Holiday album by Megan Anderson at the Nerd Nest

To document the holidays, I used my photo and journaling prompts from Daily Doc | Holiday Edition to document each day, inspired by Ali Edwards’s December Daily. This year, my album ran from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. I did most of the album in December, but saved the last few days for completion in January once things calmed down.

Because if you take photos and write words as you go, it doesn’t really matter when you bring it all together.

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Holiday album by Megan Anderson at the Nerd Nest

I also completed the cover of the album and the back of the title page. For my wood cover, I just added a simple wood title with letters from the January Studio Calico kit. To get them to stick on, I used gloss gel medium and painted over the whole thing, including thickly under and over the letters. It’s working so far, but this will be a time test.

Holiday album by Megan Anderson at the Nerd Nest

Holiday album by Megan Anderson at the Nerd Nest

The back of my title page was left blank, so I decided to add a little pizzaz to make the album feel more complete. A tag noting the time span of the album did just the trick.

Skipping forward to Christmas day:

Holiday album by Megan Anderson at the Nerd Nest

Holiday album by Megan Anderson at the Nerd Nest

Holiday album by Megan Anderson at the Nerd Nest

I had just enough pages in the album to take me daily through New Year’s Eve, but I decided I’d rather have several pages for Christmas than daily pages for December 26-30. This first one documents our Doctor Who scavenger hunt first thing Christmas morning.

Holiday album by Megan Anderson at the Nerd Nest

Holiday album by Megan Anderson at the Nerd Nest

Next, my favorite picture of Jonas and Jake from Christmas morning. I let the products do the talking for me.

Holiday album by Megan Anderson at the Nerd Nest

Holiday album by Megan Anderson at the Nerd Nest

Then Christmas brunch at our house!

*Sometimes I like just listing everyone in a photograph, because I know that in later years, the kids won’t recognize everyone!

Holiday album by Megan Anderson at the Nerd Nest

Holiday album by Megan Anderson at the Nerd Nest

Next on Christmas, we went to spend time with Jake’s mom’s side of the family!

I’m much happier with having each event on its own page vs. trying to squish it all together in one space.

Holiday album by Megan Anderson at the Nerd Nest

Holiday album by Megan Anderson at the Nerd Nest

Then I skipped forward to our super chill New Year’s Eve with our midnight group selfie! Related: I so wish the front facing camera wasn’t two megapixels.

And just like that, my fifth December Daily album is complete! This one is by far my favorite: I think I’m going to carry the traditional + pockets method and the not actually using Christmas products through to next year.

Find the rest of the album here.

Did you make a holiday or December album? Where are you at on it? Remember: it doesn’t matter when you finish or if you actually have things “daily”!

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