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Getting ready for December Daily

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I have a lot of scrapbooking supplies. A lot. And this is after I purged a ton of stuff and gave it to my friend Nicole, who didn’t have enough room in her craft area for all of it. The thing is – I’m really good at buying supplies (it’s part of why I opened a paper store after all), but I’m not as good at using them. But this year – this year will be different! Ali Edwards has always been one of my favorite scrapbookers as well as my crafting spirit mentor (if that’s a thing), and after watching from the sidelines for several years, I decided to jump into the fray this year and participate in December Daily. It’s just what it sounds like – documenting the month of December, daily.

To make things easier, Studio Calico came out with an amazing kit for the month, including an album and page protectors, journaling cards, stamps, ribbon and embellishments, and I pre-ordered it as soon as it was announced. The kit arrived a couple of weeks ago, and last week I decided to dive in and get everything set up so there would be no excuse for not slipping in photos and journaling later.

December Daily 2013 album cover

First, I started working on the cover. I have some glitter star stickers in my dayplanner, and they fit perfectly into the embossed stars on the album cover. I’m planning to add additional embellishment, but I’m still trying to decide what I want to do.

After the cover, I moved on to the title page. My plan is to have a family photo in the middle, matted on paper and embellished, so I wanted to keep the “background” fairly simple but bring in the star theme from the cover. I also have a spot where I can write in “2013” or “Johnstons” or whatever I decide on. Sensing a theme?

December Daily 2013 title page

With those two pages out of the way, I started inserting journaling cards and embellishments into pockets at random. Some participants in December Daily only go through Christmas Day, but I decided to do all 31 days and capture some of the anticipation about the new year. At this point, I’m keeping things pretty simple until I see what the photos for each day look like.

December Daily 2013

December Daily 2013

December Daily 2013

One thing I knew for sure was that I wanted to keep my journaling separate from my pages, so I had room for more photos. I used Ali’s digital 4×6 journal cards to make smaller “pages” within each spread. The digital items come all in a PDF with four per page, or as individual PNG files, in different colorways. I used the individual multicolor PNGs to make a document with two cards per page so I had plenty of border around each one for my binding.

December Daily 2013

Then I trimmed out the cards, some with with the extra border on a short edge and some on a long edge.

December Daily 2013

I had some washi tape I’d bought months ago at Target in green, red and blue that I used as a trim along the binding edge to reinforce the holes I was going to punch and add some color.

December Daily 2013

December Daily 2013

December Daily 2013

Next I punched holes in each journaling card, using the album page protectors as a guide.

December Daily 2013

So now I have an album with ready-to-go journaling cards and plenty of blank spots for photos and ephemera from the month.

December Daily 2013

December Daily 2013

December Daily 2013

I’ve also got plenty of embellishments with the kit I can use to spruce things up as I go, including digital elements I’ve printed out and the stamp set that came with the kit (that also has a digital version for “stamping” on photos before printing).

December Daily 2013

December Daily 2013

December Daily 2013

December Daily 2013

It’s a rough start, but it’s a start nonetheless. I feel like some of our photos might finally get off our phones and computers and into an album we can keep on the shelf and share with everyone who visits.

Have you started thinking about documenting the holidays? What big crafty plans are in store for your December?

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