Sunday, December 1, 2013

Happy December! Talking about December Daily and a Giveaway! (Giveaway closed)


Happy December! My goodness! Here we are smack dab in the Holiday Season! But before I get into all the goodness thats in store let me first say that Aaron and I had a great Thanksgiving! We spent the day with Aaron's parent's and one of his brothers. We cooked the entire meal and had a great time doing it. Seriously...we LOVED cooking the family meal. It was a big change because we always just cook for the two of us. Occasionally Walt will pop in and ask if we have anything, and we enjoy serving him up some good stuff...but getting the whole Thanksgiving meal ready felt refreshingly "normal" for us. See...here's the thing...me and Aaron live a far from "normal" life...so when we get to do normal stuff its like this breath of fresh air. It grounds us...makes us feel "in-step" with others. Of course this is a luxury only to those who live a decidedly "out-of-step" lifestyle. (a grass is always greener sort of thing I guess)  
We were proud of ourselves for prepping all the ingredients ahead of time and having the whole meal come together perfectly on schedule. And from what we gathered reaction-wise...everyone enjoyed the meal. We offered to do the Christmas Day meal as well. Can't wait for that!
 And again, the whole feeling in-step with the world was totally enhanced by everyone sharing their Thanksgiving Day experiences online. So cool to go on Instagram to see everyone's pics of pies, and beautiful table settings, and husbands passed out. 
And jeeez...it was the first day of Hanukkah! I have to say I'll gladly take all of your latkes and applesauce and sour cream! 

So yes...now here we are...it is December 1st! I've got not even a smidge of the bah humbug gene. I've been witnessing peeps put their trees up for weeks now...and I'd never ever accuse anyone of jumping the gun. Decorate as early and as often as you want!! To each their own. And I love the tradition of families decorating for Christmas as a family on Thanksgiving after dinner. I saw lots of folks sharing pics of that. Pretty great idea! 

Last night we went to see Hunger Games with Walt & Val...it was a great time. Very happy that Walt took some time away from engines and tools for a little family fun. I think it's easier to get him to break away if you lump it all in with a holiday. Despite his gasoline and grease tinted exterior he's got a good amount of "little boy" left in him that loves family holiday time. Today us four are going down to visit my other brother and his wife and our niece Olivia...yep, the little gal we had over for a visit last week. Looking forward to it. 


A big reason for posting today is to see who is doing a December Daily? Our hands are raised over here! We are super excited about it. We love to browse the December Daily hashtag on instagram, and love to check out all the inspiration on Pinterest. We also love that December Daily albums and books have kinda taken on a life of their own. The lines have blurred...it's no longer just photos, or just for scrapbookers. Art Journalers are joining in the fun, and there are so many creative takes on the concept! 

We know that this is already a very busy time of year, and so often we hear about gals starting their books and just not having the time to finish and feeling defeated. 
No way! Do not let that happen. Make the process pressure free. Me and Aar can't stand stress and we try to approach every project with ZERO pressure. Set your own guidelines. Adhere to no one elses expectations. Do it because you want to and love to. No rules. Chip away. If you have time to sit down to start pages, maybe do a few in one day and just leave some spots to pop in photos next week...or even after the holiday! 

Soon we'll blog some of our tips and tricks for pulling off something fun, easy, and beautiful.

For our book (seen above in it's raw state) we went with a small horizontal chipboard album with scallop shaped tabs. Keeping it small makes it less of a big deal (ha! literally!)...and we also love tiny things. So a little book of Holiday eye candy will be such a fun keepsake to look back at in years to come. A cute little time capsule.

We gathered up some favorite papers, and trims, and ribbons, and twines, and washi tapes, and other happy bits. Of course we are using the classic Jenny & Aaron pink and aqua, and cream, with bits of black...but we love love love adding tiny bits of red to make it festive...and some evergreen! 


We'll share our pages and tips and ideas as we go. And we'd LOVE to see your pages! 

So go gather some goodies. Don't over think it. Take today to choose a color palette, the size and shape of your book, and maybe start a pinterest board or just browse for ideas. Set aside an hour or even 30 or 20 minutes a day to escape into some holiday crafting. Or pick a day on the weekend to do a few pages. 



You can win the above holiday paper and ephemera pack!

After all this talk (or "jibba jabba", as Mr. T would say) you might have forgotten that I mentioned that this post contains a fabulous Giveaway!  
As you may well know...I love to share what I know and what I love with all of you guys. But I just may have one remaining best kept secret that I have yet to reveal. Oh well, I guess it's finally time to let the cat out of the bag...
Our faaaavorite source for the most perfect vintage papers, and trims, and perfectly edited ephemera packs is our long time friend Lisa Cook! Lisa is a born curator. Her paper packs set the mood, tell a story, and never fail to capture a gorgeous little world within a cellophane sleeve. Armed with one of her packs you cannot go wrong creating an incredible art journal page, assemblage, or collage. 
Well Lisa is generously giving away one of the most amazing vintage Holiday paper/ephemera packs right now!! I could just die over this collection. It makes me so so happy! Isn't it amazing?! Don't you want to get your hands on it? Well all you have to do to enter is be a follower of the Everyday is a Holiday blog, and Lisa's blog or etsy shop. And then leave a comment below telling us that you are! The lucky winner will be chosen December 8th!

Good Luck!
Happy December friends!!
xo Jenny & Aaron

59 comments:

  1. I left a comment and would love to win thanks for the opportunity

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  2. I think you've pushed my decision to do the Dec Daily, I've been seeing so many cool posts and ideas, but am kinda intimidated by it. Normally keep my art to myself... but Im currently rounding up a few things to get started :) HAPPY DECEMBER!!
    Thanks for the giveaway chance-- I'm an etsy follower, blog follower and commenter

    adawnn1(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  3. I follow both of your blogs via Bloglovin'! Thanks for the chance to win these awesome goodies!!!!

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  4. for some reason I can't connect to Lisa's Blog? anyone else having trouble?

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    1. hope this works! :) http://www.opengate.typepad.com

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  5. What a wonderful array of goodies! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    I'm a subscriber to Lisa's blog, as well as her shop being one of my "favorites" on Etsy!

    The collection of fab stuff to make your book is luscious - can't wait to see pics!

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  6. Cutest package of vintage goodies I've ever seen! Would I love to win? YES!

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  7. I am going over to leave a comment.. thanks for the chance to win!

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  8. Hark The Hearl Angels Sing...(that's me singing) ok no wise cracks with I can't sing like an Angel...lol What a fun fabu give-away. Grace xoox

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  9. Love your December Daily inspiration! This is my first year doing a December Daily book myself, and my book is all set to go. I've been following your blog for a long time and am now happily following Lisa's blog too!

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  10. Oh I would love to win this, what a great Christmas present it would be. Thanks so very much for a wonderful give away.
    Happy Sunday!

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  11. I am following all 3 places!!! Thank you for the giveaway and the no pressure attitude about Daily December -- Ihave been on the fence about it but I think I might just do it this year :) Thanks for the inspiration!

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  12. I am following you now; however, have been reading and loving your blog for a long time now . Also am a follower of the other blog and her Etsy store. Please add me in the drawing for this awesome prize. Thanks for a chance to win!!

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  13. Following here and on Lisa's blog. :0)

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  14. what an absolutely lovely collection. I hope I win ;-) Thank you for introducing me to Lisa's blog and shop. Yay!!

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  15. Hi! Love your blog and am now following it and lisa's blog! Love it! P.s. Getting your book for Christmas! Can't wait !! Martha :)

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  16. I am doing a Dec. Daily ... I already have the core built and took a ton of pics today to add to it!! I loveeeeee her shop ... I have added her to my faves on ETSY!!! :)

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  17. Such a darling collection! It's a vintage lover's Christmas paradise! Following you both! Thank you so much for the chance to win. :)

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  18. Oh My Goodness....what I could create with these treasures! Fingers crossed and following (you of course) and Lisa's Etsy store!

    xoxoxo

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  19. I now follow you both! Thank you!!!!

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  20. Fabulous collection! I love this! As a follower of your blog I share the love of this vintage aesthetic! It would be a great way to add that vibe to my December daily!

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  21. I follow you both! My 7 year old daughter and I would make some lovely ornaments with this giveaway.

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  22. Fun Fun Fun set! I'd love to bring this to my next craft night with my friends!

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  23. Wow, what a gorgeous collection! Makes both my scrapbooker's and vintage lover's heart happy! I'm following both blogs.:)

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  24. Wow! So much fun!! I'm going to do a combo December Daily this year...tons of pictures, ephemera, mixed-media art journal creations, and all kinds of crazy holiday fun!
    Following both blogs. =)

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  25. Hi Jenny! I have been loving seeing all the December Daily inspiration that is out there and I really can't wait to see yours! I have never made one, but I really want to. Not sure if I can fit it in this year because of my littlest little. He's only 9 months and I literally spend all day chasing him around! We need some baby gates around here! Anyway, even if I don't get to it this time around, I will for sure enjoy all the eye candy and inspiration from you and I've already gathered a lot of yummy supplies for when I do get to it! So fun! Also, I'm very exited to see your decorating this year!
    Michelle xoxo

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  26. This looks awesome! I'm a follower!

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  27. I'm a follower! This looks wonderful!

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  28. I'm a follower of both yours and and Lisa's blogs. That collection of ephemera looks fabulous.

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  29. I am a believer...er, I mean, follower! Just purchased your book today, and cannot wait to dig in!

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  30. well as I'm sure you know I don't haven any vintage papers of any kind in my studio...hehehe. There is always room for more. Great collection of papers and more. I liked her etsy shop, I really, really liked it and I'm a follower and a fan. xo

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  31. Love you guys and Lisa, too... I just love looking at all the fun stuff you do..! :)

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  32. Awesome! I started my December Daily a few weeks ago and this pack would make a great addition!

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  33. I love her etsy shop (which I've favorited!) and you're so right...she is a magical curator!! Everything is so lovely I'd have a tough time using any of it! Maybe a giant vintage Christmas art collage. :-)

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  34. How fantastic! I happily follow your blog via GFC and Bloglovin, and I follow Lisa's shop on Etsy!
    I'm new to collage but the December Daily idea has me so excited! Thanks for this opportunity :)

    Best,
    Danielle
    http://awriterinlove.blogspot.com

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  35. LOVE TO WIN THIS. I AM A FOLLOWER. THANKS, MARTHA

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  36. All I want for Christmas is an Everyday is A Holiday treat < 3 Pretty please : )

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  37. Love Lisa's stuff!! I follow! I follow! ♥

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  38. Hey there great giveaway! Following both now woohoo!

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  39. cute stuff!! I follow all of yall! LOL! Would love to win :)

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  40. Oh goodness... this is just TOO adorable (if that's even possible)! I love following your blog and am following Lisa's Etsy shop too! 2 of my new favourite stops when I need a little inspiration! ; ) Thank you so much for the opportunity... Happy Wednesday! : )

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  41. How sweet to give this away! I'm not doing a December daily but I am making a December flip calendar that should be fun and this set would be perfect for it!!! Heading to Lisa's etsy as I hit enter!!!

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  42. Oooh! A retro Chrstmas bonanza. Thanks for leading me to Lisa's blog too. Fingers crossed. - Amy Bauer

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  43. Love the variety of the packages.. Pure magic awaits to be made with the se sweet bag of goodies... ;O)

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  44. Someone will be really happy! How fun!

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  45. oops forgot to mention I am following both of you!

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  46. Love her kits and everything she sells and makes. Following her blog and etsy site and your blog. You guys are my fav. peeps.

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  47. Following both! Thanks for the opportunity to win such a great prize!

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  48. Oh my goodness! I have been a follower of yours and I had already been following/favorited Lisa Cook's Etsy store. I just love everything in her store. And, I must say that I am just swooning over her Holiday ephemera pack that you have featured above. I love it! Someone will be very lucky to receive this inspirational kit. Thanks for sharing and for the opportunity to possibly win. Good Luck to All and Happy Holidays!

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  49. WoW! What great comments from everyone. Thank you to all who left comments on my blog as well. Sunday night I will draw the Christmas Pack winner. I will let Jenny and Aaron know who it is, and I will announce it on my blog as well. I am going to be visiting my 85 year old precious mother, so I will let her pick the winner! Happy Creating to all and to all a good night!

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  50. Following you both via blogs, Etsy, pinterest, etc!

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  51. I love the giveaway! How fun! I am following your blog, Lisa's blog and I favorited her Etsy shop!

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  52. Always a follower Love all your goodies! fingers crossed~

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  53. Beautiful giveaway.I follow your blog and followed Lisa's Etsy.I can't go to her blog for some reason.Love all your work.Jen

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  54. Beautiful giveaway.I follow your blog and followed Lisa's Etsy.I can't go to her blog for some reason.Love all your work.Jen

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