For Project Life December, I tried something new...an all digital format! With packing, moving, unpacking, holiday traveling and more, I knew I'd never actually complete the month if I didn't go digital. It was an interesting process, and although I'm a lover of digital scrapbooking, I discovered I really did not like doing Project Life digitally.
Don't get me wrong, I'm happy digital was an option for me. I would have never finished the month otherwise. What I discovered while completing the month digitally is that the process of using my hands and playing with paper and glue is what I really love about Project Life. The basics. The good stuff :)
In order to match the album format for the previous months of the year, I designed a template to match the sizes of the Design G pockets. I completed a spread at a time, saving the images out at 4x6 photos and printing them. Then, I simply slid them into the pockets.
Let's take a look at December!
This first spread documents our days leading up to the move. Although we got the keys to the new house at the end of November, we had contractors come in to remove popcorn ceiling (disgusting), paint the walls (an amzing gray from Sherwin Williams called Alpaca) and patch up a dog door we didn't want (cats like to escape through dogs doors). During this week, we took Shawna to the new house for the first time, where she gave us her paw print of approval. We cleaned the new house and tried not to lose cats in boxes while we packed (Baxter will climb into any box, regardless if it's full or empty). Then the movers came and put our life into a big truck and drove it a mile north to our new neighborhood.
This spread highlights fun things, like our first fire in our new fireplace, a new haircut for me, the critters exploring our new home and us departing for Nebraska for an early Christmas. Yes, we're insane. We moved and then left town just a few days later. Let me tell you how hard it is to pack a bag when you're not even sure where your clothes are...
In the upper right, you'll see my mom's Christmas tree. My mom always has the prettiest tree. It's covered in lights and more lights, then topped with hundreds of ornaments. Literally. The best part is that it spins! So fun.
The left half of the page includes many group shots from our celebration in NE. I wanted to make sure I captured the smiling faces of all my family that was there. The left side has lots of fun things, our airplane tree, our brand new appliances (we had been waiting on the range to arrive), and an awesome new rug I purchased from West Elm with money my grandma, Nanny, gave Nate and I to use for our new home. It's the perfect touch in our living room.
The left spread and part of the right are from our Christmas Eve celebration at our house with Nate's family and some photos from Chrismas Day. See that "cup of cheer" in the corner? That's my own special Holiday Sangria concoction. Amazing stuff. Plus, it looks deceptively healthy :)
The right spread includes shots from lots of yummy lunch/dinner dates and lunch with friends at places like True Foods, Grimaldi's, Nick's and Tommy Bahama's (thanks, Missy). My favorite photos are on the bottom left. My amazing new table from West Elm (can you tell it's my favorite store?) and beautiful avacado green chairs from Pier One. One day, when I'm finished with the decoration, I'll share photos of the setup.
The last spread includes bits of randomness and snapshots from our New Year's Eve celebration. Remember how I mentioned Baxter liked boxes? Well, there was a random Amazon box sitting on the bookshelf (shown in the lower left) and Baxter became obsessed with the box. I certainly wasn't leaving an Amazon box on permanant display, so I ended up buying a basket to replace the box. Now he and Bugsy take turns napping on the shelf. It's kind of fun having live cats as part of the decor :)
I didn't share a lot of detail about our holidy here in Project Life December because I created a Holdiay Memories album, which I'll be sharing next. I can't wait to show you!