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!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

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.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

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!  ๐Ÿ™‚

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)

December Daily | Past Years

How’s your December going? I cannot believe we are halfway through the month! Before we know it, 2016 will be here!

Today, I just wanted to share a photo of my past December Daily albums. This is my sixth year completing one! Every year’s album ends up a little different, but I love them all! I have started adding photos to this year’s album, and I will share photos soon!  ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for stopping by!


December Daily 2015

Hello!! Happy December! Of all the months, this one rolls by the fastest, don’t you think?

On Thanksgiving, I spent a couple wonderful hours putting together my December Daily album. I bought the Kelly Purkey mini December Daily kit back in September, so I knew I wanted to use that (and some of her holiday stamps too!) on my pages. But what album should I use? I debated whether or not I should use a 6X12 or a 9X12, or just make a 4X6 handmade version. But, in the end, I used one of my WRMK mini albums with 4X4 pages. I found the darling reindeer at Hallmark in their gift wrap department (a set of 4). I placed the black deer on the cover with the year and some washi tape as well. I think the cover looks a lot more traditional than the pages inside, but I’m ok with it now. It’s like when you open it up, it’s a fun Christmas surprise!  ๐Ÿ™‚ I love how easily it came together. So now all I have to do is place a couple pictures in each sleeve, and it’s done! I’ve never really put together my whole DD album beforehand, but I think by using the kit, it was easier to have it ready.

So, as I mentioned, I just need photos. I don’t take photos every day, I seem to take them every few days in 100+ increments. I have an idea of the photos I want to include, like the tree, photo sessions, details, etc.

So, I hope you enjoy looking at my foundation pages! If you are making an album as well, feel free to share a link!

Thanks for stopping by!


A Peek at Christmas…

Thought I would share a few glimpses into Christmas time here. Things are coming together finally! 
I finally got my December Daily together. I used Heidi Swapp’s Christmas line for my album this year. I will have another full post with just the album later.  ๐Ÿ™‚
This is my girly tree, in my scrap room. It’s all things girly, and pink. All me. It’s the first tree I have to put up & decorate.
I love to listen to Christmas music while decorating. This Clint Black album is right at the top of my favorite Christmas music list.
I hope your December is coming together nicely. I will be back with more Christmas updates soon!  ๐Ÿ™‚