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 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 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 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 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. 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!