December Daily

December DailyAh—December Daily. Such a fun tradition. What I love about it is it makes me more intentional about saving memories and getting cute photos throughout the month. This was probably the most rushed and stressful holiday season I can remember, but I can STILL look back on it with a smile because of this book. I love that!

I’ve done this a few other years, I think this was my third time! Here’s 2014’s album and 2013’s album. Last year I intended to do it, but I never got around to it. I definitely regretted breaking my tradition. So I vowed to complete it this year no matter what!

December Daily On the inside cover, I added a fun little hand painted stripe.

December Daily Pro tip—always lead with your most flattering photo!

December daily 2016I don’t really like to journal that much in my scrapbooks. That will probably change when we have a kiddo, but for now this was about all I had to say.

December Daily December Daily Pretty much 100% of the photos I used this year were taken with my phone. I remembered to screen shot a lot of stupid IG story and Snapchat photos this year… It adds character…?

December Daily This face swap moment was full-page worthy.

December Daily December Daily December Daily I’m thankful for my phone because if it wasn’t for that, I probably wouldn’t have any photos. You saved me, iPhone.

December Daily My favorite pages.

December Daily I decided to include our NYE party in the book because A. I have WAY more cute photos of it, and B. it was one of my favorite holiday memories ever. It was so much fun and a great bonding experience for J and I to tag-team throwing a big dinner party.

December Daily My favorite photo.

December Daily Awwwe.

December Daily December Daily December Daily And the main reason why I LOVE this project is that it gives me a place to store all the cute holiday cards we get in the mail. It hurts my heart too much to throw them away.

OK! That’s all for this year! Thinking ahead for next year, I think I would like to change it up next year. I was thinking about it as I was putting this together. I think next year I’d like to focus more on photography and maybe tell a handful of stories, but mostly make a big photo book with big photos. That’s pretty far off, so we’ll see what I’m feeling when the time comes. Laura also did December Daily this year, so here’s a few shots of what her December looked like!

Laura's December Daily 2016 (click through for more!)Laura's December Daily 2016 (click through for more!)Laura's December Daily 2016 (click through for more!)Laura's December Daily 2016 (click through for more!)Laura's December Daily 2016 (click through for more!)Laura's December Daily 2016 (click through for more!)Laura's December Daily 2016 (click through for more!)All in all—this project is always 100% worth the effort! I love looking back on past years’ albums!

Credits//Author: Elsie Larson, Photography: Elsie Larson and Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.