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.