Tuesday, November 26, 2013

December Daily 2013

I LOVE this time of year.  I have been doing a December Daily Album since 2008 and it is one of my favorite traditions during the Christmas Season. Of course I first became aware of this idea through Ali Edwards blog and just fell in love with the idea of documenting our Holiday Season.  I usually get my foundation set and ready to go in October or early November.  We have had a lot going on lately (husband surgery, kids and grandkids staying with us) that I was a little later getting it together than normal. 
This year I am using a SNAP album.  I have the divider chipboard pages and the acrylic pages that I will also work into my album.  (those are not shown below)
I usually number my pages/daily layouts, but this year, I decided to have a little bit more flexibility in putting my album together.  Depending on the story for the day, I will choose the page that best fits that size/amount of photos I wish to share, etc...  So, below are the pages that I have thus far.  I haven't added a lot of my embellishments yet, again depending on the story to I have to tell that day. 
This first one is the title page.  Shows a calendar of December using an 'E' (for our last name) and the year.   

As the month progresses, I will add events and Christmas programs to this calendar.  I will probably keep this page close to the beginning of the album to give an overview of our month. 
I love adding envelopes that you can add little mementos in.  I use to put the kids Christmas list (letters to Santa) in here but this year I have a different idea for those.  (this year we will have grandkiddos letters to Santa-ages 1 and 2 and 2 months old)

Below I used a file divider with December on it and stapled the bottom and both sides to create a small pocket to add some 'fun' things.  Not sure what will actually go in there yet.  (maybe our Christmas Movie list, or Favorite Christmas songs list, etc)  So many great possibilities.  
 Will add our Christmas List here...things we are buying for others (that won't be looking at this album until after the Holidays)

Here I am documenting the list of friends and loved ones that we will be mailing Christmas cards to.  Not finished with the list or the title for this page.  But love knowing who we sent cards to this particular year.  (probably add this into all future DD also)

On the left side below I just paper clipped this frame, flower and brad to this page.  I will use these together but won't attach them until I have the photo to put under the frame.  (vertical or horizontal)   

Just showing that the above page opens up for space for a photo heavy day.  With three grandkids here this Christmas we will have many photo opportunities around here.  

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