Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Design Team Wednesday - December Daily

Are you working on a December Daily album this year?  This will be my 4th exclusively December themed mini album.  I've used a different approach each year and this year decided to go with an Snap! 6x8 binder in red from Simple Stories.  I've been using the Simple Stories December Documented as well as a few different Christmas collections (who can choose just one???).  For the front of my album I used the bingo grid paper from Echo Park's Reflections Christmas collection, a tag from Echo Park's 'Tis the Season collection, and twine and chipboard from some older stash.  I typically keep all my Christmas and Holiday themed supplies together, so it makes it easy to pull out pieces that coordinate well.  It's also nice to be able to use up bits and pieces from previous years' collections and pull from that older stash.
Truthfully, I haven't been very good this year at keeping up on a daily basis, so I'm pretty far behind.  No worries, though.  I keep taking photos and journal a bit here and there and even if it's after Christmas, my album will get done.  I am motivated by the thought of having a mini album for each year that's so fun to pull out at Christmas and look through to relive the memories of Christmases past.

Karen's Tips for December Daily:
1. Start with a pre-made album (I really like the Snap Binder, I've also used the Fancy Pants brag book - part of Scrapdoodles 12 Days of Christmas deals!).  This will make it easy to get started.  If you're looking for super simple pages, try the Snap pocket pages and be sure to stock up on easy "project life" style cards to slip in quickly.  For my album this year I really like the 3x4 Bingo cards made by Simple Stories.  I'm also drawn to the chalkboard style elements that many manufacturers are using - so many to choose from!
3.  Keep your stash of supplies out.  Whether you've purchased all new supplies or are using a mix of new and old, having your supplies in a basket or bin that you can easily pull from will make putting your pages together quicker.  You'll also be inspired by all those pretty supplies!
2. DON'T STRESS! This isn't a project that should stress you out during an already stressful season.  If you get behind, it's not a big deal.  Keep taking your photos, have a set of journaling cards handy that you can jot down a few lines about the photo/activity for each day, and put it with your stash of supplies.  Typically, I've printed out my pics for the whole week and kept up more on a weekly basis rather than a daily basis.  Do what works for you and your schedule.

Here's a few of my completed pages.  Sorry, you won't see my album at the store - it's a work in progress!

Want to make your list before you shop at Scrapdoodles?  Check out these product descriptions online:
Simple Stories Snap Binders and Inserts
Simple Stories December Documented
Echo Park's 'Tis the Season Collection
Echo Park's Recollections Christmas Collection

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