Here we go! I’m diving in for my first year of December Daily. I’ve been inspired by Ali Edwards for years…I want to say I started reading her blog in 2007 or so, and I’m not sure why I haven’t attempted December Daily yet. Maybe because I was busy studying for finals until 2010? Perhaps.
Anyway, I’m here today to share with you the cover and foundation pages for my December Daily album!
Cover: I used Cosmo Cricket paper from the travel line (because I’m a plaid girl and this felt very wintery to me) and cropped the holiday book cover I purchased from Elise Blaha’s shop and attached with two brads. I used my handy-dandy crop-o-dile to punch two holes in the covers and bound the entire album with two teal binder rings.
Here are my pages:
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These are called foundation pages because I created the album (and pages) prior to having photos/words to include. It is recommended that December Daily participants create/find albums prior to starting the project because December is such a busy month.
I wanted my album to be similar to my 30 Days of Lists mixed-paper album but different at the same time. You won’t find too many non-scrapbook paper pieces in this album…in fact, I think the only non-scrapbook paper page is the blue ‘Happy Holidays’ postcard opposite day 23! it is a postcard from LACMA I picked up at the Long Beach Depot for Creative Reuse last month.
I used two packages of American Crafts Thickers in glitter black and glitter white. The fonts are the same, which helped create a cohesive look to the album. I wanted the album to look as if one person made it, and I felt keeping the numbers in the same font with alternating colors would help.
The album itself is pretty small, I will be using my brand-spanking-new Instax Mini once it arrives on my doorstep, and each page pretty much has just enough room for a photo, some writing, and maybe one or two additional items pasted in for each day. The rings are large enough that this album can grow, if needed!
Some tips if you plan on participating in December Daily:
- Get organized now! Find an album to use, decide if you’ll be including photos, set a reminder on your phone/calendar to sit down with your album each day to record something
- K.I.S.S. – Keep it simple, stupid! Don’t over-think this. I am terrible at sitting and staring at my supplies and being torn on whether or not I can cut a beautiful piece of cardstock. I made my album covers (which are lined on the inside, by the way) in about 20 minutes. The pages took longer, but leaving them more plain would’ve sped up the process
- Get some inspiration. Check out Ali Edwards’ Flickr stream and check out the links left by others participating in this event/challenge, the list is already filling up with foundation pages and inspiration!
- Find a buddy. Know somebody who is participating? (Answer: YES. That would be me.) Agree to check in every so often to see how things are going, offer support/motivation/a kick in the pants, if necessary! You can also swap supplies if you both have a surplus of certain items! How special would that be??
- Join the conversation. There is an official hashtag on Twitter for December Daily: #decdaily. You can search the term and see what people are saying!