'Tis the Season for December Daily albums. They're everywhere right now and I love it. I really enjoy seeing everyone's take on the project. I did my first, and last, December Daily album in 2008. I'm not sure what happened to my plans for a 2009 album. In 2010, I printed my photos, got my album and supplies together and then never got past day three.
The problem for me last year was I tried to change it up from the 2008 album. I switched sizes, design style and photo sizes and tried to make a more uniform album. It didn't work for me. This year I'm back to what I know. Which is my make-it-up-as-you-go style.
I'm back on track for 2011 though. This year my album is 6x8, with pages made of patterned paper and kraft cardstock. I'm using two lines which go well together to keep it easy, I don't have to think about what matches what. Same with embellishments. This works for me as I don't mind when things are matchy-matchy.
I take bit of a different approach to creating my December Daily than many others. I don't put it all together beforehand. For me that just doesn't work. I've tried it that way, but I then end up moving things around, taking it apart and completely changing it. Instead, I cut out a bunch of pieces of 6x8 patterned paper and kraft cardstock to use as my base and go from there. When I have time, I'll work on a few pages, but I don't worry about trying to complete a page every day. More than likely, I'll finish the bulk of the project in January.
So far, I've finished my cover and days 2, 3, 4 and 12.
The flower is popped up with foam dots, so it scanned a bit funny.
My December Daily album covers the entire month, ending on January 1st. Obviously, I've got a way to go. But I've found that as long as I keep up with the journaling (I keep a Word document going with each day's activities), it's easy to complete after December has ended. And not pressuring myself to get a page done each day makes the holiday a bit less stressful.
We've seen some great December Daily projects so far this month. Are you making one this year? Share it with us on Flickr, we'd love to see!