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'!

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Deb's December Daily journey........



This year's will be my 3rd December Daily.  I started in 2011 after admiring Mandy's gorgeous creations and thought, I need to give this a go.  Although I must admit,  I did wonder how I would manage to have something to record each day.  So, without jumping in too deep,  I decided to go through my stash and find bits and pieces that I thought might work and made my covers from some corrugated card.   It was quite small (about 4" x 6"). My page base was made from an old canvas pad I had never used and I pre-planned my pages.  I remember as I went along through December, thinking - am I doing this right?  Is this what a December Daily is all about?  By the end of my first one I realized it's about what I wanted it to be about.



Some of my pre-planned pages.......all very basic but as much as I wanted to do a December Daily,  I was still a little unsure.



and a finished page...............

and it ended up looking like this, so as you can see I found plenty to record in December.



Then in 2012 (by now I was hooked on December Daily-ing lol)  I decided to go bigger and not pre-plan.  I found the smaller size and pre-planned pages too restricting for me.  I loved working on my 2012 album.   It was my main scrappy project for December and I loved the process of creating a page for the memories I had each day.   When I didn't take photos, there was always something to record. 


                                                                 2012 December Daily.



Tied up with a ribbon and some decorating on the back as well.

and some of my favourite pages.............

 A photo of all the beautiful "red" I could see around me that day.........

Some hidden journaling in a pocket attached to my page.........

and a copy of a grocery docket...........


So now, in 2013 I am ready to go........covers prepared and some little embellies done.  (I wanted to make a few of my own embellies this year to fit in with the pastels).  It's just a little smaller than last years and I said I wasn't going to go any smaller as I loved the size last year, so we'll see how I go.  

                                    
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This being my 3rd December Daily, it is probably my favourite so far now that it is completed............that is to LOOK at, not so much the creating of it if that makes sense.  I love how it has turned out but think the pastels will be a "one off" as I really did miss creating with the more "traditional" Christmas colours especially red although red is not really a colour I scrap with a lot in everyday scrapping.  There are a couple of the things I did this year that I will probably do in my next December Daily...........Handmade dated circles and some handmade embellishments.  I mainly did this to fit in with the pastels theme this year but really enjoyed pre-making these in the lead up to Dec 1.  Also the inclusion of some plastic sleeves (divided pockets) throughout the album.  I think it has added some interest to my album.
So, my thoughts for my 2014 December Daily...................
*Maybe try a different look other than the rings on the outside holding it all together.  This is what I have          done for all 3 December Dailys.
*Also my first 2 were portrait orientation and this one was landscape and I think I prefer to work with the portrait orientation.  The size was good to work with.
*Definitely no pastels (well at least not for a few years).
*Start collecting bits and pieces right now for my 2014 December Daily so that I have a real mix of things as I think I prefer the "bit of this and bit of that" rather than one particular line of papers or a particular colour scheme.
*Totally loved Mandy's use of acetate and her little peek-a-boo pages in her 2013 December Daily so will keep this in mind for my next one too.

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When I first made the decision to go with an "art journal" December Daily, it was for two reasons.....to get some practice in art journalling using a variety of techniques (tick) and to have something different from my previous December Dailys (tick again).


   I didn't want to do what I have done in my previous albums -  "take a photo everyday" type of thing as I was finding, for me,  this was becoming a bit repetitive as I was taking similar photos each year.    Instead I wanted to try to create a relevant page in an "arty"sort of way.  The photos DID creep in however....probably more than intended, but overall I am super happy with how my 2014 December Daily has turned out.   As you can see it's a little chunky-er than I had first thought it would have been. 

 I was a little concerned at first that I might have "bitten off more than I could chew" but I surprised myself at how easy it was to create an art journal page every day. 
Here are a few of my most favourite pages although as I flipped through the book, there is no page I'm not happy with. 

My photo extension page with Santa up the tree.........loved creating this one.......it really was soooo easy and lots of fun.

My melting snowman..........this was one day that I had to put my thinking cap on as to what was relevant to that day.........it was a nothing sort of a day but it was HOT.
So a melting snowman was born.

and this one is probably my most favourite of all.........it includes some drawings from my grand children and that's pretty special.  I still have a giggle at the angry Santa looking at his list.  lol


I'd have to say this has been the most enjoyable and rewarding December Daily in the four I have now created.  Would I do this again for a December Daily? - ABSOLUTELY but maybe not for 2015.   So what plans do I have for this year? (Yep it's this year already and I'm thinking about it lol) .......something different again.   On our journey this year, I have been very inspired by Mandy's little book of lists and also by Julie's use of fabric to cover her album.  So at the moment I have "FABRIC" and "LISTS" in my head.  We'll see where that takes me.
 I have quite a few more months to think on it.


3 comments:

  1. My first December Daily project, can't wait......

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    1. Your cover is totally gorgeous, Kirsty. Not long to wait now.

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  2. Great to read about your December Daily journey and your tips for this year. I'm going small this year - short on time - but am really excited now I've discovered this blog.

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