In honour of FINALLY finishing my December Daily album, I recorded a little video showing you through the pages of the album.
(Ok, I may have recorded quite a few videos as I tried for one less terrible than the rest. Nerve wracking stuff people!)
I wanted to note down here, while still fresh in my mind, some things that worked well for me this year.
- Keeping notes. And I don't mean little post-it notes that I constantly misplace. This year I used my iPad (although next year I think I'll pick a little notebook I can carry in my handbag) and aimed to jot down something about each day. These notes often turned into the journaling I used but it was also a great place to record any page ideas or memoribilia I wanted to include.
- Using photo management tools to select which photos to use. This year I created a Lightroom collection for each day's photos (if I'd taken more than just a couple) and was able to delete photos quickly, knowing all the originals were safe and everything was undo-able. It also meant I wasn't rechoosing photos as the selections I made previously were obvious. (This could also be achieved by copying a day's photos into a new folder.)
- A Christmas wish list. I really liked this as a way to begin the album, almost summarising the festive season as well as including some presents I'd like for Christmas.
- Real life communication. Text messages, Facebook posts, emails, letters, cards - photos, transcripts or originals of any and all of them. It's a great way to include other peoples' perspective and voice.
- A summary of the year. Love the photo collage I created at the end of the album. Because I put a low-res copy of photos that I blog into one folder, it was really quick and easy to create.
- Using divided page protectors. I really like the mix of full pages and full page photos and different little sections that divided page protectors give me.
There's also a couple of things that didn't happen this year that I'd still like to remember for next time.
- Set up the album and page numbers ahead of time. I had just finished my 2011 December Daily in the last few days before I started this album and it didn't give me much time to get organised and plan ahead. Having the base of the album and some fun page numbering created ahead of time would be helpful.
- Christmas past page. Although it didn't make the album this year, I've liked reflecting on past Christmases and including that in the album.
- Asking a question. On Christmas Day 2011 I asked my extended family to write down what they loved about Christmas on some cardstock pages I'd prepared. I wasn't organised enough to do something similar this year but I definitely want to do this again.
Lastly, a little about supplies.
- I don't have an easy time using very themed items. Generic or small repeating patterned papers are much better for me than the pretty Christmas tree pattern. Remember this when I go shopping!
- I turn to little accents again and again for a finishing touch. Some favourites are enamel dots, wood veneer stars and gems.
- As much as I love thickers (these ones were a particular favourite this year) it's small letter stickers I find most helpful in this album. I've used alphabeans frequently thoughout.
- I've really liked the Handbook album from Studio Calico that I used this year. The rings are quite big (very necessary for me as this album gets chunky) and it's holding up well. The page protectors aren't true 3x4 and 4x6 pockets although I found the extra packets I bought better than those included with the album.
- Speciality papers - POW glitter paper, vellum and transparencies - are an easy way to add some interest, as backgrounds and as accents.
I really do love this December Daily album. I may take months to finish but I'll be starting it all over again come December 1st. So much is captured and recording in its pages.
I love it. And I love that its now finished.
You can find all my December Daily posts here, from newest to oldest, and I've linked up the finished pages below.