I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We had a traditional dinner on Thursday with all the kids and one of the grandkids. The other two were at their other parents’ house and we missed them.
Are you a Black Friday shopper? I’m not so much. I don’t like the crowds and the parking and all that jazz, but I have been trying to scoop up deals online as I find them. I don’t have any particularly spectacular ones to share, except in the digi-scrapping community! Yes, there are Black Friday sales there, and they are not to be missed. Along with some upcoming Cyber Monday sales! Here are just a few of the things you can pick up this weekend:
At The Lilypad:
At The Digital Press:
And at Sweet Shoppe:
And with all this scrapping, I’m behind on getting my DYD pages prepared and my PL, but I hope to be back on those tomorrow while I work on another little project that’s due in December 🙂 I hope that you enjoy the rest of your weekend and find some time to relax in the madness! Until next time, peace, out…
Yes, I realize it’s still November and lots of people get kind of upset when we start talking Christmas before Thanksgiving has even happened, but trust me, there is a reason behind my madness.
I absolutely love doing a document your December project every year. It helps to get me through the long dark cold days and has rejuvenated my love of Christmas. I will admit to being a total scrooge in the past and severely lacking in Christmas spirit.
I thought that I would take a little bit of time to explain my approach to documenting my December, what’s worked and what hasn’t, and how I manage to finish every year.
This is my 7th year doing this project, and if you’d like to see my completed pages from previous years, you can check out the December Daily portion of my blog. I will start by saying that I do my project completely digitally. I so admire hybrid and physical projects, and there are so many inspirational albums and books on Pinterest and in other places, but I know that if I tried to do something similar, I would never finish. At this point, I don’t really have the time to commit to doing the printing and cutting and all that goes in to a beautiful physical album. I can whip out digital pages pretty quickly.
There are tons of other options and some of the cutest hybrid examples I have seen are little 4×4 flip books. Also, many do full 12×12 pages. I do my project in 6×8 size simply because it seems to be the easiest for me to manage. After all, the ultimate goal is to finish the project, right?
I start by finding the perfect set of templates. This year I chose December Memories 2018 by Desgined by Soco.
I create a folder and name it DYD. I have sections for Kits, Foundation Pages, and pages that I intend to share on the web. By doing this, I only have one location I need to go to to find what I need.
Then I start, usually about the middle of November, creating foundation pages. I start adding papers, cards, and elements, and then the numbers for each of the days. These are by no means set in stone. If my photos end up working better on another layout, I simply switch out the numbers. Here are a few of the foundation pages I’ve done so far:
For these pages, I have used pieces by Rachel Jefferies, Sahin Designs, Sahlin Studio, Etc. by Danyale, and Pink Reptile Designs.
I’m almost half way through December and, as long as I stay on track doing a couple of pages a day, I should be ready to go when December starts! Then it’s just time to take the photos and add the journaling! While some like to keep a Christmas theme to their projects, I tend to just document whatever is going on in our lives on that day. Sometimes it is Christmas and sometimes it’s not, but it’s all about the joy of this time of year.
One of our wonderful creative team members at TLP, Farrah, has created a list of prompts that may come in handy if I’m ever stuck for what to photograph.
I will screenshot this image and save it to my phone for easy reference, and I might even make it my phone background for December so that I can remember.
My biggest tip if you are wanting to document your December is to be prepared. Get started early, create foundation pages, and be ready to go when December starts. We all know how busy it can get!
Thanks for stopping by and I’d love to see your December projects!! Until next time… peace, out…
I seriously behind on sharing my layouts for Simple Scrapper. I just cannot say enough good things about this community. I love being a part of the team at Simple Scrapper. I really feel like it helps me to create some meaningful, purposeful layouts and inspires me to create pages that I may not have thought of otherwise. The Premium Membership offers exclusive content and a supportive, generous, and inspiring community. Some of the benefits include a private Facebook group, Spark Magazine, chats, podcasts, sketches, and story starters. Totally awesome!
Currently, there is an organization challenge going on that I really need to dive in to! This week’s challenge is all about photographing and organizing memorabilia to be included in your scrapbooking. I can totally get on board with this! There are just so many things at Simple Scrapper to motivate and inspire all different kinds of scrapbookers. So, if you are looking for a supportive and inclusive community to be a part of, I encourage you to check out Simple Scrapper’s Premium Membership!
Here are my layouts for October and November:
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend! Until next time… peace, out…
I know I’ve mentioned before that I am not a fan of cold weather, winter, snow, any of that stuff. The shorter days can really get me down. But, there are a couple of things that keep me going through a lot of those days. One of those is my December Daily project. I just added a page here on the site for it and my cover page is done. I’ve also been working on some foundation pages so that I have it all ready to go when December starts. I’m trying to do a couple of pages a day, so that come December 1st, all I have to remember to do is take the photos. I talk a little bit about my process and other ways of going about it in this thread – DYD Sizes and Styles – at The Lilypad. I may come back one day soon and share a little more detail here. Everything I’ve used is from the Document Your December section of The Lilypad store. You can also check out what I’ve done in previous years in the December Daily section here on the blog.
For now, here’s my cover for this year:
And here is a sample page I did:
Are you doing a December Daily project this year? I’d love to see how you go about it!
I also want to share this absolutely gorgeous new release from Just Jaimee this week! The colors are stunning!!
I’ve got more goodness to share, so I’ll be back sometime this weekend! Thanks for looking and I hope you are enjoying your Friday night!
Ha I honestly did not think it had been almost a month since I last posted! Not quite sure what happened but it sure feels like I have been super busy every single day. Just dropping by today to share some fantastic new releases for this week!
I’m hoping to do some more updating soon, maybe this weekend! I am so excited to start planning my December Daily. It really helps keep me and my mind occupied during the cold dark days of winter. Thanks for looking! Peace, out…
I got my PL all caught up for this year, even including this week!! I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off of me! Last week, I was 10 weeks behind. I have never been that far behind! Ok, so there is one missing week. I don’t know what it is about September, but I am sorely lacking photos in September every single year! I think it has to do with getting back in the swing of work and school. I will go back and finish that page when I figure out what I’m going to do about the lack of photos…maybe a lot of journaling! But for now, I fee complete and ready to move on from here!
You can check out all my pages HERE, but I’ll share the ones I’ve done for October
Now on to all the other things on my to-do list!! Hope you all have a great upcoming week! Thanks for looking, and until next time, peace out…
Happy Friday!! Friday evenings are a favorite of mine. It is the one day of the week that we just do a lot of nothing. No homework, no chores, no cooking…just relaxing, maybe scrapping or movie watching. This Friday was a bit different because we had the day off due to some pretty significant flooding in the county where I teach. I feel so bad for all those who were affected by it. There were several campgrounds close to the river that were completely under water. I spent the day cleaning the house so that I can enjoy the rest of the weekend. I seriously need to spend as much time as possible catching up on Project Life! I am so many weeks behind and there’s so much more amazing, fun stuff coming up!
I thought I would jump on tonight and share the new releases for this week, and then hopefully be back to share some PL pages as I finish them!
Mondays are not really so simple for me right now. My son, a friend, and I are taking a beginner sign language course and the tech center here in town. We are on week three and I’m really enjoying it. Signing is something I have always wanted to be really good at, but have never taken the time to really learn it. I know a few signs here and there that I have picked up over the years working in Special Education, but I would love to be fluent. I know that this course alone won’t do it for me, but it’s a start!
I wanted to swing by here today and share my Simple Scrapper layouts for October. I love being a part of the team at Simple Scrapper. I really feel like it helps me to create some meaningful, purposeful layouts and inspires me to create pages that I may not have thought of otherwise. The Premium Membership offers exclusive content and a supportive, generous, and inspiring community. Some of the benefits include a private groups, Spark Magazine, chats, podcasts, sketches, and story starters. Totally awesome! And here are my pages:
These were super fun layouts to do and probably things I would not have thought to document if it weren’t for the Story Starters from Simple Scrapper! Check it out for yourself!! Hoping you have a simply wonderful week!! Peace, out…
Happy DSD weekend!! For those who don’t know, DSD is Digital Scrapbooking Day. There are challenges, games, and sales galore!! I honestly get a little overwhelmed sometimes and decided a few years ago that I would just sit back and do what I could, when I could. There is just so much! But what I have done this week and into the weekend is scrap!
It’s also BYOC weekend at The Lilypad! Talk about gorgeous!! Here are just a few of the kits you can find on sale:
I’m also hosting a DSD Scraplift Challenge at The Lilypad if you are into having some fun and possibly winning a little prize.
There are more fun and games over at The Digital Press and some amazing new releases and fantastic for DSD!!
I’m hosting one of the monthly challenges over there – All About Me!
And even more amazing new releases over at Sweet Shoppe Designs!
Did I mention the word overload? Insane, isn’t it!! I hope you are joining in the fun and getting some memory keeping done! I’m heading back to the forums to see what I can get in to, so until next time…peace, out…