I’ve declared it December Daily week around here. In case you haven’t heard of it before, December Daily is an album project concept by Ali Edwards. It’s a way to document the holiday season, in the moment, through December.
I’m re-sharing my past albums, talking about what I learned from the project throughout the years, and using these posts to figure out how I’ll tackled DD this year.
Here’s (most of) the finished 2011 album:
Here’s what I learned from my December Daily 2010 and what I’d do differently:
This is the first year that I didn’t make the album ahead of time. I put all of the stuff I might use into a baggie (just like with other years), but I assembled the pages as I went. This let me fit the number of pages to my story size, which was nice, but my book also got really out of hand. The spine is 3 and a half inches thick. I had to custom make an album cover out of a pizza box (though I don’t think that will hold up forever; I’ll probably find a store-bought 8×8 binder for it eventually).
I didn’t do this one daily, either. Last year was also CRAZY for us, so I successfully completed days 1-4 daily, then picked it up again for days 18-20. The rest of it I completed in January. Throughout December, I took notes, I took pictures, so I was able to have a completed album: I just completed it with the fanciness when I had the time. That, my friends is just about 85% of my memory keeping method: prioritize the documenting, so you can do the scrapbooking when time allows.
I don’t need for it to be this in-depth. This album is so big that it took 44 pictures to contain it all (the rest of them are in my December Daily 2011 Flickr set). I love having all of these memories down, but I think I’ll just focus on one story a day this year: I’ll leave the rest to Project Life.
I probably don’t need to buy new stuff. I bought maybe three new papers for this book. Everything else was already on-hand, was leftover from other December Dailies, wasn’t a scrabooking supply (I used cards, envelopes, clothing tags, a pizza box, a record album sleeve, a 7 inch record, address labels, a paper grocery bag, and an advertising post card.)
Have you ever done December Daily? What have you learned from your past years?