I couldn't make up my mind about this year's JYC/December Daily album. Even though I deeply admire what Ali Edwards does with her December Daily, I learned last year that I have neither the patience, nor the time, to collect and assemble "stuff" into an album. I'm not much of a collector of daily ephemera anyway.
I knew that to be doable this year, my album needed to be mostly digital. And this year I really want to focus on the photography aspect and get some great new photos. I know that my decorations and the scenery around here do not change much from year to year. I just know in my heart that I can do a better job photographing them.
So I spent a couple of days organizing and purging my Christmas themed digi stash. It is truly sad how much digi stuff I own. In fact, after extensive purging of items I know I won't use, just the Christmas themed folder is 4 GB! Yet, after all that organizing and purging, there was nothing in my stash that was inspiring me. So what did I do? Went shopping of course!
Ali's 2011 templates (currently on sale over at Designer Digitals). I used the same 2010 templates and decided this year to just finish out that album which definitely has enough space for another year. I had to go through and resize all the templates to 5.5 by 8.5 to fit my album. Although tedious, it is really simple.
Frosty Nocturne. Miki Ferkul is one of my favorite designers over at Scrapbookgraphics and this kit is currently 20% off (because it is new this week). I love that while it contains totally traditional red/green/cream Christmas colors it also adds in the blue and brown and has non-traditional elements. I can borrow from other kits if I need to add a santa or christmas tree to something, but I'll mainly be working from this kit to limit my options and keep the whole project streamlined.
The interesting thing about working with Ali's template is that the space for the photo actually measures about 5 by 6.5". Not a traditional size by any means. Last year I either cropped a vertical photo to fit or added in two horizontal photos or one horizontal photo and some journaling. I'm kind of curious to see how I will handle that space this year. Who knows!
So there you have it - decisions made and the process begun. And I'm feeling a definite sense of calm knowing I have made it this far. How about you?