Who has FINISHED a December Daily type album?

Two Peas is Closing
Click here to visit our final product sale. Click here to visit our FAQ page regarding the closing of Two Peas.

Posted 10/1/2013 by corej in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 517,189
August 2011
Posts: 730
Layouts: 271
Loc: Georgia

Posted: 10/1/2013 11:45:41 AM
Because I haven't! I have started two and bought the stuff for a third, but never finished one. I really would love at least one of these types of albums. I think this would be a great year to do it too!

Anyone out there finished one and have any great tips?


PeaNut 427,211
June 2009
Posts: 3,068
Layouts: 53
Loc: in my scraproom in PA

Posted: 10/1/2013 12:01:07 PM
i never done one. this will be my first year. my album is complete in that i have finished making it. i just need to come up with how i will do my numbering and awaiting december to fill it with some fun photos and additional embellishments. here's my album. hope i will be able to stick with it come december.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phil 4:13

2014 - Layouts Completed - 68
2014 - Mini Albums - 4
2013 - Layouts Completed - 212
2013 - Mini Albums - 20


PeaNut 383,577
July 2008
Posts: 4,093
Layouts: 110
Loc: Ontario, Canada

Posted: 10/1/2013 12:10:51 PM
I made a family one a few years ago.
December Daily

Then last year came up with the crazy idea to make one for each of my 3 daughters.
3 December Daily's

I didn't really work on them as I went, I waited until the new year.



PeaNut 463,295
April 2010
Posts: 4,172
Layouts: 3
Loc: New York City

Posted: 10/1/2013 12:11:21 PM
ME! I did 2010 and 2011. Was all set to do 2012 but after Sandy the mood just wasn't very festive. Am doing one this year, already ordered the album and protectors and have my supplies from last year ready to go.



PeaNut 592,126
August 2013
Posts: 414
Layouts: 3
Loc: Philadelphia, PA
Posted: 10/1/2013 12:14:11 PM

You're so prepared! How do you do it all?!

Ladies, I'm intending to the DD , maybe... I just saw a thread about Grateful November, and the examples I saw make me think that could be easier for me. But, I would like to try to do DD. I have a SNAP album to use, but I suppose I should try to prepare it ahead of time.

I still have to finish my 30Lists album that I made...smh. It's Oct. 1. I only got about 6 days into it before I fell behind. It's so easy and requires no pictures, so what's my problem?

Live. Love. Create.


PeaNut 592,126
August 2013
Posts: 414
Layouts: 3
Loc: Philadelphia, PA
Posted: 10/1/2013 12:17:28 PM

What albums did you use? Do you have any links to the ones you did already? I love looking at various works.

Live. Love. Create.


PeaNut 517,189
August 2011
Posts: 730
Layouts: 271
Loc: Georgia

Posted: 10/1/2013 12:20:08 PM
Tracy, you did three?!?!? WOW! I went and watched your videos and thank you for the links. They are beautiful and so special for your girls.


PeaNut 37,775
May 2002
Posts: 2,861
Layouts: 119
Loc: California

Posted: 10/1/2013 12:29:14 PM

Because I haven't! I have started two and bought the stuff for a third, but never finished one.

Well, I'm here to tell you it's never too late to finish those albums!! I never do them during the month of December. Sure, I start out thinking I will...and then I get one or two days in and I just don't do it. BUT...I take the pictures and I do go back and finish them. I have done 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 so far. I actually skipped 2010 because it was so busy with my Mom in town for the whole month and my sister having a baby, etc. But, believe it or not, I went back and finished that album in August. I had done bits and pieces of it before August, but I finished the final pages and completed it in August...and I mean August 2013 (over 2-1/2 years later!!)

I have a video of it on my blog and there are links to my previous albums there, if you are interested it is right HERE


My Blog


PeaNut 62,725
January 2003
Posts: 2,143
Layouts: 71
Loc: Pacific NW

Count: 13
Posted: 10/1/2013 12:57:07 PM
I like the comment from Lisa that it is never too late. I have 2009 half done, but there are photos for every day, so I guess there is no excuse not to finish it.

I did finish 2011, which I started on the day before Thanksgiving because kids were home from college and we hosted a fairly large Thanksgiving dinner. Plus we usually get the tree that weekend, so to me it starts the holiday season.

Not sure I will do this year, since all three dd are not living at home anymore, but maybe I can get photos from them to fill out a full album.

I love seeing all the posts to everyone's DD. Very inspiring.



PeaNut 176,712
November 2004
Posts: 479
Layouts: 5
Loc: Morgantown, KY

Posted: 10/1/2013 12:58:27 PM
I actually went back and looked at mine and I have finished 2009-2012,so I've done 4. I already starting preping my 2013 album. I am using all my stash. I actually want to try to use it all and make Christmas Cards with the rest so I can start fresh next year with new supplies. You don't really need a lot of supplies. If you are using divided page protectors, you can just put embelishments on the photos or make the photos enlarged and fill the entire page. At least that is what I am going to be doing and using white/beige paper for journaling along with stamps.

Make a Wish!

PeaNut 51,078
October 2002
Posts: 211
Layouts: 22
Loc: US

Posted: 10/1/2013 1:03:11 PM
I don't do really well with any of the daily type projects. I took Shimelle's Journal Your Christmas class last year, and bought the kit, which had a smaller album with pocket type pages.

However, I knew going into it that with the travel we do each year and craziness with the year end frenzy at my work, I would never be able to do a page each day. Instead I took the time to read the prompts each day and at least think Christmassy thoughts for a while, and even did some journalling on most days. I also tried to use the photo prompts to make sure I had pictures of all the important stuff. When I had free time, I worked on the book and I did get a fair amount documented.

I didn't number the pages, date anymore than I would on a normal page. This year I plan to add to the same album, and if I get 10 pages done or 2, it will be something more than I would have had otherwise and I still have a great place to look at our Christmas.



PeaNut 248,970
February 2006
Posts: 2,022
Layouts: 1
Loc: Enterprise, AL

Posted: 10/1/2013 2:03:59 PM
I have finished one!! But not the year I started it, LOL! Before December I made the entire album with numbers and embellishments, the whole shebang, but without journaling or photos. When Dec. arrived I forgot to get started on it! I decided to do it the next December, and I worked on it every day or at the latest every other day. Even if I was tired, even if I wasn't in the mood, I jotted a few lines and/or printed a quick pic at home.

My tip is to stay on top of it daily!! It's not easy, it's a busy time of year. But I found that forcing myself to slow down and do the reflecting actually helped me to slow down, relax and reflect!! Haha!! It was good stress relief sometimes at the end of the day and I LOVE my finished product.


PeaNut 172,432
October 2004
Posts: 431
Layouts: 0
Loc: on the computer, duh!

Posted: 10/1/2013 2:29:45 PM
I'm planning on trying to do an album this year....my oldest son is a senior in high school, and I want to remember this Christmas....things may likely never be the same. what kinds of supplies do you need to make this project? is there any kind of guide floating around? I know Christmas themed stuff, but, how do you figure how much of anyhing you will need?

Cindy in Texas

Miss Kathy

PeaNut 309,431
April 2007
Posts: 508
Layouts: 1

Posted: 10/1/2013 3:09:19 PM
I finished 2, 2011 and 2012, and I'm planning to do it again this year. We are so busy in December that I just keep a diary noting what we do each day and what photos I took and I put all the memorabillia in a bag, then I print the photos in January and make the album over the winter in January and February. This is the only way I can get one finished. They are my favorite albums but Christmas is my favorite holiday.


PeaNut 407,397
January 2009
Posts: 1,520
Layouts: 614
Loc: Sunny Florida

Posted: 10/1/2013 3:50:28 PM
I have done it for several years and I usually finish - but when I don't I don't stress & often finish it the next year when I'm in the mood for Christmas again.

Katie Scott


PeaNut 345,491
October 2007
Posts: 1,291
Layouts: 28

Posted: 10/1/2013 4:32:27 PM
I have! I was so proud of myself when I had completed it lol, as it took me a long time to complete it. I made the base for it myself out of Christmas papers/collections I had been hoarding and bound the book with my bind it all. Here are the links to my DD:

DD base

DD part 1

DD part 2

I think my biggest tips would be to:

1) use some of the photo prompts to guide you for photos so you aren't stressing about taking a photo every day, they have lots of them on pinterest.

2) try to make the base of your book early even if it is just deciding on what album you are using, one less thing to worry about lol!

3) write down your journaling on your phone, laptop, etc just so you don't forget the details, especially if you are like me and don't get at putting the album together for a while.

4) Don't get stressed out or give up. Enjoy the process and you will be so happy you stuck with it!

Good luck and hope you share your DD when it is completed!


PeaNut 210,542
June 2005
Posts: 3,160
Layouts: 19
Loc: Behind the camera!

Posted: 10/1/2013 4:37:18 PM
I have 2 on the go. Starting a 3rd one this year. I finish the journaling every year, take the photos place the inspiration photos in Pinterest to scrap lift and do it when I feel like it. As long as the journaling is done which I make sure is done daily I can do them anytime. December is too busy for me to keep up. This year might be different as I will be home alone the 26th to the 4th. So I might get more done.

Uploaded with iPhone client


PeaNut 111,143
October 2003
Posts: 2,199
Layouts: 165
Loc: Valley of the Sun

Posted: 10/1/2013 4:41:30 PM
I have done one every year since 2008. I keep them very simple and only do the 25 days.


PeaNut 260,218
May 2006
Posts: 2,153
Layouts: 31
Loc: Missouri

Posted: 10/1/2013 5:43:36 PM
I have finished one the past three years. They are always completed by the 2nd week of January. My holiday spirit is gone by then I start the day after Thanksgiving and go to either Christmas day or New Years if we still have a bunch of activities on tap. I work on it a bit each day, print at home and complete decorating the album and some semblance of base pages before Thanksgiving. I keep all the supplies in one box and honestly just enjoy the process.


PeaNut 376,228
May 2008
Posts: 216
Layouts: 16

Posted: 10/1/2013 5:48:17 PM
i have done seven dd/jyc albums now and am looking forward to my eighth but this year instead of a daily thing i am going to document our christmas-y events and doings as well as the advent services at church. i love these little books and look forward to getting them out each year to look through them (again and again).

Sherry C

PeaNut 286,156
December 2006
Posts: 1,575
Layouts: 79
Loc: TN

Posted: 10/1/2013 7:03:46 PM
I've completed several December albums and here are my tips for success.

1)Don't stress about it, it's meant to be fun!

2)Make it your own. Initially I was bogged down trying to create someone else's idea of what it should be. I stopped focusing on the "daily" and now just highlight the days or events that are important to me.

I do give myself a deadline to finish, usually sometime mid-January. I find it relaxing after the hustle and bustle of the season to finish up my project.

Good luck, Corrie!


PeaNut 282,529
November 2006
Posts: 337
Layouts: 2
Loc: Thomasville, NC

Posted: 10/1/2013 8:35:13 PM
I've done 5 as well, and am preparing this year's now! My first was really not a December Daily, it was more of a Christmas memory book, but it could be if I had added numbers. I fell in absolute love with it, and the next year was a complete DD. I have found preparing beforehand is extremely important, and then during the month I do a few days at a time. I can never really do every day, but as long as I make a point of taking a few photos, I'm good. Last year I pre-printed journaling cards, and wrote them as each day happened, so that way the journaling was done on the spot. I love love DD, it's so awesome!


PeaNut 142,548
April 2004
Posts: 993
Layouts: 13
Loc: my own little world

Posted: 10/1/2013 8:57:02 PM
This is going to be my 2nd year. I can tell you what help greatly last year was to have my pages done. I used the 6x8 snap album and used some of the 6x8 page protectors and then some divided ones. I scrapped actual pages for the 6x8 and had those done about a month ahead. As far as the divided pages I used I was just able to grab what ever filler cards I wanted as I went.

I already did my book for this years as well. Just waiting to embellish it more as I get my pics/journaling in.

1 Pea, 2 Pea, Red Pea, Blue Pea

PeaNut 559,779
July 2012
Posts: 750
Layouts: 8
Loc: Seattle, WA, USA

Posted: 10/1/2013 10:00:00 PM
My first December Daily was last year, and I bought the Studio Calico kit. I didn't do it day by day - had a 2 month old baby and it was TOO MUCH. So here's what I did:

1) Wrote stuff down in a notebook and took photos during the holiday season (Thanksgiving - New Year's Day)

2) Worked a little bit on the base pages and general design over the holidays as I felt like it

3) Waited until after the holidays to figure out what was important and what I wanted to document

4) Printed all photos at one time

5) Finally sat down in MAY to complete it. It's never too late

You can see my completed album and more tips on my blog:

December Daily 2012, completed!


PeaNut 268,680
July 2006
Posts: 4,931
Layouts: 805
Loc: Wisconsin

Posted: 10/2/2013 6:54:13 AM
I have finished an album every year since 2007. I create the pages as I go since it's the little bit of scrapping I do during the holiday season. I vary the album I use pretty much every year. Some of my albums are as simple as a 5 x 7 album with a 4x6 photo on one side of the page with the journaling on the back.

I don't make a page every day because of my work schedule, but I usually catch up on weekends and my album has always been finished by the end of the first week of January.

Last year I used a Snap 6x8 album. Loved it so much that I will actually be repeating it again, but this time I will probably use more pocket pages than I did last year. I don't buy a kit, but do often use a paper collection with some of my existing stash.

My biggest tip is to assemble your supplies before you start. I keep a basket with all my embellishments in it and a Cropper Hopper envelope with all my paper and transparencies right next to my desk. I also print at home.

2014 Pages Completed: 128
2014 Cards Completed: 7

2013 Pages Completed: 288
2013 Mini Albums Completed: 1
2013 Cards Completed: 9


PeaNut 3,602
April 2000
Posts: 14,291
Layouts: 376
Loc: Massachusetts

Posted: 10/2/2013 6:58:37 AM
I have finished three. 2008, 2010, 2011. I still need to print photos and assemble 2012.

I don't scrap a page daily during December. My approach is more 'this is our December almost day-by-day'. I take photos, make journaling notes and collect ephemera all month long. I don't even think about assembling the album long after the Christmas decorations have been put away.

Christi in MA
Uploaded with iPhone client


PeaNut 217,769
August 2005
Posts: 1,056
Layouts: 18
Loc: NY

Posted: 10/2/2013 8:29:37 AM
I've finished three.

I try not to get backed up and keep the pages simple. Have a formula of what you want done in your head so when you start, you just fly through. Have all your supplies out and ready.

I've never posted any of my pages in the past but I'm hoping to this year.


PeaNut 403,157
December 2008
Posts: 206
Layouts: 183
Loc: Georgia

Posted: 10/2/2013 12:44:01 PM
I've finished one for the last three years. My favorite is by far my 2012 DD. 2012 December Daily I used the Simple Stories Sn@p album with a mixture of page protector styles. It worked out so well for me.


PeaNut 431,254
July 2009
Posts: 1,506
Layouts: 0

Posted: 10/2/2013 12:55:11 PM
Last year was my first album and I finished it!


PeaNut 527,810
November 2011
Posts: 3
Layouts: 54
Loc: Colorado

Posted: 10/2/2013 1:15:23 PM
I have started and complete a DD album twice. Once in 2009 and again in 2011. It's not something I like to do every year but I do enjoy the albums. What was key for me was putting together the albums before December started. I would then just insert pictures. Of course I would make some changes once pics were printed, but this step was key to comnpleting the album.

Dec Daily 2011

Dec Daily 2009
Show/Hide Icons . Show/Hide Signatures
{{ title }}
{{ icon }}
{{ body }}
{{ footer }}