December Daily 2015

So happy to wrap up my December Daily album and call it complete for 2015!  As much as I love documenting December, as it gets closer to the new year, I am ready to pack up everything Christmas related!

You can see Part 1 of my Foundation Pages for this December Daily album, and Part 2 of my Foundation Pages, if you are interested in what my album looked liked before I filled it with pictures + stories.

I definitely changed things up a bit as the month went on, but I think that's what having foundation pages is about, being flexible to change.  

December Daily 2015 - Azzari Jarrett
December Daily 2015 - Azzari Jarrett

The album cover was the very last detail that I completed.  I wasn't sure what I wanted to do, I just knew that I had to add something to break up all of the white space.

I ended up using copper acrylic paint and a Heidi Swapp silkscreen for the dots. This is the same color I used for the 'joy' silkscreen on the inside cover.  I painted a '25' wood veneer from Ali's 2014 kit with black ink and adhered it directly in the middle.  

Love how simple this turned out.

December Daily 2015 - Azzari Jarrett

Yep, this is a thick little book!

For each day in December, I simply adding a few lines of journaling, printed a picture and added it to my album.  As much as I would have liked to keep up, I did fall behind, but I found it so easy to catch up since all of my foundation pages were in place.

Here's a look at my album.

December Daily 2015 - Azzari Jarrett
December Daily 2015 - Azzari Jarrett
December Daily 2015 - Azzari Jarrett
December Daily 2015 - Azzari Jarrett
December Daily 2015 - Azzari Jarrett
December Daily 2015 - Azzari Jarrett
December Daily 2015 - Azzari Jarrett
December Daily 2015 - Azzari Jarrett
December Daily 2015 - Azzari Jarrett
December Daily 2015 - Azzari Jarrett
December Daily 2015 - Azzari Jarrett

I used this hole puncher to add all of the Christmas cards we received this year to the back of my album.

December Daily 2015 - Azzari Jarrett

I used this holiday bag from Starbucks as a pocket for all of my other keepsakes from December that either didn't fit a page protector or where a little too bulky.  The barista wrote my name directly on the bag, which I knew would be a nice touch to add to my album.

Whew! Always such a feeling of accomplishment when an album is complete. 

How did you document your December this year?

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Products used: 6x8 White Chipboard AlbumDecember Daily Main Kit 2015December Daily 2015 Mini Kit by Ashley G,  December Daily 2014 KitPaislee Press December You are My Fave no 4 papersPaislee Press This Day in December No 2 journal cardsPaislee Press Dear Santa Journal CardsPaislee Press oh deer journal cardsPaislee Press December You Are My Fave No 3Martha Steward Acrylic Paint in Copper,Heidi Swapp Mixed Media Silk Print Kit - You are HereOh Snap Boutique Copper Wish PL Cards Vol 1Oh Snap Boutique Copper Wish PL Cards Vol 2

December Daily 2015 Foundation Pages - Part 2

I'm back today sharing Part 2 of my foundation pages for my December Daily album this year.  You can check out my pages for December 1 - 13 (as well as a free December calendar printable) on this post.

Here's a look at December 14 - 25.

December Daily 2015 Foundation Pages | Part 2 | Azzari Jarrett

I'd like to mention again that these pages are simply foundation pages.  I plan to rearrange, add to, and adjust as needed during the month of December.

December Daily 2015 Foundation Pages | Part 2 | Azzari Jarrett
December Daily 2015 Foundation Pages - Part 2 | Azzari Jarrett
December Daily 2015 Foundation Pages - Part 2 | Azzari Jarrett
December Daily 2015 Foundation Pages - Part 2 | Azzari Jarrett
December Daily 2015 Foundation Pages - Part 2 | Azzari Jarrett
December Daily 2015 Foundation Pages - Part 2 | Azzari Jarrett
December Daily 2015 Foundation Pages - Part 2 | Azzari Jarrett
December Daily 2015 Foundation Pages - Part 2 | Azzari Jarrett

I love this silkscreen, which I applied directly on the page divider.

December Daily 2015 Foundation Pages - Part 2 | Azzari Jarrett

December Daily 2015 Foundation Pages - Part 1 + Free Calendar Printable

I am currently working on my foundation pages of this year's December Daily Album.  I'm going with lots of black + gold + pops of color this year.  I am breaking it into two parts, and sharing December 1 - 13 with you today.

My goal is to have all my foundation pages in place by December 1 so that I can simply print out a photo and/or add journaling each day until Christmas.

December Daily 2015 Foundation Pages | Azzari Jarrett

I just want to mention that these foundation pages are just that - something for me to start with, build upon, adjust as needed.  In fact, while I am writing this post, I already see things that I would like to rearrange.  Nothing here is set in stone.  

Also, I'd like to add that it's easy to overthink this project.  

Don't.  

There are so many options and inspiration is everywhere - I think that it's important to get your stories documented, in whatever form that feels right for you. At the end of the day, simply having a place to hold all of your December memories will be a gift for years to come. 

December Daily 2015 Foundation Pages | Azzari Jarrett

I am using a 6x8 White Chipboard Album this year.  I decided to add a simple 'joy' to the inside cover with a silkscreen included in Ali's main kit with Copper Acrylic Paint

December Daily 2015 Foundation Pages | Azzari Jarrett

Loving the Paislee Press december you are a fave no. 4 6 x 8 papers.  You will definitely see them throughout my album!  I used the same copper acrylic paint over the Christmas Tree wood veneer.

December Daily 2015 Foundation Pages | Azzari Jarrett

I added a bit of journaling using Ali's "the reason why" on a 6x8 paper from december you are a fave no. 4. I love to reflect on the reason I embark on this project every year.

December Daily 2015 Foundation Pages | Azzari Jarrett

I included a calendar last year, and I loved the ability to add an overview of all the activities from our month.

I designed another calendar for this December and I plan to add all of our parties/musicals/festivities so that we can look back and see what December looked like for us in 2015.

If you would like to do the same, here is a free 6x8 December 2015 free printable. I included the PDF, JPG, and PNG (in case you'd like to match the color to your own album).

Here's what December 1 - 13 looks like so far.  I included product links at the end of the post.

December Daily 2015 Foundation Pages | Azzari Jarrett
December Daily 2015 Foundation Pages | Azzari Jarrett
December Daily 2015 Foundation Pages | Azzari Jarrett
December Daily 2015 Foundation Pages | Azzari Jarrett
December Daily 2015 Foundation Pages | Azzari Jarrett
December Daily 2015 Foundation Pages | Azzari Jarrett
December Daily 2015 Foundation Pages | Azzari Jarrett

I loved using Heidi Swapp's "You are Here" silk screen print over one of the transparencies from Ali's kit.

December Daily 2015 Foundation Pages | Azzari Jarrett
December Daily 2015 Foundation Pages | Azzari Jarrett
December Daily 2015 Foundation Pages | Azzari Jarrett

A Look Back | December Daily 2014

December Daily 2014 | Azzari Jarrett

Now that's it's November, I am really starting to look forward to working on my foundation pages for my December Daily album.  December Daily is a mini album project led by Ali Edwards that documents the 25 days leading up to Christmas.  I participated last year, and I love the album that I completed, which I am sharing here today.  

Most importantly, I loved the process of documenting a little bit every day in December.

I approach my December Daily album a bit differently from my Week In The Life album.  For Week In the Life, I spend the entire week concentrating on taking photos and capturing the stories of our routine.  My album comes together after the actual week is over. 

For December Daily, I create all my foundation pages first, leaving room for journaling and photos.  I leave my album out so that I can work on it at the end of each day in December.  I usually add journaling and/or print a favorite picture from the day and simply add it in my album.  I enjoy reflecting on that day and what I would like to remember.  This process worked really well for me last year, and I plan to continue this approach this year.

December Daily 2014 | Azzari Jarrett

I kept it simple and stamped the year with gold ink on the spine of my album. I used a Studio Calico 6x8 white handbook album.

December Daily 2014 | Azzari Jarrett

On the inside cover, I used gold acrylic paint for a simple pattern.  I wanted to break up all of the white space, and dress up my album a bit.  The "Blessed" sticker is from the 'Faith' Big Sticker pack. 

December Daily 2014 | Azzari Jarrett
December Daily 2014 | Azzari Jarrett

This is definitely a thick little book - full of memories!

December Daily 2014 | Azzari Jarrett

Ali encouraged a page at the beginning of the album to document your reason why.  I loved this idea.  I added my journaling directly over a winter picture I took a few years ago when we lived in Pittsburgh.

Here is a closer look at some of my pages.

December Daily 2014 | Azzari Jarrett
December Daily 2014 | Azzari Jarrett
December Daily 2014 | Azzari Jarrett
December Daily 2014 | Azzari Jarrett
December Daily 2014 | Azzari Jarrett
December Daily 2014 | Azzari Jarrett
December Daily 2014 | Azzari Jarrett
December Daily 2014 | Azzari Jarrett
December Daily 2014 | Azzari Jarrett
December Daily 2014 | Azzari Jarrett
December Daily 2014 | Azzari Jarrett
December Daily 2014 | Azzari Jarrett

I punched holes in all of the Christmas cards we received and added them directly to the back of the album.

December Daily 2014 | Azzari Jarrett

In the back of the album, I included other bits and pieces from the month that I wanted to keep in this Starbucks bag.

Just working on this post gets me excited for this year!  

Are you working on a December Daily album this year?