If you're wondering what in the world a foundation album is or why you would want to make one, you've come to the right place!! I started my scrapbooking journey in the paper world, and one of my favorite projects each year was making my December/Christmas foundation album. I've carried that love over into the digital side of my scrapbooking and am so happy to be here to share it with you this season! A DYD foundation album is actually very simple- as one of the Pollys in the back room put it, it's basically a set of layered quick pages that you scrap for yourself ahead of time, leaving just the photos and journaling to be added later. We all know how busy the Christmas season can get, and how difficult it can be to find time to sit down and make a fresh layout from scratch every day (or even just a few times per week!) during December. Making a foundation album ahead of time gives you a head start on each of those pages. You can still add/move/delete things on your layout as needed, but you'll have done the majority of the work for yourself ahead of time! Another reason that I love making foundation albums is a truly geeky one- I love to be efficient and batch tasks together! For an album, that would mean going through the entire set of pages and performing the same task on each page, then starting back at the beginning and performing the next task on each page. Some of those tasks for me are: Adding larger embellishment areas such as premade clusters and paint. Adding background paper Adding paper to smaller areas Adding smaller embellishments (flowers, word labels, etc.) Setting up journaling spots with my favorite font, size, spacing, etc. Adding journaling and filler cards Not only does completing one task at a time on the whole album make the process more time efficient, but it also helps the whole album to have a more cohesive, even feel to it. I think that we've all been there with a project that started out with a big, elaborate opening set of pages, and then toward the end became noticeably less embellished. Completing tasks in batches helps to combat fizzling out creatively toward the end of an album. I've been playing with some of the DYD items this week and put together three sets of foundation pages as an example to share. I did a very quick set of task batching to work through these and am looking forward to working on the remaining spreads over the next couple of weeks! (You can click on any of the thumbnails to see a larger version in the gallery, complete with product links!) I'm doing a 6x8 album this year, and I started with a set of 6x8 layered templates by Scrapping with Liz, new for this DYD release! In my paper days I almost always made these albums with a mix of paper and pocket pages, so I pulled in some 6x8 pocket templates from an older set by Just Jaimee to emulate that look. Pollys @lcpereyra and @mrs2a50 Are also joining in the foundation album festivities this DYD, and wow, have they made some amazing pages!! @mrs2a50 Is doing DYD in a traveler's notebook format this year using Paislee Press's Travelogue templates and papers and elements from Sabrina's Creation's Document Your Memories kit. @lcpereyra Is making a larger format album using using the Document Your Month templates and Document Your Memories collection by Sabrina's Creations. She is keeping her album consistent and repeating papers and elements throughout for flow and cohesiveness. She knows that her photos will be colorful, so she's kept her pages on the neutral side, and since her holiday decor is often neutral with green elements, she's chosen that color scheme for her foundation pages. Now that you've learned a little about foundation albums and have seen a few examples, are you excited to try making one? Do you have any questions, comments, or tips for your fellow DYDers? Let's get the conversation going and chat our way into a fun, stress-free DYD season!