All of my previous December Daily albums have been the 6x8 inch size, so I was really excited to switch things up a little this year. I've had this gorgeous 4x4 album from Jamaica Edgell for years, so I pulled it out of my stash and decided to give the smaller size a go this season.
While I do LOVE square photos, I was really really worried that I wouldn't be able to "fit" all of our photos in this book. But, thankfully, there was nothing to worry about!! This size is just SO fun and so very easy to work with! As you'll see from my pages below, I've kept this album VERY simple - usually a large 4x4 photo paired with a 4x4 journaling card (the Studio Calico 25 Days class kit has been perfect for this album)!
I've still managed to add in lots of fun extras, like envelopes, tags, journaling cards and more. Like in all of my albums, the "extras" are my favorite.
Each day, I print out my photo for the day (or a photo collage), pick out a coordinating journaling card, type my journaling (or maybe handwrite it), punch my holes and add it into my album.
The smaller size definitely makes this project manageable for me right now. Things are busy, and keeping up with a big 6x8 album isn't in the cards for me now. This repetitive size takes out all of the guesswork about what size photos to print, how many to print, etc...
I'm using a mix of old December Daily kits and new December kits (as well as the SC class kit too) throughout my book. Pulling out my older Christmas supplies ranks right up there with Christmas morning to me!
For this day, Anna "stole" some of the journaling cards from the DD mini kit and starting drawing and writing. I thought they were the perfect addition to the album. There's just something so magical about seeing her little Christmas tree, her spelling and her list in the book. THIS is what a December Daily is all about to me.
Another simple day here with a photo (and a really cute "deer") and a 4x4 journaling card. Simple and easy!
I didn't have a photo for this past Friday, so I decided to write a little about our day and snuggling on the couch to watch The Polar Express together. I perused google and found a good image of the movie poster and printed it out onto a 4x4 piece of photo paper. Ironically, this page is actually my kiddos favorite page...go figure.
We spent most of the day on Saturday either out running errands and shopping, or out playing at the park (Christmas picnic and all), so I created a little stitched pocket using my 4x4 photo and a 4x4 journaling card. Inside of the pocket is a "12" tag with my journaling written on the back .
Yep. Simple and easy here again.
A "Sunday best" photo and some notes about our day.
Day 14 would pretty much be called a "photo shoot gone wrong". Between a dog who was DETERMINED to stand in front of me and two kids who had the giggles, we ended up with more out-takes than actually "good" photos, but I'm totally ok with that. Since I had so many, I decided to create two collages of four photos and then pair them side-by-side for this day. Have I ever mentioned that I love collages??
And that's a look at my book so far (the first 5 days are a part of the Studio Calico 25 Days class, so if you are taking that class, hop in there and check out my lessons)!
Are you doing a December album this year?? How is your book coming along? I know it's a lot of work, but honestly, this project is priceless. We all love looking back at the memories and moments I've captured over the years. And my, oh my, how fast these little ones grow up.