I am so happy to finally be able to share the news that I am one of the mini kit designers for Ali Edwards December Daily® 2016! I love December Daily®, it's one of my favorite projects I do each year, so when I was invited to design a mini kit I didn't hesitate to say yes. I knew instantly that I wanted my kit to feel fresh and festive, be fun and playful, and yet, also wanted it to mix with the more traditional kits, so it'd have to have neutral elements. I also wanted it to be warm weather winter appropriate too, for all of us that have Decembers that aren't exactly full of snow days. I love a good creative design challenge!
Having an artsy flair, a kit that felt hand designed more than digitally created, yet with some digitally designed art as well, and being very "Pam Garrison" feeling were all up there on my list too. After all, that's one of the concepts behind having mini kit designers; offering different styles and creative leanings. I think those of you that follow me would probably recognize it as mine in a mini kit line up if you were pressed. :) (And to those of you that are just coming here for the first time due to the mini kit announcement, welcome to my slice of the web! I'm glad to be sharing in the December Daily® fun!)
I'm super excited with the way it turned out and I can't wait to reveal the entire kit to you here on September 1! These are just some sneak peeks so you can get the feel for the kit.
If you aren't familiar with December Daily®, it's a month of December memory keeping in an album concept created by Ali Edwards. I think this will be my 5th year participating. Some albums of mine aren't quite finished yet, but most are, and I love bringing them out and looking through them each Holiday Season. Seeing Ali's is what got me started in scrapbooking/memory keeping at all, and I feel forever grateful that she thought up the concept and each year shares it in such a way that it inspires participation. It's so fun and not nearly the "added to-do in one of the busiest times of the year" that it might sound like if you've never tried it. It actually helps me be more mindful, to slow down and notice the important things. Head over to her site to see hers through the years and learn more.
As I mentioned, I wanted it to work with the other mini kits, and of course, Ali's main kit too, so that people could mix and match as it strikes their fancy. I like it when people use the same products in different combinations to come up with totally personalized and unique feeling results. I feel that is one of the aspects of a successfully designed line. I hope that some of the pieces will be so fun to use that it will inspire participation and easily spread some joy and merriment around. I love fun products that make me want to use them, that's my hope with these. Some "let's get using this!" sparks to get you telling your stories and wanting to engage creatively.
Of course, me being me, it was hard to limit my ideas. I immediately had 10,000 and I wanted to include them all, lol. I was grateful for the awesome team I worked with who excelled at editing where I did not. The paper was one very fun part of designing, getting to choose and design the other kit components and embellishments was another. More on all that when my full kit is revealed September 1, when presale opens up for December Daily® 2016.
If you want to be on the December Daily® specific email newsletter list, you can sign up at the bottom of this page here. A few items did sell out pretty quickly last year. Those on the newsletter know the news first.
It feels great to have my name on a product I fully believe in and love. I was stalking my mailbox once I knew it was on it's way to me and it didn't disappoint!
So excited to share more with you soon, in the meantime, they are doing a fun reveal all week of all the other mini kit designers and sneaks of their kits on decemberdaily.com I don't even know who the other designers are or what their kits look like, so I'm as excited to get that daily email and check the site for more info myself!
Order selection period start September 1, which I know might sound early, but with shipping and prep to consider, it ends up being perfect timing. Plus, December will be here before we know it (yikes!) Hope some of you that are new to December Daily® will join me this year, and hope those that are regular participants will enjoy my kit!! I can not wait to see it's pieces in use. I'll share more of my design process after the reveal of the entire kit, because I for one love the behind the scenes scoop too.
I'm already excited for the holidays and summer is still on it's last legs...it's going to be a fun one! xoP