I aaalmost finished my December Daily album from last year at the December Daily Prep Party (more about that later, I’m sure!) and then finally got ‘er done last week, just in time for another December Daily to begin. Many huzzahs!
Last year I made “let your heart be light” be my mantra of the season.
Both the half circle and the star cutout were inspired by last year’s Product Play class.
Day one was an Ali scraplift, but her’s is way better so go look at that one instead.
The backside is much cuter! It’s all about Nora’s advent calendar – Lily was too little still, but she still got all up in it. This was a good place for me to do my token handwriting page amidst a sea of typing.
Day two is one of my favorites from last year, from our town’s tree-lighting festival. I used one of Ali’s Slanted Layered Templates and I just love that big photo of Nora.
Day three! This was total magic. Last year, this guy in Seattle decided to build Diagon Alley in his driveway, and when we heard they were doing Dumbledore Santa photos, there was no stopping me. We stood in line for 1.5 hours and it was so totally worth it. It also gave me a good excuse to use my Potterhead stamps from Kelly Purkey (these aren’t available anymore, sadly)!
On day four, Nora was home sick from preschool and we had a cozy day at home with lots of movies and crafting. I took a photo of the girls waving at the garbage truck, slapped one of Ali’s overlays on top, and paired it with Nora’s drawing of Santa.
The day after that, we drove up to Snoqualmie Pass to (belatedly) celebrate Lily’s first birthday. I opened with a photo of me with the girls…
…and here’s my absolute favorite spread of this album. Lily living her best life, devouring birthday cake in the snowy mountains. Love love love spreading a photo across two pages like this. (We returned to this exact spot for her second birthday too!)
Day six is an homage to the good old cardboard box, aka the king of all toys. Look at those faces!
Day seven was about the pros and cons of growing up – Nora got to pick and help cut our Christmas tree, but she also experienced her first major disappointment in life when firetruck Santa was a no-show. (But for reals, how lucky are you when that is your first major disappointment in life?)
Not much happened on day eight, so I used it as an opportunity to use one of Ali’s templates and write about our tv habits at that moment. (YOU GUYS, THE SECOND SEASON OF MRS. MAISEL STARTED TODAY!!) On the right is a card from friend that was so beautiful that I just had to include it. Normally I include more cards from friends, but this album ended up way too obese for that.
Day nine, JK’s office holiday party. I used that same overlay again – I like to use things like that a couple of times throughout the album to create a sense of cohesion in the madness.
On day ten, I ran a 25K and Nora ran a 1K! I cannot get over that photo of her with her bear (who also got a race bib of course). Both of these photos were taken by Glenn Tachiyama.
Race bib + Christmas card!
Day eleven: Wellie’s confusion over our new lawn ornaments.
Day twelve – the arrival of the grandparents! This always feel like the true beginning of Christmas…and they just so happened to arrive today (as in now, 2018)!
For day thirteen, I made all the family members who were present fill out these little tags that I slipped into a pocket between the pages of day twelve. I really love having everyone’s thoughts and handwriting in there.
Day fourteen, ugh. Lily was NOT sleeping and JK and I were sooo tired, but we knew so well that this was a fleeting stage.
Oooh, the brussels sprouts. Day fifteen was all about our obsession with Cafe Flora’s brussels sprouts, which had us eating brussels every damn day in an attempt to recreate a healthified version at home. I have a feeling brussels sprouts will make an appearance in our 2018 album too, now that my parents are here so JK and I can go on dates!
I snagged a menu from the restaurant and wrote the journaling inside it.
Baking always makes an appearance in my December Daily albums. Day sixteen: pepperkaker.
Day seventeen was so cool – we participated in our first Gingermas scavenger hunt! The 2×2 pockets on the right are filled with random bits and pieces from the holiday season (gift tags, chocolate wrappers), including a piece of the Gingermas score sheet.
Day eighteen: Nora’s letter to Santa. Aaaw.
Day nineteen is another one of my favorites – turning disappointment (another Santa no-show!!) into a great experience.
Speaking of creating our own joy, day twenty is about how we decided to go for a run date in spite of epic tiredness (see above re: sleepless Lily) and ended up running through a glorious winter wonderland on Tiger Mountain.
…and on day twenty-one we got even more of that (plus drinks!) at the TNAB winter solstice snowshoe.
Day twenty-two is about how grown-up Lily suddenly seemed (using this circle template), and day twenty-three is about the girls “helping” grandma clean on Little Christmas Eve.
Day twenty-four is Christmas Eve, the main even for us Norwegians! I added a tag from Lily’s favorite present at the top, and tied some gift wrap ribbon around the number 24. Journaling about Christmas Eve tends to stress me out, so bullet points was the way to go for sure.
On the back I included a card from great-grandma and some more photos.
Normally, that would be the end for me, but on Christmas Eve it started snowing…it was a Christmas miracle for us Seattleites! So I added in a simple day twenty-five about the snow.
…and finished the album off with a photo of Nora and Lily with their grandparents.
On to 2018!