Wednesday, December 3, 2014

December Daily: The Beginning!

Oh December Daily! I tried you for a very short time last year and I never finished you! Maybe this year will be the year.

I've been Pinterest-ing lots of stuff to get ideas for the past month or so but even with all that guidence I keep expecting some sort of set directions on what you're supposed to do. I've come to the conclusion it's kind of whatever you want which leads me to feeling like this as I put it together...

I see lots of people doing their basic layouts so they just plug in their pictures and whatnot. I wanted to do that. I really did. I just could not figure out how to pick stuff out when I didn't even know what I was supposed to be showcasing for that day. So yes...I'm definitely just making it all up as I go along. I've made my own unofficial rules for myself to keep myself sane:
  •  Use your own handwriting dammit! You'll get it done a lot quicker if you're not fiddling with a typewriter.
  • Things do NOT have to be perfect. Getting it done happily is a lot better than hating the project and everyone around me.
  • I am not a professional scrapper in any sort of the way. I am not a designer. I am a regular person and it's okay to scrap like one. I do not have time to be all Martha Stewart about it. Lol.
  • Anything goes. Just get it done. 
Anyway, on to the pictures....(and in keeping with the keep-myself-sane way of life, they are not ideal pictures but I got them done so that's what counts. Haha!)

I love love love how the cover turned out. Little button tree! I'm so proud of you! (Also, took a lot longer than I care to admit to get the sizing/layout just right.)

I'm also in love with the title page. It's impossible to get a proper picture of because it's set on a clear page so you may have to use your imagination as to how it looks in person and without glare.

Next up: Intro/first page. The calendar is a printable from Stitch In Time. I'm going to write a little something each day.

These pages are all actually November because I just simply couldn't wait to decorate.

Here's the other side of the insert along with pictures of us decorating. I'm doing #30lists as well so throughout my album there will be lists!

The page on the left was inspired by Luna and a little story of the "Magic Christmas Star." We finished decorating the tree and she declares that it "needs a star on top!" What the heck? You're two and a half! How do you know it needs a star on top?! Lol. We didn't have a star which prompted a trip to Target. On the way she said we were getting a "Magic Christmas Star!" Hahaha. A day or two later when we were watching a Christmas episode of Paw Patrol I realized that's where she learned it from but it really threw us for a loop. Haha! It was super cute!

The right page is our Elf On the Shelf's letter from his first day of visiting! He brought breakfast from the North Pole. I'll include pictures of that later when I get prints made again.

The next page includes my list for Day #2 of listing. On the 4x6 wood insert I'm going to put a picture of some sort when I get it printed.

The other side of the 4x6 is Day #3's list and a 2x2 shaker page of all our new ornaments that we got for the year. There's one for the Columbus Zoo, the Oakland Zoo, Big Trees State Park, Rudolph (since she watched it for the first time this year), and a polar bear (because that's what Luna picked out.) I'm sure we have some other ornaments somewhere in the house. I try to pick up an ornament anytime we go somewhere neat so then we can remember all those fun times each Christmas.

SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't looked ahead to tomorrow's (12/4/14) listing prompt for #30lists do not scroll down!

On the other side of the shaker page I did my list for tomorrow. :)

If you've really been paying attention you'll realize I have no pictures from December in here yet. Lol. I've got some editing to do tonight and hopefully I'll print them and add them in tomorrow! I want to try to keep us because as soon as we leave for Ohio I probably won't be touching the rest of the month until January. Lol.

Hope you enjoyed looking! If you're doing December Daily as well leave a link so I can check out your pages!
-Mrs. 246


  1. Love it!! I really like your button tree on the cover. AND thanks for the link to the calendar! I will do the same. I also just 'wing it'.

    1. Thank you! I thought that calendar was so cute! (And the perfect size!) I'm glad I'm not the only one just making it up as I go along. :)

  2. Do what works for you. Don't care what everyone else is doing. This is your project, and do what makes you happy. That's what I've learned this is all about. I just wing it. Not everything that goes into my DD is christmas related. One story a day, is what I'm going for.

    1. I plan on doing non-Christmas related stuff as well. I figure if I don't have anything for the day I'll at least have a list from #30lists! Lol.

  3. OMG, you are a hero! I have no idea how anyone does December Daily (even though I think it's such a beautiful idea!) Your pages look so awesome, and I love your cover and title page!

    1. Hey, don't call me your hero yet! You may call me one if I manage to finish it! Lol. I just love Christmas and I can seriously sit and drool for hours over looking at December Daily books. Some of them are so freaking amazing.

  4. Me and you came to the same thought and guidelines about our albums. This is my first year too. I am telling myself that it's the fact I am recording what happens, not what it looks like that counts. So what if my picture was a little off or my journaling sucked that day. I won't care in 10 years when I look back. I'll just be happy that I even did something. Good luck!!