Monday, December 5, 2011

The Days of December Daily

I’m having such fun with my December Daily and have surprised myself with just how much I am enjoying this process. It makes me smile to mark down a little something each day. Life with a toddler seems to pass by in a blur and it’s really refreshing to pause and reflect on the day.

Day 1 is the only entry that isn’t a two-page spread. Here I wrote a little note to welcome December and to say how much I’ve always enjoyed the holiday season. I added this little pic through our window from the outside looking in to literally give a peek at our life.

Day 2 tells the story of being just a little over-ambitious with the Advent calendar. My son, who’s 2, love blocks and puzzles and I thought the Lego City advent calendar would be right up his alley. Sure, the box said it was for ages 5 - 12 but I thought, how hard can a Lego project be? Um, turns out, pretty hard! Definitely not suitable for a 2 year old. I could foresee a meltdown every day: his and mine! So, we boxed that baby right back up and went to plan B. (See Day 4 for more on the story).

On Day 3, we went to the annual Christmas luncheon at church. I used the program as my page insert. It was a little too narrow, so I added a bit of pp down the side. On the right, I wrote down who sat at our table and journaled about the program. I added a couple photos I took with my iphone, including one of Cory outside on the swing set afterwards.

By Day 4, I had found a good alternative to the Lego advent calendar. Now, a small stuffed mouse and some candy canes are marking the passing days. This calendar is from 1987, I believe, and is one my Mom used when my youngest siblings were tots. I looked online to see if I could find more information about this specific calendar, sold by Avon, and was astonished to see several sellers on ebay asking more than $100 for this “vintage” item.

If you have a December Daily, feel free to link yours in the comments. I'd love to see it!

Supply list:
Echo Park: Holly Jolly - 6x6 pad, 12x12 collection kit, chipboard, stamps; Metro Dots and Stripes - 6x6 pad, 12x12 collection kit; Season’s Greetings 12x12 collection kit, chipboard, brads; Everybody Loves Christmas 12x12 collection kit.
American Crafts: Album
Ali Edwards: calendar overlays
Hambly: Transparencies
Bo Bunny: ribbon
Fancy Pants: ribbon
Cosmo Cricket: tiny type
Jenni Bowlin: letter stickers
Martha Stewart: kraft tags
The Twinery: twine
Making Memories: Buttons
My Mind’s Eye: Stamps
Ranger Industries: Ink
Sewing Machine: Bernina
Kit club: Studio Calico


  1. The Lego advent calendar is definitely too hard for a 2 year old- we did a simple candy one for Trevor until this year. He probably could have handled it at 4.5, but now that he's 5.5 it's not frustrating for any of us. :)

    Loving your Dec Daily! So impressed with the stitched pages.

  2. Love your DD! I don't have the time to do it this year, but hopefully next year.

  3. It looks great Izzy! LOVE the photo on day 1. Your son is so darn cute!

  4. It is looking so cute!!! great work!!!

  5. I love the bright color choices and your straight forward journaling! Thanks for stopping by my blog today - Kate

  6. Love how you laid out the pictures with the journaling...wonderful!

  7. Love the program as a page insert what a wonderful idea and beautiful album

  8. I am loving going back and looking at your DD, such bright, fun colors ... so glad I found your blog (or actually, you found mine ... so, thank you!).


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