Thursday, November 8, 2012

December Daily Foundation Pages

I'm insane. Really, I know it.

Only two posts ago I was bemoaning the fact that I am not a "daily" kind of person. I just don't do things daily. Yet, here I am, preparing for another daily activity: December Daily.

I know. I'm insane.

My husband laughed at me when I told him what I was doing.

But I love Christmas. And it's Lucas's first Christmas. And I want to attempt to document it.

Part of the goal of December Daily is to make all of the pages before December starts. I'm hoping that will give me an edge. Then all I have to do during December is take some photos and write down some stories. I especially love that (somewhere... I don't remember where...) Ali Edwards said that it doesn't matter if the photo for a certain day was actually taken on that day... no one will know! So that's my freedom, and what I am hoping will get me through.

So I went to Archivers and went crazy with a gift card my mom gave me last Christmas (hey, I had a baby this year, no judging).

I found this awesome 12x12 sheet with the numbers 1-25. I'm going to cut it up and use it as my number for each day.

I decided to do an 8x8 album. I had seen this from s.e.i. before, and snagged one in green.

 I also grabbed this stack of Christmas cardstock.

I then perused the store and mixed and matched some patterned papers that I liked. Here's the front of the six I picked out...

and here's the back...

(yes, the one on the far right is the same as the numbers that I got above. I got two, because I loved the green with white dots that is the back of it!)

I've decided to go simple. I'm going to use either a 2x8 or 3x8 strip of patterned paper, a .5x8 strip of cardstock, and the number. Then all I have to add is a picture and maybe some journaling, and I'm done. 

I am thinking that I will only adhere the patterned paper and the cardstock, and leave the numbers in a separate stack. That way I can decide which paper to use and where to place the number based on the picture. I have a really hard time planning a page without a picture, so this whole foundation thing is kind of hard for me.

Now, the only challenge left to overcome is printing out my pictures. I don't have a great photo printer at home. I'm debating whether to just take pics all month and print them all off at the end, maybe through Shutterfly or something, or do them weekly, or even daily at Walgreens or the equivalent. I'd like to have a plan, but I'm not sure what will work best. I'll keep thinking.

So, there you go. The beginnings of a December Daily album. I am not putting dates on anything yet, in case it all falls apart. Then I can use all of my supplies again next year. For another attempt. That will probably fail, too. But, hey, I'm on this merry-go-round, and I'm not getting off!