While it's not really a Christmas celebration in November, I do have a holiday inspired album to share. It was brought to my attention, while discussing December Daily album's in a thread, that I had never shared my Holiday Memories album from last year here on my blog. I shared my plan and some of the foundations pages nearly a year ago, but never shared the finished product (not sure why!).
When I set out to create the album, I knew I didn't want to create a true December Daily. Capturing a photo each and every day just seemed like too much for me, especially considering some days in December are just as boring as they are the rest of the year. Instead, I opted to go with a Holiday Memories theme, allowing me to capture the memories and special events as I saw fit. The book primarily encompasses: our traditions trimming the tree, our Christmas celebration in Nebraska, our yearly visit to Desert Botanical Garden's Los Noches de las Luminarias, our Christmas celebration with Nate's family and finally, our own celebration on Christmas day.
Long at last, let me present you with Holiday Memories 2011 (to see it larger and to read the journaling, click the View Fullscreen button, next to the shopping cart):
Here is a permalink to the album in case the viewer isn't preloading for you. Once you click the link, click on the copy of the book, which should say "Preview" on it.
To create the album, I used Nettio Design's Holiday Faves album template. I resized the templates from 5x7 to fit to the specified dimensions for a 8x10 printed album from Blurb. The digital papers and elements were from a collaboration between One Little Bird and Amy Martin, called Star on Top.
As I mentioned, I recently ordered my album from Blurb. I opted to go with a soft cover and their standard papers (I usually go for a hard cover and upgraded pages), and was pleasantly surprised with the results. I'm a big fan of the 8x10 size and of the space savings you gain from a soft cover. If this was an album that would be thumbed through over and over again, I may have chosen a hard cover. But, for the purpose of this album, it turned out perfectly!
I love everything about the finished album. The design, the papers, the quality of the book, and especially the memories and stories it captures. This holiday season will be vastly different from the past few years, and be much busier than normal (I'll let you in on why very soon), so I'm not sure how to capture the memories. It will definitely be digitally, but the form is yet to be determined. Maybe I'll have to scraplift myself and reuse this version. :)
Do you have any plans for a December Daily or other holiday themed album?