The idea is enticing: document your December happenings each day, and by the end of the holidays, you’ll have a magnificent album that will surely be treasured for centuries. It’s called December Daily. Many scrapbookers start one; few actually finish. (At least that’s what I’ve concluded from reading message board posts).
This year, I’m making a December Daily album for the first time. I even bought The Official Kit. There are no instructions or guidelines; it’s up to each person to figure out what to do. I’ve received good advice (“you must make foundation pages”) and marveled at excellent DD albums. And I’ve been stuck with how to start my own.
So, fellow DD newbies, I’ve determined that there are 5 stages of December Daily; 5 stages you must go through before you finish that album.
The 5 Stages of December Daily:
When The Kit arrives, you play with the pretty embellishments. You spread them out, admire them, take photos and post on Facebook and Instagram. Everything is so sparkly and new.
Then the Super Scrapbookers start posting their Super foundation pages. Holy scrapbook, they’re amazing! It’s time to make a December Daily Pinterest board and start pinning! So many ideas!
(Meanwhile, the contents of The Kit remain in The Box).
You’re ready to plan out your pages. You arrange the embellishments on the pages, refer to your Pinterest pins for more inspiration, and check out what your scrappy friends are creating. (You discover that they, too, are pinning instead of creating).
Then you start making a list of all the things you want to include in the album. After all, you don’t want to miss anything.
Let’s see… there’s the advent calendar every year. The decorations, of course. Then there are the school activities – plays, parties, crafts. The family activities – dinners, baking, seeing a play, driving around looking at lights, watching movies, listening to holiday music, getting a tree and decorating it, shopping for presents, wrapping presents, trip to grandma’s house. Then there’s that creepy Elf on the Shelf that joined our family a few years ago and moves somewhere new every day. Oh, I can’t forget to take a photo of the kids in their pajamas. Wow, that’s a lot of stuff, not to mention the kids are still in school and will have homework. And now I’m adding a December Daily album into the mix. What have I done?!
(Meanwhile, the contents of The Kit are mocking you from The Box).
You suddenly realize that December Daily sounded a lot better in September. You haven’t started your foundation pages and there is so much to do.
Why did I order this stupid kit? What made me think I could keep up with a daily album? I’m doooooomed!
(Meanwhile, your daughter is pilfering through The Box and your son is using it as a Lego battle station).
December 1st is rapidly approaching and you’ve decided to lower your expectations from Super Scrapper Awesome to Get-It-Done-Fast. You’re finally ready to make an album. You’ve figured out what you’d like to accomplish, what your style is, and what you will realistically be able to do in December.
(The Kit has been dusted off, the Lego Darth Vader has been returned to your son, and the glitter ribbon and snowflakes have been retrieved from your daughter’s room).
Now you just have to make it through this stage and you’ll have a completed album! And if you find yourself losing interest or getting too busy to finish, you can always insert this page at the end instead. ;)
Update on My December Daily:
I’ve reached Stage 5: I am finally ready to make my album. I had been stuck for a while because how can I plan pages when I don’t know what I’m going to be doing every day? And after my Project Life attempt, I should have known a daily scrap-as-you-go routine wasn’t my style.
I like to scrapbook by theme, so my December Daily is not going to be a daily chronicle (even though I really want to use those pretty gold number tabs that came in The Kit). I am creating a page for each activity rather than a page for each day. I am trying to look at the album as something to help me organize activities, not “just another thing I have to do in December.” And I want my kids to be involved in it, too, by adding drawings and lists (like favorite Christmas songs).
I hope to have the pages ready to post next week. Wish me luck. :)
Are you making a December Daily album? (Poll):