2015 December Daily® Plan, Prompts & Pages | A Holiday Memory Keeping Project

Happy Weekend Everyone!

"This Holiday Season..." Word Art via the Chestnut Lane Collection by Peppermint Granberg, One Little Bird and cork embellishment via the Turquoise Avenue Shoppe.

"This Holiday Season..." Word Art via the Chestnut Lane Collection by Peppermint Granberg, One Little Bird and cork embellishment via the Turquoise Avenue Shoppe.

I am so excited for the weekend and break from the daily work routine -  I have all sorts of Christmas projects to tackle - wrapping presents, writing cards, baking cookies! And of course, the Pentatonix Christmas album will be on REPEAT on our home stereo system. 

I'm here today to share my plans for my December Daily® project. Since I only spent a few days preparing for this project and gathering my supplies (find out why here), I decided I'm going to gather up the photos I have taken recently of our favorite Christmas memories we've already made this year, group them together, and spend time each day documenting a story.  Then, I'll integrate photos and memories as they happen throughout the month. I plan to journal each day, even if I don't get time to actually create pages but once a week or so.

I set up a Google Doc on my computer and synced it to my iPhone so each day I can jot down a story as time allows. Then whenever I get time to work on my album, I can easily copy + paste my journaling. You can do this in many apps - Apple Pages, Google Docs, and Simplenote are my favorite.

I already started my journaling during some downtime at the office and wrote out "My Reason Why"

...So the reason I’m doing this project? Because despite how busy we have been, this season is a time of cheer - a time to reflect on the good year we’ve had, a time to be thankful for God’s many blessings, a time to enjoy with family and friends, and a time to focus on the real meaning of Christmas. I want to note the things that bring us joy at this time in our lives. I want to reminisce over this year and shift my focus towards the holidays so I can create and share the memories of this special time for years to come.

This year Ali also has a free printable to document your intentions, if you like that better.

Since we are not doing an advent calendar or anything that will spark daily inspiration, I decided to create a list (see my Instagram conversation with @lilyandtwig about lists) of word prompts for my journaling and photos.  I'm sharing my list below and will be using different digital word art pieces from various designers to create title pages in my album.

MY WORD + PHOTO PROMPTS

  • JOY - document favorite parts of the year, gifts received at Christmas
  • REMEMBER - Document a favorite holiday memory between me and hubby
  • FAMILY - Family Photo of us with our dog, Time spent with extended family
  • TRADITION - Christmas eve
  • DECORATE - Our Trees/Mantle, Outside of the house
  • SING - Church/Living Christmas Tree,  Favorite Pandora Station and Holiday Songs
  • GIVE - Gifts under the tree, cards mailed out
  • LIGHTS - Bokeh of the Christmas tree, Dollywood visit, Speedway in Lights visit
  • REJOICE - note some things we are thankful for, incorporate the #thankful30 that wasn't finished (sigh)
  • CELEBRATE - birthday celebration and work parties
  • WISH - document our wish lists

And here are some of my first few pages - I implemented elements from the beautiful, brand new Chestnut Lane Collection from One Little Bird in with some of the supplies I already had.  These pages took on a form all their own - the photos were taken at night and brought a rich, dark feel to the layout.  Even though my style is more light and natural, I embraced the difference and I'm happy with how the spreads turned out.  I used a white glassine bag to hold our memorabilia from the day and vellum to mute the richer tones of the dark brown paper.

I have also created a title page, a shaker pocket page (swoon!), a few other simple pages that I hope to photograph and share REALLY soon!

Until then, happy crafting! Can't wait to see what you all have been up to this week!

"December Daily® is a December mini-album project created by Ali Edwards that documents the 25 days leading up to Christmas. The simple goal is to capture the spirit of December via one story per day." Click here to visit Ali's website for more information and to find her awesome products.

Joining in on 2015 December Daily® - a Christmas Memory Keeping Project Inspired by AliEdwards.com

December 1

All year long I look forward to the holiday season and then, before I really even know what is happening, it's here and in full swing.  I'm not complaining, because I love this time of year but for the first time ever I'm finding myself feeling discombobulated and out of sorts this holiday season. 

In years past, I would usually start Christmas shopping in August and have finished up by the beginning of November. Then, during the first of November, I put up our Christmas decorations and take on the holiday festivities as they come... This year however, my mind has been preoccupied with work and personal matters, my husband has worked a lot of overtime keeping him away and this morning I found myself realizing that Christmas is only a little over three weeks away. At this point, I've already gone through several of my favorite Christmas traditions without having the presence of mind to appreciate it all.   That made me sad... This is a precious time of year with fond memories and strong family traditions. I am not going to let them just pass me by!

When I began seeing images filtering into social media of December Daily® preparations and albums, I told myself I wasn't going to take on another project this year. After all, I have barely scrapbooked in the last three months aside from my creative team duties. Oh, but all the lovely things kept showing up in my news feeds! And I wanted them all.  I took a look at our budget and realized it wasn't going to allow for me to sign up for Ali Edwards class nor the Studio Calico class.  In addition, there was only a small amount available for any new products.  I considered doing the project digitally for a short while, but told myself I'd really want to touch and feel the project in order to keep me interested.

Over Thanksgiving weekend, while we were out of town, I committed to the project and bought what supplies my budget would allow. I joined the December Daily® Facebook group, and have been pouring over Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration.

Today is the first day I've had time to sit down and think about my intentions for the project.  After reading Ali's blog post today, I really feel a strong desire to be more present minded and focus on the stories of this holiday season. So while some of my favorite moments like decorating the house (which I did alone this year) and sending off our Operation Christmas Child boxes (we missed church that Sunday because of work) have already come and gone, I can still tell the stories!

I hope you'll join me. It's not too late to begin! In the next few days, I plan to share my supplies, plus how I'll be using specific words and song titles for inspiration! In addition, I'll be sharing my completed pages here on my blog when time permits and of course, I will mostly share on Instagram.  Follow me here.

"December Daily® is a December mini-album project created by Ali Edwards that documents the 25 days leading up to Christmas. The simple goal is to capture the spirit of December via one story per day." Click here to visit Ali's website for more information and to find her awesome products.