Documenting December…

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.

Then I decide on the color scheme and choose the kits I want to use. This year, I am using pieces from Document Your December – Tis the Season at The Lilypad. 

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…

Most Wonderful Time…

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:

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December Memories 2018 6×8 Templates by Designed by Soco
Home for the Holidays Paper Pack by Sahlin Studio
December Days No. 4 by Sahlin Studio
Merry Everything Elements by Sahin Designs
Falalalala Elements by Rachel Jefferies

And here is a sample page I did:

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December Memories 2018 – 6×8 Templates by Designed by Soco
Chalkboard Holiday Tags by Etc. by Danyale
December Days No. 4 by Sahlin Studio
Home for the Holidays Paper Pack by Sahlin Studio
Home for the Holidays Elements by Sahlin Studio
Falalalala Elements by Rachel Jefferies

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!!

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Starry Night – Storyteller 2018 November Add-on by Just Jaimee
Templates – Storyteller 2018 November Add-on by Just Jaimee

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!

It’s beginning to look…

A lot like Christmas!! Especially if you have been over at The Lilypad this weekend. The designers have knocked it out of the park this week with all their amazing Document Your December creations! This is one of my very favorite projects of the whole year! I try really hard to have all the pages mostly made before December starts so that all I have to do is add photos and journaling. I did a cover pages and several other pages this past week, so I have a good start! The photos it my layouts here are from last year, but I will redo them when the time comes with this year’s photos!

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The Sparkly Season Papers by Pink Reptile Designs The Sparkly Season Elements by Pink Reptile Designs The Sparkly Season Alpha by Pink Reptile Designs

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Joyful Papers by Amber LaBau Joyful Elements by Amber LaBau Days of December | 3×4 Cards & Overlays by Amber LaBau Numerology by Amber LaBau

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Mod Style Holiday Kit by Etc. by Danyale Mod Style Holiday Paints by Etc. by Danyale Date Minder Set by Etc. by Danyale Pockets No. 8 by Valorie Wibbens

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DYD Embellishment Pack by Just Jaimee DYD Paper Pack by Just Jaimee Pockets No. 8 by Valorie Wibbens

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City Sidewalks by Amber LaBau Days of December | 3×4 Cards & Overlays by Amber LaBau Pockets No. 8 by Valorie Wibbens

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Holly Days Paper Pack by Amy Wolff Holly Days Element Pack by Amy Wolff Holly Days Number Circles by Amy Wolff Pockets No. 8 by Valorie Wibbens

I’m starting to feel so festive hahaha

But there are some other fantastic creations out there this week! MEG Designs is the featured designer at The Digital Press. Her whole store is on sale 30% off and she has some beautiful products!

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Cynosure by MEG Designs Cynosure Template by MEG Designs 

Also at The Digital Press is this gorgeous kit by River~Rose

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Grateful Heart by River~Rose  TDP Challenge Template by Crystal Livesay

And last but not least, is this gorgeous collection by Sahin Designs

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Grace Collection by Sahin Designs

I’m going to spend the rest of the weekend working on PL for this week and trying to get some more DYD layouts ready to go. December will be here before we know it!!

Have a great rest of your weekend!! Peace, out…