December Daily: Using Traci’s Goodies to Document December

Hi! Hi! It’s that time of the year again, where we scrappers have to decide whether or not we want to document the most wonderful time of the year, CHRISTMAS! I am here to talk about a number of ways to document December. I will also show you a few example pages, where the Hawt Mamas used Traci’s Pocket Life ’15: Holiday Collection to make them.

There are many ways to document the days leading to Christmas. Be it the ‘December Daily’ or ‘Holiday Faves’, make sure you pick one that you would most likely stay on-course and finish your project. If your December days are filled with lots of festive things, it will be great to do ‘December Daily’, because, it focuses on you recording what happens each day of the month of December. However, if life is not as festive or busy in December or you live in a country that does not really celebrate Christmas (like me!), then, Holiday Faves will be a better option. With Holiday Faves, you will not have the pressure to record everyday. Instead, you can just record events that happen within the month. It means, you can have as many or as little pages you make them to be. No pressure.

After you decide between ‘December Daily’ and ‘Holiday Faves’ as your Christmas project, the next thing to decide is what type of pages you want to do. Are you going to scrap each page like the usual layout? Are you going to do it in a pocket style (Project Life) layout? Or are you going to do it in a mini album style (similar to brag book)?

Hawt mama Laura (aka ZhuLi) did her 2015 December Daily project in a pocket style.

Aren’t they amazing? Instead of doing a page for each day, here, she put a few day’s photos in one page, dated each photo and wrote the memories that needed to be highlighted/remembered. This is one way to do ‘December Daily’ without the pressure of having to scrap 31 pages!

As I mentioned previously, she used Traci’s Pocket Life ’15: Holiday Collection

Look at that gigantic collection! You have everything you need to scrap your December in this collection! I am absolutely swooning over those stickers and alphas Traci made!
For me personally, I have done both ‘December Daily’ and ‘Holiday Faves’ in previous years. I found that ‘Holiday Faves’ is more relaxed and suited me better, as most of the days my husband is at work, my son is at school and I’ll be home alone, scrapping or doing household chores. I do my project in a mini album style. Once, I did a 6×8 mini album, but mostly, I did 5×7 mini album, because, it is easier to print and put together. I can just send them to the photo-printing company to be printed and then I put them in ring binders. Quick, easy and affordable!
One important thing that helps me to finish my project is the fact that I start early. I usually purchase and use ‘Holiday Faves’ mini album templates (or December Daily mini album templates) that I find I like around the digiland, before December rolls in. Then, I would start by making my pages with the templates, i.e., choosing the papers and the word arts to go on them, leaving the photo spots and any embellishment to be added later. This way, by early December, I already have some ‘quick pages’ ready to be scrapped on.

Here is a few quick pages that I have done using Traci’s Pocket Life ’15: Holiday Collection and 2014 Holiday Faves Mini Album templates by Nettio Designs {retired}.

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These pages above will be ready for me to insert photos and a few clusters/embellishments. So, if I were to do this everyday, it will not take me too long to get them done. This way, it will not feel like a hard task for me to complete my project.

I hope what I have shared with you here can help and encourage you to start your own December’s project and to actually finish them by the end of the year!

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Sherly Nietiadi headshotAbout the Author: Sherly Nietiadi enjoys digital scrapbooking, knitting and cross-stitching. She began scrapbooking in November 2008. She is a housewife and a mother of a rambunctious son living in Beijing, China. See her complete gallery at Sweet Shoppe Designs!

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