Documenting December | Kimberly Kalil Designs

Have you heard of December Daily or Document December? It a movement in the memory keeping community to document and savor the holiday season. In 2009, I did a digital version of the project (using Shimelle’s Journal Your Christmas prompts) and had a photo book made. Then I took a few years off, mostly because I have had so much going on in December the last few years I knew I couldn’t keep up. And rather than making myself feel bad, I thought it was better to just enjoy the month and let the documenting part go.

In 2012, I tried to do a physical December Daily album. And I managed to get about 10 days of the album completed. And then I just sputtered out. Makes sense, sense I don’t do any sort of physical memory keeping. I’m all digital, all the time. The loose pages of that mini book are still sitting in my studio and have never been assembled into a book. I felt like a total failure, which is why I promised myself I wouldn’t do another December Daily project. Last year, I didn’t. And this year I had no intentions of doing one. I was at peace with the fact that Documenting December just wasn’t my thing.

But then I read an article over at The Daily Digi about using just your smartphone to document the holidays and I thought I could succeed using this method. Basically, I’m taking photos on my phone and then I’m using Dropbox to access some holiday-themed supplies to add to my “layout.” I’ve been using a combination of the Pic Stitch, Project Life and Rhonna apps to create my “pages.” Basically, when I’m sitting on the couch at the end of the night, I’ve been spending about 10 minutes selecting a photo/story and creating a page. I can do pretty much anything for a month if it only takes 10 minutes, so this method TOTALLY works for me.

When the month is over, I’m planning on assemble a photo book through Artifact Uprising, which I can also do on my phone. I’m so excited to see the final product.

Are you documenting your December? How’s it going for you?

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Christmas Printables | Kimberly Kalil Designs

Christmas is less that two weeks away. Are you ready?  Still looking for a teacher or neighbor gift? My Christmas printables make the perfect, simple gift. Just download, print and frame.

Check them out here in my Etsy shop.

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My doctor recently weighed me. I was complaining about my massive weight gains and blaming it all on my hysterectomy , hormone changes and hormone therapy …. he cut me off and said, “Just to put things in perspective, you’ve gain one pound since June.” I see this doctor (my psychiatrist) every three months, so he has a pretty good idea of my physical and mental well being.

If you asked me lately how I feel about myself, I might tell you I feel fat. I think about my weight and body shape all the time (this is an ongoing issue of mine). I’ve started to become a bit obsessed with it … to a fault. In reality, I haven’t gained that much weight (at least according to my doctor). But it’s hard to get that through my thick skull.

I know I’m not the only one who does this. I think there is something in our nature as humans to beat ourselves up. Maybe its a learned behavior. I don’t know. But what I do know is that I can’t seem to see the good things about myself and I magnify the bad things or the areas I’m struggling in. The crazy things is, everyone else sees the truth while we’re trapped in a fictional version of ourselves.

Last weekend I was standing with a group of friends I hadn’t seen in awhile. One of them pulled aside and said, “What are you doing?” I was confused. I had no idea what she was talking about. She went on to say, “You look great, what are you doing to stay in shape?” What? Me? What am I doing to look great? I was equally mortified and thrilled. She sees what I can’t see. And talking to her (along with my doctor) added some much need perspective: I may not be exactly where I want to be, but that doesn’t diminish my worth or take way my “wins.”

So  now what? Now that I know I have issues and my perspective is morphed, what do I do? I don’t want to downplay or ignore the very real feeling I have regarding my body. Wallowing in them will only make me feel worse, but I’ve needed to sit with them for a bit so I can understand them a bit more. But now it’s time to move on and rather than shining a spotlight on what I feel like are flaws, I’m going to work on what taking better care of myself.

This coming week, I’m signed up for two in-person yoga classes. Mike and I are start week one of a 12-week running clinic. I signed us up for a color run in January. And I’m going to add meditation and journaling to my daily routines.

What you going to do today to focus on the truth and avoid believing in the fictional version of yourself?

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Hello. Happy December. I can’t believe it’s already December. I know it’s cliche, but this year is flying by. As we enter into the holiday season, it just seems to go even faster. I’d like to try slow things down a bit and savor all the goodness.

I have a sweet layout to share, featuring my three favorite people. This photo was taken atop a Ferris Wheel in National Harbor (Washington, DC) and makes me smile every, single time I look at it … so much so, I made it the desktop image on my laptop!

Anyway. Our recent trip to Washington, DC was pretty magical. Our kids are at an age where we can travel and explore with little hassle. We can go to museums. We can hit amusement parks. We can endure long flights. And for the most part, they’re happy for the adventure. As we gather these great memories and magical moments, I’m increasingly grateful for my family and their ability to bring out the happy in me.

This Magical Moment | Simple Scrapper | Kimberly Kalil Designs

Journaling reads:

I can be pretty cynical. I have trouble finding the beauty and magic with life gets rough. But somehow, I was blessed with these three magicians. They’re my magic. When life gets rough, they wave their magic wands and I can see the goodness. They make every, single day magical. And for that I’m beyond grateful.


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Hola, hola! Popping in to share a new layout with you all.

This is one I created for Simple Scrapper using a December 2014 Premium Template. It’s a celebration of me and Mike … and captures how thankful I am for us.

Let’s be honest … marriage and relationships can be hard. I love my husband and I’m so grateful for our relationship, but it hasn’t always been perfect or easy. This year has been a bit of a turning point. We’ve weathered the storms. We’ve struggled. We’ve had hard times. And in the end, we’re stronger; we love each other more; and we we’re grateful for our deep friendship.

I Am Thankful For Us | Simple Scrapper | Kimberly Kalil Designs

Journaling reads:

Sure, when Mike and I got married I loved him … but the longer we’re married, the more I love him. We’re even better friends that we were at the beginning. We actually like being with each other. I feel like we bring out each other’s the best qualities. I’m so grateful to have such an awesome life partner.


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Say Yes |To Detours | Kimberly Kalil Designs

During finals week – April 1998 — Elizabeth and I should have been studying. Instead, we were watching “Dirty Dancing.” Over the course of the semester we’d memorized pretty much every bit of  the movie’s dialogue. When the final dance scene came on, we acted out the moves in our apartment kitchen. We slid across the linoleum in our socked feet. Beth’s feet came out from under her and she fell into a heap of giggles. I laughed so hard I peed my pants.

Man, those were some good times and Beth was the best roommate a girl could ask for. Until this summer, I hadn’t seen Beth since 2005. Such a bummer. Especially since there were a number of times I was just a couple of miles away from her house, but I “thought” I was too busy to stop.

Up until recently I had a strict personal policy: if I was traveling for business I’d take the last possible flight that would get me to my destination in just enough time to make my first meeting or training session. Then, on the end of the trip, I’d take the very first flight home as soon as I was done with work. I felt so much guilt being away from home and my family, so I wouldn’t let myself enjoy the places or people I’d visited.

This summer – when I was coming back from Idaho (the kids and I went up to see Papa and Mama Shelley) – I decided to take my time getting home and drop by to see one of my college roommates. Beth (and April) are the very best parts of my college years. They are the kindest and warmest ladies in the world. I was so blessed to randomly land in an apartment with them my first semester at BYU. Post college, we’ve kept tabs on each other thanks to social media, but I haven’t seen either one of them for YEARS. I pass by the town Beth lives whenever I go to Idaho, but I’m always in a rush. That’s sort of the story of my life — rush here, rush there … rush everywhere. And as I rush, I miss out on so much. But not anymore. I’m saying yes to taking detours — detours to see more and to connect more.

While we sat in Beth’s living room and chatted about life, our kids ran around the house playing and laughing together. Our girls went on a mini-adventure around Beth’s neighborhood. Even though I hadn’t seen Beth since Shelby was one, it was like no time had passed. And I was struck by one thing: this is what matters. Reaching out to the people who hold space in our hearts. What matters in connecting with the people who make us laugh, who make us feel at home, who make us feel loved … who make us feel whole.

I will say yes to taking detours to connect with kindreds … it’s so worth the time and effort.


One of my goals is to say no more and be extra thoughtful about when I say yes. “Say Yes” is a series featuring the things or experiences I’m saying yes to and why.

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