thursday, December 29, 2016


We ended up visiting my mom yesterday, and going to the movies today instead. Sing was amazing! Lots of great characters and good music. Before we left I hurried to photograph the rest of my finished December Daily pages. After page 18 I have a few gaps and bits and pieces that need to be added in.

The tree print paper is from the sold out Redwood kit from Studio Calico. The "be present" chip board piece is me trying to be witty, since there are presents under the tree. The pocket cards on the right are from the December Wonder digi kit by One Little Bird. I combined them with a digi stamp from the Merrier set by Paislee Press.

Another tradition I wanted to write about is our family Advent celebration. The kids take turns to light the next candle for Advent and then we have a "fika" together. Swedish fika means hot drinks and something sweet to eat. The photos I had from Dante lighting the candle for the first Sunday of Advent was really grainy. I redid this spread several times because I didn't like how the photos looked. Finally I decided to shrink them down to make the grain less noticeable, and I was happy with Day 12 at last!

I made a photo collage using this set of 3x4 templates by Paislee Press. Small vellum stickers come from the Cypress Grove documenter kit by Studio Calico. All other products are from my stash.

No Swedish December Daily without a page about the Saint Lucia celebration on the 13th of the month! This is another template from Paislee Press included in the December Mini Album kit. This kit does cost a bit more than just the regular pocket card kits but the $15 were more than worth it to me. Even though I've used it throughout my 2016 album there are so much product in this kit I'll easily be able to use it for future December Daily albums without repeating myself.

I got the idea to add in this piece of packaging from Ali Edwards from another December Daily maker. I thought it was a brilliant way to easily add in all the Christmas greetings we've recieved. I've also included the card that we sent out this year.

The supermoon is my story for Day 15. I was out of the letter N so I constructed one from two I's and a cut up W. Star pocket card and (circle punched) sticker both from Studio Calico.

On Friday the 16th we had our annual Christmas party at work. And yes, I have asked my colleagues for permission to post this spread! Top two pocket cards and glittery stars from the Cypress Grove documenter kit. The red 4x6 card is cut from a patterned paper that came in the Redwood addon. The right side of the spread is another photo template from the Paislee Press mini album kit mentioned above.

Since this is a family album I've also recorded what my husband did on the day of the Christmas party. The journaling also talks about the kids getting to spend time with grandma who stayed overnight since both mommy and daddy was away for the evening.

For Day 18 it was time to tell the story of making our own candy for Christmas. A tradition I've kept from my childhood Christmases. This tradition is important to me because taking the time to make our own candy signals that Christmas is a special time. The rest of the year we may buy our candy, but at Christmas we make it together!

The cork numbers below are actually painted with gold acrylic paint but it doesn't show in the photo. It's more visible in real life.

Most likely my next post will be on New Years Eve. See you then!



  1. Your album is Beautiful! I hope you'll share the rest of it when it's finished. I especially like seeing how others around the world celebrate Christmas (frnakly, it's a little boring in FLorida!)
    I too scrapbook hybrid (half digital and half conventional_ I share my 4x6 photos in a Daily Life album on Facebook with friends, but printed copies go in a conventional album where I do the journaling and a bit more decorating.
    I wish you the best in the new year; may it be a kinder one to the world. Best wishes from Florida, Vianna Sweet Orange 54 at Gmail

    1. Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I'll be sharing the rest of my album soon. Almost finished! Your dogs are adorable!