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December Daily 2017 | Part 2

I did it!  Completed another December Daily album, that is.  I had a pretty busy month- or at least it felt busier than usual!- but I still managed to stay on track with my book.  Ready to see the second half?

Check out the slideshow:

This year, I learned a few things about myself while creating this book:

1.  I really, really, really dislike the amount of supplies I have.  I know I’ve already said that probably a hundred times throughout the year, but it was very apparent to me when I was digging through all of my things to make this album.  Some of these pages took much longer than necessary because I spent so much time looking through all the stickers and embellishments I have “just in case.”  Which leads me to say that I’m absolutely going to use what I’ve got and make it a goal to only work from ONE kit for my memory albums this upcoming year.

2.  I am not that great at writing out my stories… but when I actually do it, it feels good to have more than just a sentence on a journaling card.  It takes a little more time to sit down and write, but it’s very worth it.  From this point on, I’d like to make a solid effort to expand my journaling in all of my albums. 🙂

3.  I enjoy memory-keeping- the photographs combined with the prettiness of the papers and embellishments makes my heart sing!  But I’d also like to see if I can use my creativity to explore other projects that don’t necessarily deal with photo-taking and story-telling.  I think a lot of us who are the primary memory-keepers of our family can put pressure on ourselves to get all those stories in albums, and once the pressure is on, what’s meant to be fun suddenly turns into something stressful or overwhelming, especially when we get behind. Which is where I’m at and which is why I’ll be joining Ali Edwards’ One Little Word workshop in 2018 and creating an album that will be specifically for documenting my growth/self-care as I focus on my word-of-the-year.  (More on that later!)  I’ll still be working in a Project Life album on a monthly basis (and slowly catching up), but I’m going to be splitting my crafty-time this year between that and OLW.  Super excited to begin and see where it takes me!

So that’s that!  If you’d like to see a video flip of this second half, watch here:

Since this is likely my last post for 2017, I’ll wish you a very wonderful New Year’s celebration & give you a final thank you for the support and love you’ve shown me over the past 365 days!  Y’all are the best!!  See ya in ’18!!

XO, Marybeth

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