DECEMBER DAILY UPDATE: WEEK 1.

6 days in and so far I'm loving my December Daily album but I have to admit it hasn't been as easy as I thought. It probably doesn't help that we don't have our tree up yet and won't until next week so the album is missing all of those sparkly tree shots I see in other albums. Some days it's really hard to remember to take even a single photo and other days all I seem to do is snap shot after shot. 

'This album is not about any single story rather it is the sum of all the parts.'

Ali Edwards.

I love this quote from Ali Edwards and it's something I'm trying to remember as I fill my album. It doesn't matter if some days I have no photos or other days I have too many. It all adds up in the end to make a complete story so I'm trying to stick with it even on the slow days.

To make the first page I covered a chipboard divider that comes with the Simple Stories 6x8 album with with some Maggie Holmes Scrapbook paper. I love this paper, it's talking about how all the big moments and little moments add up to make life full and complete so it seemed like the perfect way to start the album.

For day 1 I used one of the 3x4 pockets that came with the album and filled it with some more Maggie Holmes paper, a photo of our advent calendar and a favourite quote. The grey heart paper is from the Amy Tangerine Stitched scrapbook paper pad. I tried to keep it as simple as possible. I printed the text out using this font before cutting it out and sticking it down.

Day 2 was a busy crafty day so I included some photos of the things I'd been making. A scarf that's going to be a Christmas present, some leftover chocolate truffles I'd made a few days before and one of the clay tree decorations I shared on the blog, if you missed them you can find them here. I used one of the Simple Stories Insta Pocket Pages for day 3 with more of the Amy Tangerine Stitched paper and a couple of the cards from the Sn@p gold pack. This was one of the days I forgot to take any photos until we were about to sit down and eat dinner so I snapped a couple of quick photos and jotted down what we were watching.

Day 4 and 5 were more Maggie Holmes paper. I included a currently list, what I'm watching, listening to, reading and making, some photos and another quote. I'm making my Mum one of these simple crochet cardigans for Christmas. I'm about two thirds of the way through and I've been crocheting it for the last few nights so I thought it was time it made an appearance.

We're in the middle of decorating the bathroom and spent most of the day painting so all I managed to include on day 6 was a photo of my paint splattered jeans and the wrappers off some of the chocolate coins I was snacking on.

It's hard to tell in the other photos but I've stuck all the glitter stickers on the outside of the pockets. I like that it gives an extra dimension and if I change my mind about what I want in the pockets I'm not wasting any stickers. I can just peel them off and pop them somewhere else.

Supplies: Simple Stories 6x8 Snap AlbumSimple Stories Snap Insta Pocket Pages Variety PackSimple Stories Gold Snap PackMaggie Holmes 12x12 Scrapbook PaperAmy Tangerine Stitched Scrapbook PaperGlitterations Alphabet Stickers, GoldGlitterations Numbers Stickers, Silver

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If you're not familiar with December Daily it's a way of documenting the 25 days leading up to Christmas. You can read more about it  here on Ali's site.

Emma

Hi, I'm Emma.

I'm a crafter, blogger and paper enthusiast living in the North West of England.

Gathering Beauty is the place where I share craft tutorials and diy inspiration. I started this blog back in 2013 as a way of sharing all the things I love and make. I share paper crafts, clay crafts, origami, printables and desktop wallpapers as well as the odd crochet and weaving project. I hope you find something here that inspires you.

PREPPING FOR DECEMBER DAILY 2015.

Prepping For December Daily 2015

I'm so excited to be sharing the start of my December Daily album with you. I've never done a December Daily before but after seeing all the layouts popping up on Pinterest in the last few weeks I decided to give it a go. December Daily is a mini album project designed by Ali Edwards that documents the run up to Christmas. I've tried weekly and monthly pocket scrapbooking in the past and while I start out strong I'm never able to keep it going. I like the fact that this is a month long project. I don't need to worry about running out of steam and I love that at the end of December I'm going to have a document of everything that's happened in the last 4 weeks.

December Daily 2015 // Simple Stories 6x8 Snap Binder and Gold Snap Pack

For my album I decided to use the Simple Stories Sn@p 6x8 inch binder. It comes with a variety of pocket pages and 3 chipboard dividers. I used one of the dividers to make the title page and covered it with scrapbook paper from the Maggie Holmes collection. I bought an extra pack of the Simple Stories page protectors, they do a variety pack of insta pocket pagesthat are perfect for all those Instagram photos and I loved all the different layouts they included.

Next I looked through all my craft supplies for anything I could use. I decided to go with a gold, kraft, black and white theme with pops of colour so I could use my existing supplies. I fell in love with both the Maggie Holmes paper and the Amy Tangerine Stitched paper when I bought them last month so I knew I wanted to use those.

I had some gold washi tape (similar here) and gold glitter alphabet stickers already so I bought some glittery number stickers to go with them. To finish off I bought the Simple Stories Gold Sn@p pack. It's designed to fit all the different size pockets so you get some square cards, some 3x4 cards, some larger postcard size cards and a selection of die cuts in the pack. The quality of the cards is great as are all of the designs. My favourites have to be all the gold letterpress cards although I love them all.

December Daily - Simple Stories Snap Insta Page Pockets

To prepare I've tried to fill as many of my pockets as I can. As the month progresses all I should need to do is print my photos and fill in any journalling. The thing I love most about using these pocket pages is that nothing is set in stone. If I don't like how something looks I can easily move it somewhere else.

I plan to share my December Daily progress weekly so make sure to check back for updates. And if anyone's got any tips or tricks or recommended products please share them in the comments below, I'd love to hear about them.

Emma

Hi, I'm Emma.

I'm a crafter, blogger and paper enthusiast living in the North West of England.

Gathering Beauty is the place where I share craft tutorials and diy inspiration. I started this blog back in 2013 as a way of sharing all the things I love and make. I share paper crafts, clay crafts, origami, printables and desktop wallpapers as well as the odd crochet and weaving project. I hope you find something here that inspires you.