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:

DYD-Cover
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:

Day-4-Sample
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!!

Stay-Wild-600
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!

New Year…

Wow, I didn’t actually realize how long it had been since I posted here. I honestly think the whole month of December was a blur! I have thought about it quite a bit, just never made the commitment to sit down and post. I’ve spent the last day or so reorganizing everything, creating new pages for the new year and coming up with ideas to get me posting here more often. We’ll see if it sticks!

I finished up my Life in Pockets for 2017 and you can see it all HERE. Well, all but one week I am finishing up. I’m not sure why I got stuck on that week, but I’ll insert it when it’s done. I also started my Life in Pockets for 2018. I have the cover done and will start on pages next weekend. I’m excited for a new year.

I also started and finished Document Your December for 2017 and you can see that HERE. I only went through the 25th because honestly we haven’t done a whole lot since then.

I’m not going back and add all the layouts I’ve done in December. I’m just far too lazy. But I hope to keep up better from now on. I plan to add the blog to my list of layout upload places and that should make it easier :).

And if you’re looking for some excitement – It’s MOC time at The Lilypad! 31 days, 31 challenges! If you complete them all you get a $20 gift certificate to The Lilypad and a chance at a Polly spot! It’s a sweet gig, I tell ya! Under my scrap pages, I added a section just for my MOC layouts! I love participating and stretching myself out of my comfort zone! It’s always exciting to see the challenges pop up every day! If you haven’t signed up, you really should! It’ll be fun, I promise!

Ok… I’m out for now. Just wanted to post a little update and get myself on track! Hope to be back soon! Until then, peace, out…

 

Happy Christmas Eve Eve!

It’s almost Christmas Eve! Yay! The excitement sure is building around here! I think I am ready to roll. I have like 2 more gifts to wrap and a store run to make. I thought I would swing by here and update my December Daily pages. I am up to date with the exception of today 🙂

Joyous by Sahin Designs Dear Santa Templates by Anita Designs Alphabet Soup: Foil and Tinsel by Etc. by Danyale
Joyous by Sahin Designs
Dear Santa Templates by Anita Designs
Alphabet Soup: Foil and Tinsel by Etc. by Danyale

Dear Santa Collection by Sahin Designs and Anita Desgins Alphabet Soup: Foil and Tinsel by Etc. by Danyale
Dear Santa Collection by Sahin Designs and Anita Desgins
Alphabet Soup: Foil and Tinsel by Etc. by Danyale

Shabby Pocket - Document Your December by Etc. by Danyale Dear Santa Template by Anita Designs Alphabet Soup: Foil and Tinsel by Etc. by Danyale
Shabby Pocket – Document Your December by Etc. by Danyale
Dear Santa Template by Anita Designs
Alphabet Soup: Foil and Tinsel by Etc. by Danyale

31 Days in December by MEG Designs Dear Santa by Sahin Designs and Anita Designs  Alphabet Soup: Foil and Tinsel by Etc. by Danyale
31 Days in December by MEG Designs
Dear Santa by Sahin Designs and Anita Designs
Alphabet Soup: Foil and Tinsel by Etc. by Danyale

December Freebies by Tracy Martin Dear Santa Template by Anita Designs Alphabet Soup: Foil and Tinsel by Etc. by Danyale
December Freebies by Tracy Martin
Dear Santa Template by Anita Designs
Alphabet Soup: Foil and Tinsel by Etc. by Danyale

Christmas Day by Sahin Designs Dear Santa Template by Anita Designs Alphabet Soup: Foil and Tinsel by Etc. by Danyale
Christmas Day by Sahin Designs
Dear Santa Template by Anita Designs
Alphabet Soup: Foil and Tinsel by Etc. by Danyale

Little Joys by Etc. by Danyale Alphabet Soup: Foil and Tinsel by Etc. by Danyale Dear Santa Template by Anita Designs
Little Joys by Etc. by Danyale
Alphabet Soup: Foil and Tinsel by Etc. by Danyale
Dear Santa Template by Anita Designs

Dear Santa Collection by Anita Designs and Sahin Designs Alphabet Soup: Foil and Tinsel by Etc. by Danyale 31 Days in December Template by MEG Designs
Dear Santa Collection by Anita Designs and Sahin Designs
Alphabet Soup: Foil and Tinsel by Etc. by Danyale
31 Days in December Template by MEG Designs

I may be back again in the next couple of days, depending on who comes by when, but if not, I wish you all the merriest of Christmases!! Peace, out…

Happy Saturday!!

And the Saturday before Christmas at that. Wow! I am almost ready. I have had a few things to do for a couple of weeks now and keep putting them off or other things get in the way. Now I am feeling crunch time. I have a couple of gifts to wrap, a couple to make, and some candy to do and I will be officially finished. I am hoping to accomplish most, if not all, of it tomorrow! Then my plan is to clean house on Monday and be ready for the holiday 🙂

I have managed to get some scrapping in the last week or so and there are some fantastic new releases this week. Here’s what I have to share:

Little Joys by Etc. by Danyale Alphabet Soup - Worn by Etc. by Danyale Template by Amy Martin (retired)
Little Joys by Etc. by Danyale
Alphabet Soup – Worn by Etc. by Danyale
Template by Amy Martin (retired)

December Wolff Pack Papers by Amy Wolff December Wolff Pack Messy Marvin by Amy Wolff December Wolff Pack Alpha by Amy Martin Topography No. 16 by Valorie Wibbens
December Wolff Pack Papers by Amy Wolff
December Wolff Pack Messy Marvin by Amy Wolff
December Wolff Pack Alpha by Amy Martin
Topography No. 16 by Valorie Wibbens

Christmas Day Bundle by Sahin Designs December 2015 Layout Templates by Sahin Designs
Christmas Day Bundle by Sahin Designs
December 2015 Layout Templates by Sahin Designs

Handcut Snowflakes by Valorie Wibbens Warm Hugs by Valorie Wibbens Sprinkles V39 by Valorie Wibbens Topography No. 16 by Valorie Wibbens
Handcut Snowflakes by Valorie Wibbens
Warm Hugs by Valorie Wibbens
Sprinkles V39 by Valorie Wibbens
Topography No. 16 by Valorie Wibbens

A New Me  by River~Rose
A New Me by River~Rose

Snail Mail Kit by Studio Basic,, Sugary Fancy, and Traci Reed Snail Mail Brushes and Stuff by Studio Basic
Snail Mail Kit by Studio Basic,, Sugary Fancy, and Traci Reed
Snail Mail Brushes and Stuff by Studio Basic

Call Home by River~Rose
Call Home by River~Rose

 

I have also been working on my December Daily. I’m a few days behind, but hopefully I’ll get that caught up in the next day or so as well. Here’s what I have so far 🙂

Joyous by Sahin Designs Dear Santa Templates by Anita Designs Alphabet Soup: Foil and Tinsel by Etc. by Danyale
Joyous by Sahin Designs
Dear Santa Templates by Anita Designs
Alphabet Soup: Foil and Tinsel by Etc. by Danyale

Joyous by Sahin Designs Dear Santa Templates by Anita Designs Alphabet Soup: Foil and Tinsel by Etc. by Danyale 31 Days in December by MEG Designs
Joyous by Sahin Designs
Dear Santa Templates by Anita Designs
Alphabet Soup: Foil and Tinsel by Etc. by Danyale
31 Days in December by MEG Designs

Dear Santa by Sahin Designs and Anita Designs 31 Days in December by MEG Designs Alphabet Soup: Foil and Tinsel by Etc. by Danyale
Dear Santa by Sahin Designs and Anita Designs
31 Days in December by MEG Designs
Alphabet Soup: Foil and Tinsel by Etc. by Danyale

Dear Santa by Sahin Designs and Anita Designs Alphabet Soup: Foil and Tinsel by Etc. by Danyale
Dear Santa by Sahin Designs and Anita Designs
Alphabet Soup: Foil and Tinsel by Etc. by Danyale

Joyous by Sahin Designs Alphabet Soup: Foil and Tinsel by Etc. by Danyale Dear Santa Templates by Anita Designs
Joyous by Sahin Designs
Alphabet Soup: Foil and Tinsel by Etc. by Danyale
Dear Santa Templates by Anita Designs

Dear Santa Collection by Sahin Designs and Anita Designs
Dear Santa Collection by Sahin Designs and Anita Designs

31 Days in December Template by MEG Designs Dear Santa by Sahin Designs Alphabet Soup - Foil & Tinsel by Etc. by Danyale Shabby Pocket - Document Your December by Etc. by Danyale
31 Days in December Template by MEG Designs
Dear Santa by Sahin Designs
Alphabet Soup – Foil & Tinsel by Etc. by Danyale
Shabby Pocket – Document Your December by Etc. by Danyale

31 Days in December by MEG Designs Dear Santa Template by Anita Designs Alphabet Soup - Foil & Tinsel by Etc. by Danyale
31 Days in December by MEG Designs
Dear Santa Template by Anita Designs
Alphabet Soup – Foil & Tinsel by Etc. by Danyale

31 Days in December Template by MEG Designs Dear Santa Collection by Sahin Designs and Anita Designs Alphabet Soup - Foil & Tinsel by Etc. by Danyale
31 Days in December Template by MEG Designs
Dear Santa Collection by Sahin Designs and Anita Designs
Alphabet Soup – Foil & Tinsel by Etc. by Danyale

Dear Santa Template by Anita Designs December 2015 by Tracy Martin Alphabet Soup - Foil & Tinsel by Etc. by Danyale
Dear Santa Template by Anita Designs
December 2015 by Tracy Martin
Alphabet Soup – Foil & Tinsel by Etc. by Danyale

Dear Santa Template by Anita Designs Christmas Day by Sahin Designs Alphabet Soup - Foil & Tinsel by Etc. by Danyale
Dear Santa Template by Anita Designs
Christmas Day by Sahin Designs
Alphabet Soup – Foil & Tinsel by Etc. by Danyale

Joyous by Sahin Designs 31 Days in December by MEG Designs Alphabet Soup - Foil & Tinsel by Etc. by Danyale
Joyous by Sahin Designs
31 Days in December by MEG Designs
Alphabet Soup – Foil & Tinsel by Etc. by Danyale

Dear Santa Template by Anita Designs Christmas Day by Sahin Designs Alphabet Soup - Foil & Tinsel by Etc. by Danyale Shabby Pocket - Document Your December by Etc. by Danyale
Dear Santa Template by Anita Designs
Christmas Day by Sahin Designs
Alphabet Soup – Foil & Tinsel by Etc. by Danyale
Shabby Pocket – Document Your December by Etc. by Danyale

I also have my Life in Pockets updated, but I won’t post them all here. You can head over to that page and check them out if you’d like. I’m going to work on getting my DD posted around some galleries 🙂 Hope you have a great rest of the weekend and I’ll be back as soon as I have a minute! Peace, out….