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Posted: 11/7/2012 10:38:28 AM
In the traditional scrapbooking world at 2Peas we are already talking about planning for December Daily type projects. It has me wondering who on the digital side of things is planning on doing December Daily this year.

Even if you don't normally respond to this type of thing (or respond to anything on the forums) please make an exception and let me know what your thoughts are - are you doing it?

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Posted: 11/7/2012 11:21:27 AM
i am working on some special new releases for a december daily in digital format. i hope you are all going to tackle this great way to remember your holidays.



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Posted: 11/7/2012 12:08:24 PM
I don't usually do December Daily or PL lo's because, frankly, I always think my day to day life is too boring. However, I did take Janelle's challenge to document November last year and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. So maybe I will play this year! But, because (as I mentioned) my life really is too boring for daily stuff, maybe I will just take a different approach and challenge myself to do daily pages about my blessings. That's a nice seasonal topic. I like that idea.



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Posted: 11/7/2012 12:32:36 PM
Oh Liz, what a fabulous seasonal album that would make!!!!

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Posted: 11/7/2012 1:11:25 PM
I did it the past 2 years. I'm debating about it this year because I'm doing Project Life. I feel like the pictures would all be repetitive of I did both.


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Posted: 11/7/2012 1:47:15 PM
What's December Daily?


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Posted: 11/7/2012 2:20:19 PM
Hi Kate! December Daily is basically a daily page that documents your daily experience throughout the month. Kind of a project life theme but just for December. It can really be any theme you want. I think it really originated with Ali Edwards, and she usually gives prompts on her blog to help people keep motivated. It's especially fun if we all post together because it's like a giant group project in the scrapper world (and it transcends paper vs. digi, since everyone plays!).



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Posted: 11/7/2012 5:02:06 PM
Great idea, Liz! I love it!

For myself, I just know that any kind of scrap project with quotas and requirements, even if self-imposed, are going to be a huge failure for me. Hey, I am almost 49 and I know my limits, alright?! LOL. But I was thinking it might be fun to document December, and maybe November, too, it's not too late, and just do one layout or two page spread for each month. Rather than impose a photo requirement, I would just try to do roughly the equivalent of a week's worth of project life for each month....if I get into it and want to do a second set, that's great, but if not, no harm no foul. Or is it fowl. No that's chickens. Ok. I am done.


ETA which I just realized is not really edifying for the original intent of this thread, so SORRY! Went off on a tangent.

I would be interested to know, since I obviously do not DO December Daily, what kinds of things you would want to see to serve that purpose for YOU....journal cards? Templates? special elements? (describe)















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Posted: 11/7/2012 5:28:46 PM
I already started my digital December Daily! I made the title page, the Thanksgiving page (because for me the season starts on Thanksgiving), and the "Christmas tree" page.

I would love some beautiful papers and elements and perhaps templates with one or two photos per page. I plan to do 12x12 pages, but will probably print them as 8x8. (If I print them. I never did print last year's.)

Dianne... I found your foul/fowl/chickens musings to be a day-brightener!


Jan

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Posted: 11/7/2012 6:50:18 PM
I haven't participated in the event before and probably wouldn't - or not successfully. I'm an empty nester and on my own now and so my holidays are different. I don't know what I'd capture each day. I -do- appreciate challenges here though because it jump starts mem as too often I feel stalled so I do participate in those as I can. But also I make my own Christmas cards and they're not even designed in my head yet. Though I only make a handful, I'm slow. So realistically, I should be honest (with myself too !) and say I wouldn't do something every day. But I will enjoy seeing others projects as I always have time for that

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Posted: 11/7/2012 10:25:45 PM
I have done Shimelle Laine's "Journal Your Christmas," which is similar to the December Daily. Her class centers around a daily prompt, which you create your pages based on. You also have the option to just document your activities for the day, but I appreciate having the prompt to help jump start my pages and get my creative juices flowing. I believe Shimelle was doing JYC a few years before the Ali came up with the December Daily. Shimelle also provides prompts from December first to the first week of the new year, but I always stop at Christmas Day. Twenty-five LOs is plenty for me.

The key for me to get this project completed is to make the pages up ahead in November. I usually grab a few templates (or sometimes, just one really good one), a few coordinating Christmas kits, and whip up my pages with spots for a photo or two and my journaling. Some pages are completely journaling with no photos, and some are two pages spreads with lots of photos and a full page of journaling...it just really depends on what strikes me that day. My pages are not fancy or super embellished...the key for me is to use a simple blend of papers and embellishments so that I can prep them quickly. When I sit down to each day's page, all I have to do is plop in my pictures, do any quick editing on them (like running a simple action), and write my journaling. The goal is to only spend about 15-30 mins working on each day's entry, so that I can also do the normal stuff like homework with the kids, making dinner, etc.

Here is a link to my JYC pages from last year:

JYC Album Part One

JYC Album Part 2

Dianne, to answer your question about what types of products I would like to have at my fingertips, here's my ideal wish list. I know you guys may not be able to accommodate all my wishes, but it doesn't hurt to throw them out there, right?

1 - a selection of coordinated kits that I can mix and match...a pea soup Christmas collection would be freakin' awesome! I myself would love a kit that had plenty of cute embellishments that go along with the papers...it seems like the Christmas kits I have are heavy on papers and lean on embellies. I appreciate a balance of both.

2 - Great templates - some with maybe one or two photos, and some with 4-6 photo slots. I also could use some templates that are "journaling only" pages for entries that I want to be extra wordy on, or if I don't have a picture to use on that page.

3 - Number/Date embellishments. What I mean by this are small cards, tags, flair, photo frames, etc. for each day in December (i.e. December 1st, December 2nd, etc)., so I can label each page with the date. I prefer to add the year myself, rather than having it be a permanent part of the embellishment, because then the date embellishments become quickly outdated and I can't reuse them the next year.

4 - A awesome coordinating alpha set or two would be the icing on the cake...I love me a pretty set of letters.

Does that help? Or maybe you think I'm Little Miss Picky Pants?


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Posted: 11/7/2012 10:41:26 PM
Okay. So I googled Ali Edwards and realized that this is kind of a big deal, right? Wow! I think I'd like to try to do this, but putting out a page everyday seems really overwhelming. I like Lorell's idea of putting together the page and then adding the photos later. Is that what most of you do?


Kate

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Posted: 11/7/2012 11:14:53 PM

I like Lorell's idea of putting together the page and then adding the photos later. Is that what most of you do?
Yes, I think a lot of people make templates or use existing templates and prepare them ahead of time. There is no one right way to approach it, so if you want to do a week at a time or a week's worth of photos in a month long spread, like Dianne suggested, it's totally up to you. The digi police will probably not come to your house for making this as easy as you can on yourself.

The goal is just to have a gorgeous lo, or series of lo's, or album, or mini-album or honking big wall hanging once you're done. No rules!



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Posted: 11/8/2012 12:11:30 AM
I *could* join. I really want to do the project life, but too lazy for start it. Maybe the daily dec could be the right kick ^__^
let's see.. I bought months ago every and each template for the pl by BH..maybe it's time to use them

thanks for the idea!


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Posted: 11/8/2012 7:09:02 AM
I was thinking of playing along this year. Dh is in Europe for most of dec so I was going to try a he did she did type of documenting. I'd have to add photos once he got back but planned on taking a ton here so he could see what we had been up to while he was away.

I'd love to see journaling cards and date stamps too



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Posted: 11/8/2012 8:23:22 AM
"the digi police..." LOL, Liz!


Kate

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Posted: 11/8/2012 10:08:57 AM
i have adopted an elf (elf on a shelf) and i think my december daily will be from his perspective. just something fun to do for the holiday. i hope he likes my purse. it will be his home so that he does not miss out on anything i do.



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Posted: 11/8/2012 10:21:32 AM
I've done Shimelle's class, too. I have yet to finish a year (this will be #3) but last year I got close - made it to December 22. It's like a personal challenge

Kate, I did mine as an 8x8 album with a single, large photo on the left-hand page, and journaling on the right. I also picked a few kits and created the journaling pages ahead of time - all nicely decorated (all digi, of course ), but all I had to do was type and add a photo.

Would it be "wrong" to finish last year's albums with some of this year's photos?!



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Posted: 11/8/2012 10:23:13 AM
Em, I love Elf on a Shelf - I know my FB feed will be filled with pictures of him all over the country soon.



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Posted: 11/8/2012 11:40:29 AM
I don't know what is the elf on a shelf??


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Posted: 11/8/2012 1:36:03 PM
The elf is kind of like Santa's spy. He moves around the house (at night - i.e., moved by parents ... ssssshhh!!) and watches what the kids do and say, and then reports back to Santa on whether the children make the naughty or nice list. You can buy the books and elves at a lot of places - like Amazon.



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Posted: 11/8/2012 2:40:15 PM
lol, thanks! I don't think we have something similar in Italy.
great (and fun) tradition


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Posted: 11/8/2012 8:20:19 PM
I do make up page ahead of time, also.

Oh...and as for supplies... Ditto to what Lorell said.


Jan

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Posted: 11/9/2012 12:44:40 AM
I normally do a paper version (I scrap both paper and digital) but I've been toying with the idea of trying it digitally this year. I think I need to think it through a little before I commit one way or the other although having used up most of my Chrismtas paper stash over the last few years (and not really liking any of the ones I've seen this year) is kind of making we wonder if I should take the digi leap.

One thing I love to see in Christmas collections is no snowflakes. It's summer for me so I find I stay away from the super traditional heavy reds and greens and anything with snowflakes or snow themed embellishments. From last year I loved MME - I Believe (I love that large green circle paper - I wish I'd bought way more of those). I also loved the multi coloured circle paper in MME - Holly Jolly I also wish I'd bought heaps more of these - the slightly vingtagey colours and distressing are totally up my alley but the colours still worked well with modern photos.


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Posted: 11/9/2012 10:54:21 PM
I have done December Daily for the last 4-5 years.

I usually buy a book template.

I try to make it as I go but the only thing I really make myself do daily is take the pictures (I label them on my computer day 1, day 2 so it makes it easier to find later).

Using a book template makes the process so much easier. I pick out a coordinating kit & add the date, journaling & am good. If I get behind, it is easy to catch up on.

Most years, I do 1 page per day. I like multiple photos on a page. I print my finished album in 8x8.

I want to do Project Life but am not ready to commit daily so I do December. I love to look back at all our Christmas memories!

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Posted: 11/10/2012 8:51:39 PM
I haven't ever done a December Daily. I am on my third consecutive year of 365 so I haven't gotten into the December thing, just kind of include it.



a he did she did type of documenting

what a fantastic idea ShanB


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Posted: 11/15/2012 7:20:56 AM
Elf on a Shelf perspective, Emily, is a neat idea! I've been thinking about getting one.

Lorell, nice albums! That was the first digi daily I've seen, I think.

As of right now, I'm not going to do December Daily. I've done traditional ones the last three years and only finished one. That was overwhelming for me. I already so a monthly PL.
But I may change my mind when December rolls around.


Jen


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Posted: 11/15/2012 10:31:34 AM
I ordered Kelly Purkey's December Daily Kit (that I contributed to) but I am not sure whether I'll do a December Daily just use the supplies in PL or something like that.


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Posted: 11/15/2012 12:49:42 PM
Hey, Chinagirl828: Did you know that Holly Jolly was a digital kit, before MME printed it? You can get it right here at 2Ps, and print as much as you like of it.

ETA: Oh, I'm a dork. I didn't look properly, and that multi-colored dot wasn't in the original digital release.



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Posted: 11/15/2012 2:15:17 PM
if I was going to do a paper one the Kelly Purkey kit would be my top choice


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Posted: 11/19/2012 3:56:17 PM
For those of you that have done Digital December pages - do you print them as a separate scrapbook or keep together with your other layouts?

I have my 2009 scrapped - but not printed. You can see it here:

My 2009 december layouts


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Posted: 11/19/2012 9:44:17 PM
I think I made it to day 5 last year! LOL And I'm talking about just taking the photos. I really like the idea of scrapping ahead of time. I would definitely make digital pages. I KNOW I've got tons of Christmas stuff in my stash.


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Posted: 11/20/2012 4:05:02 PM
For me the most difficult task in the December Daily is to make it happen DAILY. December is such a busy month for me and even if I complete my DD album every year I do always fall behind.

To simplify my process this year I created a hybrid kit that is available on my Etsy store with digital journaling cards but the album itself is traditional. I am planing to add my journaling to the cards and print them with one photo every day. One photo + one journaling card a day = I can do it.

The journaling cards will be available here in my two peas store soon too



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Posted: 11/21/2012 11:32:50 AM
I will be doing December Daily again this year. I did it two years ago but was unable to handle it last year (as we closed on our house 11/30 and were in the middle of moving.)

I print these pages at home and do them every couple of days so that by Christmas, most of the album is done and people who visit can see them.

In 2010 I did a 6X6 with acrylic covers. This year I'm going to use the 4X6 album I hard for last year.

In 2010, I created a set of templates in one file (I have CS, so I can have layer groups to organize that) with various papers in the file as well. So for each day, I chose the design, added the pics, played with papers, journaled, and then changed the date. This year, I'm going to try having seperate files for each day with the date already in them before December starts- I'll just add photo/photos and journaling.

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Posted: 11/21/2012 3:18:27 PM
I kind of did this for the last few years. I took a tiffany Tillman class that supplied the templates, and fun, and combined it with some prompts from Shemille. I try to fit in Christmas memories with todays pictures. For instance, I'll take a photo of our tree, or under our tree, then journal about special things under our tree when I was young, or when my kids were home. It was kind of eclectic actually. No two pages matched--hehe!! I love Christmas kits and tend to use a lot of different ones!! I had a good time doing them, so that was what was important to me. With templates, you can put a layout together in just a little time, so it was great. I signed up for her class again this year!! The reason I signed up for the class was because I figured if I actually spent money on it, I'd have a better chance of getting it done!! that worked for me.


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Posted: 11/21/2012 4:46:18 PM
Claudia, the past two years, I have uploaded all my pages to Shutterfly and created my own custom book there. With most of my other pages throughout the year, I print them up as separate pages, but since Journal Your Christmas is a themed and finite project, I like making a photo book out of it.

Also, a good thing to remember is that not all of your pages have to have photos. One of the reasons I like JYC is that if I want some of my pages to just be dedicated to journaling, then they can be. I don't have to have the pressure of having a photo for every day (unless I want to). I sometimes have used Christmas photos from the past, too, if The class prompt is suited for it, or if I just feel like it.

The biggest thing is just making sure the project is fun...it shouldn't be a big, stressful event. I have purposely changed some of my entries to be journaling only, or changed a single page LO into a 2 pager, or just used memorabilia and some writing, etc. Just make the project work for you.


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Posted: 11/28/2012 6:21:11 AM
December Daily doesn't have to be scrapped daily. This is my 4th year doing a December album.

I'm usually a paper scrapper. But this week I downloaded an album template kit and the Echo Park This & That Christmas digital kit to make my 2011 photos and memories into a Shutterfly album. No one but you Peas will know it wasn't finished in 2011! Lol

We don't have kids and we work full time but every year's album is different. It is so fun to look back at what we did. Shimelle's Journal Your Christmas prompts are great for ideas for journaling and photos.


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Posted: 12/1/2012 3:10:26 PM
So, has anyone started yet? Are you working on something today? How's it going?

I'm still prepping foundation pages for my album...I have the first sixteen done so far and just got my page for day one all the way finished. I have to wait a few days to post it here, but feel like my progress is going pretty well.


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Posted: 12/1/2012 7:54:44 PM
Lorell... I did do my first page! It's up on the CT blog. I used the new kit. I love December Daily. I almost talked myself out of doing it, but I'm glad I finally decided to go with it after all. I just scrapped our hang out Saturday. It was snowy. My son did chores. My daughter played. It was a great day!


Jan

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Posted: 12/1/2012 11:10:48 PM
I took my photos today.

I'm still trying to decide on a template for it (I like Ali's 4x6 or my standard 8x8).

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Posted: 12/2/2012 6:28:05 PM
I did not take a single photo today! I decided to just scrap pictures of the night we decorated the Christmas tree. And I journaled. Good thing there aren't any rules for December Daily or I'd be disqualified on Day 2!


Jan

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Posted: 12/2/2012 7:25:51 PM
No disqualifications. no worries!


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Posted: 12/2/2012 7:39:51 PM
No disqualifications. no worries!


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Posted: 12/3/2012 2:06:39 PM
I've been good for taking photos so far, I will get time to scrap them on the weekends!


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