I did it! I finally finished my December Memories album using the December Memories kit from Gossamer Blue! Originally my goal was to finish in early January. When that didn’t happen, I decided that having it done by February was a worthy goal. Well, I finished it on February 1st, so I’m pretty proud and happy that I finished it in pretty good time, for my first time.
I’m sharing all the pages I haven’t yet shared here on my blog, and this post is very photo heavy. So, get comfortable and let’s get going.
Day 13: I recorded the fact that we dealt with some sickness this month and a photo of a cup of tea, which was a common beverage of choice during the sick days.
On the other side of the red striped piece of paper, I added a bunch of ornament die cuts and embellishments to coordinate with my bokeh tree lights photo.
I showed this page before, but I decided to embellish the tree with some of the sequins that came in the kit. I used a lot of sequins in my album, but I still have a TON left over! I love that the kit includes so many fun embellishments.
Here’s another “filler” page. A piece of patterned paper layered over some white card stock I had punched some holes into so I could just add it to the album. Also a 3″ x 4″ card and a puffy sticker.
Day 16: I recorded many of the cookies I baked this year. I bake a lot during the month of December. I also added two more photos on the other side of this one. It’s a fun way for me to remember which ones I made this year.
Day 18: I also took photos of some of my decorations, since they tend to change every year. This year I loved the little ceramic village I found at the dollar store. I put one of the little buildings into a glass container with some salt for the snow and some bottle brush trees.
Day 20: My daughter and husband on their daddy/daughter date to see the Nutcracker Ballet. She was so excited to get all dressed up in a new dress. She carefully applied lip gloss, and proudly wore one of my necklaces for the evening.
Day 21: My family’s Christmas get together. I took many photos, but only chose a few to add to my album. These photos are of my dad handing out his gifts to the grandkids.
Since my mom passed away and my dad is on his own, he gifts all 20 of his grandchildren with money to make things a little easier.
A cozy winter nap is always nice.
Day 23: Hot cocoa. A favorite winter beverage. I added some of the gold bags to my album by punching some holes along the side. I thought they’d make a great place to add the Christmas cards we received, but I ended up having enough album pages for that. I still like the way they look, even though they’re empty.
Day 24: Christmas Eve. These are the gingerbread houses we made the day before Christmas. I added some stamping along the bottom of the page. The tree stamp is the one included with the kit.
Day 25: Another bokeh shot. This time with candy canes.
These are our Christmas Day photos. The candy cane sweet rolls on the left are a favorite yearly tradition. The kid beg me to make them every year, so we had them for our Christmas morning brunch after opening gifts.
Showing off a new pair of socks. The kids each got a new pair of cozy socks in their advent box on Christmas morning to wear on Christmas Day.
These are just some of our photos from opening our gifts. I didn’t include nearly all of them. But we’re not a family that is heavy on the gift giving. I just picked out one or two of my favorite photos of each person to include on these pages.
I had to include the photos of the gifts Chloe made for her brothers. She didn’t have any money to spend, so I bought some small wooden pieces and nails so she could paint them and make some string art for her brothers to hang in their rooms. She did an amazing job and was so proud of her gifts. And her brothers loved them!
Day 26: Our traditional family-on-the-sofa timer photo. On the right side is the photo of me wearing the gift Eric bought me. You can’t see them very well here, but I’m wearing some tiny gold necklaces, which I love.
Days 27-30: There wasn’t much going on in the days right after Christmas. A lot of catching up on stuff, just hanging out etc. The photo on the left is one I took of all the Christmas cards we received this year.
Day 31: New Year’s Eve. I included some photos of us at a New Year’s Eve party.
On the right is a the story of the Weaver family waiting until after the New Year for their Christmas get together this year, and that’s why there were no photos of that included in this album.
I had a couple of empty pockets, so I slid our Christmas cards into them. I love that I had a place to include them in my album and store them safely. Plus it’s easy to pull them out and look at them when we want to.
I had shared this snow day page that I made ahead of time in one of my earlier posts. However, we had NO SNOW in December! What to do? I had already made the page. So I decided to add it in anyway, and tell the story of our no snow December.
Thoughts on the December Memories album process.
#1.Will I do it again next year? Probably, although I learned some things along the way to make the process go a little smoother next time. I learned some things that worked for me (keeping a list of daily activities we did) and things that didn’t (making pages ahead of time).
#2. How will I change things next time? Aside from the things I mentioned above, I learned some valuable lessons about having a preconceived notion about what the Christmas season should look like for us. Some things I planned to do didn’t happen. I over extended myself at the beginning of the month and took on too many things, which led me to feeling overwhelmed, distracted, and just generally on behind. Next year I want to simplify. It’s not about capturing some grand events, but just our daily activities. I want to capture more of the small details next time.
#3. Did I love this project? Yes and no, but let me explain. It’s not the project so much, but that I wasn’t able to enjoy it as much as I should have because of the reasons I mentioned above. This year felt so “off” and different for me. I’m not sure of all the reasons. I normally love everything about Christmas. But this year I was overwhelmed, distracted, feeling bleh. We had a busier schedule than it seems we usually do, which meant that we didn’t have a lot of time to do the seasonal stuff I had hoped to. We usually decorate the tree together, but I/we had no time, so Chloe did most of the tree decorating by herself, which makes me feel sad and guilty. Our Christmas was different since Eric’s family didn’t get together, so there wasn’t the usual going to Grandma’s that we normally do and look forward to. And Christmas feels different since my mom is gone too. With everything together, Christmas felt not quite as magical as it often does for me. So it’s not the project that I wasn’t feeling the love for, but the fact that my entire season felt off kilter. But, in spite of that, I still enjoy paging through this album and remembering the things we did. I’m glad I did it anyway, even though this year felt “off” to me. It was fun to take the time to record some details I would otherwise have missed.
And that’s it for my December Memories posts for this time around.