I love the month of December! It is absolutely crazy but I love the excitement that comes with the busy-ness. When I first had kids, I used to do all the Christmas activities so that I could have fun pictures to scrapbook. One in particular was the “Swim with Santa” event put on by the community center in Raleigh. Justin was only a year old and could really care less about being in a pool but swimming with Santa would make for some really cute photos to scrapbook especially in the really cute swimsuit that I bought for him. Poor Jonathan had to get in the water with him so there they were swimming with a whole bunch of kids. Santa was lowered over the pool on a platform and the kids got up on it to talk to him. I really think Jonathan could have killed me that night but we do have some really cute pictures. Now, our photos come from the traditions that we have created and enjoy as a family. Believe it or not, Swim with Santa didn’t become a tradition for the Allens. I can’t imagine why?!
I used to document the Christmas activities in our family album but a couple years ago, I discovered the concept of a Daily December album. In this type of book, there is a page or layout for each day in the month of December. It’s a way to reflect on the different activities, thoughts and moments of the Christmas season. While it sounds overwhelming, I have come to figure out how to make it a very simple way to document the season. To start with, it’s easiest if you create your foundation pages prior to December 1st but don’t worry if you want to do one this year. Because I use Project Life, I am able to design all my pages before the month begins. Then, when the month starts, all I have to do is add pictures and journaling.
Here, you can see my foundation pages for the first day of December. The light shade of green cards are my place holders. In these pockets, I will add photos, memorabilia and journaling. I also know that since nothing is attached, I can make any changes that I choose to make. Below, I will show you what this completed layout looks like and you will notice that I removed a few cards because I had more photos that I wanted to put on this page.
I also want to let you know that my pages don’t necessarily reflect what our family did that particular day. I quickly found that the weekends are heavy with photos and the weekdays tend to be on the light side. Spread them out and add in fun things to fill the other days.
Let me begin by saying that we didn’t decorate the tree on Thursday night, we actually did it on Friday night but I wanted it to be the first page in my book. I love adding photos of the ornaments that we have added during the year and it’s fun to write down where each came from or the reason why we bought it. Reid was really the only kiddo that seemed interested in decorating the tree so I made sure to add a picture of him admiring his work. Because the pages were already made, all I had to do was cut the photos and write on my journal card. It didn’t take me more than 10 minutes to complete. You can see that I had more ornament photos that open spaces so I took out some of the decorative cards. I will hold onto them for a future day when I have fewer pictures than spaces.
I’m really excited to share my December album with you this year and hope to give you inspiration to complete one of your own. It’s not too late to get started, I can give you a list of supplies and pictures of my foundation pages so that you can jump right in. Just let me know how I can help you document this fun month.