Monday, December 5, 2011

December Daily.....WTF????

Anyone who knows anything about the scrapbooking world has heard of the December Daily album, an idea created by the scrapbook maven, Ali Edwards. The whole idea has always intimidated me, and I have studiously (and smartly) avoided doing one for a few years now.

My resolve began to cave when some friends of mine at Absolutely Alter It message board decided they were doing one. I thought maybe, just maybe I could pull it off.

I ordered a gorgeous kit from Paper Lovelies, which has a very fun and unusual Christmas line by Prima (North Country). I thought this might be a great jumping off place for the doing a December Daily book.
I began with a simple 6 X 6 spiral bound album which has about 20 page protectors already bound inside the album. I thought I'd take it really easy, since I am working 34 hours a week now, and I shouldn't be too hard on myself. Sounds good, right? Well, by the first day of December I was already feeling pressured to take photos, and prepare the pages for this thing!!! The photos I took the first day were a pile of dirty dishes in the sink that were threatening to reach the ceiling, and some flowers my daughter received from a boy she likes after her choir performance. They seemed really lame, and not very festive.

I have a crippling secret, and maybe some of you can relate. Creatively, I struggle from performance anxiety. Sometimes the urge to make something really beautiful and special can hinder my actual process. Maybe I should just make the stupid album, and let it turn out however it turns out. Who am I going to offend, anyway?

I do find that doing photos every day is very stifling for me. I thought it would be easier to just photograph the things I think are important to me during the holidays, and put them in the book in any order I please. So, maybe I don't have to stick to a DAILY album, and can just make it anyway I please! I know I sound like a brat! I'll keep you updated in my progress, or lack thereof...


Anonymous said...

I know what you mean about the performance thing! But even if you make entries that aren't glamorous they are important as they show your life as it is now - why not forget the pressure of the photos everyday and just write your feelings down about the season somedays? I do Shimelle's JYC and she's a big fan of no pressure but rather making it work for you. Hope it works out good for you :)

Rhonda Van Ginkel said...

I totally understand Gabi! I haven't done the Dec daily, but I do think however you want to it so it works for you is the right think, no?

I was just thinking of you and wanted to stop on over and wish you Happy Holidays!

Julie Ann Shahin said...

You know the only year I didn't complete mine in the past 6 years was the year I tried doing it Ali's way...I've always done Shimelle's Journal Your Christmas at shimelle.com and there is a lot of support with a private message board there. There was too much pressure to get pages pre-prepared Ali's way and then I didn't like them. Then I was going to try to finish last year's album this year, and I was still too frustrated with it. LOL It's a shame because the empty pages are going to waste...I have to figure out how to save them! So how far did you get, I'm so curious to know!?

Rebecca at How I Burb said...

Sorry I'm just getting around to comments this month.....thanks for visiting my blog earlier this month!

So, did you make any progress or decide to scrap the scrapping? I am working on mine - I'm going to a crop this weekend and hope to finish it there. We'll see!