I completed my December Album last month and I’m thrilled to add my 8th album to the collection.
I started strong but by mid-month between the busyness of the season and that daily feeling of sadness over missing my mom, it wasn’t always easy to find something that brought me joy each day. Some days are more wordy. Some days don’t even have a photo. Some days are more eventful than others, but I always try to look at how this project comes together as a whole - not based on what we did (or didn’t) do (buy, read, eat, say, watch, etc.) each day. One thing is for sure, I would not have gotten through this and finished it without a theme. Yeah for joy.
I kept it incredibly simple this year - focusing on the photos and the words, with little embellishment (mostly stamps). For the most part, I left the photos alone and didn’t add any journaling directly on them (as I often like to do). My stories were a mix of typed and handwritten, depending on the length and available space.
I always find completing those first few pages really sets the pace and the style for me, and I work to keep that in mind as I finish a few spreads every few days. To me, that is the key to keeping the album consistent from front to back - really paying attention to how I want those first days to feel on paper. Particularly for a project like this where you’re working on it for a long stretch of time, doing a little bit here and there. And that’s another reason why I strive to finish these as soon as humanly possible. I want it to be cohesive and I want to get those memories and details out while they are fresh.
Below is a 27-minute long page-by-page video walkthrough of my December 2017 album :
If videos aren't your thing, a photo flip-through is below. Just click on one photo to enlarge it, then click the arrows right and left to turn the pages. I’m not going to go into written detail about each daily spread (check out my walkthrough video above to hear more of that), but I did jot down some general notes as I was putting it together, which you can read below this gallery.
NOTES + OBSERVATIONS ABOUT MY ALBUM THIS YEAR
- The 3x8 album size was so fun. I was worried that my photos weren’t going to look good in those tall narrow pockets, but it ended up working out just fine. I just love smaller albums.
- After I finished this album, Morgan asked “Where are you going to put this album? Did you make it narrow because we’re running out of room on the shelf?” Haha. The shelf I display the albums on during the month of December was full this year with 7 albums. Next year, I’m going to need a new home for them. (Note: I only leave my December albums “out” between Thanksgiving and New Years. I keep them in a plastic bin in the attic 11 months of the year.)
- I loved the kits I used this year and feel like I had just the right amount of product in my album.
- I generally worked on my album every few days, trying to get up to current. This worked well at the beginning of the month where I’d schedule in time to work, but, as expected, it got harder as we got closer to Christmas. All in all I’m very satisfied I wrapped this up by mid-January.
- I didn’t take a lot of photos this month. Some days, I just wasn’t feeling it, but for the most part, I wasn’t thinking about it very much. I know that’s just due to my current mindset. Also, when the sun sets at such an early hour in the winter, I feel limited to taking daytime photos all the time. And I can only take so many pictures of the Christmas tree.
- Love that I got a good mix of all four of us in my album this year.
- One thing I did differently this year is posting my pages as I went along on Instagram. I was far from current but I really enjoyed sharing my daily pages. I love how that block of spreads pops in my feed. Once I noticed the pattern, I didn’t want to post about anything else and break that consistency. :)
- I made mention in my video that I wanted to get 1.5” binder rings because I didn’t like how the covers flared out. Since then, I purchased some rings on Etsy and I’m much happier that the covers lay a bit flatter. Try as I might to keep them slim, I do love a chunky mini.
- Cleaning off my desk and putting everything away after completing a big project is the best feeling.
Jamaica Makes 3x8 album, Ali Edwards page protectors, Kelly Purkey Shop Be Merry and Holiday Tradition kits, Studio Calico Color Theory Inks, Versafine Onyx Black Ink. Everything else was part of my stash.
You can see my previous December Albums here.
December Daily® is an annual memory-keeping project created by Ali Edwards. You can read more about it here.