UPDATE: I somehow neglected to take a picture of several pages of my book but after putting off this post for a week, I am still in bed sick with the buboni-something-plague and since IT IS a DECEMBER Daily, I thought it best to actually post it IN December…at the rate things are going it will be January before I get the photos taken, so I am posting it as is.
Have you heard of a December Daily? Up until about 2 weeks ago, I never had. Then, I saw it mentioned on one of the blogs that I follow. I'm sorry, I can't remember which one but as the week went on, I saw more and more mentions of this December Daily including posts by Rhonna, Heidi, and Janet. December HUH? Daily What? December WHO?
What IS this December Daily they speak about? I have no idea….must investigate. Somebody had a link back to Ali Edwards' blog so being the ace detective that I am, I decided that would be a great place to start. It probably won't come as a surprise to know that- being the great detective that I am- I was correct. I learned that Ali Edwards created the concept for the December Daily in 2007 and since then it has become quite the phenom.
What exactly is a December Daily and why is it different from a traditional scrapbook album? The idea behind the album is that the holiday season is so busy that we are often so busy there is little time for documenting what is, for many people, the most important time of the year. The December Daily is simply an album where you document the small things that happen, the quiet moments, a single thought or concept, a family tradition, a receipt, a scrap of wrapping paper, or a family recipe. The December Daily is completed one page at a time during the month of December. It is not meant to document everything that happens over the holidays and it is not meant to hold all of your favorite photos. Leave those for after the holidays, when you have time to breath and edit and print all those photos. Leave those for your traditional scrapbook album.
|Part of the 6x8 template|
First the specifics of creating a book: It imperative to the success of project that the basic pages are done BEFORE the holidays
|Brushes in Ali's awesome handwritting|
you. And by stuff I mean information, templates, brushes, stamps, ideas, and overlays. Some stuff is free, some is retail. She has templates for a 6x8 book (shown, above) available here. The Photoshop brushes (shown above) are available here. The overlays (seen below) are available here. If you aren't into Photoshop, never fear, there are good old fashioned rubber stamps available from Technique Tuesday (shown above). Want to show off your album? You can post to the Flickr group, or Ali's blog. Need to Tweet about it? Follow December Daily on Twitter at #decdaily.
|Ali's 2010 album|
|From JMP Girl|
Honestly, I haven't had time to read all of Ali's information but my plan is to start early next year and read it all. I will start in the fall and get a better grip on the project. This year I went with the theme of flying by the seat of my pants in order to get one done on time. It was late November when I discovered the concept and another few days before I decided I was going to jump in. Add that to the fact that although I love scrapbooking products, I'm not really a scrapbooker, so for me to make a blank album, under a time pressure, well it was intimidating. Making a pretty album wasn't the problem- I can do that with one hand tied behind my back (not really). No, what I found difficult was deciding what WILL go WHERE. I didn't know what I would want to document on a particular day. Each page is one day in my album. So, for each page I as faced with questions of how much undecorated space to leave? big page? small page? pockets? frame? no frame? It all gave me angst. I thought about making the pages without any numbers, which would give me the chance to choose the appropriate page from my stash each day. After choosing the best page for my layout, I would simply add the applicable number 1-24 to represent each day/date of the month and slip the page on to the binding ring. But, in the end I decided that nobody else seemed to be doing it that way and frankly it seemed a little bit of a copout. Ok….and it goes a little bit against my oddly placed OCD. If you are a new reader you will at some point realize that my house is almost always a disaster but something like NOT pre-numbering pages in an album will drive me INSANE…and….I get sooo aggravated when my son doesn't stop to pick up all of the virtual Lego studs on any Lego Wii game, but I trip over real Legos in my real home all.day.long. In fact, there have been real Legos all over my real living room floor for 4 years and it doesn't bother me nearly as much as those studs on the Wii. One look at those little Lego Harry Potters running through Lego Hogwarts casting spells to obliterate Lego spell books into Lego stud carnage and my hair stands on end…Seriously…I know…Its weird. So, numbered pages it is and fingers crossed that I don't regret it.
After throwing parts and pieces of what I thought I might use into a huge pile this is what I came up with. And I know, it says "December……" dead space. I am ADDICTED to Tim Holtz' Idea-ology Alpha Parts and wanted to write the entire title with them but I only had 3 "E's". Yeah, you already caught that didn't you? It took me over a week to realize that it is "Daily" not "Dailey"***. Soooo, I do have the correct letters, I just have to go and add them and hit them with Ranger Paint Dabber in Silver. They take the paint so well and they end up looking metallic. Mandy thought the letters on my "Holiday Wishes" mini-book were metal when she saw it in person.
Just for these photos I threw unattached tags and other embellishments on to the pages. I made a them to have on hand with the intention of grabbing one as needed for journaling or decorating a page.
|Cover- see Rudolph's nose?|
|Page 3 is the small scalloped chipboard page and page 4 is the full|
size page with the sheet music and red paper. I love the blue sash.
|Page 5 I just color-blocked this page for fun using the patterned paper.|
|Page 6 is all blinged up with blue and red rhinestones that took the|
page from pretty to AWESOME. The red tag is not attached.
|Page 7 is simply the music note paper with a rub on and metal tag. |
They are hard to see but I glued the little blue glitter buttons to
the Heidi Swapp clear acrylic snowflakes- they look great.
|Page 9- the ornament, tag and bulb are loose. The bulb and|
ornamentare embellished with glitter in a few strategic places.
I ADORE the tissue ruffle on the bottom of the tag.
|Page 13 and more loose tags. The Martha Stewart Holly Leaves are attached.|
Lots of rhinestone embellishments.
|Page 14 is decorated simply with the holly leaves. The|
tag is loose.
|This page is for Christmas Day. I didn't give it a page number and I can|
skip it if I decide to do a bigger Christmas album. I love the
page with the ruffle and stripped paper contrasting with the flower paper.
There it is- my pretty, albeit empty, December Daily. This special project is about remembering the small things; the quiet moments, a wonderful gift, an exquisite meal with friends, a family memory…
***I can't spell. If you follow this blog, you need to come to grips with the fact that I….CAN'T…SPELL. PERIOD. (and grammar escapes me which was made worse by my career choice. Being a nurse I learned to write medical. We use choppy, clipped, to the point sentences. No extra words, nobody cares about correct punctuation. I am trying to be better. Keep in mind, I graduated literally the top of my class,
Victorian no, I know it isValedictorian in High School and With Honors from the University of Michigan. I have two Masters Degrees (again, graduated with honors) but I cannot spell. Thank God for spell check- though my fingers type faster than the spell check can keep up so sometimes the typos and mispellings get by me. Oh, and if I text you…watch out because you will need to spend probably half of your time deciphering what I meant rather than what Steve Jobs thought I meant. My self-esteem is intact because in college I had a terrific English professor, the type of character who had an undergraduate degree in Zoology and a Ph.D in English. Needless to say, he was unique and amazing. He told me, and I will NEVER forget it….are you ready? Are you sitting down? Ok, here goes "Creativity and the ability to spell (accurately) are inversely related". There…the simple sentence that saved my self esteem and changed my life. Of course this was before Google- back when we used an abacus for calculus and a slab and chisel to take notes- so I had to take his word for it and just because he couldn't spell either doesn't mean it isn't true).