Somehow, with some crazy fast forward of the calendar, it's almost time to start thinking December Daily again! Of course I am planning to document my sweet little Milly's first Christmas, but I have no thoughts so far on what form my December Daily will take this year. I've been keeping on eye on the new Christmas collections being released, although nothing has really caught my attention yet, and I'm eager to see the new December Daily kits Ali is releasing this month.
But before I become too focused on this year, how about I finish sharing last year's mini album.
December 24 - It wasn't a technically great photo of me snuggling with my friends' little baby so I turned the photo black and white. The photo of my cranberry sauce cooking on the stove wasn't particularly inspiring either, so I printed the recipe on vellum and sewed it on top of the photo. Using the same border punch helped unite the two pages and add some interest.
December 25 - With my December Daily being the only Christmas scrapbooking I do, as per usual (2014, 2013, 2012) Christmas Day is never documented in just one spread. I began with a favourite selfie of Mike and I from Christmas morning. I was conscious that this was the last Christmas with the two of us, and Christmas morning will never be the same again. :)
On the right I included a card my Mum had made for Chip, aka Amelia. ;) I attached the back of the card to a strip of transparency so it's sturdy in the album, can be opened and the back still seen.
Inspired by Ali Edwards' Storytelling with December Daily class, I created a foldout page of photos of Christmas morning and lunch. You can use the tab to fold the page to the right, then it all pulls over to the left.
I used a full spread photo, about 10 by 7 inches, as the basis for the next page. Who can resist little cutie niece's face there? She wanted to sit next to her Auntie Lanie. :) Again, not a technically perfect photo by any stretch, but there is my family and Mike's mixed together, Santa hats and crackers and paper crowns and food and mess and colour. I love it.
I included a page of printed journaling in the middle of the spread, with a few simple red embellishments.
On the other side I included a collage of photos from the afternoon, and struck two fabric-covered chipboard stars back to back on the edge of the page to form a tab. It does split the full spread photo but I figure holding the page on it's edge will allow the photos be seen easy enough.
To finish the album I created a vellum pocket which I sewed onto a piece of glitter paper. Mementos like gift tags, wrapping paper, a joke from a cracker are tucked inside. I used a piece of patterned paper to line the cardboard back cover, with the sentiment cut down from a 3x4 card on the bottom.
Normally I continue the album through to December 31st; I think it's the first year I ended here on Christmas Day. I'm off work over Christmas through to New Year so the time feels like a holiday to me. For this Christmas I was only two weeks work off beginning maternity leave so the time didn't feel as precious. With nothing I particularly wanted to document happening, I simply decided not to.
This is the end of my December Daily album, but I think I've got another page of two still to share.
You can find links to all my December Daily albums and pages here.