Tuesday, November 29, 2011

December Daily Project

For the past few years, I’ve admired December Daily projects that scrappers post online. They are a fun way to reflect on the joys of the season and spend a few moments documenting the things that matter or are unique about the season. They take all forms, but usually are mini-albums. Just search the web for “December Daily” and you will pull up tons of ideas. I decided that this is the year I am going to dive right in!

So, with this post, I want to share my process as well as the list of daily journaling prompts that I plan to use. These are just suggestions for things I want to capture. You should use whatever strikes your fancy. The key is making the foundation pages in advance and limiting yourself to whatever supplies you pull out at that time, keeping it all together. That keeps you from spending time and effort trying to match up things later or (worse yet!) having to run out and buy something. Then, make your foundation pages – the pages that you’ll place any photos and journaling you have throughout the season.

Here’s my list of prompts. My album will be December 1st-25th. These can be a combination of photos and/or journaling:

1.Real or artificial tree?

9. Favorite holiday movie

17. Travel or stay home?

2. Decorations inside

10. Favorite ornament

18. Cards received

3. Favorite childhood toy

11. Holiday beverage

19. To do list

4. Christmas cookies

12. Favorite holiday song

20. Cake or pie?

5. Decorations outside

13. Holiday photo or letter

21. Best Gift Received

6. Shopping/Gifts 2011

14. Snow or no?

22. Religious traditions

7. Best gift given

15. Taking time to relax

23. Gratitude

8. Did/does Santa visit your house?

16. Flannel PJs

24. The Night Before

25. December 25th

First, I looked in my closet of supplies and pulled out some papers I thought might go well together. As you can tell, I mixed some more formal papers with some more fun ones. I grabbed 3 colors of cardstock, two sets of letter stickers and some embellishments – some came with the papers, others I just found in my stash. Because I wanted to use craft paper as my base, I cut up 25 9x9 pages. I found a 9x9, red album in the back of my closet that has to be at least 10 years old! I also punched 25 scalloped-edge circles to put on each page for the date. I plan to use number stickers or handwrite those.

December Daily Project by Moanica Caston. Patterned Paper and Cardstock Embellishments: Basic Grey & Echo Park; Cardstock: Bazzill; Alphas: American Crafts Thickers and Pink Paislee; Embellishments: Various

Here are some sample foundation pages. I purposely didn’t cover the entire 9x9 page with patterned paper, since I didn’t have enough paper to do that. But that’s another popular technique and is really pretty. This is simple and, more importantly, something I feel I can keep up with. That’s it!

So, who’s with me? Leave a comment if you're going to do a project. Go search through your stash; make a few foundation pages and get ready to capture the fun and magic of the season!

Happy Crafting!



  1. I am so in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Going to make a mini album. Thanks for the idea

  2. Moanica, you've really inspired me to do one too and I'm working on it as I type LOL (mine is a 6x6 size). I love your list of prompts. Great post and thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Great idea Moanica! I did some thinking on this. Thanks for the prompts.

  4. Great idea. Five days behind, but I think I can do it if I use 8x8 format.

  5. I love this project. I challenged my Kwanzaa Swap Secret Sista to participate with me. I have already completed five days (not including pictures). It is a wonderful way to relax at the end of the day. I posted photos in the gallery, but I can't say who I am yet because of the swap. Thanks for the idea!

  6. What a wonderful idea! I look forward to seeing your finished album!

  7. Moanica, this is an excellent post. I love how you used your stash and also limited your supplies to whatever was initially pulled out of your closet. This really helps to keep the project from becoming too overwhelming!



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