Today I’m sharing the start of my 2018 December Daily album project. This is my 7th year doing the project and I’m really grateful for the mind of my dear friend Ali Edwards for dreaming this thing up!
I’m keeping it SUPER simple for 2018. I’m using Ali’s Main Kit and her adorable 3 x 8 Star Gaze Album.* I just thought this album size would be a great fit in a year wherein I am in a partial empty nest. Don’t get me wrong! I have stories to tell but… maybe a big album full of photos of me drinking red wine and eating potato chips might be overkill. Smaller is better in 2018 for this memory keeping mama. Shall we take a peek?
My title page this year features the COOLEST idea that I learned from taking Clean & Simple Holiday at Online Card Classes (yes, you can still sign up!) The tree is an idea by Kristina Werner and I am always amazed at how many cool cardmaking techniques work so well in scrapbooking, too! I created my own little December Daily title using the Archer font and a free font called Halo Handletter.
Spread number one includes an intentions page and a day one photo. I just typed up a bit of journaling in an InDesign document, printed and trimmed. Yes, I did create my own little December Daily title, but it wasn’t too hard to do! The fact that it snowed here on December 1st? Right out of a Hallmark Christmas movie script.
I put my Day 1 journaling on the back of the Day 1 photo and then Day 2 went on the facing page.
In addition to elements from Ali’s kit, I’m adding VERY small details, such as punched stars from gold cardstock, to my pages. I have one extra paper pad from Echo Park which I’ll also be cutting up and using here and there.
More simplicity for Day 3! I also LOVE that you can cut the kit’s 6 x 8 papers in half to fill the full sized pockets of this album. Isn’t that cute with the little chipboard element? (Also, from Ali’s Main Kit.)
In order to reduce bulk, I’m simply cutting my day numbers using a die set and some more of the gold cardstock. I’ll save the numbers from the kit for other projects!
On Day 4, I bought my first Rae Dunn mug from Home Goods. I think I’m in love.
And that is how far I’ve gotten!
I did want to share a simple set of photo templates. I’m using them for my album, and you are welcome to use them for yours, especially if you like a little border around the edge. I use the 3×4 and the 3×6 with my Epson PictureMate 400 and they work SO well. I can send those sizes to print with regular 4 x 6 settings (no bleed, and no border) and then trim them out perfectly with my paper trimmer! I also included a 6 x 4 that holds two 3 x 4s with border! (I added that after my brain started working again!)
Enjoy the download and thanks for stopping by!
Ali still has many December Daily products available for purchase! Please check out her shop here.
*I will not be selling any journal templates this year that compete with Ali’s line of digital products. Ali has a terrific 3 x 8 layered template set that you should check out! I really believe in supporting my fellow women business owners and entrepreneurs. The only way I keep my business afloat is being part of a very supportive creative community! Just like that tree on my title page! That is not my idea, but… you can learn how to make it by taking the class that I took from Online Card Classes (a GREAT creative value!)
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