Thursday, 26 November 2015

December Daily Chat: Getting Started and Staying Motivated

Hello all! I hope you are having a fantastic week! Happy Thanksgiving to any American readers, I hope you all have a wonderful, safe, and fun-filled long weekend! Today I am sharing a fun little chatty video with you on my current favourite topic: December Daily! In this video I discuss what DD daily is, some common approaches to it, how to get started, and how to stay motivated throughout the month of December. I hope that you find my tips to be useful and please let me know if you have any questions. I would also love to see what you are doing for DD this year, so feel free to leave me a comment linking me to your projects and I will be sure to check them out!

Here is a list of everything I discussed in the video if your prefer to see it in written form!

December Daily Motivational Tips
What the options are:
  •  Journal /Diary Style: add events of each day on the day that they happened (what I prefer)
  • Ali Edwards: one story per day (even if it didn’t happen on that day)
  • Daily prompt style (“what I love about Christmas” ect.
  • There are many other variations and I suggest just doing what you are comfortable and excited about.
How to do it:
  • Sit down each day and complete the page for the day that just happened
  • Sit down to complete a few days at a time and "catch up" (what I prefer)
How to get started:
  • Buy or create a kit: this will limit the products at your disposal and help to make decisions easier. It will also help your album to look a bit more cohesive and thoughtful.
  • Select items that excite you: this will help you to stay motivated later on. It also helps if you are familiar with the items (if you have never been good at using buttons, don't put a whole bunch in your kit. This is not the best time to challenge yourself, as staying on track is often a challenge anyway)
  • Organize your kit: I use an Iris container and an embellishment box. This will help you to easily find everything when you need it.
  • Plan your pages or pre-make (optional): I always have an idea of what my pages are going to look like (I precut cardstock pages and make pockets if that’s what I am using) and some people like to title and embellish their pages before-hand (which works better for those who are doing more of a prompt journal/"what I love about Christmas" style)
  • Print at home: It is a really good idea to do this (even for completing a few days at a time) because it saves so much time and not wanting to go all the way to the print shop can become an easy excuse to fall behind.
How to stay motivated:
  • Be excited about December Daily! Follow people who are working on it too and let their pages inspire you.
  • Get the family involved: have them save tickets, take pictures of themselves, and encourage them to get in the Christmas spirit.
  • Do fun things: I always find that I am more willing to go out and do fun things in December because I want to put it in my album! If you have exciting events to go to, you will want to document them.
  • On days that there is nothing going on: this is where I do occasionally follow prompts. Journal about your favourite holiday traditions or memories, even if there is no picture to go along with it.
  • If (when) you do fall behind: keep a simple record of what you want to document for each day in your planner or on a list and remember, you can always "catch up"! Many people work on it for several months following December.
o   The memories we record change over time. The story I would have told the day something happened would be different than the one I tell months later. This is not a bad thing. Sometimes we are able to discuss deeper things after taking a step back (why did the pretty lights on the tree inspire me so much… ect.)
o   Despite this, I still prefer to finish soon after December ends because I love flipping through it and seeing everything right away. I also do not like leaving a project unfinished.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

December Daily Stash Kit 2015

Hello all, I hope your week has started of well! I am currently on my way to Manitoba for my grandma's funeral (as I mentioned yesterday) and have scheduled this post as well as a video. Despite these hard times, I still wanted to share my December Daily Stash Kit for this year.

As mentioned in the video, I am using Jasmine Jones' December Daily Kit, some things from my stash, and a few new things. I hope this inspires you to gather some of your favourite things and take part in this awesome project. If you haven't heard of December Daily before, check out Ali Edwards' video. I will also be recording a video discussing the project and some of the ways I keep myself motivated throughout the month to continue the album. I should have this uploaded sometime next week.

Monday, 16 November 2015

Grammy Marie (1932-2015)

It is with sadness that I will be traveling to Manitoba tomorrow. My grandma passed away this weekend and her funeral is on Thursday. She battled Alzheimer's for many years and it is a relief that she has gone home to heaven and is comfortable again, but we are all still grieving for this loss anyway.
These pictures are from my grandparent's 2011 trip out to Alberta, Grandma's last trip anywhere. They bring back wonderful and happy memories, which are the ones i want to hold on to.
I will miss her deeply. Her mind has been gone for awhile already, though that does not seem to make this any easier.

I am scheduling a video and blog post for tomorrow where I will reveal my stash kit for this year's December Daily. I hope that you are able to check it out!

Thursday, 12 November 2015

December Daily Throwback Thursday

 Hello all and happy Thursday! I thought I would take advantage of "#tbt" (throwback Thursday) and share my excitement for the upcoming Christmas season! This week I got started making my December Daily (DD) kit and even made the cover and the first page for my album! In the video at the end of this post I share my previous 3 years of DD and go through 2013 in more detail because I never got around to posting that one!
 Here is the cover I created for my 2015 DD. I will be binding it with my cinch at the end of December when the pages are complete, but for now I am using red binder rings to hold it together.
 I am loving the enamel stars from the Jasmine Jones kit, those will be gone in no time!
 Here is the first page I created using the Simple Stories Snap pocket pages. I am thinking of it as my intro page (though in reality I was just way too excited to start and had to cut up some of the pretty papers!).
 I created this banner by cutting the points off of a star die cut! I was pretty pleased with myself.
 I am hoping to incorporate all kinds of stars into my DD. This Creative Memories punch should help with that!
Dont Forget to check out the video to see my throwback DD albums!

Here is some extra info that you might want to know:

Chipboard Cover: 7 1/8" X 9"
Leather Spine: 1 3/4" + 1 1/2" overlap on each side

Outside Paper: Studio Calico Abroad Collection "Bucket List" (Grey Map)
Inside Paper: Stay Beautiful Feather "Mint"
Pocket Pages: Simple Stories Snap
Echo Park For the Record sticker sheet and cut apart sheet
Echo Park Happy Days sticker sheet, cut apart sheet, and chipboard sheet

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you are getting as excited for December as I am!