I realize that most have us have put the holidays behind us by now as we enter late January, but I’m hoping it’s not too late to share a look at my December Daily album. This is a memory keeping project I talked about last fall and was super excited to embark on for the second year in a row. I didn’t manage to finish it in December as I was sick over the holidays, but I finally pieced the last spreads together and thought I would share a look with you.
If you’re unfamiliar, December Daily is a memory keeping project inspired and led by Ali Edwards. It’s a way to document what I like to think of as “the most wonderful time of the year.” For two years now, I have embarked on this journey to capture the feeling of the season from my perspective. I love how I can dive deeper in memory keeping during the month of December through craft and daily stories to paint a vivid picture of my life during a very special time of year.
This is not something I want to make the time for year round on a daily basis (although I do try to keep up with an annual memory keeping project called Project Life, which is much simpler and quicker to work on). It just feels right to take on this kind of documenting during December when there are a lot of special occasions and magical moments to capture and preserve.
The following photos feature a selection of spreads from my 2017 December Daily album:
My album cover page this year features a family portrait from our annual fall photo session.with a star transparency overlay. I used mainly December Daily embellishments I purchased from Ali Edwards shop last summer throughout my album as well as odds and ends from my memory keeping stash.
One of my favorite traditions is watching the holiday classic, White Christmas, by a roaring fire with Don and our pup, Winnie, and decadently rich hot chocolate. This kicks off the holiday season for me! It won’t be long before our kids join us in this tradition when they’re just a little bit older. I can’t wait!
I love including the story about our trip with CC to see Santa, a repeat spread from last year’s album. She was all smiles about it until the moment she sat on his lap. Luckily, that only lasted a couple of seconds. I wrote another cheeky letter to Santa using a flip-out element detailing the experience. I wonder how next year’s visit will go, especially with the inclusion of Baby Boy!
I like including our holiday card by floating the envelope within the album using clear acetate. Interactive album elements like this are something Ali Edwards’ December Daily workshop inspired me to incorporate in my project. I don’t take the time to craft in my annual Project Life album like this so it is extra fun for me to do so for this special project.
I wanted to end the album with a current family portrait taken on Christmas which I printed in black and white as a tie-in to our cover page photo. I also popped the cards we exchanged with each other in a pocket page that was part of the December Daily 2017 main kit. Giving each other cards is my absolute favorite gift of all! I love that I can preserve them now in these albums.
I chose to document 25 days instead of the full month, same as last year, as I found I was ready to finish up the project by then and my album was full. I like to keep my December Daily project focused on Christmas and the days leading up to it, as we change gears very quickly afterwards in celebration of CC’s birthday, which I document specifically about in my Project Life annual albums.
I share a flip-through of most of my 2017 December Daily album in this video if you’d like to see more:
It’s difficult to express just how big of an impact this project has had on my experience of the holiday season over the past two years. I’ve always loved Christmas and all of the festivities that lead up to it, but often found myself getting lost in the hustle and bustle of a very busy time of year. Working on this project gives me an opportunity to slow down and focus on the magical moments, both big and small, in an intentional way. I am already looking forward to December Daily 2018!
I’d love to know if you also document memories over the holiday season and your experience with that if you care to share!
Happy Scrapping! ❤️
* This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are genuinely my own. *