Christmas in July!

by Lain Ehmann on July 4, 2011

File this one under “It’s Never Too Late to…”

Do you recognize this? (Even if you don’t recognize it, I bet you can figure out what it is!)

Yup, it’s my December Daily album. Yeah, last year’s, not this year’s.

Ahem.

You know, things get crazy-busy around the end of the year. You know, I didn’t “finish” my album. You know, I felt a little bad about it!

So, what’s better than Christmas in July? It’s true, better late than never! So when I unpacked a box with my unfinished album and a pile of Christmas cards from friends and family, I figured I’d pull the two together and finish that bad boy off!

The result… an album that includes some days that I actually did in the moment… and many more pages that highlight the people who are near and dear to us with the inclusion of their photo cards and greeting cards.

Here’s an example of one spread:

Handmade holiday greeting on the left and an envelope full of receipts on the right!

Now, let’s talk about this a little bit. Is this the December Daily I imagined when I put the album together back in November? Umm, not exactly. But does that really matter? Of course, my ideal was that I would actually document daily activities and traditions and thoughts through the month of December. Yep, I did that a few days… but then life got in the way. And I enjoyed my December — hanging with my family in California. Would I have rather been holed up in my hotel room, making sure I documented each day? Nope.

Can I be okay with an “imperfect” December Daily album? Most certainly.

Will I try it again this year? Yes. I really do like the concept of a daily ritual. But if it doesn’t work? That’s okay, too.

P.S. Don’t let the idea of perfection get in the way of enjoying your scrapbooking and your projects. The point of scrapbooking is to document life, not to arrange your life AROUND scrapbooking. As I say on my 30minuteMartha.com site… “Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be good.”

P.P.S. This post was sponsored by Storkie! Storkie provides high-quality invitations, announcements, and greetings with a fast turnaround. Thanks, Storkie, for bringing us Christmas in July!

  • Lynnette

    I didn’t know you had another site!?!  What is this all about?  Must check it out :)

  • Anonymous

    It’s easy household/family management tips — it’s been dormant for a bit but will experience a rebirth this summer! :)

  • DaniNYC12677

    love it!!! Love that you didn’t let time stand in the way! Great job Lain!

  • http://blog.mshanhun.com Melissa

    Hey Lain – so cool that you finished it – even if it’s different to what you first imagined.
    I’ve actually got some stuff planned for Christmas in July around here too! http://blog.mshanhun.com/2011/06/christmas-in-july-sneak-peek.html

  • Glitz42163

    I totally agree. Sharing time with family and friends is so much more important and I am glad that you shared this with all of us. I do like the idea behind the book :) 

  • Anonymous

    Thank you! :)

  • Anonymous

    Even though it’s Christmas, it fits in July very well with the stars and blue (even your photo looks red, white and blue!) Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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