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 https://www.facebook.com/groups/1545693202341867/. 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)