I did it! I made it to the end! I’m a scrapbooker! I scrapbooked! Man, I have to say this December Daily challenge was a lot harder than I thought it would be. I’m actually really glad that I committed to share the finished album over on ABM once it was done because I think that was the kick in the butt I needed to make sure the book was completed in a timely manner. The most time consuming part was definitely all the hours it took to select, edit, resize, print, and cut all the photos before you could even put start putting them in the album. I tried to not let more than a week’s worth of photos pile up so I didn’t get too buried under the weight, and I would definitely suggest doing that to another first timer (or even more often if you can). I love how Elsie sometimes stamps the inside of her albums in a repeating pattern, so I used a Christmas sweater stamp to decorate the inside of mine and I love how that detail turned out.
Todd was recording in TX for one of the weeks, so some of the pages have both of our days side by side and screen shots of funny texts or photos we would send each other throughout the week. Here are some pictures of my most favorite pages from the month…Even though it did take a ton of time and took me a little bit to get the feel of what page layouts I liked the best, I really did enjoy putting this book together. It holds so many special memories that I know I’ll want to remember for a long time to come and it’s really fun to see how the month progresses into each event. I also like that you can keep all the Christmas cards you receive that year in one of the back pockets as well. I think this project is kind of like what some people say having a baby is like—really difficult and painful and you think you’ll never do it again when you’re in the midst of it. Buuuuut, you know, a year or so goes by and you think that maybe it wasn’t so bad and you got a pretty good kid out of it, maybe you could do it again this year?
In addition to chronicling the big moments of the year (like Christmas with my family and New Year’s Eve with old friends) this project also forced me to take photos of events I may not have normally seen as that important but it reminds me that sometimes it’s the little things that really make each day special. My little newborn baby scrapbook is only a few weeks old, but I already think I’ll want to do this again next year !