December Daily | 2017 Album Flip Through

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. *


7 thoughts on “December Daily | 2017 Album Flip Through”

  1. Thank you for sharing Jen! You did a beautiful job! Your family will enjoy looking back at all those beautiful pictures for many years to come! 😊

  2. I always enjoy seeing other people’s December Daily albums. Thanks for sharing yours. I too did it for the first time in 2016 and again in 2017 (which is no where near finished yet but it’s ok to still be doing it many weeks later). I agree with you that it has made me experience, enjoy and be more present in the special Christmas moments much more than I did before.

  3. What a beautiful book. This sounds like something I might try to do. Never thought to keep track of every day, just the holiday.
    Much health, laughter and love to you and your growing family.

  4. Thank you so much for sharing this! I’m impressed that you kept up with it even while very pregnant and under the weather. I signed up for December Daily this year too, after seeing your prep video earlier this fall as well as being inspired by your album last year. I still have not completed my album yet, but I have lots of photos gathered and what I loved so much is that I journaled my stories and moments every day so I would have them when I eventually get to doing the album – and I agree with you that just by doing that – it cultivates a habit of looking for the magic in each day. I loved that feeling so much that I was inspired (also by your recommendation) to try One Little Word. I am hoping that workshop will also do the same for me by looking for connections all the time to the word and intentions for the year. I also have a goal to go back in years and do scrapbooking from my kids baby days. I am in the final phase of my Kon Marie project – momentos. I have purged a ton of photos and have a small (sort of small) collection of photos that bring joy that I want to put in albums. I am thinking that by starting a project life type of book that is retrospective will work for me. Just wanted to share that you are inspiring me to do all of that! Can’t wait to hear your news on the new baby. Thinking of you! Robin

    p.s. I had that same pottery barn kitchen for my girls. I loved it so much! My girls are now 11 and 14 but we passed it on to my little niece to keep in the family.

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