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December Daily 2013 (Title Page and Getting Started)

This year, I've decided to put together a December Daily album. I saw the project all over the internet last December, but Little Bear was two months old and there was no way I was jumping in to anything new. I love the idea of putting together an album of foundation pages in the quieter times before December and then slotting in your pictures, journalling and last minute embellishments as you go.

I took the easy route and got the Studio Calico kit for December Daily created by Ali Edwards. I have a giant stash of Christmas-related scrapbooking supplies from the 12 Days of Christmas scrapbooking class I took last year through Big Picture Classes (I made one page. A cute page, my first real page, but one page.). I figured, though, that the kit would help keep me from getting overwhelmed as I tried to create this whole project on my own.

So far, I've created my cover page.

I could write a whole post about that process in itself. My husband and I don't have the same last name. I am completely confident that it is the right thing for me and my family. Except when I see neat little "X Family 2013." I tried to use our initials (d&w) and A said "what does that mean?" so I skipped it. In the end, I actually like how it turned out and I'm happy to have it that way. I kept it really simple and just used patterned paper, gold letters, gold glitter tape and a chipboard embellishment straight out of the kit.

I've also started slotting in some of the cut-out cards and journalling cards throughout the album. I was tempted a hundred times to buy either Ali's printable cards/photo overlays or something from Cathy Zielske. These would require teaching myself Photoshop - a goal for another day (2014? Finally?).

So I made my own journalling cards! At least I cut out a variety of 3x4 and 4x6 cards in a funfetti white and red. I decided on a general format for my first cards and will complete those this weekend. I'm going to leave space for the day numbers so I can decide which cards to use as I go, but I'll be outlining, stamping and embellishing them (at least partway) to have them at the ready. I'll post pictures once I've gotten more than the cutting done.

I'm hoping that sometime between now and December 1 I'll have the time to put some finishing touches on the journalling cards and think about what else I'd like to do to set the foundation. I have a busy December (as does everyone, I know), particularly with work functions, so I'll have to decide how I'm going to memorialize those events. I want this to be an album for our whole family, but also we don't have too much exciting going on during the week, so some work functions may be just the ticket to keep those mid-week spreads interesting.

I'm very excited to see how this project will turn out!

Currently (or Taking Stock)

4 Simple Goals (Before 2014)