It’s no secret that I love all things planner, but much of that pertains to future planning. I recently took a creative planning class and was introduced to the concept of memory keeping. I love the idea of preserving memories and experiences through a medium I already love. This led me to discovering the December Daily project.
December Daily is a mini-album project by Ali Edwards where you chronicle the 25 days leading up to Christmas. You can purchase kits, or you can use your own supplies. I discovered this project late enough in the year that the kits were sold out, so I will be participating using my own supplies, although I am going to keep my eyes open for a kit next year!
The minimalist in me isn’t thrilled about the concept of adding a new binder full of scrapbooked memories to the Christmas box every year. But the more I thought about it I realized that an entire Christmas season of pictures and memories that has been intentionally curated into one binder is better than the shoeboxes full of random pictures that currently sit in the back of the closet. Years from now my kids will be able to look at these binders and relive the Christmas memories.
This project can be as simple or complex as you make it. Likewise, it can be done on a shoestring budget or you can go all out. You can simply commit to writing a story each day in a notebook if you want to be completely minimal about it. Falling somewhere in the middle, I purchased a small binder that I can add or remove pages from, and a super cute pack of Christmas cardstock. I have some Christmas stickers, and will be able to make things on my Silhouette machine, as well. The actual December Daily binder utilizes plastic page protectors that you can slip cards and projects into, but since I am more of a paper crafter I will likely just put my entries on individual sheets of paper.
There are a few things I am going to get out of the way before December. The first is an intentions page. Why am I doing this project? What do I hope to accomplish? What theme do I want to establish for this holiday season? I am also going to be putting together some “foundation pages.” This means I will be doing some pre-decorating so that pages are ready for me just to add my daily story and/or pictures. If you want a major dose of inspiration, check out Ali Edwards’ setup this year. I love the interview cards!
There are no rules to December Daily. It is memory keeping in any way that you choose. I am excited to see how this project inspires me creatively. Most importantly I am excited to live this holiday season intentionally and to be able to look back at it for years to come.
If you are participating in December Daily this year I would love to follow your progress! Leave me your Instagram handle in the comments below!