December Daily 2013 - Saved!

As most of you know, I started a December Daily album last December...and never finished it. The holiday season became too busy, and I grew overwhelmed with the project. I put all my supplies in a box and put it away for another day.

That day still hadn't come as of a few days ago. And then a friend gave me a $20 Shutterfly code and I also received an extra discount from Shutterfly that expired last night. And so I abruptly decided to make a December photo book and be able to call the project complete.

I purchased this Be Merry Christmas-themed kit from Scotty Girl Design over at Pixels & Company. I also grabbed these super clean Dailies templates from creashens.

With these, I created 10x10 pages in Photoshop Elements (I started a blank 10x10 document, and dragged the layers from the Dailies templates that I wanted to use onto my new document). I kept things simple, and added a paper, journaling, a day number, and an embellishment or two to each page. This allowed me to quickly put a page together (I'd estimate 15 minutes per page average) which I then uploaded to Shutterfly.

I used different templates for each page, based on the number of photos I had for that day. I also added some of the patterned paper in the empty spots, for touches of Christmas color. I used a slight shadow on my pages as well, to make the elements pop off the page slightly.

All of this easily uploaded into a 10x10 Shutterfly photo book, and I even used another template to make the title page.

I was able to complete this in two evenings, plus a lunch hour. About 8 hours total time.

Here's a look at my December Daily photo book:

I'm so glad to have this project wrapped up, and I can't wait for my photo book to arrive!

If you'd like to view all the pages individually, you can see them in my gallery here.


  1. This turned out soooo great!! love how clean it is...

  2. Looks great! I think digital is a good idea for December Dailies because you can pull it together relatively quickly after you get the hang of it. Love all the different colours you've used throughout the album.

    1. Thank you! I don't think I'm going to try a DD next year but if I do, digital will definitely be the way to go.