One Little Bird-December Daily 2016 Prep

Hello friends!  Can you believe that it is already November?!  It is crazy how fast this year has blown by, but I am super excited that my most favorite paper crafting project of all year is right around the corner.  I adore creating a December Daily album!  This project has been my favorite for years because it helps me focus on the most important things during the most magical time of year.

Although most people have the best intentions to complete their album, sometimes the project can feel overwhelming and get pushed aside.  Today thought I would share a few tips on how to stay on top of your project and end the month with a completed album filled with magical holiday memories.

Tip #1:  Collect, organize and put all your project’s supplies in one area.  This will cut down on the time it takes for you to look for the papers and embelsiments you want to use.

Tip #2:  Start thinking about what stories you would like to document.  Many of your stories will repeat year to year but you can choose to focus on a different aspect of the story.  I like to keep a list with my supplies so on any given day when I can’t think of what to document I can just look through the list!

Tip #3:  Prep your album pages as much as you can before the month starts.  I like to do this so any given spread would take no more than 30min-an hour to complete.

Tip #4:  If possible print your pictures at home and document daily or weekly.  This may be hard during a busy month but I really feel that this helps to complete the project.  I like to head into my craft room to complete the previous days spread daily or every few days.  By doing this I don’t get overwhelmed by running behind and it keeps the stories fresh in my mind for more meaningful journaling.

Today I wanted to share a few of my pages I have prepped for my album using the beautiful new collections in the One Little Bird shop.

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Day 1:  To start off the album I cut 2×2 photos of the family along with a few embellishments and papers.  I love the see thorough elements on this page and the neutral colors.

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Day 2: For day two I am planning on a full 6×8 photo of our door with a beautiful Christmas wreath on it.  I will document how we start to decorate our house for Christmas which will go perfect with the “You know it is Christmas when” journal card.

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Day 3:  I already know that on day three we will be going on a jingle hike.  A jingle hike is a fun event in our town where kids wear their pjs and go on a little hike up a hill to see Santa at the top.  We do this hike every year and the kids just LOVE it!

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Day 7:  I don’t know what story I will be documenting on day seven but I loved these papers and embellishments paired together.  Now when I go to complete day seven I will already have matching papers prepped and ready to go.

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Day 8:  My plan for day eight is to take photos of all our stockings and place them in the 2×2 pockets on the right side of the spread.  For the left side of the spread I will tell the story of each of our special stockings and why they mean so much to our family.

I hope these tips and sample pages inspired you to get ready to tell your special family memories in December this year.  For more inspiration you can follow me on Instagram where I will be sharing my spreads daily through the month of December.

Have a beautiful day and a magical December!

Candace

Products Used:

December Magic Journal Cards

December Wonder Journal Cards

December In Review

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