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December Daily album 2012

I must admit I haven't scrapped much this year..and I've missed it.
I am SO glad that I got my act together and scrapped my Christmas album again though.
It was only after dragging out all my previous ones that I realised I couldn't possibly let this tradition slip away.....of all the mini books I've made.... these are without doubt the most  loved ....the kids flip through them over and over again.
So 2012 was my fifth year of a December Daily album.....
and as you can see...
we have quite a nice stack of albums growing.

This year I tackled it  little differently...
I chose to scrap 25 memories / events rather than specific days.
I found this much easier....it seemed to simplify the process...and it meant I could catch up on pages whenever I wished rather than having to record and snap photos every single day.
It also meant I could plan out my 25 pages in advance...I made myself a list of things I wanted to include.. and then it was simple to just plod along with it whenever I had some time.

Also this year... I chose to scrap directly into an old readers digest condensed novel book...... not only did it have the sweetest bound cover....but I was able to add my photos directly to the book pages.  This book also had some scattered illustrations....so I used them as an advantage and allowed some of them to peek through as well.
I kept everything about this album simple....
I simplified my approach....
I used a book that needed very little preparation....and was low cost ... $1.00 from the Op shop.
I used up tags and products left over from previous years.... and I did something I usually never do....I stuck to one collection kit of coordinated papers.

Talk about simple....
All my papers match....
My book is already to go....
I am using up my excess tag stash...
and I have no stress about what to scrap each day....its all planned out in advance.
Plus....the mere fact I'm scrapping at all is excitement enough for me....there is no pressure to create anything ground breaking.... I'm just chuffed to get my photos and memories all stuck down in one place.
So here are a few peeks of my pages....

 So there it is....
Done and dusted....
A book full of memories....that I am so glad I took the time to scrap.

I learnt a few things along the way....
I needed to have pulled out a lot more pages as I progressed with it.
I did pull out what I thought was a lot..... but now its finished I realise just how fat it became.



I also made a mental note that my photo collages were a little too small.....
This small size album / book seems far more suited to a nice large 6x4 photo.

How did yours finish up this year??

24 comments:

  1. What a lovely idea scrapping into a book! Must try this idea myself!

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  2. Yes....give it a go....its so simple... and effective....and some of the old books have THE MOST divine covers.
    Happy New Year to you...
    Mardi x

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  3. Love your December Daily Mardi... using the reader's digest was a fabulous idea... and love that you chose to document memories rather than days... happy New Year and wishing you and your beautiful family a magical 2013...

    Jenny ♥

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  4. OMG Mardi that is so damm cute I am openly envious...I started doing my mum one in 2010 and only have 7 pages left but i have just lost the urge to finish it till now,thanks.I will have to put pictures on my blog so you can check it out.all the best for 2013-love deex

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    1. Thanks so much Dee. I found keeping it simple made it so much easier.
      Yes yes....you must finish yours off....you are so close!!
      I would love to see it once its done.
      Wishing you a wonderful 2013.. Mardi x

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  5. great work mardi,
    you have inspired me to
    keep it simple and get it done!

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    1. Thanks Sue.. all the very best with yours too.. I figured its far better to just get it done than over think every detail.
      Heres to a wonderful 2013....
      Mardi x

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  6. oh this just so wonderful Mardi.. I love how you simplified it and made it achievable.... Happy New Year to you ...xxx

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    1. Happy New Year to you too!!!
      Thanks for all your lovely comments and friendship over the last 12 months..
      Mardi x

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  7. Oh Mardi it's gorgeous. And I love that you did 25 memories this time. I also did my first album in 2008 but I haven't done another one since! LOL. I'm thinking I will do one next Christmas, which will be 5 years later.

    Yes I must have pulled out half the pages in the book I altered for mum and dad for their Alaskan trip! I'm going to do a similar album for our NZ trip and have my book all good to go. But I haven't started looking at photos! Your album has inspired me in style tho!

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    1. haha....well two a decade isnt too bad a strike rate!!
      They are time consuming....but so great once they are done hey.

      You know what....I think perhaps it was your parents Alaskan album that planted the seed for my album. I remember now how much I loved that...and the idea of it.

      Looking forward to seeing your NZ album once its done.
      Mardi x

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  8. Love this so much Mardi :-) I have started mine but need to find time to print off photos and get my self organised :-)

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    1. Awww thanks Meredith....
      I reckon getting organised is half the battle.
      Once I had my photos planned...printed...and an outline of what I wanted to do on each day it just fell into place really quickly.
      looking forward to seeing yours finished too...
      Mardi x

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  9. Happy New Year Mardi! Such a brilliant idea to use an old book! I will be keeping an eye out from now on when I visit op shops for old books.
    Lisa

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    1. Happy New Year to you too ...xx
      Yes...keep an eye out for books...some of them have the most beautiful covers....I am heading back to the Op shop today....when I bought this one there was another there as well....so Im hoping I can snap it up.
      Mardi x

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  10. Oh Mardi, your book is so gorgeous, and an inspiration. I would not have thought of using an old book as an album, got to put that idea into my memory bank for sure.
    Thanks for sharing!
    I hope all your dreams for 2013 come true.

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  11. Hi Mardi, love your Dec Daily... I'm still to do mine, so you have inspired me to get started... have used Simple Stories pages so should come together quickly, I hope:)Happy New Year:D

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  12. Love it! Im thinking i might take my instagram photos down from my tree and do something similar
    Tamar x

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  13. Woo hoo.......I found the perfect book today at our local Vinnie's. 50c! the cover is not as pretty as yours, but some fabric and pp will soon fix that.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  14. Love your album Mardi, I think using 25 moments is a great idea.

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  15. This is stunning. You really are a inspiration.

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  16. This turned out BEAUTIFULLY Mardi!!!!!!!! I love it. And I love the fact you did 25 memories and not the photo a day thing. I think that feels much more manageable. As you know I have struggled with mine and I am still fluffing around with it! You have inspired me to get on with it, print those final photos and get it done!

    I love the photo collages and catching up with what you got up to in December.
    KIM

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    1. Thanks Kim....simple was the key for me.
      It was such a nice way to blow the dust off my supplies too...
      Mardi x

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  17. Mardi I adore this and hope to do the same if I can bring myself to tear out the pages. Whenever I read your posts and look at the pics of your lovely family and those grand babies of yours...the saying about taking a village to raise a child always springs to mind. They are so tiny and don't know it yet but they have so many people loving them and being a part of their life. I love the pic of Mitch pushing the pram. Great tshirt too Mitch!

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