You can see all posts related to this album project HERE.
First, a little back-story.
I’ve never made a December Daily album, and most of the time, while I think it’s a very cool idea, I don’t have a huge incentive to make one. But my daughter was due in very early December 2011, and I thought it would be the perfect way to document her first month. I was planning to do a photo-a-day project for 2012 as her baby book, but I wanted to start that album January 1. Also, I knew there would be a LOT of photos from those first days, and I didn’t think that one photo per day wouldn’t be quite enough for me. Therefore, a December album would be a perfect way to capture that first month.
Way back in November of 2011, I was some kind of super-woman! I don’t know how I did it all…except maybe I do: I didn’t have any children and I wasn’t working at the time. Therefore, I was making a scrapbook layout almost every day, and I was accomplishing a bunch of other projects to ready my little girl’s nursery. I had wanted to make the “base pages” for the December album ahead of time, but I prioritized all of those other projects above the album, and it never got done. Another reason I didn’t get started was that I had my eye on BasicGrey’s Nordic Holiday collection, but I hadn’t purchased any of the products. However, I designated a red 8.5″x11″ postbound album from American Crafts as the album I’d use for the project and purchased quite a supply of page protectors (which I don’t normally use, but they are necessary with this kind of album) and 8.5″x11″ white cardstock to use as the bases for my pages.
Shortly after my daughter was born, I purchased the Nordic Holiday collection kit and a few extras from the collection, thinking (ha! how naive I was!) that I would get started on the album soon. Fast forward two+ years, and I’m finally at the point of starting the album.
Even though I wasn’t actively working on the December album these past two years, I still have been thinking about it the whole time. In fact, with each December that rolled around, I thought, “I’m going to follow along with December Daily this month and do my December 2011 album!” But of course, that never happened, and each December has gotten busier as my PhD ornament business grows. I’ve given up the idea of doing this album in December, and I want to finish it now! So here’s the plan.
The “structure” of the album.
- There will be one 8.5″x11″ layout with one main photo for each day of December. These layouts will have the same basic “sketch” but the papers, embellishments, and photo orientation will vary. Each day after my daughter was born, I made sure to write down some little thing about the day– a special moment, a thought, an “important” event. This will be the journaling on the layout.
- I will interleave baseball-card style page protectors between the layouts so that as many as 9 additional photos can be included for each day– on the side of the page protector that faces the layout.
The supplies for the album.
- The layouts will all be made on a plain white cardstock base.
- I will use supplies from the BasicGrey’s Nordic Holiday collection, with additional supplies from Crate Paper’s Peppermint collection, which I purchased at the same time. It has similar colors and might coordinate enough!
- For the layout pages, I will use 8.5″x11″ page protectors, and for the extra-photo pages, I will use 8.5″x11″ card protector pages.
- The album will be housed in (and hopefully fit! there will be a lot of pages…) a red cloth 8.5″x11″ postbound album by American Crafts.
My plan of attack.
- Go through my photos from December 2011. During that time, I did choose “favorite photos” from the gazillions that we took. I’ll mainly stick with those favorites (just to make my life easier) and select one main photo and up to 9 supporting photos for each day.
- In order to accomplish this sub-task in January 2014 and make it a manageable task, I hope to choose photos for one day of December 2011 for each day in January 2014.
- I’ll print the main photos at 4″x6″ (this is subject to change, since I’ve never actually made an 8.5″x11″ layout!!) and the supporting photos will be 2.5″x3.5″ (baseball card size).
- I’ll make the 31 (possibly one or two more, for a title page+Vivian’s birth-day page, since it was Nov. 30) base layouts in batch-process.
- As I add the photos, I will add the text from my journal entries.
- I’ll use leftover supplies to embellish empty (non-photo) pockets in the card page protectors.
Next post about this album project: photos!
Wish me luck!