And so ends 2020, the year that we thought never would, and with it the major holiday season and by extension, December Daily.
This was my first year with the project, and it was by far my biggest scrapbooking endeavor to date. I still consider myself a newbie scrapbooker, and I was hesitant, overwhelmed, and inspired all at once over the possibilities. I was excited enough that I did a fair bit of planning ahead of time, but even that didn’t prepare me for the actual experience. It was…something. I was more flexible with myself during this project than probably any other I’ve done in a long while, and that was surely to my benefit on the days that I didn’t feel like working on it, either because I didn’t have a story to tell that day, or I just preferred watching a movie with Dan in the evening.
The majority of my stories are most likely not chronological and instead shared at any point in the month just to say, “This is relevant to this month, even if not to this day specifically.” I put ten things I was loving on the tenth because it was a fun and flexible way to make an entry without having to stay on top of it; I didn’t have to do the page all at once (which is great, because it was kind of intense). I have an insert of my current favorite holiday movies–and I didn’t watch a single one of them. But they were still my favorites! So I counted it.
Since this was my first December Daily, I wanted it to be as low pressure as possible, and I think I accomplished that. The fact that I finished before January really began also feels like another marker of success. As I move on to other projects this year (specifically, One Little Word, Book of Me, and whatever my not-quite-Project Life should be called), I won’t have an unfinished December Daily looming over me.
I already have some thoughts as far as my 2021 December Daily goes, and I’m trying to note them down so I don’t forget by the time December comes along again. I know I want to be even broader with my embellishments–less Christmas specific–and I’d love to try out a Life Crafted album for it. Hell–maybe I won’t even do December Daily per se. Maybe it’ll feel like something else entirely by the end of the year. I don’t know. I’m excited to see how it evolves when I start really thinking about it again, though.
Here are a few of my favorite spreads and pages within the project this past December: