Holiday Extravaganza: Documenting My December

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Documenting My December

If you’re a frequent — or even sometimes — reader of this blog, you know that I’m all about documenting my life. December is my favorite month for documenting. First, I love to document the holidays — I’m a sucker for tradition and so much of the silly stuff that come along with the holiday season. Second, I like wrapping up the year. I love doing ‘Top 10’ mini-albums, or ‘Favorite Photos’ layouts. It’s interesting to take a look back at the last twelve months as a whole and document the trends, the changes, and where you want to go in the future.

Over the years I’ve tried out several different ways of documenting my December. I encourage everyone to try out a couple different ways until you figure out what is right for you. Here are a few ways that I’m choosing to document this December.

December Daily

December Daily is a daily album project created by Ali Edwards, documenting the twenty-five days before Christmas.

Putting together my December Daily has been a favorite holiday tradition as well as a favorite memory-keeping project. Creating a daily album forces me to take the holiday a little slower, taking joy in those little moments that make it special. I just recently added the finishing touches and shared last year’s album.

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This Year’s Album

I love pocket page protectors and so I’ve decided to go with a Basic Grey Capture album and a lot of little divided page protectors. For my color palette I’ve chosen a lot of white space with bright colors and pops of glitter.

Along with the Basic Grey Capture album I’ll be using the Kelly Purkey kit from Simon Says Stamp and my #30Lists journaling cards. I’m supplimenting with lots of washi tape from Freckled Fawn, and a bunch of stuff from my stash. Here’s my set-up so far:

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I’ll be sharing this year’s December Daily album throughout the month, here on the blog and on instagram

30 Days of Lists

30 Days of Lists is a semi-annual challenge run by Amy of Lemon & Raspberry and Kam of Campfire Chic. Amy & Kam believe (and me too) that this challenge ‘is perfect for those of you who don’t feel very creative right now — because a list is easy to make, and we’re firm believers that there is no wrong way to make a list‘. After begging and pleading from the 30 Days of Lists community, Amy and Kam decided to run a special December edition of 30 Days of Lists!

I’ve been participating in the 30 Days of Lists challenge for the last several years. It’s my favorite listing challenge on the web, I’ve met some of my absolute best friends through this challenge, and I am thrilled to be using it to document my December.

I’ll be incorporating my lists into my December Daily album. Each day I’ll be writing my list on these black/white numbered journaling cards I designed specifically for 30 Days of Lists. These cards are available in my shop in both physical and digital form.

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Currently

The Currently Journaling Challenge was something that I came up with at the beginning of last year. I wanted to document each week by reflecting on the same set of seven questions and sharing those answers online.

Over the past year we’ve built up an awesome community. I’ve made lots of  new friends and I look forward to seeing everyone’s answers each week. It’s a great conversation starter, some of my favorite instagram and blog discussions have been from talking about our currently cards.

Play along by downloading the original Currently Journaling Card (free) or picking up physical or digital copies of the cards. Be on the lookout later this month — brand new Currently Journaling Cards for 2014!

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Thursday Three

Last month, I challenged some friends and instagram followers to snap a photo of themselves and write down three things about themselves right now. The response was awesome and I’ve made it a weekly task for myself and whoever else wants to play along.

This is a GREAT way to take five minutes out of your week and document your life. Play along on Instagram, where documenting your life comes naturally. It’s a great way to make new friends (I love internet friends) and learn more about yourself in the process.

Think about it this way…If you take one picture and write down three facts each week — at the end of the year you’ll have more than 50 photos of yourself and 150 facts about what life has been like. It would make such an epic All About Me book — and most of the work is already done.

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How are you Documenting Your December? Leave a link in the comments.

 

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  • irishgal99

    I am doing December Daily again. I love being able to look back on previous years’ albums. I am using the Studio Calico kit. I am also doing the 30 days of lists. I generally just write then in my journal, but I will incorporate then into December Daily if I feel like it works.

    I have loved playing along with your weekly Currently challenges and I plan to continue that. That has been a good way to get more of me in my Project life album (as opposed to my kids). I plan on making myself much more present in my album going forward, so the Thursday challenge would be a great way to do that! Thanks again!

    • You’re so welcome! You’ve got a lock on Documenting your December — I’m super impressed! Can’t wait to see how everything comes out :D

  • Janine van Emden

    this december I am doing my second december Daily album. I love your currently challenge ( eventhough I ‘ve only started recently).

    • I love what you’ve been doing with it! I can’t wait to see your DD album :)

  • Cricket Rawlins

    I’ll be doing a December Daily album and I’m also playing along with 30 Days of Lists which, like you K, will go into my December Daily book. I love the idea of Thursday Three and am going to start that!!

    • Yay! I can’t wait to see all your pages. and I highly recommend Thursday Three! It’s totally awesome, and then you’ll have lots of pictures to blog and scrap with.

  • Elaine

    It’s my first time doing the December Daily and the 30 lists challenge. I especially like it because there is a START and STOP time. And today is my day to complete all the pages and covers!

    • Yes! projects with a start and stop time are so helpful. Can’t wait to see your pages :)

  • Jo

    I’m doing Journal your Christmas and some listing too. I love documenting my Dec/Jan. process as it gives me something lovely to look at over the year until next time. It all goes by so quickly. This year my album is all ready done and raring to go xxx

    • I love Journal Your Christmas. it always helps me to focus in on a lot of the background feelings that I forget about throughout the season.

  • Michelle K

    I’m trying DD this year for the first time after doing JYC for a few years :)

    • I love JYC but I’ve never been able to keep up completely. I like the idea of thinking about the prompts in the background, and using one if it speaks to you.

      Can’t wait to see your DD Album:)

  • feedthebirdies

    I’m going to try to get a December Daily going along with 30Lists. I hope I stick to it. I am so scatter brained that sometimes I just can’t finish because I forget to make time for it. This year, I hope it works out differently!

    • Post it notes and smartphones. Then finish up the album whenever — I finished last year’s DD in October. :D