|Posted: 10/23/2013 9:30:33 AM|This is my first time trying December Daily, so I would appreciate any tips or What Not To Do. I got the Studio Calico December Daily kit (I know, I went all out) and it's so pretty and intimidating that I don't know where to start.
Do you just wait for Ali Edwards to post her foundation pages and then copy? Or find someone's past DD album and loosely copy? Or treat it like Project Life and do a page a day?
I'm already scared.
Loc: Thomasville, NC
|Posted: 10/23/2013 9:35:32 AM|
Don't be scared! Lots of people copy Ali and do exactly what she does. On her blog she posted that she would be starting her process this week, so be sure and follow her. She is always a boat load of inspiration!
That being said, I never do exactly what Ali does. I do try to stick to one or two styles of layouts so I'm not reinventing the wheel every day. I also build my album and foundation pages long before (almost done and ready for this year!). I arrange my stash of products out on my desk so they are easily accessible and I can see what I bought - and then use it. I typically can't do a layout every day, but I will sit down with 3-4 days at a time and knock it out that way. Then January 1 is the final push to just get it done!
Find lots of inspiration on here, on Flickr, and on Ali's blog roll (I think she did an Instagram feed, too, last year? or Twitter?)! Have fun and just roll with it!
|Posted: 10/23/2013 9:39:18 AM|Thank you!
|Posted: 10/23/2013 9:40:28 AM|I love this project. Don't be scared I would suggest gathering all your supplies in one location. I would also cut papers down to fit in the pockets, decide how you want to number your pages and then figure out how you want to use the page protectors. The next crucial piece is figuring out printing. I usually print at home every couple days. I have found that sending the pics out in batches slows me down. I like to complete the book in real time. My album has always been completed by the second week of January thanks to this. Pinterest has a tin if design ideas, but too many options can be overwhelming and intimidating with a project like this. Ali will post her base pages in a week or two. She usually has some great printables for the day journaling.
|Posted: 10/23/2013 9:45:31 AM|
I think since this is your first year, don't let the title "Daily" intimidate you. Remember, it is whatever you want it to be, not what anyone else is doing. If you skip a day because you get busy - forget it. It's no big deal. Just keep going when you can. If that bothers you, you can always just put a starbucks cup or a holiday add on that page and call it done.
This will be my 5th year and I've never finished them in December. In fact, I only need to print 1 more picture and I'll be done with last years.
The first 4 years I did do the daily thing. Last year, I just did it by theme and I love it. I feel like I actually covered more things than I would have going daily, but none of it is just filler because I needed/felt I needed a story each day.
|Posted: 10/23/2013 10:02:05 AM|
Thanks, everyone! Lots of great tips.
Beriuqam: I love the theme idea!
Will I ever get to Buckethead?!
|Posted: 10/23/2013 10:15:11 AM|
I can never find the time to scrap in December. We're just too busy. So I keep a journal (I use it for PL too) noting what we did each day and what photos were taken. Then when I have time, usually not until January, I put my Dec. Daily together. I do put all my supplies for my Dec. Daily in an art bin or 2 (all flat papers and alphas in one and embellishments in another) so it's ready whenever I find time to work on it. I also got SC's kit last year and this years and I printed Ali Edwards Dec Daily 4x6 pages last year and loved them, so I'll probably use them again this year.
Anyway, don't worry or get frustrated if you get behind. Just catch up when you get time.
Loc: West Virginia
|Posted: 10/23/2013 10:35:51 AM|do what you can. collect little pieces of ephemera along the way. make it fun!! it's really one of my favorite projects to do and my youngest daughter's fave to look through since her birthday gets documented!
|Posted: 10/23/2013 12:29:33 PM|
What I learned my first year is my pages don't have to be like anyone elses. I did what Ali Edwards did and when I was finished, I didn't like my pages. They weren't "me".
So the following year I just did what I wanted. I didn't care what page size, album or supplies anyone was using. I just did what I wanted and was much happier with my album.
|Posted: 10/23/2013 4:10:36 PM|
Thanks for all the great tips!