We might be a bit late to the party, but this year we’ve discovered December Daily – and we’re so excited about the concept we wanted to share it with you all! Our latest trend report is all about this festive mini album trend – including links to inspiration and how to get started…
What is December Daily?
December Daily is a mini-album scrapbooking project, where the goal is to document the 25 days of December. Started by Ali Edwards way back in 2007, this phenomenon has not only grown to be a big part of Ali’s line, but spawned a community event that many papercrafters join in with each December.
There aren’t many rules for December Daily, and you can adapt it to fit your style – which may be why it’s so popular! Crafters choose all sizes and formats of mini albums – maybe they’ll make their own shaped album, create a Coptic stitched book, use a rolodex, a set of index cards or a pre-made binder.
You can feature whatever is important to you – your traditions, the weather, trips you take, people you visit, the food you eat - the only rule really is that you should pick one story per day and focus on that!
Why take part?
Like with any month-long challenge – Inktober, for example – it’s a great way to practice your papercraft skills, learning new techniques along the way. However, it’s also a reason to document your festive memories in more detail than you might have otherwise. Exploring your family’s traditions, memories and highs (and lows) of the season in such a visually appealing way will be fun to revisit in future years.
If you’ve never scrapbooked before but would like to get started, it’s also a good starter project, because most crafters choose a smaller (and less daunting) album size, and there’s plenty of photo opportunities in December too!
What should I include?
Think outside the box when choosing how to tell your stories – there’s plenty of bits and bobs you can include in your album! Of course you can include printed photos and polaroids alongside journaling, but you can also use Christmas cards, family portraits, ticket stubs, show programmes, flyers, business cards, receipts, wrapping paper, tags, notes and drawings.
Not sure where to start? There’s tons of inspiration online – here’s a few of our favourite places to find ideas…
Ali Edwards is the queen of December Daily and she has tons of videos on her YouTube channel all about her themes, kits and past personal albums. She also runs online classes you can take if you need some extra tuition!
Paige Evans also does December Daily most years and you can find past flip throughs and process videos on her YouTube channel.
Here’s a few more YouTubers who regularly share December Daily videos:
Need more? A quick search on YouTube for December Daily will bring up 1000s of results – everything from flip throughs to process videos and even tips on how to prepare.
Here's a few of our favourite active Facebook groups to share and chat all things December Daily...
A quick search will give you plenty of inspo from past years – we strongly suggest making a board to save all your ideas!
Choose your album
You can of course use a pre-made album or binder – but many crafters take the opportunity to do something a little different for December Daily!
We’ve seen crafters create their own stitched books, or shaped albums with hard covers that are then bound with rings.
You’re not limited to albums, either - we’ve also seen crafters decorate sets of index cards, or fill up a rolodex or card box with their creations.
Gather your supplies
What you use in your December Daily Album is really up to you – but here’s a few basics you will probably want to have on hand:
Many crafters choose to number their pages, and whether they choose to use a matching set or mix’n’match different styles, there’s plenty of options for this! You could use foam stickers, wooden numbers, or foiled stickers – or why not try our Simply Creative Advent Number embellishments?
Another great thing about this project is it’s a chance to dive into your Christmas crafting stash! While you can certainly buy a kit – Ali Edwards creates December Daily kits every year – we think it’s a great opportunity to use what you already have. Whether you pick a colour theme, choose a paper pad to concentrate on, stick to using one collection, or just go with the flow – you likely already have plenty of supplies you can make use of in your album.
We think our Dovecraft Twilight Wishes and Christmas Tales collections would be amazing to turn into December Daily albums!
It’s the perfect time to go wild with the embellishments – we’ve seen tons of December Daily albums that get super chunky and textured with fun things stuck inside! Dig into your stash and use your imagination - the sky is the limit… Think chipboard, glitter, puffy stickers, charms, die cuts, paperclips, ephemera, transparencies, vellum, stitching, felt, pockets, journaling cards, tags, pom pom trim, ribbon… and whatever else you’ve got lying around!
Stamps and Dies
It’s also a great opportunity to crack out your festive stamps and dies – which might not get much use the rest of the year! It's perfect for breaking out the Christmas sentiments, seals, characters and motifs, all of which can be used to spice up your album.
Decide on your approach
Do you have time to scrap every day in December? Maybe starting a fresh, blank page each day is part of the process for you – or maybe you’d rather prepare your album in advance and just pop in photos and do your journaling later. Maybe you’re a mix of the two and you like to have some things prepared, but mostly go with the flow throughout the month.
However you choose to approach it, don’t feel pressured – many crafters don’t finish their albums until later in the year. Enjoy the process of documenting your December memories and most of all – have fun!
Have you ever made a December Daily album? Do you have any tips and tricks? Share them in the comments!