december daily

Kinda excited that I'm kinda excited about doing a December Daily this year. Through a series of life events that made the holidays a little less than rosy for this Mama the past few Christmas seasons, it's a joy for me to look at all the festivities and traditions surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ with fresh eyes. 

I'm looking at the word "daily" in the title a little differently than I have in the past, though. I must have known it was the stories that mattered, not that we had a strict schedule of activities or must-do's just to get a photo and put it in an album, when I created this title page back in 2010. 

It's into this album that I'll be adding to and definitely using what's already there. And because I'm on the Design Teams for The Twinery and My Mind's Eye, be assured that you're going to see lots and lots of their goodies shared on my pages. Ahem, I do have quite a supply of uber-cute product to choose from!

title page

My Mind's Eye | All is Bright: decorative tape, chipboard elements, Nostalgia: chipboard elements, American Crafts | Thickers

I used the Ali Edwards album template from 2010 that I already had and just revamped the title page. I had it and see no reason to begin again. I'll also be doing that to all the daily pages I've already printed and trimmed. I didn't have to cover up the number 31, but I'm not quite sure yet whether I'll be doing daily journaling as I our tell our story this year. To be safe, I added the chipboard pieces to cover up the 31 and the date at the bottom of the title page. I love that there is a piece of subway art chipboard since I kinda sorta like that kind of art!

I'm really going to try to go with the flow this year and not be hung up on creating a visual masterpiece each day. Sure, I want it to be appealing and fun, but I have to be realistic. I'm a work-from-home Mommy and it's the holiday rush season. So, simple it is.

day one | advent calendar

The Twinery | Gold Shimmer baker's twine, American Crafts | Thickers, My Mind's Eye | Indie Chic Citron "Measure"Layered Chipboard Stickers, 
Label Stickers, I Love It All | white merchandise tag, Craft Supply | transparency, washi tape

These two girls have been eagerly waiting the first day of December so that they could finally open the advent calendar. This year, Mommy's plan is to have Isabella open odd days and Victoria open even days and she also gets to choose the bedtime story that evening as well. On Saturday, they could wait no longer and opened the calendar first thing in the morning while still in their jammies.

For the back, I trimmed some MME paper to size and told our story after adding another label sticker.

day one | details

I just have to share the awesomeness of the new Shimmer shades of baker's twine from The Twinery. I'm using Gold, but there's also Platinum. 

Go ahead and admit it, you love it, too! For me, it added a touch of festive sparkle while keeping all the attention on the photo of the girls.


  1. Good on you Monika! You will love having this book documenting this December in the life of your family. It will become a prompt for remembering life as it is now in the big and the small moments. God bless you and may this Christmas season be the happiest in years. Xo

    Ps loving your beautiful materials! Pangs on envy at your stash and accessibility to such things in the states!

  2. Love your ideas! Hope it's your best CHristmas ever.

  3. Love your first day. I agree. Simple is best. Can't wait to see the rest.

  4. Loving your December album-that shimmery twine is gorgeous!!!

  5. I love the new twine!!! So pretty! Happy December!! I am with you keeping December Daily simple and just trying to document the things important to us.

  6. I'm not doing December Daily but I love to look at other people's for sure. I love that photo of the girls opening the advent calendar!

  7. I'm so excited you're keeping a DD this year as well ;-)
    It looks beautiful already!



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