Monday, November 7, 2011

November Happiness Blog Hop: Pay Attention

This month's Happiness Blog Hop organized by Scrapworthy Lives is themed Pay Attention. Gretchen Rubin dedicates a chapter of The Happiness Project to this topic, but I think that scrapbookers have a head start on this part of happiness. As scrapbooking has shifted from mainly scrapping the big events (weddings, vacations, bithdays, etc) to also including our everyday lives, scrapbookers are paying attention to the little things. Ali Edwards has been promoting everyday scrapbooking for years, Becky Higgins brings us Project Life, and Stacy Julian teaches us to make connections through her Library of Memories system.

I find that blog and scrapbook projects help me pay more attention to my everyday life. I started with A Day in Photos last April while taking Shimelle's Beyond Blogging for Scrapbookers class. I also tried Ali Edward's Week in the Life for the first time in July. I blogged about my week and want to make a photo book with the pictures and stories. Next, I would like to complete Ali Edward's December Daily. I am thinking about ways to approach this project. I could mainly use my blog, but making a mini book would be fun too. Elise Blaha sells cute holiday mini books on her Etsy site, which would save me some prep time. These projects help me take more everyday photos and tell more stories about our everyday lives. Alex is growing so fast and life changes quickly, so I know that I will treasure having these details now and in the future.

I would love to hear how other scrapbookers pay attention in their lives and if you have any tips for completing December Daily.

Your next stop on the blog hop is Scrapping Mojo. Thank you for visiting today!

Here is the list of participating blogs:
Fun Mama
Kiss & Tell Scrapbooking
Melissa’s Blog
Nihao, Cupcake!
Our Life with Spiky Potatoes
Pie for Breakfast
Scraps & Sass
Scrapworthy Lives
Scrap Your Life
Slice of Life
Take a Picture and Remember This
This Kalil Life
1200 Some Miles (You are here.)
Scrapping Mojo
Your Memory Connection


Katie Scott Scrapbooking said...

I like to work on Christmas during the Christmas season so if I don't finish December Daily one year, I just start on it early the next. I also have one December Daily which is a hodge podge of several different years.

P.A. My blog post is up now (I was a bit late!)

Anonymous said...

I made my DD album last year, but never filled it in! I need some tips as well!

RNBsmom said...

I have never done December Daily but having done other similar daily projects (some more successfully than others), I think the most important part is FULL PREPARATION. Get as much done beforehand as possible, have all your supplies organized and in one place (and limit those supplies), have a dedicated space for your project to sit out so you can work on it easily every day and come up with a system beforehand so when the month starts all you have to do is print photos and add journaling.

Alison said...

I did Shimelle's JYC for the first time last year , and once the 'busyness' of Christmas set in, I just kept a journal of what I wanted to record and caught up when I could...and only went up until Christmas Day itself
Alison xx

Stephanie Medley-Rath said...

I don't do December Daily or Journal your Christmas so I don't have any tips for you! Well, maybe I do...I think I would treat as a work in progress. Something you add to each year instead of something that has to be completed in one year. That's how I would approach it. Maybe I need to pay more attention to both of those strategies...

Melissa Shanhun said...

My tip would be don't feel like you need to scrapbook it on the day if you don't have time.

Last year I blogged or journalled daily and made the pages as I had time.

Hope you enjoy DD this year!

Some more tips here: