Inspired by Ali Edwards' Storytelling with December Daily class, I had a look through photos of some of my past December Daily albums and wanted to highlight a few favourite pages. (Links to all my past December Daily albums can be found here.)
Actual conversations and communications, via text message, email, letters or quotes, are something that I love to include in my albums. They are a glimpse into a relationship, and a chance to include other people's voice on the page. Above, I paired the transcript from a text and email conversation with my Mum alongside photos of Christmas decorations I was coveting.
This photo, title the aftermath, started an annual tradition in my family. Each year since I've brought my tripod out Christmas morning and we've snapped a group photo in the midst of the chaos, just after present opening and before Dad starts tidying up.
For this page I went through photo albums of my childhood and scanned some favourite photos of my sister and I at Christmas in years past. That photo, bottom right, of me digging into my Santa sack with my eyes closed...that's Christmas magic to me.
This page documents a monumental moment in my life, and certainly the most expensive one! Thinking about it, although I've scrapbooked about moving into Yellow House, my December Daily album (and here on the blog) is the only place I've recorded that purchase, and my nerves in the lead up. The bold title on the envelope gives a good indication of how I was feeling while the insert, taken from a blog post, tells the story.
This concept is one I definitely want to repeat this year! I pre-prepared some pages and handed them around at a family Christmas lunch, asking everyone to write what they loved about Christmas. Voices and handwriting from everyone on that side of my family, captured in my December Daily. Love that! We have 15 or 16 coming to our house for dinner on Christmas Day this year so I might hand around something similar. Maybe the question this time might be about a favourite moment from 2015, or what they're looking forward to in 2016.
That same year I also asked my favourite 6 year old what her favourite thing about Christmas was. Seriously adorable! Kid's writing and drawings are so specific to their abilities at that particular point in time.
Pretty glass Christmas decorations make me happy.
I still love using these overlays from Ali Edwards; I've already printed a few off for my December Daily this year. The two main spots feel perfect for adding a big photo and then something in support.
This journaling on this page doesn't even match the photo, but it's a little snippet of my thoughts on the day. I love flipping through my December Daily's and discovering little snippets like this. Yes December is magic and joy and beauty and twinkle, but it's also regular life with all the ups and downs that entails.
With the felt ribbon sewn in place prior to December, this was a simple page to construct. Big photo with journaling added before printing, Silhouette-cut banner the only embellishment. Need to remember simple can be wonderful,
I'm tempted to gather a collection of photos of my Christmas tree from every year since I moved out of home, watching the style and colour of my tree change from year to year. That could be an interesting page for my December Daily. Regardless, always love to include a big tree photo.
A wish list of things I'd like for Christmas, both material and intangible. I think this is a great way to begin a December Daily and I'm considering writing a similar list this year. Although I can't attest to good car parking karma, I do know I received an Instax camera, desk chair and camera remote that Christmas. ;)
With December less than a week away - seriously, where do the year go!?! - my supplies are organised and I'm feeling excited to start December Daily-ing!
You can find links to all my previous December Daily pages here, or see everything December Daily newest to oldest here.