For the first time ever, I have fully COMPLETED the December Daily challenge!?!? In years past I'd gotten to right before Christmas then really never added a few pictures or details from Christmas into the album. This year, while my mom was here, I sneaked down to the craft room to finish it up while I had a chance.
It feels so good to have another album done. This year was my favorite for a number of reasons. 1) the size. The 4 x 6 album format was easy to keep up with because it wasn't a ton of scrapbooking. I didn't have the pages done ahead of time but I could easily slip away from 7-10 minutes a day and get that day completed. That felt good 2) the use of more modern photo formats -- in this album I used Instax, Instagram, Printstagram and my camera to document our days. It was fun and nice to have a variety of formats to choose from. 3) the comprehensive kit I had from Studio Calico was worth the investment. I really only used thekit contents and supplemented with only letter stickers and odds/ends. It was great (although I did keep wishing for number stamps in the kit) and fit in with my general style/vibe too.
As for the album cover, I was going for simple. However, Noah got a hold of it with a marker. I decided to make lemonade out of the situation (a theme in 2012 perhaps? yes!) and handed the album over to Bella with fabric markers and asked her to create a masterpiece.
Not only am a THRILLED with the outcome, it will forever be a piece of her art preserved. Here is the cover, and a few more of my favorite pages.
(there were a couple of days that I only used my phone to take pictures then I was unable to access them ... so I took an actual photograph of the photograph on my phone! go figure! Modern photography at its finest!)
And that my friends, is another December Daily album completed. I will wrap it with a bow and carefully put it with the others. I really enjoy going back over them year after year and reliving the memories! I hope that it is a teeny tiny love letter to my family someday ... when they the albums, I hope they can understand how deeply I love them, how magical Christmas is to me and how much I tried to do my very very best as their mama.
Happy Sunday friends.