I finally finished my 2015 December Daily® album, which means I also get to share my 30 Days of Lists album!
What is December Daily®?
Find out more on Ali Edwards’ website and check out my previous projects (2011.1 2011.2 and 2011.3, 2012, 2013, and 2014).
Why do I include my 30 Days of Lists lists in my December Daily® album?
I include them because having one album during December is more manageable for me. Also, Amy and I didn’t originally host #30lists during December until some Listers voiced their hesitation to do #decdaily because they didn’t know what to include each day and what to journal about each day…hey, that sounds a lot like my problem! I love that I’m able to include at least one thing (my list!) each day for my album and the bonus of documenting who am I right now in addition to the end of the year celebrations.
December Daily Tip #1
One issue you may run into while documenting your December is that you find is that your face is not in many of your photos. I don’t want to always include a traditional selfie, so I made a point to take a few photos this year to get me in the photos in different ways.
Use reflective surfaces to get in the shot! The photo above shows a few things: the new ornaments we purchased for our tree AND Alex and I sitting together on our couch in the reflection of the ornaments. It’s also kind of cute to have the reflection in multiple surfaces at once!
December Daily Tip #2
If you’re like me and love to have dimension and layers in your scrapbooking, don’t be afraid to leave some pockets empty while you scrapbook with pocket pages! I loved the pocket pages in the Ali Edwards kit that had 2×2 squares (photo above, on the left). I used these pocket pages to create “art break” types of pages that included embellishments I had on hand and from the kits I purchased this year.
Allowing some empty space allows you to see through to the next page and gives you something interesting to look at as you browse your album. I don’t like how wet glue looks on the backside of the pocket pages, so I tried to cover up those “mistakes” with additional embellishments. For example, in the photo above, I used a blue asterisk chipboard embellishment to cover the glue mark on the back of the wood veneer tree embellishment.
Yes, that would be a screenshot of Neko Atsume…It was a BIG part of my December so I wanted to include a “snow day” in my album.
December Daily Tip #3
One concern I saw on Instagram/Facebook about starting December Daily was about including non-holiday things in an album.
I say: GO FOR IT.
My December Daily isn’t full of Christmas-related things each day! That would be crazy (for me)! One thing I knew I wanted to document was our quick weekend getaway to San Fransisco in my album and allowed it to take up a 2 page spread to better tell the story, but I made sure to include some intentional journaling (photo above) to make sure there was a little more context to the photos.
December Daily #4
Include packaging, cards, and brochures you pick up throughout the month!
I made sure to include some extra “stuff” throughout the album — the tag that was on our tree where the tree cutter wrote my name with a K without me asking (!!), seasonal bags and branded items from Coffee Bean and Starbucks, the tea I drank throughout the month, movie tickets…the list goes on.
My plan is to get a clear pocket with clasp to include in the album to house the cards we received this year. This is our first Christmas as a married couple so I’m going to be sappy about it and try to keep every.little.thing.
December Daily Tip #5
Don’t stress about not taking a ton of photos.
Those three photos from the 25th? Those are the only photos I took that day! Unbelievable, right?! Well, I was in charge of hosting Christmas lunch this year and was all over the place with cleaning, entertaining, cooking, watching basketball, making sure the cat didn’t escape whenever my dad opened the front door…and picking up my phone to take photos of me bouncing off the walls wasn’t a high priority for me.
December Daily Tip #6
Document through the end of the month!
I know my month doesn’t end on the 25th and the celebrations continue for a week after the big day so I encourage you to stick it out through the 31st. 30 Days of Lists helps keep the momentum going through the end of the month since our challenge includes 30 list (31 with the *bonus* list!) prompts. We made sure to include prompts to help you wind down from the hectic month while also gearing up for kicking butt in the new year!
I’m so happy that I kept taking photos and journaling through the end of the year. I love that I captured the stories of seeing the new Star Wars movie, being a “couch person” (a couch potato), and a little bit about going to work and what we did for New Year’s Eve.