Thursday, November 7, 2013

December Daily Organization: Part One, Getting Your Supplies Together

I have to be completely honest with you, this will be my FIRST year finishing a December Daily. I had great intentions last year, but between moving mid-December and having family come to stay with us at our new house four days later, I did not have time to work on it. I also am more of a seasonal scrapper. I like to work on Christmas themed items around that time of year, and once the holiday is over, I want to work on other things. Now that it is November and the Christmas season is approaching, I am so excited to be working on December Daily as well as other Christmasy projects.

The Albums:

This year I will be making a 2012 December Daily in November and setting up my 2013 December Daily as well. I figure after I finish one, I should have a good idea of what does/ does not work for me. I will be sure to keep you posted. I have two Studio Calico handbooks ready to go. One is the new Magical Handbook and the other is an older chevron chipboard design also by Studio Calico. It is similar to this one HERE. I primed the plain chipboard album with white acrylic paint and when dry, I used Krylon Gold Metallic Spray Paint, followed by a coat of clear protectant. Since I am loving everything gold this year, I am leaning towards using the gold album for 2013 and using the Studio Calico Magical red cloth album for 2012. I also added patterned paper to the spine of the gold album and polka dot washi around the corners. You can see the pictures of both my 2012 and 2013 December Daily albums below.

If you want to see the steps I took in spray painting the album, I posted my progress on Instagram last week, You can find my Instagram link at the right hand side of the blog. If you have any questions just leave a comment below or on Instagram, I would be happy to help.

Organizing Little Bits and Pieces:

My first recommendation would be to collect all of the supplies you are planning on using into your December Daily album into one place. Then you get to start the fun part. Organizing all of the little bits and pieces!

There are a multitude of ways you can store little embellishments, but one way is by far my absolute favorite. You might remember that I am a sucker for a white ceramic bowl. Seriously, I am so in love with these little guys. They are very affordable, so enchanting, and they just make my heart happy and I smile every time I see them. I discussed my love for ceramic bowls in another organization post HERE. I purchase these bowls at Target, World Market, Pier One, Michaels, and various consignment stores. The star-shaped bowl was purchased at Michaels last week, and is my current favorite. Currently I have approximately 21, and yes they are ALL being used.

*The glass candy dish is out year-round. I store my paper clips in it
 and since it was my mother's I just love it. It reminds me of her
 and my childhood everytime I look at it.

Other strategies I have seen fellow bloggers use for organizing December Daily, include;
  • Baskets
  • Clothespins
  • Cups
  • Mugs
  • Muffin Tins
  • Tool boxes
  • Various ceramic containers
  • Vintage Letter Trays
  • Wooden boxes
You can see many of above organizational ideas implemented, as well as read some other December Daily organization tips by clicking on any of the names below. All 3 scrapbookers have very inspirational, well-written posts, and are bloggers that I enjoy reading.

Thank you for stopping by today. I will be back soon with a layout share. I hope to see you then.

Happy Organizing,




  1. Now I want to go buy some little white bowls!

  2. Thanks so much Amanda. I love enabling scrapbooked. :-)

  3. I found your blog via, and the timing of this is perfect! I too am doing my first December Daily album, and I'm actually in the process of going through my stash for stuff I can use. I hadn't even thought about organizing it all LOL! But you've given me some ideas now, so thanks!

    1. You are most welcome Jen, glad I could help. Thank you for your comment.

  4. Thanks for linking up my blog Toni!! Your little bowls are so dang cute too!!