My December Daily 2012 | The Basics

November 11, 2012

Last year I hadn't set out to do a December Daily--I had had trouble succeeding in the past and didn't want to set myself up for failure once again. But then as a result of the page prompts that I offered daily during the month of December last year on my blog, I ended up making a page a day for 26 out of 31 days in December.

Amazing right?!  I found that when I just let go of the pressure and hype behind the project and just focused on the memory-making that I was capable of creating something wonderful for my family.

This year armed with the help of Gossamer Blue's December Daily Bootcamp, I am excited to approach my 2012 December Daily a little more prepared and motivated.  And I'd love to share a little bit about my process with you along the way.

The Basics

What format/size will I be using?

I'm going to be making 8x8" digital pages for my album.  I have not yet decided if the finished album will be a photo book or a hybrid album--it really depends on what kind and how much memorabilia I gather this season.

If I end up having a lot, then I will probably print out my digital pages and make chipboard covers and bind all of my pages together with book rings so that I can add in my memorabilia here and there.  If I come away with a small collection of memorabilia or one whose contents can easily be scanned then I will probably go the photo book route.

After a few years of completed and failed December Dailies I've learned that the most important thing is too keep things flexible!

When will I begin?

Since we do a lot of our decorating the day after Thanksgiving--including buying and putting up our tree I will be starting my December Daily on November 23rd this year.  I may just do that extra week in a double page layout and then start with December 1--I guess we will see how full that week is.

What will I be sure to capture?

Below I've listed some of our regular traditions that I want to be sure and capture this year as well as a few new things that I haven't captured in years passed but am hoping to capture this year in my December Daily!

  • Festival of Trees

  • Jasper's Birthday

  • Caleb's Christmas Program

  • Collard Christmas Party

  • Wilde Christmas Party

  • Temple Lights

  • Fantasy at the Bay

  • Letters to Santa

  • Christmas Village

  • Sledding/Tubing

  • First Snowman

  • Buying and Decorating the Tree

  • Christmas Day

Are you doing a December Daily this year?  If so I'd love to see your plans for your project and follow your progress--just link me up in the comments!

And keep an eye out as I share more of my December Daily plans, process and pages in the weeks to come!  

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  1. Have not done this before but I am completely in love with the Christmas season and it's a special Christmas for us this year. I love your hybrid idea. The digital foundations would simplify the project. I might try to create some templates before hand. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Sure thing Lorraine! I'd love to see what you come up with :)


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