I have started putting together my 2009 Christmas Journal. I have all of the pages selected, and trimmed them down to 8"x8." I use this American Crafts Binder with these refill pages. (Michael's is now selling these albums and if they're not on sale, use that 40% off coupon for great savings.) The 8"x8" album is a really good size for me for this project. It doesn't feel overwhelming to have to take a photo or journal a little something everyday for 37 days. I got all of the pages ready in advance last year, and it was such a time saver, and made it so easy to update every day.
My Christmas Journal covers December 1st – January 6th, and I like the fact that it covers all of the excitement before Christmas as well as the New Year and getting everything put away and cleaned up for a fresh start. For me, I always end up documenting the inevitable January blues — I always get a little down after the holidays — like there's nothing to look forward to for months. So I try to schedule a get away to sunny South Florida for late January to chase away the winter blues.
For the daily numbers in my Christmas Journal, I'm going to use mostly painted chipboard numbers, or Thickers numbers which come in a variety of colors and fonts. The only thing I bought for this project was the album and page protectors. Everything else I have in extreme abundance. I think a New Year's Project for me is going to be to go through my studio and purge, purge, purge, and donate all of the stuff I no longer use.
Speaking of Christmas Journals, I realized that I didn't scan in any completed pages for 2008. I'm taking care of that now, and will upload later today and post a link.
All of the information on organizing a December Daily Journal is here.
Have a great weekend!