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December Daily 2014 – Day Six

Day six was my first day back and it was a full one. It started with Breakfast with Santa so I knew that was going to be my first story from the day.

the before photo:

this page has an added page in the middle so there are two spreads to see the full thing. one:

and two:

left side closeup:

the flipping page in the middle is two boys, one on each side wearing their creation. David:

nathaniel:

and then the left side:

this one shimmers, too:

a full, full day.

December Daily 2014 – Day Five

Day Five is all about my trip back home. Our last night in Zurich, going out with friends and then walking around town a bit and then a few shots out of the airplane.

the before photo:

and here’s the page after all the photos and words:

this is the left side:

and the right side:

and that’s day five.

December Daily 2014 – Day Four

Day four is dedicated to the boys. While I was in Zurich, Jake was here being a single parent. To add more fun, it poured all week, making it extra unpleasant. But the boys did wonderfully and I wanted to make sure to document all their adventures.

before photo:

and here’s the page after all the photos and words:

this is the left side:

and the right side:

and a tilted look to see all the shimmer:

onward to day five.

December Daily 2014 – Day Three

Day three is about touring the Google office and visiting all the fun rooms and then going out to dinner with my new team.

the before photo:

and here’s the page after all the photos and words:

this is the left side:

in the manila folder I have more photos from visiting the fun rooms in the building and a train ticket:

and the backs of the cards:

and the right side:

and a tilted look to see the shimmer:

and that’s day three. so grateful.

December Daily 2014 – Day Two

Day two is all about the hotel I was staying in Zurich for me, and then a page on what the boys were doing at the same time.

the before photo:

and here’s the page after all the photos and words:

this is the left side:

the photos on there flip up to show more photos and journaling:

and the right side:

and here’s day two.

December Daily 2014 – Day One

So I am finally back from Zurich and one of the first things on my mind (after kissing and hugging my husband and my boys) was to get going on the December Daily. I don’t like being behind since it becomes easy to just let the whole project drop on the floor if one feels behind. So I was determined not to have that happen.

I worked feverishly and I am finally all caught up and deep in the joy of this project. I will post each of the pages as separate posts but if you’re reading this on email, I don’t want to spam you with five emails so feel free to come to karenika.com and see them all there.

Ok here’s day one. Let me share the before photo first:

and here’s the page after all the photos and words:

this is the left side:

and the right side:

and a tilted look to see all the shimmer:

and here’s day one. I love how it’s turning out so far.

December Daily 2014 - Pre Pages

When October rolled around this year, I kept thinking and thinking about December Daily. I kept thinking I wanted to do something more mixed media instead of the straight scrapbooking this year. I kept thinking and thinking but no ideas actually came to me.

For weeks.

And then as I was doing my morning sketch, I got an idea. What if I took another moleskine watercolor journal just like the one I was using for my daily sketches and turned it into a december daily album and sketched one holiday related sketch for every day.

Once I got the idea, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. So I spent the whole weekend coming up with ideas, sketching, painting, and then using stickles for shimmer, and then scrapbooking/collaging all around my pages.

I finished the whole book in one weekend and I love the way it turned out. I have no idea what’s going to happen once I have the photos + stories but we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it. Especially since I happen to be out of the country, alone, for the first 5 days of this December.

The cover, for now, is solid gold. I just put lots and lots of gold tape. I haven’t decided what else will go there yet and I think I will do it much later. That’s why you won’t see one today.

So with all that, here are my pre pages. Lots of photos to follow.

page one:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

page two:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

page three:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

page four:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

page five:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

page six:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

page seven:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

page eight:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

page nine:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

page ten:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

page eleven:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

page twelve:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

page thirteen:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

page fourteen:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

page fifteen:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

page sixteen:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

page seventeen:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

page eighteen:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

page nineteen:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

page twenty:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

page twenty-one:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

page twenty-two:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

page twenty-three:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

page twenty-four:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

page twenty-five:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

So there we are. Trying something new this year. Let’s see if it works.

Recipient of the spot in Mixed Media Studio

As promised, the random picker tells me the recipient of the spot is Ange! Ange, please email me karenika@karenika.com and I will send you the instructions on how to claim your spot.

Thank you for all your thoughtful responses, I am really grateful and I wish I could give all of you free seats!

I hope to see you in class.

The Joy and Love of Family is Unlike Any Other

Here’s a layout I made for My Mind’s Eye for September.

Journaling reads:
My sweet boys,

As it worked out, both Daddy and I live away from our parents. After we moved to California and started to grow into a family, traveling long hours with two little kids felt overwhelming so we let others visit us instead. We did this for so long that it got comfortable and I never felt like I was ready to take you on these long trips.

In 2012, my sister’s boys had their Bar-Mitzvah and the occasion forced my hand to take a leap. After much fretting and planning, the four of us took the long trip to Istanbul.

And, of course, you guys were wonderful the whole time.

You watched movies, read, and slept pretty much the whole way. When we arrived, you didn’t even suffer from jetlag. The whole time we were there was joyful but I especially liked watching you with your cousins, whom you hadn’t seen in person in over ten years. You guys bonded as if you were already friends.

At the beginning of 2013, my family asked me if I would be willing to come over again. My dad was turning sixty and and he wanted all of his grandkids together. So I decided to take the plunge once more. I got braver this time and we went just the three of us. Once more, it was a blast.

When we came back from Bodrum, I felt the calmest I’d had in a long time. I loved processing all the photos we took while we were there and seeing the joy in your faces. I loved seeing my family together and happy. I decided there and then that we would make this a tradition for as long as we could. I also decided we needed to show up for your dad’s family, too.

So, this year, we went to Bodrum to see my family and to Martha’s Vineyard to be with Daddy’s family. Both trips were long and complicated. I did not enjoy the travel and both times, I craved alone time and quiet. I had some tough moments.

But I also had the best moments of my life watching the whole family come together. I loved seeing you play football with your cousins. I loved watching you talk about videogames and books. I loved hearing all the laughter.

But, most of all, I loved how easy it was for you to all love each other.

Remember This - Week 33

My July My Mind’s Eye assignment is also May’s One Little Word assignment. I decided to take the wonderful little MME cards and then use their embellishment packs to add a layer and then I painted a bunch on each and then I stamped a bunch.

And a little more paint.

And finally I wrote my journaling and this is what I ended up with.

All the journaling is about what I am thinking about and trying at this moment.

Still can’t get enough of that Gold.


Remember This is a project for 2014. You can read more about it here.

I love you and I am so proud of You

My sweet David,

Over the last few years, I’ve seen you change and grow so much in so many ways. You’ve developed a very distinct taste in music and you’ve started playing sports. You’ve become a more confident writer and an avid reader. So much of your personality has changed and grown in just two years. And I’ve loved watching all of it. I’ve been so proud of the person you’re growing into and so impressed with your courage and individuality.

But, more than anything, I’ve been blown away by your love of science.

Ever since first grade, I’ve watched you grow from a boy who knew nothing about science to a boy who is deeply knowledgeable and insatiably curious. You have devoured all the Richard Feynman books in our house and even encouraged us to buy a few new ones.

You’ve checked out books from the library, looked up facts in wikipedia and other websites. You’ve listened to lectures, science shows and even read articles in magazines to satiate your thirst for learning science. The amount of information you’ve accumulated in third grade surpasses what I know in my 30s.

When we visited your third grade class a few weeks ago, I read your nonfiction paper on quantum physics with awe and pride. It was well put-together, accurate, and interesting. Most importantly, I was clear that this was the product of a kid who loves science and is interested in going above and beyond to expand his knowledge any way he can. I felt so proud of you and so honored to be your mother.

David, I’ve always loved learning and have shared so much of it with you. I’ve taught you how to read. We did a lot of math together. And now, we’re learning languages together. But, science has never been my forte. I’ve never done much to encourage you in that direction. At best, I just got out of your way.

This one is all on you, my son.

You managed to find something you love and embraced it wholeheartedly. And while I can’t promise you that I will teach you things about physics, here’s what I can promise you, my son:

I promise you that I will forever support your passions in every way I can. I will take you to any exhibit, place, or show I can. I will buy you any books we can find. I will take you to the library each week if you’d like. I will tape whatever science shows we can find that you might like and I will sit with you and try to learn alongside you if it will help. I want you to know that I adore you and will be your number one supporter in the world. I love you with all my heart my son and I am so proud of you.

Remember This - Week 31

Life Book week twenty-one was taught by JenniBellie. As it seems to be the trend lately, my art has nothing to do with what Jenni taught. I loved her lesson but I didn’t want to do it.

So I decided to couple it with my August My Mind’s Eye Assignment. I used the awesome wood paper they have in the Essentials line and I took the girl and journaling idea from Jenni’s lesson.

I painted my girl with acrylics. Painted the edges brown and then the whole background gold. A few lovely MMe embellishments and I was done with what I wanted.

The last touches were adding lines to the background so I could journal all over my page. It’s about remembering that today, this very day, is the most important day.

Something I know but have a hard time remembering.

Yes, still in love with the gold. Look at all that shimmer, how could I not be?


Remember This is a project for 2014. You can read more about it here.