When I look back at my December albums, I definitely like to change it up as far as buying a kit or taking a DIY approach. I finished up my 2016 album a few weeks ago and not only did I not purchase any new supplies, but I also made it small + simple.
I bought a 4"x4" gold We R Memory Keepers album a couple years ago that I was going to use it for another project, but I never got around to it. Luckily they still make them and the gold is festive, so I declared it was time to use it! Plus when I looked back at my post from last year's album, I remembered how big 6x8 felt, so going small was a good choice!
While I don't organize my stash by theme, I do keep all of my holiday related supplies in their own drawer. Everything from stamps to paper to leftovers from past December Daily kits that I still love and know I'd use again. Having all of this stuff in it's own separate home also saves time when I'm getting ready for this project in November. This year I pulled out a lot of patterned paper, envelopes, alphabet stickers, word stickers and a couple of stamp sets. Any time I'm creating my own kit of product, there seems to be a fine line of having too much to choose from and not enough. If I pull out too much, I'm still going to be spending more time choosing what I want to use for a certain page than actually creating it. If I don't pull out enough, then I'm prone to just sitting there feeling stuck. With each project I've gotten better with the quantity of products I select.
I have found that the less I have, the more I like the overall look and feel of the album, I'm less concerned about it being matchy-matchy, and the process of putting everything together is much smoother and enjoyable. It's less about the stuff and more about the memories.
Photo-wise, since I knew the album held square pages, I either shot in square mode on my iPhone, or I made sure I wasn't in so close to the subject that I could crop it to my liking later. It was nice not having to worry about needing the right orientation this time around.
While I didn't set up any foundation pages ahead of time, I did have a mental game plan. Each day got one 2-page spread which usually consisted of a single 4x4 photo on one side and journaling on the other. I mixed in some of the 2x2 pocket pages as well - mostly for days that I knew would have a lot of photos or an opportunity to decorate more with loose embellishments or memorabilia.
And with that, here is my completed December Album for 2016. You can click on the photos to enlarge + flip through the pages that way as well :
Most of the product I used is over a year old (or more) and unlinkable, but if you have any questions at all, please let me know in the comments below. Want to see more? You can flip through my past December albums here. As always, thank you for looking!