Ways to Document Your December

Hello there!! It’s snowing a little bit outside and that makes me so happy and ready to get out my December albums and reminisce.

I wanted to share a few different ways you can document your December. It doesn’t have to be a pretty album and with expensive papers and embellishments. As long as you get your photos and words down, you’ve done a good job! Simply making the time to record it all is the biggest challenge.

First, I am currently working on this pretty album below. I got it last year from Felicity Jane, along with a kit that I used inside. I didn’t put it together last year because I wanted to think about what I wanted to be in this album. I finally decided to make it a ‘best of Christmas’ album. The photos I cherish the most from over the years are going in here. I have enjoyed putting it together so far!

Of course, one of the most popular ways to record the season is with a December Daily. One of the most recognized faces of this project is Ali Edwards. She has so much inspirational content, so check her site out.

I have been making a December Daily album every year since about 2010 I think. Some years I put a photo/sentiment for all 31 days of December, some years it’s just a 12 Days of Christmas theme. It can be whatever you want it to be!  🙂

This album below has a collection of Instax photos in it. Some albums can be tiny, to just highlight a specific series of photos. The design of this album was inspired by my favorite, Dear Lizzy.

Another way I’ve been recording December since 2009 is with Shutterfly books. I gather my favorite photos from December at the very beginning of January and put them all together in an album and Shutterfly ties it up with a bow! Not really, but it’s a fun process. Just put aside to do it soon after the holidays, because the more time that lapses, the less likely you will be to get it done. Sad, but true.

If you sign up for their emails, Shutterfly offers a few free books a couple times a year. My advice is to put the book together, so when the coupon code comes out, you can just hit ‘buy.’ My word of warning is to allow yourself time to upload the photos. I use a Canon DSLR and the files are quite large, and it can take hours to upload the photos. And, remember to save your work. Check more than once. Trust me.  🙂

Another way to document December is with a classic layout! I have been making scrapbook layouts for many years now, and it’s still satisfying to create a bunch of layouts and put them in an album.

This year, I’m using a Traveler’s Notebook to record December. I guess you can say I have been taken over by the planner community, so it’s natural to reach for a planning style book to document this month! I got this particular TN from Michaels over the summer for $3!

Here’s a peek inside…

Papers are from One Little Bird (2015), washi is from Sugar Paper for Target, and wooden numbers are from Felicity Jane (December 2015 kit).

Thanks for making it this far! I hope you now have a few ideas about how to get your December holiday memories down. Make it simple for yourself. You’ll be glad you made the effort!

December Daily | Past & Present

Hello! Happy December!!

It’s that time of year again… time to do some daily documenting. I have several December Daily albums from years past- here’s a few of them below. You don’t realize how much you forget until you look at your albums! I recommend documenting this month in some way that’s easy for you, so you can look back on all that happens this month.

This year, I am going to use a traveler’s notebook. I picked this album up from Michaels in the summer when they were on clearance. I looked at this red one, and I wanted it, but didn’t know what I would use it for. I had to go back the next day because it hit me- use it for your December Daily! I was glad it was still there. I may even be able to use it for multiple years, because it holds several books. I also liked that aspect, because it is challenging after 10+ years of scrapbooking, to find storage for all the stuff I make!  🙂

My plan is to print out a photo (or a couple) for each day in December and write a little about the day. I’ll check back in throughout the month (and on Instagram @JenManisCreates) with updates!

Traveler’s Notebook: Michaels (summer 2016)

Paper: One Little Bird (2015 digital paper)

Wooden Numbers: Felicity Jane (December 2015 kit)

Washi Tape: Sugar Paper for Target (2016)

Thankful Mini Album

Hello everyone!
Today I wanted to share my Thankful mini album. I made one a couple years ago, but this one I wanted to be able to write down a statement every day about something I’m thankful for. I used Basic Grey’s Persimmon line (love it!!) because the colors are great! I also made this album & used it for a speech in school.  🙂 Gotta spread the scrappin’ love!
My album covers are 7X7, and the pages are 6X6. I love how it turned out.
Enjoy!

 Thanks for stopping by!

-JR

December Daily

Here is my December Daily for 2012. Well, it’s really a ’12 Days of Christmas’ album. I get one idea in my head for an album, then I change it! I just wanted this to be a fun little album full of my favorite embellishments. 
Supplies:
Little Yellow Bicycle album, Kelly Purkey papers, American Crafts glitter paper and Thickers, Prima 12 Days of Christmas printout for each page, December calendar page from LifeLovePaper, and Flair buttons from JCPenney, Studio Calico and We R Memory Keepers.

Thanks for stopping by!

-JR

Scrap Sunday

Happy Sunday!!!
Just wanted to share this cool little mini album I made…check out this great tutorial by Tina Aszmus.  
I used Martha Stewart mini envelopes and House of Three/Pink Paislee embellishments for my album.  I added favorite quotes on paper & placed them inside the envelopes.  It’s a cute, easy mini album to put together.  I am already planning my next one!  🙂  

Thanks for stopping by!!

-JR

Scrap Sunday

Happy Sunday everyone!
I have a few new layouts to share today, as well as a cute little mini album I have had on the back burner for months now!  
For The Color Room’s Palette #94.

Just a fun Christmas layout.  I had the little triangles left from another project & didn’t want to  throw them away!

Fun Martha Stewart frames I’ve had for a year or two!

I love my cameras!!  🙂

I started this hankie album back in September- for a Kara class.  I just wasn’t sure what pictures to include.  Well, after I got my Instax for Christmas… I decided these pics would look great in this vintage looking album!

Inside hankie album.

Well, that’s all for now!!  Have a great week!

Thanks for stopping by!  🙂
-JR

Top 11 Projects of 2011

Today I’m going to share my top 11 projects (cards & mini albums) of this year.  I really got into cardmaking this year!  🙂

Thanks for stopping by!!  🙂
-JR

12 Days…

Hello!!  
I’m stopping by today to share another mini album!  This one is focusing on the 12 days leading up to Christmas.  I started with #12 on the cover, then the numbers go in descending order through the album, ending with #1- for Christmas Day!  I’m going to place a photo for each day on the blank pages.

I just love creating all these mini albums to document the season!  I just need the time to print out all the photos!  lol!!  🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

-JR

Merry & Bright

Oh boy…. it’s only 2 weeks until Christmas!  Time is just flying by!  
Things are coming together for me here:  I’ve been taking photos everyday documenting my December.  The Christmas photos have been taken (I’m just narrowing them down now).  The cards are ready for me to add those photos onto them.  The trees are decorated.  Some cookies have been made-and eaten!!  🙂
I wanted to share another little mini album I made to put some of my December photos in.  This is just a small book with 6 pages inside.  For a great tutorial on how to make your own, see Elizabeth Kartchner’s album here.  This is such a great way to use up scraps, and it’s so easy to make!  (I’ve made like 5 different versions of this mini!)
I think this mini will have a specific theme, though I haven’t totally made my mind up yet!  I like to create mini albums, but sometimes I don’t have particular photos in mind for it.  🙂

Thanks for stopping by!!

-JR