I don't remember exactly when it was that I decided I wanted to do a December Daily album in 2014. But I know that I started collecting all sorts of things to use within the album probably by August of last year.
When December rolled around, I was excited to get started with my little book of December. It was going to be a busy month, and I was ready to get it documented, to the best of my abilities.
What ended up happening, though, was that I didn't end up documenting daily. I just couldn't get that format to work for me. What I did, however, was to document how my December was for me. It was festive and warm. Homey and light.
My December was filled with small blessings, glitter, and fun.
I tried to incorporate a lot of different elements into my 6x8 December Daily, too. I liked to combine my pictures with a lot of writing, quotes, and free printables I found via Pinterest, including some really cute tags I found on Stitch in Time when I first started looking for ideas.
Having never really scrapbooked large layouts before, I had fun turning my 4x6 journaling cards into mini layouts to spread throughout my book, including one that used some decoration elements from Stitch in Time and Michael's Holiday Bins.
The combination of elements - writing and photographs, journal cards and scraps - made for a December book that feels like our December. It's full of glitter and light. Warmth and home. Hope and fun. Stories about what we did, how we went about it, and a lot of pictures of our cats.
Which means that my December Daily is one filled with reminders of the small blessings that made up December 2014. From cats under the tree along the hearth, to cats in the tree (they're all safe, I promise!). From Doctor Who and brownies to Rankin/Bass Christmas specials and cocoa. It's all contained in thirty or so tiny pages, and I treasure and love every one.
December Daily was a great idea for me this past year, and I'm already looking ahead to December 2015, and what my December book will look like come then.