This is a photo idea that I found on Pinterest. It wasn't very bright in the hallway were I took this shot so the ISO was fairly high, resulting in some graininess in the photo. I could have/should have paid more attention to my camera settings to help prevent this.
Adobe Lightroom's Spot Removal feature (which I should think to use more often) worked wonderfully to remove a light switch on the wall near my shoulder. I did consider turning the photo black and white but preferred this slightly de-saturated version instead.
Enthusiasm and energy were lacking today, so today's photo is a simple evening shot taken on my phone. I do like the contrast of all the straight lines and hard edges of my desk with the roundness of my bump.
I'm still optimistic of finishing this December Daily album before Chip arrives but the days are disappearing fast. I seem to be going out for lunch too often to spend much time at my scrap table! It's a hard life. ;)
Day 16: I had an obstetrician appointment and our last prenatal class on this day so I paired journaling, printed on vellum, with a photo of the baby bump taken in front of the Christmas tree. The photo wasn't actually taken on the 16th, but who is going to know or care?
Day 17: I used a free older printable from A Pair of Pears to write up my present list all neatly, then decided it looked too neat and cut my original messy list out of my diary to use instead. The page on the right is a section of a plastic shopping bag. Once I cut into the bag it was quite fragile, so I used spray adhesive to attach it to a clear transparency. I'm quite pleased with how that turned out.
Day 17 and 18: I used the back of the shopping bag to continue Day 17, converting the photos to black and white. Most of the products are from the One Little Bird December Daily mini kit, apart from the fabric stars which is an older product from Studio Calico. I coloured them with a red mist which took ages to dry.
A very simple page for Day 18, both in content and design. It was the midst of a bout of very hot days so I included the chorus to Aussie Jingle Bells by Greg Champion and Colin Buchanan. I know in past years I've used lyrics to more winter-focused Christmas carols so I like the contrast to our southern hemisphere hot.
Alternative Day 18: Before deciding on the simple, colour-blocked design for Day 18, I stamped the lyrics onto vellum with StazOn Ink. Given I spent the time making it, I thought I'd share the original. I do like the effect, but with the shopping bag showing through on the other page I felt that whole spread became way too chaotic.
Day 19: I've just realised this is a spread without journaling, but I suppose wrapping presents and baking gingerbread is pretty self-explanatory. The 'give joy' is a digital file from Ali Edwards, through her Storytelling with December Daily class I believe, that I cut with the Silhouette from vellum. It is backed with glitter paper, which I've also used to cut the word nineteen. 'Baking treats' is stamped with Brilliance white ink which has come up really bright against the photo. I did originally attempt to emboss that text but that was a bit of a disaster with the photo cracking and needing a reprint.
With another 5 days to complete this is already a fat little album, but I do love the stories it contains.
I tried to hold up my camera at arm's length to take this photo but it was too heavy and awkward. So, I perched my camera and tripod precariously on top of the bed. My legs were curled up between the legs of the tripod and any adjustment of the sheets or doona needed to be quite gentle. The tripod did start to topple once, but thankfully no camera, tripod or me were damaged in the taking of this photo. ;)