Jennifer’s December Daily Album #1

Simplify. It’s my mantra for the holiday season and every day in between. So when we first started discussing the December Daily album project in the office, I thought “I know I’m not going to be able to keep up with an album for 25 days.” {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.} Besides, I’m fairly new to scrapbooking, so the thought of creating 25 pages on a deadline was beyond the scope of my imagination. How to simplify? I’ll make a “12 Days of Christmas” album!

And so I began. Problem 1—I’m a serial photo taker who doesn’t print out her pictures often enough. Solution: My book will be filled with pockets and notes for journaling and look complete even if I never add a photo.

Problem 2: I have a not- so-secret obsession with tiny envelopes, pockets, treat bags, and things tucked into other things. Solution: Many of my journaling spots are tucked safely inside other things.

My favorite hidden journaling spot is inside a little matchbook cover I made from glittery polka-dot paper.

Tiny button grommets and a string hold it closed.

Some pages are more basic. I stitched around the outer edges to join papers together and to add the contrasting pockets.  And it all came together so easily, that created Problem 3: THIS PROJECT IS ADDICTIVE!


I started thinking about writing a note to my daughter on each page of this album. I could give it to her at Thanksgiving and she could have it for the first 12 days of December, almost like a personalized Advent calendar with love notes from Mom. Great idea, right? Until you learn that I have three children…that’s 36 days of December…that’s more than the original 25 days I thought I couldn’t do. Simplify? Well maybe not…but it sure is fun. Watch this space for more albums from my coworkers…and yes, two more from me! Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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11 Responses to “Jennifer’s December Daily Album #1”

  1. I love your album. Just wondering who makes the album itself?

  2. Love this, too cute!!!

  3. this is so stinking cute!!!!!!thanks for the idea

  4. I just love this!! How do we get one? This is awesome….something you want to keep forever!!!

  5. Looks like to me she made it (herself) all by using CS, DSP and Chipboard . . . I have done this many of times, you can also BIA together too instead of just using rings.
    Very nice for the 12 days!

  6. so nice. this has given me some great ideas. thanks!

  7. Soooo cute. What is the name of the album and where to get one. Can’t wait to make it.

  8. Thanks for all your nice comments. I made the album myself. I first cut file folder shapes using an Accucut. I cut them in half and glued the pages back to back, then stitched around them for added effect. On some pages I added another half sheet to make a pocket along the lower edge. I stitched around the lower and side edges to secure the pocket to the page. The red rings were from Seven Gypsies. The papers were mostly from Making Memories. I have another album coming later in the week that uses a similar technique, except I added a ribbon binding instead of the rings. Happy scrapping!

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