Either way, I am one of those people that loves the holiday season! I begin to plan the decorations and crafts I am making way ahead and I can't wait until December 1st (Advent 1st) to put all the decorations up!
Meanwhile, I made the decision to make a new album this year. Past years I have made a December album in different shapes.
I have made my minibooks myself mostly. One out of an old children´s board book, loose pages with book rings and bound books like Amy Tan makes hers. My focus in these books have been different also. In 2007, I made a book that had favorites from the Holidays, like opening gifts, my favorite decoration etc. In 2009, I only made entries of what we did on each of the Advent Sundays leading up to Christmas Eve. 2010 was the first time I did a little bigger project. I didn't make a daily entry, but rather collected stories from throughout the month that were meaningful for me.
Enter 2011. This is the year I made 2 (!) minibooks over the month of December. Yes, 2! Why you ask? Well, these two hadn't the same approach. One was much like the year before, with random stories from the holidays.
I made my book by just adding papers to a bunch and then folding everything in half, then sewed the spine together.
In these books I like to play a bit more than I do in my other projects. You can see that I used one page per story.
I like to use up what materials I have on hand for the Holiday minis. Perhaps I buy a printable embellishment set or something to have little bits to add.
The other mini was built around the eBook from Ella called List it! Christmas edition. I loved this project! I picked 24 lists that spoke to me and filled one out for each day. You can see my whole finished book on my blog here.
Enter 2013, and I am going to start a whole new album. As I met my new love this year I am looking forward to start creating new traditions as well as introducing him to ours. So, I decided to make an annual December mini. I am going to add little bits and stories from throughout the month and keep it all in one album. I am using a Sn@p album from Simple Stories and their pocket pages. I haven't done a whole lot of preparing in the album, but rather gathered my supplies. I am using things that I already have and both the digital Christmas Project Life kit and the Holiday kit from Cocoa Daisy.
I am looking forward to see how my album will turn out! I also hope that you have gotten a lot if inspiration from this week to document your December!