It's such an exciting time if you've joined the holiday album band wagon....or December Daily....or December Memories as we're calling it at Gossamer Blue. I've shared my album cover and inside cover page and now it's time to share my inside pages, days 1-10.
Where do you start?
This year I'll be documenting in my regular Project Life album just as I regularly would for any month. I'll be posting some ideas on that soon but today I'm focusing on my December Memories album. I will admit that when I sat down with all of my supplies and album, I literally sat there. And stared. And was a little overwhelmed. I kept asking myself, "How do you put together an entire album in advance?" I knew I wanted to do it, I just didn't know how to go about it.
I went back to the ol' drawing board, scratched my noggin and started making some notes. I listed all of the holiday events I wanted to document and photograph throughout December. I've added to this list since I first jotted down those ideas but it was the best starting point for my album.
This is where I had an "ah-haaa" moment. I decided right then that my album would be about specific memories, traditions and events that we celebrate all throughout December. It would not be a daily, chronological photographic diary. I will let those daily photos go into my December Project Life. I decided that I wanted my December Memories album to stand alone from my Project Life. I would devote the pages entirely to celebrating the holiday season.
Then just go for it....
Once I had my plan of attack for my pages, I just started. I made a sticky note for each event and started collecting journaling cards and embellishments that I thought might coordinate well with that event. Sticky notes are your best friend when it comes to this album. I started sticking things into pockets. Three hours later I had my pockets fill with the basic journaling cards and trimmed papers. I had some additional sessions where I spent an hour or two at a time adding more embellishments, etc. Let it sit. Come back to it. It all falls into place. One key point to my album is that even though I'm numbering the pages 1-31, those numbers do NOT necessarily represent Day 1, Day 2, etc. The numbers just represent one single memory from December. I'm not worrying about if something is out of order.....and neither will the people who sit down to view this album. Think about the bigger picture....think about the album as a whole and not just one day.
My pages 1-10....
For each event, I'm devoting two pages of the album. I will go back on some days and add in inserts like sacks or trimmed down page protectors or clear acetate sheets, envelopes, etc. I tried to add as much detail to my inserts as possible so that come December I can just add photos,journaling and a few other finishing details.
Page 1 will be a photo of our family of 4 + Charlie. Maybe our Christmas card photos, maybe a photo of us cutting wood in the timber.
Gold Shimmer Envelope as an insert with a stitched tag and gold paperclip. These are so shimmery in person. I lined envelope with vintage sheet music.
Large White Parcel Tag.
visit to my shop.
While visiting my shop, you'll notice lots of fun organizing items for your holiday crafty supplies. They are going quickly so be sure to act quickly if you like something.....like this wood tray with diner dishes.
And always a favorite, these muffin tins.