Most of you are familiar with Ali Edwards and her annual December Daily tradition. In fact, I've noticed quite a few of my blog friends have posted the start of their albums already (Julie & Kat). While the thought of creating a December Daily has intrigued me for the past few years, I knew I'd never follow through on a commitment to take a photo and document each and every day of December.
HOLIDAY MEMORIES TWENTY ELEVEN | This year, I opted to create my own modified version which, much like the December Daily, will document our 2011 holiday season. However, instead of documenting on a daily basis, I plan on recording all of the events and traditions that surround the season as they occur. This will differ from my Christmas albums of years past (here & here), because, instead of tackling the project at the end of the season, I plan on knocking it out event-by-event, as they occur. My hope is that documenting in this manner will take the pressure off of me at the end of the season and also lead to more meaningful and detailed journaling since I'll be recording memories when they're fresh on my mind.
I also plan on recording special elements of the season, which may not necessarily qualify as an event - things like decor and such.
While I'm not 100% sold on the title, I do know that I want to go with a "holiday" theme, as opposed to using anything with the word "December". The key reason for this is that Nate and I actually kick off our holiday season in November. While I realize there is no law saying I can't include November events in a December themed album, it just seems unfitting to me. I like my titles to fully represent my projects.
ALBUM DETAILS | As in years past, my 2011 album will be all digital. While searching for the perfect digital papers and elements to use, I came across the Holiday Faves Mini Album Kit by Nettio Designs. The concept of the kit matched my album concept perfectly, so I purchased it to use as the foundation for my album. For my papers and elements, I chose the brand new Star on Top kit by One Little Bird + Amy Martin Designs.
Because I decided to print an 8x10 album from Blurb, I had to resize the 5x7 album kit before I got started. So far, I've created the cover, most of the foundation pages and even finished the journaling and photo pages for our first holiday event (which I'll share next week).
Here are a few of the foundation pages I have completed so far:
I'm really excited about this album and the prospect of working on it throughout the 2011 holiday season. I'll be sharing the bits and pieces with you as I go, and at the end of the season, share the entire album.
Are you working on a December Daily or other similar type of album this year?