I’m going to keep saying this over and over again, because it’s one of the guiding principles of this project. There is no “right” or “wrong” way to do December Daily. The only rules are the ones you set for yourself. If you’ve got more than one story you want to tell on any given day, you can do that! If you want to spread them out a bit over a couple of days, you can do that too! Ultimately the goal is to tell the stories you want to tell, the way you want to tell them, and enjoy the process. In case you needed to hear it, you totally have permission to do whatever you need to do to make this work for you.
I always find in those first few days of December, the excitement of this project has me wanting to document eeeeeeverything. Ali is super clear in saying, the goal or intent ISN’T to tell every single story of every single day. That would be overwhelming, if not nearly impossible. (Somewhat unrelated side note: I found myself thinking on my drive home from work yesterday about how long it takes me to make a layout. The whole process often takes me a few days to make just one page. I am NOT a fast scrapbooker. I was thinking about how it would take me longer to scrapbook all the stories than it would to actually live them. And for that reason, I will never be “caught up” with Project Life. It made me laugh :p)
“Pam, what are you saying? First you said ‘do whatever you want’, and then you said ‘don’t tell every story’. What the heck are you talking about?”
Your energy and interest in this project is going to change over the course of the month, for lots of different reasons. That is totally normal. Some stories will be long, some stories will be short, some days might just be pictures, some days might not have ANY pictures. I think that’s important to know. There’s lots of different ways to tell stories. As I work though my album, my hope is to share the challenges I encounter and figure out how to work around them.
So let’s get started!
December 1, 2019 | First day of December usually has me intentionally looking for stories to tell, so of course I end up with lots of them. I know this question comes up sometimes; if you have lots of stories, how do you decide which ones to include? I decided that if I had 3 stories to tell, I would tell 3 stories 🙂
My first story was about the arrival of our elves, or what turned out to be the vacation postcard from our elves. Elfie and Sparkle have become such a part of our Christmas season, their arrival is most definitely a highlight for Liam and Emily at the beginning of December. I knew that, but I didn’t realize just how much until I saw how disappointed Liam was when he saw the note and thought it meant they weren’t coming.
I love adding pieces of memorabilia or ephemera in my album. I used an Adhesive Page Strip from Citrus Twist kits to be able to include the postcard without having to punch holes in it.
I resized a 3×4 digital tag from the 2019 December Daily collection for my journaling, and added a metal rimmed tag with a tiny picture of our elves’ dog, “Happy”, who was a new arrival to our family last year.
The second story was kind of a “here’s what’s happening right now” kind of story.
We woke up to the start of an ice storm that lasted into the next day (and made our trip to the airport “interesting”). The trees are always so beautiful with that sparkly layer of ice, but we had a huge to-do list and didn’t let that stop us. That index tab on the left side is the reminder that there’s more, which brings us to the third story of the day.
Gingerbread houses! Decorating gingerbread houses with my nieces has become a tradition 🙂 We load up on a ton of candy and each of the kids has their own house to decorate. This was the first year that I wasn’t bouncing back and forth between Liam and Emily to help them. On the one hand, it made my heart so happy to watch them do it all on their own! On the other hand, I wanted in on the action too. So this year I’m going to make sure I get my own house to decorate 😉
These “flip out” pockets are something I started doing with my 2019 WITL album. I used them a lot in my Travel albums earlier this summer as well, which was part of the “Start to Finish: Travel” class with Ali Edwards. They’ve become a go-to technique for getting more photos and words into those pocket page stories that need a little more space. Also, how cute is that foiled journaling card?! It’s from the 2019 Paislee Press mini-kit (digital version of this kit is still available). Puffy stickers are from the 2019 holiday kit by Feed Your Craft, designed by Geralyn Sy of In A Creative Bubble 🙂
I really liked this overhead view of the candy table and decided to go big with an enlarged photo. The journaling card on top flips up to reveal the journaling, and of course the candy!
Here’s the process video for these December 1st stories.
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below. I’ll be back again next week with a project for December 2-7 (fingers crossed that I can translate what’s in my head onto paper!)