Author: Elsie Larson,Crafts,Paper Crafts,Photo Books & Scrapbooking,

December Daily via A Beautiful MessHi friends. Happy December 1st! I'm not gonna lie- it's surreal to me to type that... I mean wasn't September 1st just yesterday? Well, ready-or-not December is here and I'm excited to participate in December Daily this month! I'll be sharing peeks at my scrapbooking every sunday this month! 

I shared my prep last month and since today is only the first I thought I'd share just a few more details (I've only just begun!) and talk about my organization and strategy for this project. December is crazy busy, so organization is key! But first, here are a few peeks at what I worked on today- 

December Daily via A Beautiful Mess I'm excited to incorporate iPhone photos into my album. Here's a collage I made with our #ABeautifulMess app! 

December Daily via A Beautiful Mess  Here's another iPhone photo from coffee this morning. In the past few months I've been struggling a bit with finding things to share from my personal life via Instagram. I think it's the shorter daylight hours that are throwing me off. I think this December Daily project is going to be a great daily reminder to snap photos of those random personal moments with my friends and family. I love that! 

December Daily via A Beautiful Mess   I'm happy to have yet another reason to play with our Sunshine Edition designs from Project Life. I'll probably be using it quite a bit. 

December Daily via A Beautiful Mess    I love this combo of gold and rainbow. I mean, I couldn't make a holiday album without some gold on every page... that just wouldn't be right. :)

December Daily via A Beautiful Mess     December Daily via A Beautiful Mess      Here are my day one pages. The polka dotted card on the bottom has some hidden journaling inside of it. We basically had a lazy Sunday morning and I included a few snapshots. I like that by the end of the month there will be both eventful and uneventful, important and unimportant moments included in this book. That's life, right? 

Strategy + Organization// My plan is to include photos from my SLR camera, my iPhone and my fuji instant camera. Realistically, it will probably be mostly iPhone photos and I'm embracing that. I'm hopeful that this project will help me to be more aware of photo opportunities in our everyday life. I'm also excited that it will motivate me to take some holiday card photos with Jeremy this week (which I've been putting off like crazy). I've noticed that when I'm busy I take fewer photos, so this challenge is coming at the perfect time.

For the scrapbooking part of it I plan to keep everything I need in my little basket. This includes all my supplies, any daily life bits I collect throughout the week and photos that I've printed. I will probably only work on my album once or twice a week, but I'll be collecting photos and story ideas every day. I think it's important that with project like this that you do whatever you need to do to make it realistic. It wouldn't be realistic for me to sit down and make pages every single day, so I'm ditching that expectation from the start. I like getting a lot done in one sitting, so a once-per-week scrapbook day is the right solution for me. 

Printing photos is another major consideration. I'm planning to use my Canon printers that I have here at home. In addition I may order some prints from Printstagram to make collage pages with. 

It's not to late to join! If you want to make your own December Daily scrapbook, start this week! You can get more details on the basics on Ali's blog

If you're overwhelmed by all the work, I have an alternative for you! Skip the scrapbooking part and just take December Daily photos each day with you iPhone. At the end of the month you can use the Artifact Uprising website or app to make a book with your photos from December. Super easy! 

Well, thanks for taking a peek at my new project! I'll be back next sunday to share my progress from the first week. xo. Elsie 

Credits// Author and Photography: Elsie Larson

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