In mid-November I started thinking about my December Daily project for this year. I went to look for my 2014 project only to realize it sat in a folder on my desktop partially completed. I got to December 22nd and then nothing. Wha? Weird. Normally I would have just left it to “get to later” and continued designing my project for this year. Then I realized, THAT is precisely why I live in the land of the unfinished project. As part of my 75 Days to Done, this was a perfect opportunity to take something not on my list and complete it.
And I did. TA DA! (Warning, it’s 80 pages long!)
Once all of the pages were complete in PSD form, I printed them all. Crazy, but I’ve learned from previous mistakes that proof reading at least minimizes the bone-head mistakes. In one case I had the wrong date entered! From there they were converted to JPG form and uploaded to Artifact Uprising. I hope to have learned from my 31 Days of Thankful album some of the pitfalls. At least this time around I didn’t need “filler” pages to make the project the minimum required 40 pages! After that, I combined all of the pages, cropped and converted them to 72dpi in order to share here! TONS of effort, but I’m so happy this project is done – and shared.
My favourite part? It keeps me present and engaged in a season that is generally too commercial and shallow for my taste. I focus on family, friends and food – hopefully my albums reflect exactly that.
This year will be different again from all of the December Daily projects before it. The beauty of it is that it changes and grows as you and your family change and grow. I am forever grateful for this passion I have for memory keeping – as well as those who offer fabulous project inspiration (Ali Edwards) and templates, pretty paper and extras (Cathy Zielske and Karla Dudley) as well as my kids who appreciate it all and are always game to pose for photos. They know it’s all for them anyway!
Do you create a December Daily or similar album?