Friday, December 01, 2006

it's december...

It's snowing outside and everything is being covered (again) with a beautiful white layer of winter. The kids are off to school (have I mentioned how much I LOVE living where the kids now ride the bus to school? No more bundling up babies to drive kids to school on freezing cold winter mornings!). Brad is off to work, but I'm hoping for a short day due to the weather (no, it's not likely, but I can hope!). Seth is sitting next to me making his wish list (again) out of the Thomas the Tank Engine toy catalog. Zach is in his high-chair munching on graham crackers. I can't think of a better way to start out the first day of this magical month of December. I love when I feel excited and happy for no particular reason, don't you?!? I've been waiting for today to share a fun project with you, so without further rambling/commentary...

This is one of those projects that once I get the idea, I can’t wait to get it all created and finished up – that is why I didn’t go to bed last Saturday night! I got started on this project, and I just didn’t want to stop until it was done. Every year I get so wrapped up in the “stuff” of the holidays that I don’t take as much time as I should to just enjoy the process…soak in what’s going on around me…and take note of all the beautiful and wonderful things that are happening. I vowed that this year would be different, and because of this project I know it will!
Here’s the idea: I created a 9x9” page for each day of December. I left a space for a photo and lots of room for journaling. Of course, I added lots of fun embellishments too! Now, at the end of each day, I’m going to print out a photo and write down whatever I want to record about the day…what we did, where we went, thoughts, reminiscings, etc. At the end of the month I will have a very comprehensive journal (complete with photos), recording a snippet of my life…December 2006. (and YES, it really was worth losing a night of sleep over.) Here's the cover and the first blank page -- I can't wait until tonight when I will fill in the journaling and add a photo!

P.S. Several months ago I mentioned a project I was working on for Making Memories -- well, they've just released their own complete version HERE. Several of the designs are mine, and then they started doing them completely digital (you can probably tell the difference). This would be a really fun way to share your photos with friends and relatives. And, it's FREE, so that's makes it even better!! Check it out!!

May your december 1st be full of happiness, joy, and magic -- the beginning to a wonderful holiday season!


  1. I love you idea of creating an album just for December. I use Memory Manager software and create a journal entry each day for my yearly family album. At the end of each month, I print my photos for that month along with my journal boxes to make a page for each week. It works out well for our family. Have a great weekend and thanks for sharing your ideas with us, Jamie ~ Alabama

  2. I first saw your December album on the Gone Scrappin' website and loved the idea. I've already taken the photo of the kids with their Advent calendar. They loved the idea of a piece of chocolate every day!! Thanks for the great idea. Can't wait to see more!
    Janet - Wisconsin

  3. Wendy-that's a terrific idea. Makes me wish I had thought of something like that before now. I guess I can always make one and be way ahead for next year.