Sunday, 29 November 2015

Documenting December on a time-crunch

Happy Sunday to all!  I hope you are having, or had, an amazing day, or evening as the case may be wherever you are! Today is a bit of a blusetery, dreary day with just a touch of frost cover everywhere.  No real snow yet though.  How about where you are?

I love December, I love Christmas and the Christmas season - always have.  So of course, as a scrapbooker/crafter, I also love to document the season.   If you are like me, you do too but somedays there is just so little time, or so little activity.  There are days where I work 10-11 hour shifts, other days where between the baking, the errands and the chores, there is so little time left.  But I certainly don't want documenting this most festive time of year to be a negotiation with myself, to become a chore - it is fun, my stress relief, my creative me-time.

Furthermore, as an empty nester, with quite a small family (but lots of pets LOL), there isn't always something going on.

Here is my little formula :

Join the December Daily Inspiration Group - Anything Goes over on  You will find a great community (we are growing by leaps and bounds), daily inspiration, fun prompts, challenges, videos and heaps of fun

Set aside 5 to 15 minutes a day to play, even on those days where time is at a premium. 

I have pre-prepared a few journaling cards, and filler cards for just those days.  Go through your pocket page type cards and select a few that match your colour scheme. You can cover up any wording that does not fit with the season.  Here are a few I made :

I decorated the cards minimally to leave lots of room for writing, or making a quick list. Keep them close to hand.

Now I have prepared a little game for us to put those  cards to good use ;) (you will find a .pdf document  in the files section of our facebook group).  It is a series of words that can be used as journaling/photo/list prompts.    Print the page, cut the words into little squares, fold them and put them in a bowl right on your work table.  Then pick one everyday or whenever you need inspiration.  The word can be used in anyway you want - as a journaling prompt, for a photo, to make a foundation page, to make an embellishment.  For instance, if you pick the word "window" .... you could

  • take a photo of one of your decorated window(s) (from the inside or the outside)
  • make a list of what you see looking out of your window that is Christmas related (there are some beautifully decorated houses in my little neighbourhood that I could describe)
  • Find a stamp in your stash that is a window scene and colour it, stamp it on a filler card, or as a background on your daily page or art journal
  • Use it more metaphorically, in the sense of "window on the world" where you journal about a tradition from a different country (your heritage maybe)

I hope you enjoy this little game.  I look forward to seeing your lovely creations over on the group.  Thanks for joining me today and  ....

Let the Christmas season begin.... you know the song "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas".... sing it !!!



  1. Love this idea. Words can be taken in so many different ways but often we need that little nudge to come up with something we just had lurking in the back of our mind. Thanks for doing this.

    1. Thanks so much Melinda! I hope you have fun with the game and can't wait to see how you use it :)

  2. This is fabulous Moira! I know it will help me, for sure. Thanks so much! I love it.

    1. Thanks so very much Sue !!! Can't wait to see how you use it :)

  3. Such a fun idea Moira! I think everyone can squeeze in 5 or 10 minutes even on the busiest days.

    1. Thanks so much Susan :) I hope that this little prompt will make it a bit easier for those that only have a few minutes a day :)