I love the holiday season but never scrapbook it. Maybe it’s the lack of photos, or that by the time I actually have photos to scrap I’ve moved on to the next holiday. Every year I say I’m going to change that, but this year really is the year. This year, I’m making a December Daily album.
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.)
For my album, I chose Pink Paislee’s Parisian Anthology Portfolio Album. The album comes with several different size and style page protectors, which gives me a lot of options for each day.
I covered the inside of the album with red patterned paper and punched snowflakes using a punch from Martha Stewart Crafts.
In my family, the holiday season starts on Thanksgiving. The day after Thanksgiving we always cut down and decorate our Christmas tree, so I decided to begin my December Daily on November 25, and go all the way through the end of December. If I decide after Christmas that I’ve had enough, I can end it there, but I have a few extra pages made in case I want to include all the way through New Year’s Eve.
The album came with several divided page protectors. I plan to print wallet-size photos and journaling and stick them directly in the protector.
Another favorite feature are the divided envelope-style protectors, which make it easy to store any memorabilia I may want to keep from those days.
I punched holes in several seasonal journaling tags from Little Yellow Bicycle and scattered them throughout the album. They won’t belong to a certain day–instead I plan to use them as a supplemental page to record different holiday memories and stories.
Overall, I kept embellishments to a minimum. I added a few stickers and rub-ons throughout the album, and I plan to keep a stash of supplies near my album so I can embellish as I work (but only if I’m inspired to). I only numbered a few pages because I have commitment issues, and wanted the freedom to change the order if a certain page protector style doesn’t work for the day it falls on. I’m hoping to keep the album flexible and let it evolve throughout the process.
In case you’d like to see more of my album base, I’ve posted it in our gallery.
After Thanksgiving I’ll be back with more of my December Daily album to share my progress and any tips I figure out along the way!
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