Today celebrates the last day of single digits for December, so cliche but will say it anyway.... December is zooming along.
Catching my breath yesterday was a nod to self care and a nod to Peace and Calm, I so needed it.
Day 9 is all about the much anticipated School Report arrival in the mail. School finished back in November, each year we forget about it until that big envelope lands in the mailbox.
I checked the mail on our way out the door yesterday, immediately set upon by the student and was such an awesome report it required that I pull over at the top of our street and pay attention to the teen who proudly read it out. The only subject below expectation was English, thankfully a subject he does not need for his chosen career path.. and the priceless retort of "Well I would do a whole lot better if she were hot!" Teen boy right there! In all seriousness the repore you have with your teache/sr, and at his age appearance and/or level of respect given by teacher to student and student to teacher is very much reflected in results. He excelled in the subjects where this level of respect exists. The usual array of comments of kind, thoughtful, courteous, a pleasure to have in the classroom, enthusiastic were there... along with a few funny comments - yes my youngest son is quite the comedian and quite the keeper of all things just.
Day 9 (by default) includes this left hand page... it is from the One Little Bird digital December Daily set for Ali Edwards - a 6x8 paper that I decided to print on specialty transparency paper - I printed this several weeks ago and finally found the spot for it. Initially my intention was to have it as a stand alone divider style page but having cut it in advance to 6x8 it just would be too small for that idea in an 8x8 album where there is a lot of distance between holes and the pockets beginning.
I simply slipped it into the flipside of the previous day 8, then removed it to add the gold die cut star and some word strips (Felix Collection by Seven Paper for Studio Calico, 1 sheet of which can be found in this comprehensive kit) and returned it to the pocket.
Day 9 left side:
Day 9 right side:
That piece "every picture records a little story" is a Jillibean Soup white die cut (1 of similar design is included in this kit), I simple adhered it over top of the photo.
Next page (fllipside of the 6.5x8.5 photo):
I stitched in place a piece of gold strip transparency (yep you got it - also in the kit) using gold metallic thread on the upper and an off white in the bobbin.
Then it was just a matter of slipping in a bunch of 'spots' to journal on, 3 4x6 cards (kit), adding another Jillibean Soup white die cut onto the Kraft 4x6 card, and a bag I made using gold spot glassine paper, a Sizzix die and my Big Shot. Inside that bag is a burlap paper tag cut from the dies that Ali had in her shop.
Close up of the stitching detail, love metallic thread:
It can be a bit tricky keeping transparency material from slipping all over the place, stitching very slowly and repositioning as you go works, also a walking foot (used by quilters) is invaluable for this kind of project.
Number placement is top left - I know that day 10 is most likely a no photo day so will use the glassine bag I pre prepared to slot my journaling in, I flipped the bag over to the back side before I placed the 9 where I did, I like to see the previous days number sometimes.
And on the subject of number placement....
Just a quick revisit of Day 8 - I struggle to find the perfect spot for number placement and decided, after much fiddling, I would just throw the 8 inside the page protector and come back to it another day (maybe never!) and this is almost the exact spot where it settled - I went with that. Clearly overthinking is a habit I have with these number placements! I have yet to place days 6 and 7.
It is quite a grainy capture (taken from my phone as an afterthought to share here).
Thank you for visiting my little spot in the huge December Daily world,