As I anxiously awaited the opening of Ali Edward’s December Daily selection period, I remembered that I still had my album from 2013 that had not, as yet, been completed. And as I carefully made my selections, there was this little nagging voice that said “Well? Are you going to complete 2013 before 2016?” I responded by saying, “I’ve completed 2014 and 2015. What’s the big deal?” The voice said, “You know what the big deal is . . . I’m going to keep bugging you until your 2013 album stands proudly on the shelf between 2012 and 2014.” That damn voice. It almost always wins.
So last week, I began my 2013 December Daily album.
As I looked through my photos from that year, I quickly began to realize why I hadn’t yet started the album. I didn’t have many photos. And the photos I did have certainly didn’t reflect each day of the month. There were huge gaps! Horrors! But I didn’t let that stop me. I had purchased Ali’s 2013 Date Stamp templates and I had the December Daily kit. Photos or not – this project was going to get done.
And as I started to work, I remembered why I love this project in the first place. Each of the photos I did have made me smile. And remember exactly what we were all doing at that moment in time. So even 3 years later, there was still something to say – some story to tell. It might be just one line of journaling, or it might just be one photo (or it might be no photos given the state of my Lightroom catalog), but that was going to be just fine. And I was going to talk back to that little voice and tell it that working on 2013 in 2016 was the way it was supposed to be.
I went back to Ali’s 2013 blog posts for ideas, and searched through the photos I had trying to figure out what was going to work for which day. Some of the photos are blurry, some are horrible in color (those I converted to black and white), and some are unusable. Sigh. But I wasn’t going to let that get in the way.
In fact, I realized that this might just be a very fun and simple album to put together. And I decided that I just wasn’t going to worry about it if I didn’t have any photos for a particular day. I did think about fudging – using a photo from a day I had multiples and saying it was a different day, but then that brings with it a lot of stress (and for me, guilt), so I didn’t go in that direction. I just figured I’d skip the days where I had no photos. Maybe I’d journal or use a quote or some patterned paper. Or maybe my album would just skip days – so far I have no Day 3, no Day 6, no Day 9 and no 11, 12 or 13! (I can hear that little irksome voice laughing right now).
For the days I did have, I continued to use the Date Stamps. And for Day 4, I added in some one line journaling and a chipboard piece from the December Daily kit. And lo and behold – I had photos for Day 5!
Remember – no Day 6. The quotes I’m using are from Ali – but I can’t remember where exactly they came from.
One of the little things I borrowed from Ali’s 2013 posts was the really cute use of the embellishments. Love how these pair together. This is one of the photos I converted to black and white because the color was so off. I used RadLab’s “Bitchen BW”. That one and Sterling BW are 2 of my favorites.
For Day 8, our cats made front and center again. Along with a 4×6 card from the December Daily kit.
Day 10 had lots of photos. This was the day I went to Hunter’s 5th grade classroom to help with their Christmas party. It was really cute to see him with all his friends. The toys are the class donation to Toys for Tots. The Cheers and Heart stamps are from the December Daily kit.
Every so often, I’m going to use one of the little 3×4 cards and a few embellishments. No page protectors – just a little something different (think of it as adding texture – LOL).
Here’s the back. Nothing fancy – just a few stars. One of which I popped up with a pop dot.
Again – horrible color – so black and white. Love the Merry & Bright transparency (December Daily kit). I may go back when the album’s complete and add more embellishments. It’s really going to depend on how long this takes me and whether I just want to keep it simple.
Cute photos – but not perfectly clear. In fact, the Christmas tree with the Dickens quote is so blurry it’s really unusable. But I’m going with what I have and I wanted to use another quote.
So that’s as far as I’ve gotten. But it’s a good start and it’s fun to look back at all the memories. Oh and these photos were all taken with my iPhone and a Moment telephoto lens (thanks Trisha!). I have both the telephoto and the wide angle and have almost stopped using my Nikon. I have a D300S – which I have always loved. And I did try to use it today to shoot these layouts. But . . . sigh . . . Every photo I took turned out blurry. Not the camera’s fault. Not the lens’ fault. It’s that I can’t see anymore without wearing reading glasses! Ugh. Try using your camera with reading glasses. Or no reading glasses which results in blurry photos. It’s impossible. And a no win situation. So iPhone to the rescue. Will definitely have to investigate the iPhone 7 (Plus that is – cause I can’t see the screen unless IT’S SUPER LARGE TYPE!)