Christmastime, I can't quite believe that it is already that time of year again, even though the music on the radio and decorations in the stores have been telling me that it was swiftly on its way for weeks.
I made the foundation pages for this years December Daily (read more about it here) a couple of years ago and then changed my mind at the last minute, making instead a second, larger album that I used in 2010. But I am trying to keep everything a little simpler this year, slowing everything down, cutting back on the things that I feel obligated to do and instead trying to savor the little moments. I wasn't even planning on making a December Daily this year but I still remember the year I didn't, and how I wished I had played along. So when I came across my abandoned 4 inch by 8 inch tag shaped album I felt like I both wanted to, and would be able to, complete this fun yearly project. I cut the pages in a tag shape out of collected cardboard (that I covered with patterned paper), clear acrylic sheets, and stiff felt. It feels like a manageable size and I'm not planning on adding as many embellishments this year but instead focusing on the photo, journaling, and a few odds and ends added at the end. I also have yet to pre-number any of my pages but instead dig through my embellishment stash adding the number each day (I find that I tend to move pages around which makes it difficult to pre-number.)
And if you want to play along get started on your own album go to my friend Ali's blog here, and learn more about why this project Ali began several years ago can be a really fun (and truly simple) way to document the days leading up to Christmas. I know that my albums from the past couple of years are among Ben and Emma's favorites to look through every year and I am excited to begin this project for 2011.