Michelle’s December Daily Album (part 1)

If you’ve seen our December issue, you know we’re featuring a cool project from scrapbooker Ali Edwards called the “December Daily” album. It was so inspiring that several staff members decided to make their own. So while Ali is showing you her 2010 version over on her blog, we’ll show you our versions here at I Scrap, U Scrap.

(My album is finished, but I’m having some trouble getting my camera and computer to agree on some things. I’m so excited to show it to you, but I only have a few details to share. Tomorrow I’ll post the rest in our gallery!)

The concept of the December Daily album is to chronicle the holiday season by creating an “empty” scrapbook before the season starts. You make a page for each day, then when December rolls around, you document your life day-by-day.

For my album, I chose Making Memories’ 8×8” Noel album, which came with a few cardstock, felt, and acetate pages to start with. I chose which of those pages I wanted to use, then I made some other pages—everything from cardstock pages with sewn pockets to envelopes and empty page protectors. I heavily relied on the Making Memories Noel line because it went with my album, but I added a few other accents here and there.

Because my family isn’t always able to get together on Christmas day, I created enough pages for the whole month so I was sure to be able to include those celebrations. (That, of course, assumes we’ll get it scheduled by New Year’s!)

The biggest challenge for me was deciding the order of the pages. I have no idea what I’ll be doing on any day in December, so it was hard to commit myself to assigning a specific page to a certain day. But I reread our story on Ali’s album and realized that spontaneity will be a part of the fun. Once I let go of my need to plan everything out, the album came together much more quickly.

And now I’m in the mood for Christmas already! I can’t wait to start filling in the album. I’m even hoping it will help me get into the Christmas spirit a little earlier than usual.

Stay tuned for more December Daily albums this week and next, and tomorrow I’ll post more photos of my album!

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7 Responses to “Michelle’s December Daily Album (part 1)”

  1. Looks fab-eux!

  2. Letting go of “the need to plan everything out” is hard for me too. Plus, I am my own worst critic. So this exercise should be a great challenge for me!

  3. Love this, especially the part about letting go! Think it would be great to make an album for August, which, for us, means the beach and the state fair!

  4. [...] Yesterday I gave you a peek of the album I made while participating in Ali Edwards’ December Daily Project. Today I put the whole album (phew!) in our gallery and wanted to share some of my favorite parts. [...]

  5. [...] A December Daily album is an album concept created by scrapbooker Ali Edwards where you create a holiday album in advance and fill it in with photos and journaling throughout the holiday season. We featured Ali’s 2009 album in our December issue, and SBE staffers will be making our own this year. (You can check out Michelle’s album here.) [...]

  6. this is so gorgeous!!

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