Scrapbook Sundays: December Daily Begins

1Hi, guys. Happy Sunday! This month I am participating in Ali's #DecemberDaily challenge, which basically means I'm trying to capture photos of my family and friends during the holidays for a fun little scrapbook. I made my first December Daily book last year and had a great experience. So much so that Laura wanted to join in on the fun this year. (Yay!) 

2Just like last year, I am working mostly with Ali's kit. I also have Kelly Purkey's kit and the Gossamer Blue kit (that my pal Ashley G. did some designs for). So yeah… too many kits for one person to possibly use, so Laura and I shared and split them up because #sharingiscaring! Later this month when I share my completed album, Laura will also share hers. 

3The most important part of any scrapbook is the photos. I am carrying around a list to remind myself of photos I want to take. I'm not going to lie—this part is challenging. This week I was a little discouraged at how few photos I got, but I'm determined to keep going and capture some fun memories! 

4In typical Elsie style, I vowed to keep things "super simple"… then five minutes later started tricking out my album cover with a homemade foam stamp. I decided to make my album pretty colorful this year and try to incorporate a lot of black and white photos (my husband LOVES black and white, so that part is for him too). 

5Here's the inside of my cover. It's a bright orange-ish red. For some reason I always have to decorate the inside of these covers. It's so fun. 

6I went ahead and started punching holes. This year I want to try to add a lot of things to my album that aren't in page protectors to spice it up. 

Like last year, I will also store all the holiday cards we receive in the back of my album. 

7Here's my opening page. Just some things I am looking forward to. 

8And I went ahead and created some 3×4 cards for my book since stamping is my current obsession. This was fun. 

9I'll be back later this month, probably right after Christmas to share my completed album! If you want to join in, there's still time! I hope my confession that I didn't really take many photos this week encourages you that it doesn't have to be perfect! These things are never perfect and there are a million different ways to make a scrapbook. The memories you capture will mean 100x more by this time next year when you open your book back up. It's worth the effort. 

OK, guys! I hope you have a great Sunday. I'm off to do a little shopping with Katie and prepare for a busy week. I have barely even started Christmas shopping yet. Lots to do! Sending love your way! xx. Elsie 

Credits// Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Photos edited with Stella of The Signature Collection. 

  • I am obsessed with your scrapbooking talent. Where do you buy these mini albums and photo pockets?

  • You guys make everything look so easy 🙂 I’ve always loved your scrapbooking posts.

  • so fun! can’t wait to see the end result. i really have to join in text year!
    xo, cheyenne

  • I love this, and I always appreciate your reminders that life doesn’t need to be perfect.

  • So cute. I need to get back into scrapbooking. Our family used to always have a camera out. Since the digital age hit, I feel like we’ve started taking fewer photos. Weird, huh?

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  • Love Scrapbook Sunday! I had that issue this week with not taking a lot of pictures and then thinking.. am I too boring for this? hah! But no, it was just a slow work week and the weekend totally saved it 🙂

  • It’s a Handbook (Studio Calico) and a part of Ali’s December kit-
    Thanks! Elsie

  • The little cards are 3×4 and the whole album is 6×8. Most of what you see here is from Ali’s December Daily kit!
    xx- Elsie

  • Hi Fatema! Some of them are 🙂 They are from the December Daily kit:

    🙂 -Jacki

  • Hi Maya! It’s from this kit:

    There is also a white one that’s in stock:

    🙂 -Jacki

  • Hi Robin! It’s from this kit:

    There is also a white one that’s in stock:

    🙂 -Jacki

  • I adore seeing your take on this!!! So fun to see you going back to our scrapbook roots. 😉

  • This is going to be a lovely album!
    Were do you get those cute simple albums from?


  • quick question…what size and brand of album are you using? I’d like to use the same.

  • 1. I love Scrapbook Sundays. Seriously.
    2. Y’all are *this* close to making me break out my crafts and start scrap-booking at two in the morning.


  • Oh, you make this look so easy! I already feel like I’ve totally failed. Was doing great up until this weekend, where I should have taken tons of photos as we went to a friend’s party and a work Christmas do (and I wasn’t at work so actually had daylight for once!), but somehow forgot all about it. All I have is a blurry selfie of me and my boyfriend. Useless! 🙁

  • “The memories you capture will mean 100x more by this time next year when you open your book back up. It’s worth the effort.” I love this sentiment and you’re absolutely right. Thanks for the reminder that it doesn’t have to be perfect to be special. I can’t wait to see your finished album! 🙂

  • Love your enthusiasm for the project! I’m doing one too and am also a little anxious over ‘lack-of-photo-iris’ but am living more ‘in the moment’ and writing more each night to compensate, so I’m kind of OK with it…..

  • The sun going down early is definitely rough! I hear you. Trying to make the best of it here too!
    xx- Elsie

  • Oh this looks like a lot of fun! Wish I had time to do the whole December, I’m planning to document just the holiday time, but for the past few years I’ve always took really crappy pictures because of the whole no light after 4pm situation! Also, I’m hooked on stamping, it’s so much fun! I need to get more inks!
    Can’t wait to see yours and Laura’s December daily at the end of the month, yay!
    xo Kat

  • Great inspiration! I have to scrapbook soon again. Oh, Christmas! I`m so in love with this beautiful time.

    Best wishes!

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