Documenting December with my iPhone

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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