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December Mini Album Sneak-a-Peek

Hey out there! Yesterday, I was still contemplating the idea of participating in Ali Edwards’ December Daily project. Last year, I only got around to making the pages and felt a bit overwhelmed after I saw the amount. Then, I got the urge to create a mini and knew what that meant – tackle a December album. Although I’m not quite sure yet what direction it will be – daily, weekly, or a regular old monthly album, I think it will be great to log whatever memories I am able to include in the album. I’m just a little unsure about how much activity the album will have – even if not daily, something will be there to cherish our December 2011 memories.

I also had the idea to do one page at a time. I probably will get behind, but since I am planning on small 3.5″ x 5″ pages, I think I may be able to handle that (even if I get behind a day or two)! So, I sat down and just started – with the cover. The cover is sometimes the most fun part. I kept it traditional and elegant. I’m just hopeful that starting it and actually posting a sneak preview will provide more incentive for me to complete it. Now, I’m getting excited to see what December has to offer. Thursday can’t get here fast enough!

For this album, I am using Simple Stories’ (25 Days of Christmas) and Papertrey Ink’s (Holiday Flourishes & Swirls). These two patterned paper collections really pair well together. I also used an Tim Holtz Ornate Plate as a focal point for the cover along with a star die cut. Calendar Basics came in really handy to customize the month and year for this album. I also used the set to stamp the corner embellishments. The cover is from Maya Road’s Scroll Edge Chipboard Mini Album. I only plan to use it for the front and back cover. The inserts will be 3.5″ x 5″ pages to try to reduce the size of the album a bit, that is, if I choose to go with the daily version!

Thanks to those who responded about their Black Friday shopping experience (even those online shoppers)! I also appreciate your feedback on the December Daily albums. It helped me decide to try and make one.

So, here’s another question: Do you complete a page a day? Let’s say complete December 1 page on December 2? Or do you wait a few days and complete them when you have time? I want to hear ways to not get overwhelmed (like I did last year with those empty pages)! I look forward to hearing your methods.

I hope you have a great day! Thanks for taking a peek.

Annette A.November 29, 2011 - 10:16 am

aww I so love this…great papers..

Tante K├ĄtheNovember 29, 2011 - 11:30 am

I love Simple Stories paper lines … all of them! Cute little album, can’t wait to see more of it.

Majo

TamaraNovember 29, 2011 - 11:45 am

Ashley I’m glad you decided to do this because you are always an inspiration to me. To make this project feel like ‘fun’ and not a ‘chore’, I’ve decided to rename my album to either “December 2011 Memories” OR “2011 Holiday Memories” and include our family moments from Thanksgiving.
This will give my album a broader vision and not tie me to the daily task of trying to complete a page every day like I did last year. I have already prepared several pages for my albumn and I plan to date each page as I go…for ex: December 13th or Nov. 24th or 12/8/11.

Queen MaryNovember 29, 2011 - 11:46 am

Ashley, I’m doing the december daily for the first time! I hope I don’t feel overwhelmed – but I’m really stoked right now. I’m actually doing first Sunday of Advent through the 12th Day of Christmas so mine is more of a “Christmas Season” album. So, it’s the third day of the Christmas season and I haven’t put adhesive to paper yet — but I do know what I’m going to do, even if I don’t get to it until the weekend. Intro will be about Advent looking forward, looking back, and being now. Sunday was my birthday — no brainer there! Monday I’m doing the unusually warm weather we’ve been having here in the DC area, and we’ll see what today brings! I bought myself 3 new pieces for my Fontanini Nativity set so I could do those, I can do a package at the door, I can do a “before” the decorations – since we haven’t gotten them down yet…. Very excited to do this!

ros crawfordNovember 29, 2011 - 12:24 pm

This is stunning … I have never done a Christmas album so I am looking forward to seeing more of yours …..

Lorie-ThePeddlerNovember 29, 2011 - 1:28 pm

Very nice Ashley. I love how you used the Tim Holtz embellishment.

Diane OliverNovember 29, 2011 - 1:29 pm

ooooohhhhhh love your cover… you’re off to a great start! hugs

Theresa GrdinaNovember 29, 2011 - 2:32 pm

Your mini album is really great! I love the cover!!!! Two years ago, I completed the December Daily AFTER the holidays. I was so busy I didn’t have time to create right away. Last year, I kept a journal (just a short list, really!) of what I was doing each day and never made a December Daily. THIS year, I am going to complete it afterwards again. I have so much going on this year that I don’t want to miss a minute of it….It’s fun hearing how everyone is creating their album!!

GabbyNovember 29, 2011 - 3:07 pm

Love, love the cover!

GabbyNovember 29, 2011 - 3:10 pm

OMGosh, somehow I hit enter b4 I was finished! Whoops! Anyway … as I was sayin … love, love the cover! All of the different design elements you brought together compliment each other and look great. I can’t wait to see how your pages and back cover will look! :)

Maureen ChandlerNovember 29, 2011 - 5:05 pm

Your cover is just lovely – can’t wait to see what comes next. I make tons of cards but have not yet attempted a mini book. Good luck with it!

Dee in N.H.November 29, 2011 - 7:24 pm

Looking gorgeous so far! I can’t wait to see how this goes. I’ve never done an album so I’m really curios as to what goes in it.

CloudsNovember 29, 2011 - 11:53 pm

oh, it’s beautiful! luv luv the ornate plate, can’t wait to see yer pics! I’m tacking DD too, althought I have my pages ready, not sure how much pic taking and journaling will come out of it :)

Hugs,
C :)

Yvonne S.November 30, 2011 - 9:08 am

I completely understand your feelings on getting “overwhelmed” with this project. This is my 4th year and last year it finally “clicked” with me……I didn’t approach it with the holiday in mind but rather the day. I always had the idea that I had to put something holiday related into the book each and every day and that just didn’t work. I felt like I needed to plan each day out to cover the album. But last year, I just let the day happen. Some times that meant, I came home and did nothing and that went into the album. Those days, I took a photo of me or hubby curled up on the couch or a I took a photo of the wreath on the door. I even took a picture of me at the doctor’s office and journaled about how I hate going to routine check ups during cold and flu season – LOL! I kept the idea that the album was more of a diary than a holiday book. It became so much easier to do.
Since I don’t print my photos at home, I uploaded my photos to a local store and printed them once a week. I would spend my mornings uploading the previous day’s photo and journaling it. Some times I would do a sketch of wanted I wanted to put on the page as far as embellishments go. So, when I got my photos at the end of the week, it didn’t take very long to put a week together (you can even include that day in your album!).
I’m so glad you are doing this this year and I think once you get into a groove, you’ll really start to see the album come together and will love it! Can’t wait to see your progress so make sure you share the love with us! LOL

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