Hi and welcome back to "Documenting Your December" at write.click.scrapbook! Yesterday was all about organizing your Christmas stash. Be sure to check out yesterday's post for some creative organization tips!
Today, I thought I would talk a little about pre-planning your album. As I mentioned previously, this is my third year doing a December album. I pre-planned my pages by creating daily page dividers and daily pages my first year. Last year, I took a more causal approach and decided to only prepare my cover prior to December.
My goal with last year was to use my Christmas stash and try to minimize any large purchases. I stuck with a simple paper covered chipboard cover and just used large rings to bind my book. The pretty red ribbon was definitely a necessity as the month went on....this book is jam-packed with goodness!!
I liked the freedom the "daily" approach gave me. But it definitely was more work and December is just a crazy busy month as it is, so it was a challenge to get it completed!!
This year, I am using the December Memories kit from Gossamer Blue. Kits are great because they have everything you need for both pre-planning your album, as well as completing your album throughout the month! This Gossamer Blue kit is amazing and I'm so excited to have my album pre-planned well before Thanksgiving this year!
I am using the page protectors that come with the album and I also created some of my own page dividers by trimming paper the same size as the entire page protector. I like a mix of plastic and paper throughout my books.
I also like to have lots of "peek-a-boos" throughout my albums and have created confetti pockets and used alpha/tags by themselves in pockets to give that "see through" effect. Don't feel like you have to add something to every pocket when you are pre-planning your pages. You will need plenty of room for journaling and pictures throughout December!
When pre-planning your album, be sure to "think outside of the box". For the page above, I trimmed down a page protector so I would have a smaller 2 picture insert. This continues with the transparent effect and leaves the next page peeking through.
The album may look pretty bare now, but soon it will be filled with our December memories!!
Have you started your planning process yet? Remember to keep it simple! You don't have to do too much now. Just try to get things in your album! You can always move them around when you have your pictures and memories in mind. Sometimes it's easier to have a "base" rather than trying to organize, plan and create all at the same time!
Thanks so much for joining me today!! Be sure to check back tomorrow for more "documenting your December" fun!!