Sizes and Styles - DYD 2018

Discussion in 'Document Your December' started by IntenseMagic, Nov 12, 2018.

  1. IntenseMagic

    IntenseMagic College was bad for my reputation

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    When Documenting your December, does size really matter? Yes, it definitely can! When you are getting ready to start a DYD project, or any other for that matter, one of the first things you need to decide is the size and format. Will it be a dedicated album or book? Will you be adding it to your year long project? Or will you be add it as an insert.

    Once you decide that, you need to decide what size will work best for you. Will it be 4x4"? 4x6"? 4x8”? 6x6? 6x8? 6x12? 8x8? 8.5x11? 12x12”? As for format, the decisions might be to go all digital or to create a hybrid album. You may also decide between a pocket style or more traditional pages. There are so many possibilities!! And you may have to play around with the options to see what works best for you, your lifestyle, and your goals. This might get a little long, but hang with me :)

    Personally, I create all my pages digitally and print them as individual pages. I then put them in pocket protectors in a ring album. Creating books is also a wonderful way of showcasing digital layouts. I've also seen some super cool little flip books for Documenting December.

    There is no right or wrong way to go about it, and you should never get caught up in trends or having to have the latest and greatest. There are artists I truly admire, but I know if I had to try to emulate them, I would get frustrated and never finish. Go with what is most comfortable for you and what is going to work the best for helping you get the project finished. No one wants to start a project only to give up on it half way through. What matters most is getting those memories documented as well as enjoying the process without feeling like it’s a daunting task. This will be my 7th year of DYD and I really look forward to me. I don’t view it as something I have to get done, it’s just something I truly enjoy more year after year.

    Let’s talk about sizes and styles. There is some fabulous inspiration in the gallery - https://the-lilypad.com/forum/galleries/categories/dyd-document-your-december.689/, but here are a few different styles/sizes I found:

    Hybrid

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    https://the-lilypad.com/forum/galleries/winter-vibes-4x4-mini-album.324287/
    https://the-lilypad.com/forum/galleries/christmas-2017.361440/
    https://the-lilypad.com/forum/galleries/dd-day13andday14-copy.332912/
    https://the-lilypad.com/forum/galleries/dd-day10.328961/

    6x8

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    https://the-lilypad.com/forum/galleries/dyd25dec2017.325476/
    https://the-lilypad.com/forum/galleries/dyd28dec2017.325502/
    https://the-lilypad.com/forum/galleries/dyd-day-23.325040/
    https://the-lilypad.com/forum/galleries/december-10-dyd-2017.325041/

    12x12

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    https://the-lilypad.com/forum/galleries/dd31-copy.326130/
    https://the-lilypad.com/forum/galleries/dyd-day-14.339890/
    https://the-lilypad.com/forum/galleries/dyd-day-8.283871/
    https://the-lilypad.com/forum/galleries/moc-day-17-dyd-day-8.283870/

    4x6

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    https://the-lilypad.com/forum/galleries/2017_december_5-copy.324106/
    https://the-lilypad.com/forum/galleries/day17-olb.278703/
    https://the-lilypad.com/forum/galleries/day21-pp-left.279441/


    The store has so many template options for sizes and styles that will keep you covered for the entire month. If you’re a template lover or you think that is something that might help you stay on track, you can find tons of options in the Document Your December section of the store, whether you want to include one photo or several, lots of embellishments or just a couple, or a mix depending on the day.

    Once you’ve decided on a size and style you think will work for you, you may want to think about a cover. If you are creating your pages as an insert to an existing album, you may not need a cover at all. But if you are creating a dedicated album, you may want a cover, either for the front of the book, or as an introduction page for your album. Here are a few cover examples that may inspire you.

    Cover.jpg

    https://the-lilypad.com/forum/galleries/2017-december-cover-front.321064/
    https://the-lilypad.com/forum/galleries/dyd-2017-cover.321709/
    https://the-lilypad.com/forum/galleries/dyd-cover.320869/
    https://the-lilypad.com/forum/galleries/ppdecfav6-projectbykerrianne.322443/

    As far as what to document, that is completely a personal decision. Do you want all Christmas stories or do you want to just document the day to day of the Christmas season? Maybe a little of both? I typically only scrap one or two photos a day, just whatever is going on that represents that day. Sometimes it’s a lot, sometimes it’s almost nothing, sometimes it’s Christmas, sometimes it’s not, but it’s all worth documenting.

    Another tip is to make sure that you have all the supplies you think you will need in one spot before December starts. That way you have one central location to pull from instead of always searching. I create a DYD folder and pull in whatever I think I will need...alphas, papers, elements, templates, etc. If you have a particular color or design theme that you want to use, pull in all the coordinating things. This will help create a cohesive look for your album and speed up the process of creating your album.

    Make sure you check out our thread on foundation pages. Having pages that are ready to go when December starts is the key for me when it comes to getting pages done and keeping up or catching up if I happen to get behind! Without a doubt, my biggest piece of advice is to plan ahead!

    I’d love to hear any tips or tricks you have for creating your DYD albums! And please share how you plan to document your December!
     
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  2. QuiltyMom

    QuiltyMom Practically Perfect in Every Way

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    So many choices! LOL! I'm thinking about an 8x8 size. We'll see what happens when I begin to scrap!
     
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  3. Cherylndesigns

    Cherylndesigns All glasses should be bigger than 1.5 oz

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    What wonderful ideas and examples, Jan! I'm thinking I'll make pages, etc. for my travel notebook, which I started for Christmas in July, with Jenn. My book is the 4x8.
     
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  4. amien1

    amien1 I do enjoy a good exclamation point!

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    The last few years I've done 12x12 but printed in 8x8 books! I'm going to use the December Details 2 album by FDD for this year :) Few pics from last year's album:

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  5. Angela Toucan

    Angela Toucan I keep looking for THAT wardrobe

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    I went for 8*8 last year, which is my normal scrapbooking size.

    This year I'm going to continue with P52 into DYD - so pocket pages for me this year.
     
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  6. Mrivas

    Mrivas I know how to spit like a man

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    I create my pages in 8x8 size so that the journal cards stay truer to size. It’s also my 7th year and I always print out an 8x8 book at Shutterfly. It’s so hard to find vertical 6x8 books so I just stick to the 8x8 size.
    I only document the Christmas stuff in it though, all the other day to day goes in my PL pages. I’m trying to limit my book to around 20-30 pages.
     
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  7. IntenseMagic

    IntenseMagic College was bad for my reputation

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    I love the 8x8 size!! Looking forward to seeing your pages!
     
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  8. IntenseMagic

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    I think that is such a fun size!! I have thought about trying that myself, but I have done 6x8 for so many years now I figured I should stick with it lol. I definitely want to try another project in 4x8 though!
     
  9. IntenseMagic

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    Such a beautiful book!! I print a lot of 8x8 books. It's such a great size. I can't wait to see your pages this year!
     
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  10. IntenseMagic

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    Looking forward to seeing your pocket pages, Angela! I've done them for DYD in the past in 6x8 size and loved how they turned out.
     
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  11. IntenseMagic

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    I have looked every year for vertical 6x8 books and haven't had any luck. I scored a great deal on some 6x8 albums a few years ago on clearance, so I guess that's kind of my DYD "thing" now lol. I always adore your pages, so I can't wait to see your project!
     
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  12. jenn mccabe

    jenn mccabe She's OUR sunshine!

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    Amazing and inspiring ideas Jan ... this is like Christmas candy opening this thread. Especially love the section on how to do covers in this thread! Wow - beautiful!
     
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  13. Mrivas

    Mrivas I know how to spit like a man

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    I also got some great deals on 6x8 albums but use them for my kids PL. i feel like I can fit like 2 or 3 years DD in one of those.
     
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  14. Cherylndesigns

    Cherylndesigns All glasses should be bigger than 1.5 oz

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    One of the reasons I like it, Jan, is that I can print an 8x8 layout, and attach it into the center fold and it makes a "double". It doesn't really crease it like it would if it was printed on heavy paper. I use a nice quality printer paper. It's just a different look, or I can do individual sheets. I like variety. Here are 3 pages I completed during Christmas in July - they're in my book, so you can see what I'm talking about.

    . TN1.jpg tn2.jpg tn3.jpg
     
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  15. tkradtke

    tkradtke Why is my butt cold and wet?

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    I have waaaayyyyyy over thought this for my DYD book this year. I truly love the look of the traditional 6x8 DYD album, but I'm digital and my books have been 8x8 in the past. So... I got the bright idea to make a 6x8 book within an 8x8 format. I made up traditional 6x8 pocket pages using Mommyish's template maker actions on an 8x8 canvas. I put the template to the outside edge and will put a patterned paper on the gutter side. I'm excited to see if this idea actually works! If it does, I do plan on trimming some of the pages after it's printed to mimic those half pages people do in the 6x8 binders. I've been watching entirely too many DYD album videos on YouTube lately! :giggle
     
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  16. rubygirl

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    I just learned that persnicketyprints prints a softcover 6x8 vertical album so I'm going to try that out for my December daily this year. It's really hard to find 6x8 albums in Canada so fingers crossed it turns out and I finish this year :)
     
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  17. AnneofAlamo

    AnneofAlamo Slippers IN sunshine? Even better!

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  18. BevG

    BevG If I can't remember it, it didn't happen

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    FYI - Just remember, you can scale down but not up. I started an 8x8 one year and then had to re-do the pages when I decided to put them in the 12x12 album.
     
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    I also did that - once! Now, no matter what, I make sure to always scrap 12x12. Thanks for the reminder, Bev!
     
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  20. janedee

    janedee I like to play with really old stuff

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    I've only finished a book once and had it printed on 8 x 8 so I think that's what I'm going to use again this year. This will be the first Christmas in a few years where there will be lots of family around again - yay!!!!
     
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