WE'RE DOING DECEMBER! Whether you pre-plan your December Daily or create as you go along in the Christmas month; make your own covers or decorate ready-made ones, use Project Life style with plastic sleeves and pockets or create your own pages. Maybe you havent made one before and ask 'I cant think what I'd fill a page with everyday?' We'll help with that! Whatever your style we'd love to see it! Here you will find a seasonal blog open from 1st November to 31st January each year. We hope that this will become a wonderful resource of sharing, prompts and inspiration. What is a December Daily? Its a mini-album recording your daily memories capturing the spirit of December. Bring it out with your decorations each year and remember Christmases past. Scroll down on the right side bar and you will find past December Daily albums of each Designer. Check their 'journey' link too, this will give you some great tips and scroll a little further down and you will see the albums categorised into types for easier searching :) Now - 'Let's December Daily'!

Friday, 19 January 2018

Let's December Daily 2017 Design Team's Albums Completed and Afterthoughts


PLEASE NOTE :
We wont be continuing with 2018 December Dailys.
We are having a break, we might be up and running next year :)  ??
In the meantime there is a MASSIVE amount of wonderful December Dailys to look through here
and below is the wind up of our 2017 albums.
Look over to the sidebar and you can click on any albums that appeal!
I (Mandy) will be doing a Dec Daily (slowly lol) on my blog so you might join me there,
for now, enjoy the fabulous December Albums here, its a great resource!

Let's December Daily Badge 
We've managed to finish our December Dailys and hope you've enjoyed the journey along with us.

We have shown three very different album styles and have learnt quite a bit along the way:  what we loved, what we didn't love, what we would do again and what we would avoid altogether! 
 Lol, yes it does happen!    Ah... the hindsight! 

What we do know is keeping a record of our Decembers for 
years to come is so worth it (very big smile!) 

So with our 2017 December Dailys all done and dusted....
here are a few words (and photos)  from each of us about our creative journey   ...
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 This is my 11th December Daily and is so very different to my 2016 one!

This year I had the urge to play with mixed media in a Ranger Dylusion 8x8 Art Journal in black
     

 And because of the use of mixed media, made the decision just to create the inside cover in the beginning because I was concerned I'd get paint etc on the outside cover while working on it...

 And now the album is finished, here is the outside cover...

 And it didn't turn out too chunky either 
(helped by taking out quite a few pages before starting it)
 

What was great about this album is that it made me get out the many mixed media products I had and either hardly used or never used! (thats right!)  Now was the time!
Products like...Dylusion paints, Clearsnaps Smooch Accent Inks, Inka Gold waxes, Texture paints, Izinks etc and trying out various techniques. 

Here are a couple of my favourites: 
Peep through pages were fun:

 And I love pie graphs!

Now, having said all that.... 
I would love to say - I loved the Art Journal... but ......  I kind of and mostly did because of playing in mixed media and am really happy with the end result, though found ......
I really missed making my own pages! 


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I've really enjoyed creating my First December Daily! I had fun making the album from scratch...cutting all the pages, using lots of die cuts to embellish etc. I think the challenge for me was keeping it simple and not adding dimension to each page!

I really love this little gingerbread man on the front cover.

And
 and the large gold glittery letters, which I kept consistent through out the album

This is my favorite page

At times I found the Christmas rush took over and I was forgetting to take photos.  In saying that, I did have fun choosing photos from each day to feature in the album. Hmmmm...I have thought about my next December Daily - it would be much more basic....maybe project life style, more photos not so much technique or embellishing, just a little journaling.  Who knows.....I could change my mind!





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I am beyond thrilled to have finished my first December Daily! I attempted it back in 2011 and got as far as adding photos and a little bit of journaling up to day 8 and that was it. No embellishing, no title page just a few photos and sentences about that day - and when I found that poor attempt at a December Daily - I still loved it and regretted that I didn't keep up with it! It brought back memories that had been forgotten. So, again, I am thrilled to have this year's completed!

I really enjoyed doing a project life style album. I liked documenting our everyday life along with a few Christmas stories, too.

It's hard for me to pick a favorite page as they all have special meaning, but I loved adding in the larger photos and coming up with different ways to add my journaling when it just wouldn't fit into a pocket.

This glassine bag was a perfect spot for some personal journaling about the struggles of this particular day.

I think this close-up photo of our tree may be my favorite of the season!

I absolutely loved this whole process! The busyness of the holiday season made it hard sometimes to keep up with it, but it also allowed me to view the holiday season in a whole new light. I found myself really thinking about the true meaning of Christmas instead of what needed to be done, and that filled my heart with so much Christmas spirit this year.

I have been thinking about my next December Daily, because I have every intention of continuing it, and I am torn on what I want to do. I loved documenting our everyday life, but I feel like there are so many more Christmas stories/memories that I want to share. So, should I continue on like I did this year, or just concentrate on the stories I want to tell...thank goodness I have a few months to get that figured out!

Thank you so much for letting me share my December Daily with you!
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We hope that you have enjoyed your visits here
And that your December Daily mojo becomes busy too!





2 comments:

  1. Great Work, ladies! I'm so behind but not giving up! I have all my photos saved in a December Daily folder on my computer, so as time and mojo allows, I will continue to work on it until I get it finished...hopefully before next December! LOL!

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  2. Thank you for all of the wonderful inspiration with your December Daily albums! I can't wait for next year!!! I have finished mine except for a bit of embellishing and journalling!

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