I also love the system because it allows me to record both the special holiday traditions that we have as well as daily life. Kids grow so fast and no matter how many pictures we take during the year, it never seems like enough to capture those little moments that are so fleeting. By forcing myself to find at least one picture for each day, I find that I do a better job of seeing those little moments and writing about them.
The system is quite flexible in terms of album style and the way memories are documented. I always use Ali Edwards' main kit because it is so beautiful, but it would be easy enough to do with an existing stash or even digitally. Most people use a smaller scrapbook, like a 6 x 8 or even a 4 x 6 to keep things easier. I like the 6 x 8 size album because it is big enough to record more than one memory for any given day, but small enough to feel more manageable than a typical 12 x 12 page.
Anyway, last year, I tried doing a sort of December Daily for my blog. Each day in December, I posted something. The posts were not always that significant - sometimes it was just a picture and a short description, but it allowed me to share some of the littler things that would not always qualify for a whole blog post. I got some great feedback from a few of my readers about it, so I decided to do it again this year. So, from now until the end of the year, I will be posting something each day. The posts (except for this one) will always be somehow related to Nimo and our journey and I hope you enjoy seeing some of those little moments that normally wouldn't make it to the blog:)
And for those who are curious about the December Daily scrapbooking system, I've included a few pictures and descriptions below to show you how I do it.
This year, I'm using the Jasmine Jones 6 x 8 album from Ali Edwards. It is sold out, so I can't give you a link. It's just a basic album and I'm unlikely to embellish it except maybe with some stamping or stickers on the inside of the cover. The first year, I got a chipboard album that I had to paint and stencil and it just took too much time, so I'm keeping things a bit simpler now:)
|December Daily 2015 album|
I like to do a title page for each album. This year, there was a gorgeous embossed paper in the kit that I got and I knew I had to use it. The trees were already on the paper, but I added a wooden banner (from an old Studio Calico kit) that I stamped December 2015 on using the stamp set I got with my 2013 December Daily kit and a wooden deer from an old Studio Calico kit. I also made little snowflake embellishments out of some white snowflakes I had in my stash, the red sequins from the 2015 December Daily kit, and tiny star brads from my stash. Then I filled in the snowdrift and snow embossing on the bottom of the sheet with Elmer's glue and sprinkled Martha Stewart glitter on it. Once the glue dried, I tapped off the excess glitter, and I was done.
|2015 Title Page|
My workspace always ends up taking up a big part of the dining room table, but I love having everything sort of spread out so I can see what my choices are for embellishments, journal cards, and paper.
|All my stuff before it migrates all over the table:)|
Here is a layout from last year's album where I documented our trip to buy a Christmas tree. I had to pull the pictures out of the pocket page because there was too much glare from the plastic, but hopefully you'll get the idea. You can see that I really didn't do a lot of embellishing. I just used a journal card with a wooden number 6 from the kit, a strip of pink paper from my stash, the tag from the Christmas tree, and a small brad to fasten the tag.
|Layout from December 6, 2014|
|Layout from December 12, 2014|
|Completed December 2014 album|