Anyway... on to my newest project... 26 things. Last year I attempted a December Daily album. It didn't go so well. I started strong, but didn't finish. I learned from the experience though and I'm hoping that will help me be successful this year.
Here's what I learned:
- Doing DD doesn't capture all that I want to include. Our Christmas traditions start on Thanksgiving night, so it I needed something that extended beyond December.
- The daily thing just didn't work for me. Maybe someday it will... but last year it nearly sent me over the edge. We don't do something Christmas-y every day in December and I found myself trying to create events that shouldn't have been attempted just to have something for that day.
So now on to what I'm doing differently this year.
- My working theme for this book is 26 things. The actual subtitle on my title page says "26 days, events, details, moments and traditions of Christmas 2014". Why 26? Because I wanted some of the numbers to coordinate with the actual date. I wanted #25 to be Christmas Day and since we celebrate with my in-laws after Christmas, I needed another number which brought us to 26. This theme helps address my two major issues from last year. I can go outside of December for "things" to include, which then helps out with issue #2 above. It is no longer daily, no pressure to create things out of thin air for my book. It's just 12/2 and I already have five "days" worth of things to include in my book and all of those happened in November. We did nothing Christmas-y yesterday and have no plans for today.. I already would have been freaking out with last year's theme.
- I'm attempting a hybrid album. I've been wanting to try one. It's not truly going to be hybrid as I doubt that I'll be using any physical scrapbooking products, just designing with digital stuff and printing it out. I really loved doing our travel journals this summer, so I thought I wanted to add some "smash book" to my project. I want to include brochures, playbills, cards, etc. as I come across them. I decided to go for it one day and bought a Sn@p album and some (possibly entirely too many) inserts...
Those are the high points of this year's project. I'm excited to get started! I have my title page and four "things" done so far! They're all off being printed at the moment. I have to decide how to share them... as the digital file or printed out and in the album. We'll have to see. The title page won't be shared for a while, as it is basically our Christmas card and I want to get those mailed out first.
Oh... and since the December Daily idea still intrigues me and I can't totally drop it... I'm attempting a photo a day for the month. Not following any prompts, just a single photo a day. I'm posting them to instagram, but I'm also organizing and labeling them in the Collect app. I'll print them as 3x4's from Persnickety and add them to a section in the back of my album. I know it's just day two, but it's kind of fun when there's no pressure... just one photo of something Christmas-y, no further story needed.