December Daily 2016 Album with 30 Days of Lists
December Daily is a yearly challenge created by Ali Edwards that encourages you to tell one story each day throughout December. The stories might be about the holiday-related things you are doing (hanging lights, shopping) or the everyday stories you want to document that may be overlooked in your regular scrapbooking during the holiday season.
30 Days of Lists is the creative journaling challenge I co-host three times a year as a way to encourage folks to incorporate creative time into their lives. The December challenge is not holiday-related, but we make sure to have prompts included that could be interpreted by Listers celebrating holidays during December.
My supplies for December Daily/30 Days of Lists:
- Simple Stories Holiday Snap! Binder – a 6×8 inch binder that is similar to the ones I used in previous years. I love using this style binder for projects including my wedding album, December Daily/#30Lists, and vacation albums.
- Simple Stories pocket pages in various styles but my favorites are the 3×4 page protectors and the 3×4 with 4×6 page protectors.
- My beloved Fiskars paper trimmer (this is the more updated version). This is my tried and true paper trimmer that has been by my slide for about eight years. One of the first things on my shopping list for this project was new blades. Like sewing projects, you want to have fresh paper trimmer blades available for a big project.
- Echo Park Paper’s Deck the Halls paper line (this is a big pack so you get an idea of what I picked up). I have the 6×6 paper pad, a handful of 12×12 papers, and a paper embellishment pack from this line. It’s more traditional that I normally go, but I fell in love with the patterns and several of the papers can be used year-round for my outdoor adventures
- The 3×4 number cards are from the 2015 December Daily mini kit designed by Ashley Goldberg for Ali Edwards. You can see the digital kit here.
- Painted wood veneer trees are by American Crafts. Another staple in my scrapbook stash!
- Currently List cards and other papers/cards from the Awesome Ladies paper line by Kristin of rukristin papercrafts. Kristin is working on her shop right now, so you’ll want to subscribe to her email list to know when these are available again!
- Other embellishments, stamps, washi, and stuff. I’m trying to use my stash from last year and add in a few pieces that are new — I didn’t use a lot of stamps last year and I’m hoping to use more this year to justify my shopping (ha!).
I had a very good time putting together my album this year.
It seemed easier and I think that is because I reviewed my previous albums right before getting my album started for 2016.
I didn’t put a lot of pressure on myself to scrapbook each day, I let myself work on the album whenever I wanted.
I decided to include more stuff in my album this year and not hold back on including the 2×2 pocket pages throughout the album. I started this album with some paper I love from the Echo Park line. I included a 3×4 card from one of the Ali Edwards kits from last year and mounting that card on a transparency overlay, also from a previous kit.
Then I included my first 2×2 pocket page of the album to give some early layering to the album, include the year, and mirror the transparency used on the opposite page in the pockets to create a cohesive look.
I spent the first day of December at home with a bad cold. It was my first time using Amazon PrimeNow, so I included part of the bag in the album as a reminder that I’m super lucky to live in an area that has a service that can bring me medicine within an hour or two!
While I was home sick so I prepared my album with number cards from a December Daily kit from 2015 that includes numbers 1 through 31. I am not thrilled with the look of all the number cards, but I wanted to use them up and this is the best project for it.
I also created the List cards using stamps and mounting the list papers on the patterned paper I bought for the project. It was nice to have these made ahead of time so I would be able to grab the cards as I worked on my lists.
In an effort to keep up with the project on a regular basis, I printed my photos at home using my Selphy printer (check out my Canon Selphy printer review here). It may not be a perfect solution for all scrapbookers, but I like having my projects done rather than waiting until the end of the month to order a bunch of photos or running to Target whenever I need photos for my project (because it’s impossible to leave Target without spending $50).
This is going to be a very photo-heavy post, so it continues after the jump.