Thursday, November 17, 2011

My first December Daily Album

I am in love with Ali Edwards scrapbooking style,

and am a daily follower of her blog, but I have never

wanted to do a December Daily until this year.

In the summer, I did my first Week in the Life,

also inspired by Ali and had a great time with it,

so I decided I would try this new project for Christmas.

As I kind of see it, it's like a photo advent calendar,

but of our life, so each day, I will pick one thing

happening and focus the photos and journaling on

what is going on, right then and there.

I started a bit tentatively and feeling a bit overwhelmed

about the whole process, I decided on going with a line of

product in which paper, and stickers etc would all go

together, alliviating some of the big decision making

that I usually go through just to do a layout.

I loved this line, which is called 25 days of Christmas

which is made by Simple Stories. I then used my new

cricuit cartridge called Elegant Edges to shape my

chipboard front and back panels, as well as to cut

out my overlays which I used as page dividers.

I adhered the paper to both front and back sides

of the chipboard and then added the sticker

calendar, the sticker letters and "family"

which is all part of the coordinating sticker sheets

that are part of the set, there are 3 sheets of

stickers available, letters, datess and one that

offers a variety of Christmas themed items.

No being digital savvy, I hand did all my day

sheets with a ruler, paper rounder and more

stickers from the set. I think it looks pretty

darn close to the digital version if I do say so.

Here is a photo of my day sheets after I decorated

each with fun stickers, words and paterned paper.

This photo is the same spread, but with the

overlay dividers laid upon the days I did them

for. (I would of liked to have one for each day,

but finding overlays is difficult, and I had to

make do with what I could find).

This photo shows the front and back covers of the

album, along with two extra pages I put in for

Christmas Eve and Day. I am also going to use

a bunch of 2 x 2 slide holder sheets, that I will

cut down to fit the album on those days when I

need more room for photos.

This is my album now that I have it all ready to go.

Now I just really want it to be December 1st so I can

start on it. I can't wait to see what stories I focus on

and share it with my family after the holiday.


  1. Great job Jo!! and your pages DO look digi- if you hadn't have one would have known!
    I'm doing the DD too...I hope! Last year I took pics and never did an album...don't want a re-do of last year where I end up with almost 30 LOs of making ornaments and cookies etc! LOL

  2. OK, these are GORGEOUS! Your hand made pages look fantastic and I'm so glad you shared them because I'm planning to do mine from Advent through 12th day -- so I'll need extra pages and this is a great idea! Thanks.

  3. Phenolmenal - inspiring - amazing - AS USUAL! Love everything about every page!!!!

  4. Thanks for the wonderful feedback ladies, I love hearing from you when I am creative, as much as I love sharing it with you.

  5. Amazing job! It looks like you have been doing this each year. I cannot wait to see your daily pages unfold throughout December. Enjoy the process...Love it!

  6. Love love love it!! You are so creative!!

  7. Looking great! You did a wonderful job of recreating the digital layouts.