The Christmas season is full of beauty, love, and moments of magic just waiting to be captured in pictures. All it takes is the right perspective.
Originally initiated by a well known scrapbooker Ali Edwards, December Daily can now be found all over the internet starting in the early fall months and continuing through the new year. Aimed at capturing all of your holiday memories, this project consists of taking a photo a day during the month of December and placing it in a dedicated holiday album. And the best part- you can easily get the entire album created ahead of time!
How Can I Help You With This Project?
Project Christmas is a photo-centric daily guide to creatively and mindfully celebrating the season.
With as much light and magic this time of year can bring, it's easy to be equally hurried and harried. I created this 26-day online class as the perfect remedy for the holiday hustle. Seasonal photo prompts delivered to your inbox each morning will not only inspire your inner photographer but will encourage you to take a few moments to yourself each day to get creatively centered, one photo at a time.
The second part of the project is to record those photos in an scrapbook album if you choose to do so. There are many ways to share your photos these days from paper or digital scrapbook pages, photo albums, printed photo books, blogs, facebook and instagram. The most important part of this project is to take the pictures but it is equally important for you to then get those photos off your camera/hard drive/phone so your family and friends can enjoy them with you.
For the last four years I have documented my “25 Days of Christmas” by creating a 25-page scrapbook in November (no pictures in it) in order to be ready to add pictures and journaling to the completed pages daily, starting December 1st and ending on Christmas Day. I recorded a story or two from each day or described a detail about our family traditions.
This year I have decided to organize my album in a completely new way. I am going to make an ABC scrapbook about December 2014. The daily email prompts will be inspired by the letters of the alphabet. Instead of focusing my album on the events that occur in one day, the pages will be focused on a letter of the alphabet so there is a lot more room for creativity. For example, for the letter "C" page I might choose to focus the page on "cookies" so my pictures may be from the day I decorate cookies with my children or the page could be a collection of pictures about all the different cookies our family like to bake or eat during the season or even a collection of all the activities that start with "C" I took pictures of. There are so many possibilities with this theme album.
* 26 ALL NEW daily inspirational emails
* $15 product credit for CTMH products
* coaching and support for completing your album
* Facebook group to connect with others taking the class (a very active group where I will be spending all of my time during December posting lots of fun stuff I find all over the internet)
* A month of FUN that I promise you will want to do again year after year
This class can help and encourage you to get your base album completed before December 1st, so you can sit back and enjoy all the activities, documenting them while your memories are still fresh. All you will have to do is print a few pictures and write a bit of journaling. Don’t think you can find time to do this daily? Don’t! As long as you snap your photos everyday and jot down a few points about the activities or feelings of the day you can always print your pictures weekly, biweekly or even at the end of the 25 days and add them in all at once.
This class would also be perfect to do with your kids as a family project. You could do one album together or each child could decorate their own and even take their own pictures.
This class can also be completed by digital scrapbookers too! Simply use the daily emails to inspire your picture taking, make your digital pages when you have time and print them out at the end of the month. It really couldn’t be easier.
Sign up today for only $15 and start a new tradition you will carry on with year after year.
Products I am Using This Year
This is a STASH BUSTING project! I strongly encourage you to gather all of your Christmas paper, stickers, embellishments, etc. together and work from that. If you are like me, you have been collecting all things Christmas for as long as you have been scrapbooking and now you have found the project that is going to help you use it!
Of course I totally understand the desire to also use some of the new and fun Christmas paper that is out there.
This year I have decided to try a new album size - 8.5 x 11 inch. In the past I have used 12x12, 6x8 and 9x9. Time for a new challenge!
I am also going to be using the CTMH My Crush Holiday Happenings album in a non-traditional way. I will be taking apart this 6x8 inch book and incorporating the cover and pages into my ringed album. There are so many wonderful pages included in this book that I did not want to miss out on. Plus I am all about the gold this year and this mini album is full of it! As I have done in years past, I will post pictures of my album ready to go for December 1st.
Feel free to choose whatever album format you are most comfortable with. The products I will be using will work with traditional 12x12 albums as well as pocket style and mini albums.
Of course I always use flip flaps in my December albums and this year CTMH has come out with NEW 3x4 inch ones perfect for using with pocket pages. Check out all the different sizes here.
I will also be using my CTMH Cricut cartridges to cut lovely embellishments, my alphabet and words ahead of time. Most of them in gold glitter!
CTMH also has some beautiful Christmas and Snow themed paper that will likely show up in my album as well.
I put alot of emphasis on completing my base album before December 1st because, in my experience, the project is more likely to be completed this way. When your pictures are ready all you will have to do is adhere them to your already completed page or slide them in a pocket. It's that easy.
Click here to see a video of some of my completed pages from previous years.