Hello friends! Jill here. I had a great time breaking out of my 12x12 pocket page December Daily format with the 10x8 album this year. I enjoyed the opportunity to experiment with outside the page protector layouts and so many different page sizes! However, if you look at the last several stories in my album, you might notice that I reverted back to pocket pages a lot more. When I’m shorter on time or creative ideas, pocket pages are still my go to. lol. They also allowed me to fit in those last few stories without overstuffing my album. It is always a must for me to fit my project into just one album, and since this year I used a lot more dimension than usual, I tried to stay aware of how much space was left.
Just like in past years, I purposely worked on my stories at least a week behind. This allowed me a lot of flexibly to move stories around so that the layouts worked better together, and so I could have a good mix of small and large page sizes. I’ve long ago let go of having stories on specific days. One of my favorite parts of the project is fitting all of the stories together like puzzle pieces. I relied a lot on my sticky note system on the December Daily Journal calendar as I planned out where each story would go.
Something I did differently this year was to complete my journaling for each story before letting myself move on to the creative part of the next story. In the past I saved all of the journaling until the end and that was a daunting task that usually prolonged the project. So it was well worthy it to stick to constantly journaling along the way and it also allowed me to have more in the moment journaling.
My favorite products this year were the sequin shaker tags (I used them all!) and the glitter stars.
Thank you to everyone who cheered me on along the way. If you’d like to read most of my actual stories, they can be found on my Instagram account (@jill.drangsholt) where I have a post for each one. I have a full walk through up on IGTV with a few more thoughts on my album.
I hope you enjoyed this peek into my album and that it sparks some ideas for those of you still finishing your project. Until next year!