December Daily 2011 : Base pages

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I have been going back and forth with whether or not I wanted to participate in Ali Edwards’ December Daily project this year.

Keeping a physical minibook for the autumn season has been so fun …. But expensive and a little exhausting. (Final update on that coming soon, by the way. As soon as I get my Thanksgiving photo prints).

I mentioned last week that I am currently working on a couple different books to be printed with Blurb, so I thought why not do my December Daily album with Blurb as well? Just text and photos, but that’s really all I need. I don’t have the money or energy to go shopping for all the fun little Christmas embellishments that make physical scrapbooking so fun.

So, since I’m doing a Blurb book ….

I’m excited to be able to work on it every single day, without having to to break out the adhesive, paper cutter, etc. PLUS with my autumn minibook, I have had to place an order with SmugMug every week or so for photo prints to put in my physical album.

By using Blurb, I still will have to place an online order and pay for shipping, but at least it will be all at once at the end, instead of every week.

Here are the base pages *so far* –

I’ve made title pages for each of the days (this gallery only shows through Dec 12, and then the templates repeat through the end of the month). I don’t actually own photoshop or anything similar, so I will be exclusively using Blurb’s book design software to create/format the pages.

We already have basically ALL our weekends in December booked up, so between that and house-shopping, this should be a great month to document on a daily basis!

Other random notes about my December Daily project:

  • I *may* only do the album through Christmas Day, but we’ll see
  • I will need to remember to take plenty of photos to fill up these pages!
  • I may in fact use some of these December Daily prompts and ideas for days when nothing especially holiday-ish happens

Are you participating in December Daily? Have you prepped your album yet?

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  • Galina November 28, 2011 at 10:37 am edit

    I ♥ Blurb books, I’ve been printing with them for the last 4 years.
    How do you usually edit your photos? Since you are saying you don’t own Photoshop…?
    I’m doing my editing in Lightroom (and I create layouts in it too, so it’s much faster and easier to create collage or a spread for a photo book)

  • Amy November 28, 2011 at 11:55 am edit

    I use Apple Aperture to edit my photos, but I’m not in love with it … I think I may switch to Lightroom.
    I actually also have PhotoJunction which I use to design wedding albums, but I prefer Blurb’s software for usability/etc

  • Jen November 28, 2011 at 11:13 am edit

    I just started using Blurb the past few days to throw together a book documenting my summer in Alaska. I love their software so far! Lots of great templates and super easy to use. I had planned on doing an actual December Daily album but with traveling, gearing up for holiday craft shows and just being super busy it’s easier for me to just take tons of photos. I’ve been using my Instagram photos for the collage pages and will incorporate some into my December Daily book as well. What size will you be using? Will you be going with a hard cover?

  • Amy November 28, 2011 at 11:56 am edit

    Jen, I’m almost done with my Alaska Blurb book! I love it :)

    The December Daily album will be 7×7 square with an image wrap cover.

    Can’t wait :)

  • Nancy November 28, 2011 at 12:36 pm edit

    I love Blurb! Love the December Daily idea too, but I think that will wait till next year since I have 3 other Blurb travel books to work on first.


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