The album is finished!
The very last page I made was actually the title page. I used one of the great shots from our family photo shoot (thank you again, B!!) printed in a creamtone finish. I added our name, die cut from white cardstock using the Bruselo font (again, with an offset to thicken it just a tad!). To embellish, I used some specialty brads from “Nordic Holiday” and a border sticker from “Peppermint”– it really blows my mind how well those two collections coordinate, even though they are from two different manufacturers! I chose the aqua, red, and white color scheme to coordinate with the album itself, which has an aqua spine. (The colors/patterns also match the very last page in the album).
Wow, this was an epic project. Way more intense than I realized (or maybe intended). I just had so many little stories I wanted to include! I really did try to follow Ali’s advice and choose the main story for each day, but in many cases, we had several special events that I wanted to include, or so many wonderful photos (e.g. from gift opening) with mini-stories associated with them. You might not believe me, but I really did narrow it down a lot!
The album contains over 160 photos in various sizes, from 6″x8″ all the way down to 2″ square… and I’m not even individually counting the photos in the several collages!
Not only did I spend countless hours working on this project at home, I also worked on this album at about three different craft days (ladies gathering at our church to hang out as we work on our own projects). I snapped this photo of my work area on one of those days. This was pretty tidy compared to what my craft island looked like when I was working on the album in full force at home! (I wish I’d taken a photo of that!)
While I am absolutely beyond thrilled with the final result, I have to admit that I didn’t always enjoy the process of working on the album. I always have the most fun planning (here is the planning post about this one!) projects, and when they end up taking a really long time, I lose my excitement. Thankfully, I’m a completionist/perfectionist and that propels me to the finish line.
After being on the Scrap Gals podcast last month, where we had a little tangent talking about pocket-page scrapbooking, I really started thinking about why exactly I don’t care for the process of working in that style. I started to get a more concrete idea as I worked on this album. In theory, or at least in my head, I have this idea that pocket pages are “supposed” to be “simple.” But when I start to get into them, I feel like I need to make a mini layout in practically every pocket– which turns into a lot of little layouts! Not simple at all in reality! (…not least because I love the real estate available on a 12″x12″ or even 12″x24″ layout) When something that I think should be simple turns out to be complicated, I get grumpy.
I also discovered that having multiple pockets made me feel like I could/should be including many, many photos and stories– more than I would try and fit on my regular layouts. I don’t mind having a lot of layouts about a special event in my albums, but in general, each story has its own layout and therefore has breathing room. My pocket albums feel a bit more crowded.
I don’t know if I’ll do another December Daily album in the future. I won’t say never, but I doubt it will be any time soon!
All that being said, I want to emphasize that I am so glad that I did this one. It satisfied a creative itch. I am totally happy with the result and delighted with how much I fit into this album. It really captures a slice of our life throughout the month of December, and that is priceless in my mind!
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I’m using the Crate Paper “Peppermint” collection as the main set of products for this album, supplemented heavily by BasicGrey’s “Nordic Holiday;” but I am also adding in various Christmassy and not-themed products (including doilies!) from my stash. If you have any questions about a particular product, let me know in the comments.
See all my posts about this album HERE.