Thursday, December 6, 2012

December Daily Part 1...

so far, so good!!  I have been able to keep up with my December Daily everyday, since the 1st.  It can get a little bit dicey, the closer it gets to Christmas, because things are just so crazy.  I found that keeping all of my supplies together in one spot, makes things a lot easier and quicker.  I don't have to search all through my stuff for something to add to a page.  And I am averaging about 10-15 minutes, when working on a page, so I consider that to be an accomplishment!

I can't manage to get the pages completely pre-done, and then add just the photo, because I need the photo to visualize what I want to do with the papers and embellishments.  So I tend to set up my page bases and then add everything else as I go along each day.

I thought it would be fun to share every Thursday, during this month, instead of trying to keep up with posting a page a day.  So here is my album cover along with the first 5 days:







The album I am using, is actually a Day Planner by Recollections, that I picked up at Michael's.  The binder was $12.99 and I used the 40% coupon on the purchase.  I loved that it was 95% kraft based and it has some great pockets in the front and back of the binder...these will be great for keeping Christmas cards and storing receipts.  There was some un-needed design elements on the front of the album that I didn't want showing, so that's where my decorating came in for the front cover.  I was able to cover the parts that I didn't want to show, but I left the binder edging as is, because I thought it was kind of cute and funky.

I am using a plethora of mixed products on my album.  I have three 6x6 albums...Wonderland from Studio Calico, Peppermint from American Crafts, and Sleigh Ride by Crate Paper, and the 8x8 paper pad of Make It Merry from October Afternoon.  I also received one of the Kitschy Kristmas Kits from Paper Issues and it has so much fun stuff in it!  I am loving it!!  I also have some random bits of things that aren't necessarily Christmas related, but can be incorporated into your album.  I think the best advice for a December Daily, is to just have fun with it and let it reflect what you did for the month of December.  It doesn't even have to be a daily album!  You could do an event oriented album for the month, too.

There you have it!!  I hope you enjoyed a peek at the beginning of my album and hopefully picked up some helpful hints!  Make sure you check back each Thursday this month, for the next set of pages...and hopefully this method will keep me accountable for getting those pages done everyday!!  :)


14 comments:

Rene Sharp said...

Hiya Ashley!! So nice to see that you are doing December Daily as well. I have done it for a couple of years now and really enjoy seeing how the boys have grown and changed from December to December. Your album is looking fabby, so nice to see you doing Christmasy things, it is chaos around these parts, because its the end of our school year here, so it doesn't feel close to Christmas at all!! Keep well :)

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Looks AWESOME Ashley!! I loveeeeeeeee the photos and the goodies you are using for your album!! I am hoping to catch up on mine tonight!! :)

Sherry Eckblad said...

Your December Daily looks fabulous. Mine is a work in progress. I have Day 1 and Day 2 done and pictures for Day 3 and 4. I just haven't figured out how I am going to do them so am getting a back log. I am using the SC kit which is a 4x6.

Brenda said...

Oh how fun! Love this! I hope to check back and see more. Maybe I'll start one in January!

orange gearle said...

I love this! That cover is fabulous! Thanks for sharing. I look forward to next Thursday!

Diana said...

This looks beautiful!

ELLEN said...

Very cute! I don't know how you manage to keep up, especially with all of your DT work, challenges blogging, and children, and holiday activities too! You have my deepest admiration! Love got non-traditional colors!

Laurie LaRiviere said...

this is great Ashlely, I really love that it isn't all Christmas papers, I think that's what holds me back, feeling like the whole album needs to be red and green...and to see my tag on one of the pages, and kiddos too, how sweet!! :)

Debbie P said...

You did an amazing job on this so far! I love it!

Tina said...

Your DD looks great! I love your mix of product and such a fun design!

Diana Waite said...

GREAT mix in your DD!

Juliana said...

Looks like you are off to a fabulous start Ashley!!! Maybe some year I will be able to do this!!!

soapHOUSEmama said...

Love this! Can't wait to see more :)

Lynette said...

Your December daily is absolutely gorgeous...well done on keeping up.