December Daily 2010

On the spur of the moment this past weekend, I decided to do a December Daily album. I love looking at all the albums online every year, but I haven’t done a December album since 2005. It’s a big undertaking and if you don’t focus on it, it could become an unfinished product.

I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but what really pushed me to do an album this year was looking through Ali Edward’s 2008 album. I bookmarked it then, because as I looked through hers, I realized I had many of the same products and I loved how hers turned out. Two years later, I still have all the same products, patiently waiting in pristine condition.

What better way to use up the stash than to create an album? I realize that’s not the best justification for starting a project, but that is what lit the fire under me this year. So I started my December Daily, 2010 edition.

Assembly line construction

When I take on these kinds of albums, I prefer to cut all the pieces and parts before I put the whole thing together. I like to break up the cutting and punching into individual tasks. Cut all my numbers at one time. Punch all my scallops and circles at one time. Printing and trimming my journaling blocks at one time. And so on.

I chose to go with a 6×9 size for my foundation pages. Most of the supplies used in my album were already in my stash, from favorite Christmas lines from the past few years. In just trimming up my papers I can say: I’m so glad I decided to do this again! It makes me happy to see my supplies being put to good use.

Because I started this album a bit late in the game, I decided to keep it easy and use my punches and dies to create my numbers. A simple circle layered over a scallop punch will hold my numbers. I also created my own journaling prompts. I can make it through projects like this much better if I have a predetermined goal, rather than just winging it.

I printed my daily prompts on cardstock and punched them out with this awesome EK Success Journal Plate and Bracket punch.

Putting it all together

Once all the pieces and parts were gathered over the weekend, I started putting together my album last night. Cardstock + journaling block + daily prompt on the left side of the spread, pattern paper + date (I decided to move it after I took this picture) + any photos and memorabilia on the right.

The album will be put together with two or three binder rings. I’ll use my handy, dandy Crop-A-Dile tool to punch the holes.

I can’t wait to get started, documenting my December again this year. Have I already said that? Guess I really am excited! Ok, December, now I’m ready – bring on the holidays!

Are you documenting your December this year? Leave a comment and tell me about your plans!

14 Comments

  1. I had to laugh when you described what motivated you to do December Daily – sounds like me! Great description of your assembly line process!

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    • It’s sad, right? Nothing about the joy of the holidays, capturing the magic, etc… Just “I get to use my stash!” LOL.

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  2. This looks awesome! One of these days I’m going to do this too! Lol!

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    • It really is fun. Now that I have an album, I’m really looking forward to it. 🙂

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  3. Looks like it will be a great album!

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    • Thanks! I will share some completed pages later this month.

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  4. it looks like your on a roll. lolI want to start a December daily but I’m just afraid I wont finish it. Good luck with your project. 🙂

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    • I know the feeling! It is a big commitment and that’s why it’s been 5 years since I did one. A lot of people take the photos and journal every day but create the album in January when things are calmer. That might be a way to fit it in!

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  5. I love the idea but this year I am going to simply finish the 365 project. Maybe next year I will do one. The one I did do included all the Fall Holidays instead of only Christmas.

    Sad but I love that we have stashes now that all my local stores are out of business.

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    • So true! Online shopping saves me and a couple trips to Archiver’s during the year when I’m traveling. There’s a newer store here now, but it’s too far away and too small to be worth it….

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  6. How exciting that you’ve pulled your album together at the last minute – and it looks great! I did one last year with Jessica Sprague’s Holidays in Hand class, but am not doing an album this year. This will be my first year with a blog during the holidays though, so I’ll be able to document and share some of our decorations and traditions. Looking forward to seeing your album as it progresses.

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    • I don’t think I could do it every year either. Next year I will rely on my blog too. The most important thing is documenting, so you’ll have that covered!

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  7. I am chuckling about your comment about you being behind. I did mine last year in January. I had nothing done or planned, except take a photo everyday and jot down a few notes on scratch paper.
    Your DD looks fun, love the colours.
    Looking forward to seeing more

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    • I’m going to try to keep up with it every day, but it might turn into me getting caught up each weekend. The fun starts today! 🙂

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