You may, or may not, have noticed that Christmas is fast approaching. Tis the season for me to get very stressed about the lack of presents bought, worry about not sending enough cards and tear up every time I hear Chris de Burgh’s A Spaceman Came Travelling (Every. Time. I’m an idiot). How could I change this year I thought? I have got a planner containing all my lists, I started buying some presents this month (unheard of) and I’ve been crocheting like mad for someone’s present too. Nigella’s and Kirsty Allsop’s Christmas books have been out for a fair few weeks while I have been choosing what food to make. An easy Christmas beckons!
You know what I thought while I completed my Week In The Life Album? What an interesting project this has been, I thought. It has most certainly been a challenge – writing, taking photos and then editing them, but gosh, what a good one! Good thing I did it in the summer when the Commons was in recess and we were all taking it a bit slowly generally. Hey! I know what would be a good idea, why don’t I do this all again, but rather than just doing it for a week, lets do it for a whole month! And rather than do it during a quiet time of the year, lets do it in December! And to make things extra
hard brilliant, lets make the album as I go along!
Um, yeah. There goes my stress-free Christmas then. If I can carry this off it will be brilliant though. An album’s worth of sparkly memories to cherish for ever. It won’t be quite like Week In The Life though. Rather than document the whole day, I’ll only be recording one story. Some days it’ll be a big story like getting the tree or going to a party, but other days it may just be the story of snuggling on the sofa watching A Muppets Christmas Carol. Whatever catches the feeling of the day, it’ll be on there. By the way, Ali Edwards has been doing a December Daily for the last eight years and it is her kit (her kit and One Little Bird’s mini DD kit)that I am using for this project. Below are some of my foundation pages. Foundations for those who don’t know (and that included me until a couple of weeks ago) are pages where you have a couple of journalling cards, maybe an embellishment or two and the page is basically ready so when it comes to the day you are recording, all you have to do is add a photo and some journalling and you are done. Easy! What could possibly go wrong?
Cover page with a transparency over the top.
On this page I’ll have something of an introduction. Something to say why I’m doing this. I’m planning on writing a letter to Arthur and Betsy and I’ll stick it over the trees and pop a couple of photos of the kids above that. The “I’ll Bring The Merry” paper pretty much sums up my intention for the month.
1st December. I suspect this will focus on the arrival of our little advent elves that appeared last year. That’s an empty pocket in the top left, ready for a photo.
Days two and three.
5th December. You can see one of the pockets for the 7th underneath.
Day 9 and a detail from the 12th.
You can’t really see it, but it says “fourteen” in the little white box. A glimpse of day 16 in the background, that day is in a page that has 12 2×2 pockets so it will be interesting to see what I come up with that day.
My Christmas eve card, the card with stars on was part of a 6×8 paper I cut down and stamped the words on. I like stamping. I need to do more of this over the month.
Christmas day consists of a 3×6 pocket page and a full 6×8 page for (hopefully) one big picture.
There’s a foundation page for boxing day, but the rest of the month is left blank. While I would certainly like to document every day, I also suspect I’ll be a bit tired of it all by Christmas proper and I’m not going to press myself into doing something when I’d rather rest, although that week between the 25th and new year is usually rather lovely and quiet, isn’t it? It would be nice to have something. I’d also like to record the last day of 2015. I’m not sure with what yet, maybe a quick round-up of the year, or maybe some resolutions. Who knows? I would be quite nice for this album to have the feel of an ending though.
So there you have it, my foundation pages for December Daily 2015. It’s going to be a brilliant experience for a brilliant month. I’m planning on blogging most days as I complete my pages as I found blogging here for WITL was a massive help and the encouragement I got from you, my lovely readers and the scrapbooking community in general, was brilliant and uplifting and you make me want to write and write and write (not very well, but writing none the less!).
See you in December!