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!