Hello Lovelies! My absolute favorite time of year and favorite project of the year is coming up soon and I am so excited! December Daily is an album concept designed and marketed by Ali Edwards. The concept involves taking one photo + one story per day in the month leading up to Christmas Day, and creating a magical memory keeping album with those memories. You can learn more about this amazing project on Ali’s website.
Every year I cannot wait to begin this project, and my husband and I always place bets on when I begin. Some years I begin as early as April or May, and this year I have been a bit later and am just now getting started. It might be easy to panic, or worry if it’s “too late” (I promise, it’s never too late!), so I thought I would share with you THREE THINGS you can be doing today to get started on your December Daily!
First: Gather Inspiration!
This is the fun part, isn’t it? Looking around to see who else is doing the project, all the fun ideas and layouts, collecting Pins on Pinterest, and checking out YouTube videos – now is a great time to gather your ideas. Don’t forget to go through your own albums right now as well! Make notes of your favorite photos, favorite journaling, favorite techniques, and favorite layouts you have created yourself. In fact, your own albums are the best source of inspiration because they are you, your personality, your work, your own self reflected in those layouts. If you are just starting December Daily this year for the first time, don’t worry at all. There is lots of inspiration out there. Let me give you a few of my personal favorites. I always love seeing where other artists get their inspiration from.
- Ali Edwards, of course, is always the first resource as the creator of this project! Also be sure to check out the December Daily Facebook Group.
- Barbara Picinic has long been an inspirational artist and designer to me. Her work is clean, classic, and always gorgeous.
- Liz Tamanaha of Paislee Press always inspires me each and every year! Her albums are minimalist, and even though I am not minimalist myself, she still inspires me to keep my own work simple.
- France Wisneiwski of Bananafishstudio is a graphic designer whose traveler’s notebooks first drew me in! Her style is also very clean and simple and understated.
- Also be sure to follow my galleries at Studio Calico, The Lilypad, and of course my December Daily Board at Pinterest!
Second: Gather Your Supplies!
This is always the fun part as well! Now is of course the time to go through your existing stash of December goodies and figure out what you’d like to use this year from what you already have. If you feel up for it, you can also go through your regular scrapbook supplies as well, and pull any products from there that you think will tie in with your album. Shopping your own stash is the best place to start. Make notes of things in particular you feel you need, and things you don’t need. For example, if you already own 15 sets of Christmas stamps, but have no enamel dots, then you know you need to get enamel dots but not stamps. This can help you prioritize your purchases and not over-shop.
So here are a few of the beautiful things I am looking at, ordering, using, or considering this season:
- Paislee Press Mini Kit from Ali Edwards. (The physical kit is sold out but you can purchase the digital kit here.)
- Ali Edwards Digital Main Kit.
- Pinkfresh Studio Holiday Vibes collection.
- Clique Kits Hipster Holiday Kit ft. Crate Paper Merry Days collection.
- Sahlin Studio collections as they are released, plus I highly recommend these number sets from previous years: December Days Numbers; December Days No. 2; and December Days No 3.
- Also pictured above: an upcoming mini kit from Larkindesign! Stay tuned!
Third: Write out your Design Concept
What is a Design Concept? I always love this part of planning my albums. Design Concept is just a few sentences outlining the size and scope of your project. It hails from my days as an Interior Designer, where we wrote the design concept for our client projects. The Design Concept then became the over-arching guide for the project. Here is my Design Concept for December Daily 2018:
December Daily 2018 will be in the Traveler’s Notebook format in the Cahier size. I plan to build my own notebooks using patterned papers, pocket pages, and mixed media papers. My colors will be reds, pinks, greens, and navies. My main goal this year is to include more journaling and have a more fluid design within the album, and most importantly, document those treasured holiday moments!
So now, I have clearly outlined what my album will look like, and this will be my over-arching guide for completing my project. What I love about creating the Design Concept is that now I can narrow down choices. If I see a product but it doesn’t fit with those colors, I know not to purchase it (unless I just HAVE to have it!). If it won’t fit into a traveler’s notebook, I probably don’t need to purchase it. I have also given myself a pretty strict parameter to use only flat objects so that the notebooks will be a manageable size, so that means I don’t need to purchase many dimensional or bulky items! The Design Concept isn’t really about rules, mind you. Scrapbooking doesn’t have to have rules. But it helps me to calm the chaos so I don’t over-buy and so I don’t feel overwhelmed by the project.
I am so excited to begin this annual journey with you once again this year! I prepared an Introduction video if you would like to see!
I hope you will stick around to see all the Fine Things coming this holiday season! Be sure to Subscribe to the Newsletter and to my Blog so you get instant updates. I plan to share two December Daily posts each week during the month of December! See you soon!