Are you doing a "December Daily® this year? I think many of you may already be familiar with a "December Daily® scrapbook style album. If you are not, it is loosely an album that documents the month of December leading up to Christmas day or New Years Eve (and sometimes beyond – that’s completely up to you). It is a chance to reflect, to share, to celebrate December, daily life and the season in a manageable, in-the-moment type of way. It is documenting the month of December using photos and words. "December Daily® is a December mini-album project that documents the 25 days leading up to Christmas. The simple goal is to capture the spirit of December via one story per day." - Ali Edwards
As I understand it, the name December Daily® and the concept behind it are the creation of Ali Edwards and is copyrighted. If you have never experienced Ali Edwards, I would recommend looking around her website and finding out a little bit of what she is about. I am coming to love her take on documenting life. Her keen ability to draw you inward and examine the details of your life is phenomenal. She does a lot of the pocket style of scrapbooking and her take on embellishing is somewhat minimalist; therefore she focuses on telling the story of your life mainly through pictures and words. I LOVE Ali. You can check her out here:
Because "December Daily®" is a copyright, others refer to their December albums as something different so as not to infringe on the copyright. The other very common phrase I hear this event being referred to is Documenting December. Stampin' Up! calls their supplies for this type of album "Hello December".
This will be my first year actually doing an official "December Daily® album. I did do a Christmas album last year that is pocket style, but I did not finish it and it is very elaborate and detailed for pocket pages. It is a pocket page scrapbook album for our family's 2014 holiday season - not a December Daily®. I do love it though. It is very bright, blingy and sparkly...
j - u - s - t l - i - k - e m - e!This year I did purchase the Ali Edwards "December Daily® kit for the experience since this is my first official DD album. I just got the main kit, as it is expensive, ($49.99). I got a couple of stamp sets ($15 each, I think) and label stickers as well (additional cost). Since this is my first official DD, I wanted the whole AE experience before I start doing my own thing with this lovely tradition. I just felt it would be easier to follow along using mostly the same supplies as Ali is; plus Ali has a blog where she posts ideas for journaling, photo collection and inspiration for the album layout. She also posts her own album pages as she goes. It's very cool.
I have decided that I am also definitely going to be using the Stampin' Up! Project Life kit called:
The order number is: (140305) and I am using it as well and my own stash. Not sure yet whether I am going to incorporate both kits in the same album binder or do two separate albums but I'm leaning towards the former. I'll have to feel it out as I go along but it seems to make more sense to just combine the two kits in the same book.
The Stampin' Up! bundle is very economical at just $34.75 and has Project Life cards, embellishments and a stamp set. The 6x8 Kraft or Espresso albums are only $10 and the pocket page inserts are only $6.00 - a combined total of $51.00 for everything! You can even purchase coordinating cardstock pack for only $7.00 more called Season of Cheer, order number (139591).
If you would like to take a look at the other Project Life by Stampin' Up! offerings, you can take a look HERE. The bundles really are rather cool and the bundles are always 15% off.
If you would like to join me for the ride, visit my blog during the month of November when I will be posting some ideas for getting started on a December Daily® and will be sharing my process, progress and pages from my own 2015 December Daily and Hello December albums during November and December. I think it's going to be fun!
Finally, I have to admit that I have been looking at other peoples December Daily inspiration online - yep, that's right - people have already started putting together their albums; some of them have their entire albums laid out already and I couldn't resist sneaking into my own Ali Edwards goodies. The best case scenario is to have the album laid out before December so you can focus on capturing and writing your December stories in December. Here are my two opening pages:
Here it is! The two page spread! I am using a 6x8 album.
The numbers are from Ali's kit (chunky and I love them) and the jewels are from the $1.50 bin at Michaels. I used gold acrylic paint on the letters and the background paper is from M's as well. The wooden veneer star is from Ali's kit.
The title "December Daily" and the gold striped Washi tape is from my Ali Edwards kit.
Everything else here is from my stash. I used the Stampin' Up label punch and Cherry Cobbler cardstock. The poinsetta is Prima and the gold jewel circle is Paper Studio from Hobby Lobby.
Okay, okay - O.N.E. M.O.R.E. T.H.I.N.G. Just one more!
I prohm-uss!!! I want to share with you that last night I shared pictures of my opening pages on the December Daily Facebook page and this morning Ali Edwards herself liked my post! I was sooooooo excited! How freakin' AWESOME is that??? Kay, that's it! Until next time...
Deeva-licious Crafting kisses from Dee!