This month I decided to do memory keeping in the form of a project called December Daily. I mentioned this in a previous post but I have been having so much fun, I wanted to give an update on how it’s going.
The December Daily project was introduced to me through Michelle Baxter and her Quirky Heart Community group. Ali Edwards, a scrapbooking queen, is behind the original concept. The concept is to document one particular thing for a number of days as a way of forcing you to appreciate even the mundane. This has been so eye opening and so much fun that I just want to scrapbook/memory-keep everything.
I have a brief history with scrapbooking but the effort and time required just wasn’t available anymore. I felt that everything always had to be elaborate. Just before my son was born, I found Project Life. This consists of pocket pages and kits you can purchase to fill the pocket pages. It fits standard sized 4 x 6 inch photos so very simple and easy to decorate. You can add as much or as little detail as you want.
Now, what I love about this December Daily project is that I have been able to combine all of this! Traditional scrapbooking with pocket page accents and extra room for days requiring more documentation. I have been using binders I purchased from Target for a few dollars. Other people in the online community are using Traveller’s Notebooks. You don’t have to have the big, expensive scrapbook that takes up space and no one ever looks at again.
I did purchase 2 extra tools to allow for customization and personalization (yay Michael’s coupon’s and Cyber Monday sale on Amazon). I bought the We R Memory Keepers Planner Punch Board that allows you to hole punch to fit any binder. There are additional pieces you can purchase to hole punch for coil inserts too. The second tool I bought is the We R Memory Keepers Fuse tool. This allows you to cut and seal pocket pages as you want. I have pocket pages that are too large for the binders I purchased so I am able to cut them down to size and seal them so that photos or accents don’t fall out. I’m also able to seal glitter and confetti within the pockets to allow for fun accent pieces.
(Just an extra side note. It helps to have photo editing software that allows for creating collages. I use Pic Monkey which allows me to create 2 x 3 photos (2 photos per sheet). I’m looking into posting tutorials so let me know if you want more information on using Pic Monkey in the meantime.)
I am absolutely loving this whole process! We have a huge family trip to Disney Land in March and I am already starting to plan the foundation pages to document the trip. This is just so fun and simple. As you can see in my pictures, I have gone a bit overboard with decorations and embellishments, but you can make it as simple as you want too. I am still building the foundation pages – 5 more foundation pages to go – but loving filling it in.
If you would like more information or have any questions, let me know in the comments and I will help point you in the right direction. I would strongly recommend this to anyone!