Oh boy, has 2020 been a year for the books!
If you’re anything like me, you’re probably happy for the prospect of what 2021 may bring. (I’m thinking positive thoughts!)
But, 2020 has been pretty much a dumpster fire. Right!?
That doesn’t mean we can’t make the most of the upcoming holiday season. Although it may look slightly different from what we are used to, I know I’m missing all the fun activities like Christmas concerts, community dinners, and even shopping at the mall like a normal human being.
Let’s make Christmas 2020 a memorable one. We can consciously choose to create a magical and memorable holiday season. And then of course because we are sentimental as duck* (????), let’s scrapbook it!
To help capture the spirit of the holiday season, we love to have you join us in a daily scrapbook & journaling challenge for December.
So how do you capture the memories of the busiest time of the year? Read on to find out!
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What Is Capture December
Capture December is a way to record one special memory from each day in December.
You’ve probably heard of challenges like this before, it’s not an original idea. Although I’d love to take credit, lol.
It’s a spin-off of the hugely popular December Daily created by Ali Edwards.
But whoever thought of the idea first (ya, not me), this is such a fun way to record the holiday season, so here’s our version. We hope you enjoy it!
How To Create Daily
I know you’re probably thinking, “you are a crazy woman!
How in the heck am I going to do a scrapbook page
December is one of the busiest months of the year, and it might seem impossible to create a page every day, so here are some tips to make it easier for you.
1. Keep Your Camera Handy
You never know when inspiration will strike, keep your camera in a readily available location and snap your picture or pictures for the day. And of course, we all have a handy cell phone camera so taking pictures should be a breeze.
2. Jot It Down
Have a notebook available to jot down the who, what, where, when and why and your thoughts, feelings, emotions and senses.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve fooled myself into thinking I’ll remember something later. There aren’t many people that have a perfect memory, plus as time passes, your memories seem to fade and change.
Jot down your thoughts and ideas into a notebook or you can also type it into your phone.
But if you can, I recommend handwriting as it has been proven that when you physically write something, it imprints the memory much stronger into your mind. The physical act of writing does something magical in our brains when it comes to our ability to remember.
If you can get your photos taken and write down your memories in a notebook, then you won’t have to worry if you miss a day or two (or seven).
3. Invest In A Small Home Photo Printer
If you don’t already have one, these printers are so helpful when you want to complete projects without having to wait for photos to get developed.
I use the Canon Selphy CP1300 Wireless Compact Photo Printer. It prints up to a 4×6, but smaller sizes as well, like 2×3 and 3×4.
Other highly rated photo printers are:
- Kodak Dock Plus Instant Photo Printer – Prints 4×6 Photos
- HP Sprocket Photo Printer – Prints 2×3 Photos
- Canon SELPHY QX10 Compact Square Photo Printer – Prints 3×3 Photos
- Epson Picture Mate – Prints high-quality 4×6 & 5×7 photos
4. Create Pages In Advance
If you follow our daily prompts you can quite easily create several pages in advance.
Many people will dedicate some time in November before the busy season to get their album started, then simply pop in your pictures, jot down your journaling on the day.
Why Participate In Capture December
It may seem like it’s added extra stress that you really don’t need when you’re already up to your eyeballs with things to do. But being creative is such an amazing stress reliever.
It can really help you relax and take some of the load off of your shoulders.
In summary, its good for your health.
No really it is.
Heres a great article in Forbes all about the health benefits of being creative.
Plus, you’ll have a beautiful album to look back on and relive those special moments in time.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said to myself, that I wish I had started this sooner, when my kids were those cute toddlers with chubby cheeks, or when my grandpa was still around.
Decide How You’ll Capture December
What will you create? It’s totally up to you!
Some options are:
- 12 x 12 Album
- 6 x 8 Album
- Travellers Notebook
- Mixed Media Journal
- A Bullet Journal
- Chipboard Mini-Album
- Or maybe you’d like to create a digital scrapbook!
My advice would be to choose to work in something that you’re comfortable with. If you’ve never made a mixed media journal before, you might not want to try for the first time during a challenge, especially during a busy month such as December.
My recommendation is to use a small album with pocket pages, such as the 6×8 Snap Album from Simple Stories. You can create 6×8 pages or use the pocket page system to create a beautiful album. (Click Here for more information on these albums)
Create A Supply Kit
If you have difficulty finding the time to sit down and create a new page every day, one thing that will help make it so much simpler and quicker is to create a kit full of the supplied you’d like to use.
Don’t make it too complicated; think about what you’ll need for the month, gather it together and put in a tote that you can easily access and haul anywhere you’d like.
If you plan to make a 6×8 album like me, here’s an idea of what you might want to have in your supply kit.
Suppose you plan to make two pages per day; that’s sixty-two pages. So we’ll go off that for the supply list.
- 20 – 24 Co-ordinating Patterned Paper
- 6- White or Ivory Cardstock
- 6- Black Cardstock
- 6-8 Cardstock that coordinates with your Patterened paper
- A variety of embellishments: Stickers, die-cuts, washi tape, enamel dots, sequins, flowers, etc.
- Simple Alphas, small and large (Check out these Christmas Thickers)
- Title & phrase stickers
- Christmas Stamp Sets & Coordinating Inks (or just black is good too!)
Tip: Use things such as pretty wrapping paper and gift tags in your album for extra sentimentality.
Store your supply kit in a tote that you can easily pull out when you’re ready to create your pages.
You can easily store your December supplies in a plastic tote like this one.
Inside your tote, keep a pair of scissors, small paper trimmer, journaling pens, black ink pad and adhesive. This way, if you want to scrapbook while watching a Hallmark movie, you’ll have everything you’ll need!
Where To Get Some Inspiration (& Supplies)
There are some amazing Christmas scrapbook supplies available, and a few in particular that are perfect for this Capture December challenge.
Be sure to join our private Facebook group where you can find inspiring projects and share your Capture December pages —> Click Here To Join.
Capture December Challenge
Without any further ado… here is the list of December prompts.
Use them as a photo challenge, journaling prompt and page inspiration. Please feel free to put them into any order that suits your life and family. Or even come up with your own idea.
Make sure to get your printable copy of this list by clicking HERE or filling out the form below.
1.December To-Do List
2. Winter Weather
3. All I want for Christmas is…
4. Baking & Treats
5. The Countdown
6. My People
7. My Favourite Christmas Smell
9. Christmas Tree
10. My Favourite Decorations
12. Christmas Cards
13. The Stockings Were Hung
14. Wrapping Paper
15. My Christmas Outfit
16. Silver & Gold
17. All Is Calm
18. All Is Bright
19. Music of the Season
20. No Peeking
21. Christmas Jammies
22. What’s In My Cup
23. Favourite Food Of The Season
24. Christmas Eve Traditions
25. To All A Goodnight
26. Joy & Laughter
27. Tis’ the Season
28. Outside My Window
29. Dashing Thru The Snow
30. Blessings & Gratitude
31. A Toast to 2020