Today I’m wrapping up my December Daily posts. I had to finish one of my pages over the weekend and now the album is complete. Glad to be done and oh so very happy about how this album turned out! My favorite so far!
Warning: This is a very long post with lots of photos of album spreads, so if you’re not into that, feel free to skip it.
Today I kept it simple and added our holiday card. I add our card every year, so I knew this would be one of my pages at some point.
Today I was inspired by Ali Edwards. I didn’t have a story today, so I followed her lead and took a photo of our tree during the day. I’ve actually never done this before, so I was happy to include it in the album. I love the tree at night, but I was really loving it during the day this year too with the curtains hung behind it. I also loved how Ali added sequins to her page. I was already using sequins throughout my album and planned to do a full-page with some and I thought it would work great over the tree shot. Then I sewed the top closed.
Today I met up with a friend for coffee at Starbucks and couldn’t resist taking photos of the sentiment on the door that I’m loving so much this year. I didn’t get a photo of us, but I did get one of our treats, so I added that.
Ali shared a prompt that she used for today; 12 blessings on December 12th, and I thought it was such a good idea. I added my 12 blessings of the season, some of my Christmas wrapping paper ( deer paper from Target and the coolest wrapping paper I’ve ever bought!) and decided it would look cute to stitch around each one. Love it! Once again, simple, but awesome!
We had our picnic by the Christmas tree today. It’s one of the activities from our Advent calendar and the kids just love it. I took a bunch of photos that I wanted to include, so I decided to create a collage in order to fit them all in.
Today I added letters to the kids. I’ve done this every year and really like being able to go back and read them. It feels a little silly writing them, but I think it’s a great way to tell the kids a little bit about themselves at the time. I hope they like reading the when they get older as much as I do. I’m pretty sure I’ll continue to write these for every album. And on the right side of the spread I added different patterned paper to each pocket, as well as the date and some embellishments.
This was the day we decorated our graham cracker houses. This is a favorite activity for the kids and me and my husband. It’s so much fun and really simple to set up. This is our third year making them and it’s fun to look back at old albums to see how different they are each year. I took a photo of each person’s house for the left side and then added an enlarged photo of the candy tray, which I lightened the opacity of and added journaling on top.
I was a little behind on my pages, so I added this journaling page today using the prompt loving, and then added a list of all the things I’ve been loving throughout the season. An easy way to catch up or a simple story to tell if there wasn’t much happening that day. I love the green patterned paper!
Today was a very quiet day around our house. Both kiddos were under the weather with colds and I was really tired from being up most of the night with Harper. I ended up simply taking a photo of my morning view and adding a bit of journaling about our day. It turned out to be one of my favorite pages.
Today the kids got emails from Santa with personalized videos. We do this with them every year and they love it. I don’t think I added it to my album last year, but wanted to this year because Harper was able to understand it so much more and actually got excited about seeing Santa and her pictures in the video.
One the left side, I included the emails and a little journaling. On the right side, I included photos of the kids watching their videos. I took the photos with my iPhone after it was dark out and the quality wasn’t the greatest, so I decided to make them B&W. Not what I planned, but I’m happy with how the spread turned out.
Today we had Hudson’s preschool program. I couldn’t wait to watch him and be able to add this to the album. He looked adorable in his wise man costume!
On the left I added a photo of him during the performance and then a 4×6 journal card which I created lines on using gold washi tape. On the right side I added an enlarged photo of Hudson taken after the program. I can’t get over how big his crown was on his head! So adorable!
Today we took the kids on a drive to check out all the Christmas lights. They love this as much as we do. It’s always fun. I took a few photos and decided to create another collage to be able to add all of them. Sometimes it’s just too hard to choose just one of two photos.
Today we had Jeremy’s family over to celebrate Christmas with them since we were going out-of-town on Christmas. I loved this photo of Jeremy and Harper and knew I wanted to include it, but I also wanted to include a photo of all the grandkids. In the other pocket I added some paper and journaling.
Today was the day I finally finished and gave the kids their Christmas pillows. Wow, was that an undertaking, but so, so worth it! They love them!
For the day I created a kind of cover page using Studio Calico sequins that I just love and some patterned paper with twenty-four stitched onto it. Love. This is our big day when we have a chili dinner and open all our gifts from family, so I wanted to make this spread special. We also had some extra family members in town, which was even more special.
I added a photo of our tree with all the presents on the left side. It is almost ridiculous how many gifts there were! Then on the right side I added a photo of my uncle and cousin from Dallas, some journaling and a photo of Hudson and Harper sitting among their giant piles of presents.
This is the back side where I added a few more photos from that night. I just love the photo of Harper and her cousin Emmy playing in Emmy’s new tent! I also wanted to include a photo of Jeremy and I, as well as a photo of the kids with Santa’s cookies.
I didn’t take a ton of photos today. It was mostly about just enjoying time with family. I added a couple of photos of the kids. The one of Hudson just kills me! He had just walked out to see that Santa brought him a balance bike. Priceless. I also love that Santa paper.
Here is the back side with just includes a photo of movie tickets and then the actually tickets in the other pocket. Jeremy and I sneaked away for an afternoon date to see Catching Fire while the kiddos were napping. We don’t get very many opportunities to go to the movies and my mom insisted, so we took advantage.
Normally I don’t add December 26 to my album, however, we drove back to Omaha on the 26th and the kids got to see what Santa left for them in their stockings, so I wanted to include that too. The weather was also extremely nice for this time of year, so the kids got to get outside and ride their new toys. I had to document them outside playing without coats on December 26th! That never happens!
So there you have it! My completed December Daily album. I love it so much. I couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out.
I’m so glad I used a smaller sized album this year. The 6×8 size worked out perfectly for me.
I really like how some pages are extremely simple and others are much more embellished. I think the mix works well.
I like the mix of different pocket pages. It added so much character to the spreads.
I’m glad I chose to add the see-through, sequins pockets. They’re a fun addition.
I think having some days consist of just one page and others filling two or more made it easier to keep up with the documentation. In my previous albums I sometimes had a hard time filling up two full 8 1/2×11 pages and it became a little stressful at times. Some stories simply don’t need two full pages.
These albums are amazing keepsakes. It’s so much fun to look back at previous years and reminisce. I started making these Harper’s first Christmas and plan to continue until I no longer feel that I have stories to tell…although, I highly doubt that will happen while the kids are still living with us. It takes some focus and work to complete these, but it’s so worth the time and effort.
If you have any questions about any of the supplies I used, feel free to leave a comment.