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I have Week One and Week Two in separate blog posts, so if you haven’t checked those out yet, please do! I have process videos for each of these layouts up on my Youtube channel, so I’ll keep the descriptions here brief!
This is my first year doing a December Daily album, so I tried to keep it simple and focused on the many activities and moments leading up to Christmas. I stopped at Christmas Day because we do not usually have much happening the last week of December (other than recovery from Christmas!).
For Day 15, I decided to make a shaker pocket with my brand new Fuse tool. I was really excited to experiment with this because I have a ton of sequence, but never seem to use them! I used a Fiskars circle punch to make 6 holes and then backed some with pictures, some with cardstock and filled in two with the shaker pockets. I used those punched circles to add my Day 15 number as well as to embellish the other side of the page. I really like the way it all turned out!
Using the back of the shaker pocket was a little tricky because I hadn’t thought about how much of a patchwork mess I’d have to cover up while making the front. I had to carefully punch out the shaker pocket windows on a new piece of paper so they would still be transparent and then create a layout there. I didn’t have a photo for the first story I wanted to share on the 16th, so I just decorated the page. I added a 4×8 divider page to include an additional photo without a lot of journaling. I like the changing of sizes and textures through the album!
We celebrated Christmas early this year, so that my oldest two kids could join us. Kids woke up early and we did stockings and pretty much all of the presents. Later, my extended family came over and we celebrated with them as well! I did several pages for this day because we had so many photos. The pocket pages are new to me and were a bit of a struggle at first, but now I’m starting to enjoy their simplicity.
Sophia is fascinated with our Christmas ornaments, so I was sure to document that on a day when we didn’t have other activities. This was a fun and quick layout using a cut file I found in the Silhouette store. I tried to create the idea of the photo’s tree being an inside look at the cut tree. Love how that worked out! I used Stickles on the wood veneer number and title to give them sparkle and help them stand out.
This day we drove through a light display, so I knew I wanted to include as many of those pictures as possible. I made a 6×8 layout and then layered a photo flip over the pictures with two more pictures on the back and this sweet one of Olivia on the front. These pockets made it so easy to add additional photos, but they also add bulk to the album, so be aware of that! I loved these embroidered patches that came with my Felicity Jane kit, they add incredible texture to the pages.
This layout is centered around these adorable reindeer ornaments that my uncle’s sweet girlfriend made for the kids. She brought them over with a Hershey Hug candy inside and they were absolutely thrilled! I made sure to hang them on the tree to protect them from destruction. For the layout, I kept the focus on the photos and did minimal embellishing, but I definitely wanted to use that “Reindeer” chipboard circle! Not likely I’d find another opportunity!
Day Twenty One
Day 21 was a tough one for me because my oldest two kids were leaving to visit family in Michigan for a week. I tried my best to keep it light and used as many of my snow/cold weather embellishments as I could! We didn’t get really cold weather until January, so it was hard to use very many of those throughout the album.
Day Twenty Two
We had a crazy wet Christmas week, so on a slow day, I found a great way to document our wet weather with these sweet pictures of my daughter, Sophia, watching the downpour outside rather wistfully. She loves playing outside and hadn’t been able to for too long! I really loved the “Winter reminds me” quote included in my Simple Stories Paper Pad and did some creative collage to make it fit in the 2×8 spot.
Day Twenty Three
This layout turned out much better than I anticipated. I knew I wanted to use this fabulous gold foil wood grain vellum from my Felicity Jane kit. I layered the two photos with tissue paper to give them a soft feel (similar to all that whipped cream!). Loved the opportunity to use another of the chipboard circles! I really wasn’t sure I’d be able to use all of them, but I did!
Day Twenty Four
I saved a few presents and these giant teddy bears for the real Christmas Eve, so that the younger three kids didn’t feel like Christmas was over for them. I layered this picture with cardstock and tissue paper, then laid washi tape behind. I used gold Colorshine to transform that plain wood veneer number to a sparkly gold one!
Day Twenty Five
As I came to the end of the album, I tried to use several things: the tassels, the journaling cards, and word stickers. So, this two page layout used several of those in an effort to finish off the kit as best I could. I did end up using doilies from my stash under the 25, really happy with how that looks!
Overall, this project seems to be a lot of fun! I’d hoped to stay current with it, but as you might expect, that hasn’t happened! You can watch all of the December Daily process videos on this Youtube playlist, including a flip through of the entire finished album!
I would love to hear your thoughts on my December Daily pages so far! Feel free to share in the comments below!