Let’s Begin! December Daily 2022: Stories 1-4

It is officially December Daily time and I am excited for another year of documenting my holiday memories. To be honest, it has been a while since I’ve completed a full December Daily project. In fact, the last album I completed was in 2017! A lot has happened since 2018 which resulted in half finished (or never started) December Daily projects.

For 2022, I decided to repurpose my unused 2018 December Daily album and stash, mainly because I could not justify buying new products this year (I have plenty). My plan is to document a variety of stories this month – current, past, my holiday favorites, life-course transitions, and everything in between. This process allows me to be flexible and fluid with my storytelling versus worrying about finding a story to document on a specific day.

During a recent livestream on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel, I talked about my December Daily prep, my project plans, and I set up my holiday scrapbooking cart. To see the replay of this livestream, click on the video below!

After watching the December Daily Prep livestream replay, be sure to check out today’s process video (posted below) that features the first four stories in my album. To make things easy, I am designing a lot of clean and simple layouts with a few interactive pages. As I mentioned, everything I’m using is from past December Daily kits, along with a few items from Elle’s Studio and Felicity Jane. Unfortunately, most of the materials I’m using are no longer sold. However, I have provided links to available collections below.

Below are a few photos of layouts 1-4. I love focusing primarily on the story and using simple embellishments to make my pages pop!

Story #1: Noelle Tradition – To kick off the holiday season, my daughter and I like to watch Noelle on Disney Plus while eating waffles and bacon and drinking hot cocoa. This has been our post-Thanksgiving tradition since 2019. This year, I wasn’t entirely sure if she would be interested in continuing our tradition. Tweens can be so unpredictable. To my surprise, she still loves our little tradition!

Story #2: Decorating the Tree – Decorating the Christmas tree is always an eventful task when my spouse and kid are involved! For this layout, I created an interactive element using acetate. The acetate cover flips up to reveal a 6×8 inch photo of my spouse and daughter hiding behind and under our Christmas tree as I say, “Hey, let’s take a photo.” They are jerks!

I created a 6×8 inch journaling page on the back of the interactive page, documenting the story of my crazy family and their silly antics. We always find joy and laughter in the simple things.

Story #3: Sleepy Tween – It is not often that my tween falls asleep on me. But when it does happen, I make sure to snap a photo!

Story #4: My Holiday Tees – I am that person who loves graphic holiday t-shirts! This year, I received a new shirt from my spouse that features Peter Billingsley from the movie A Christmas Story. There will be several layouts in this album devoted to my holiday gear!

For this spread, I created an interactive flip-up which allows me to add more photos to this 6×8 inch album.

Well friends, this project is well underway! I will be documenting and adding more stories to this album and taking you along for the ride. Look for more December Daily process videos to come on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel!

I Finally Started December Daily 2021! Story #1: What We Love and Hate About Christmas

It’s never too late to start a holiday scrapbooking project, amiright? LOL!

Today, on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel, I am sharing the first story in my December Daily 2021 album, What We Love and Hate About Christmas.

This year, I am taking a slightly different approach to my DD project. Instead of focusing on my everyday life activities during the month of December, I am creating an album that features a collection of stories – current, past, random musings, experiences, and everything in between, based around the holiday season. After 8 years of doing this project, I felt that I needed a different focus; something that didn’t feel daunting or stressful.

I am not sure how many stories will be included in this year’s album, but whatever that number is, it will be enough!

Supplies Used: All of the materials I am using this year are from the Ali Edwards December Daily 2021 Main Kit along with a few add-ons from this year’s collection, and my DD stash from previous years. To see a walkthrough of the supplies I’m using, check out this recorded YouTube Livestream!

My album begins with a simple semi-circle insert, accented with layered poinsettias, an orange, cork and chipboard stars, and a December Stories charm. I usually begin my DD album with a Reason Why entry, but I decided against that for this year’s project (hence, making slight changes). Instead, I jumped right into my first story.

For the first story, I wanted to focus on including the voices of my family members in this project – my mom, daughter, and spouse. I asked them to tell me what they love and hate about the holiday season. I also took everyone’s headshots and included their ages with their journaling.
On the back of the semi-circle insert, I used a felt stitched number, a gold rimmed tag, a glitter star, and black and white twine. I love how the tag, star, and twine come together to form a charm that dangles from the felt number!

The circle insert on the right side of the spread is the perfect element for my photos! For added texture, I adhered cork circles that serve as the anchor for my title. To accent the page, I created a layered row of embellishments – felt heart, chipboard circles, small metal hearts, and cork trees.
The back of the spread features the journaling and more embellishments – heart leatherette tag and a wood veneer house complete this page!

To see this spread come together, head on over to the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel. I will continue to share my December Daily project and holiday story ideas for weeks to come!

Thanks for stopping by!