One Year and 530+ Layouts

One year ago last month, I decided to take the December Daily challenge and document each day of December, on my phone. I called this challenge #DecemberSuccess and, for me, it was just that. I was surprised how much I enjoyed it and how easy I found it, after wanting to fall into a puddle of tears at just the IDEA of it for years. I decided to carry the challenge on and document every day of 2015, on my phone.

With a move to a different state, a month of homelessness, and many other major life events, I did fall behind in March. But, I picked it back up in May, and was able to get all caught up.

I learned a lot about different apps and got into a really good routine. I figured out how to add videos to my pages via a QR code (all on my phone, no computer needed). I scrapped more than one vacation and was ready to print when I got home.

Technology has changed ALOT in just a year and I can now use any digital scrapbooking supplies I want to create journal cards OR a whole layout ON MY PHONE! But, technology isn’t the only thing that changed a lot in the past year. I changed a lot. This project changed me!! I am happy to say the my memory keeping and me will never be the same!

530 layouts!!!! FIVE HUNDRED THIRTY layouts!! That is actually an underestimate, because it only includes the Project Life layouts, none of the layouts created in other apps and none of the layouts that were deleted to make room on my phone (DecemberSuccess 2014, for example). Five hundred thirty layouts is probably more layouts than I created in my whole life as a scrapbooker before last year (and I’ve been a scrapbooker of some kind for at least 34 years).

I have created at least one layout for each and every day of my life since December 1, 2014. They are in depth, detailed, and full of my story (they include pictures of the kids schools, where I go walking each day, grocery shopping, my real life routines). They include the heartbreaks, the sadness, the illnesses, the happiness, the joy, the gratitude, the love, the challenges, and the PEOPLE that have made up my story over the past year (which is why I don’t share many of them online).

I am still not a perfect documenter. Sometimes, I forget to take pictures of really important events (something I am STILL working on and probably won’t ever perfect). But, I’m grateful for the memories I have documented and can look back on, even if it is without a photo. I am grateful that I didn’t let the fear of not being perfect in this challenge, stop me from trying. It was MY challenge, so I gave myself the freedom to make up the rules as I went along.

What you might be wondering

Will I keep doing this in 2016?

  • Yes! I hope to keep it up for a long, long time! Bending, breaking, and changing the rules as I need to.

Have I printed all of the layouts?

  • No. I have printed some. I hope to print most of them, slowly, over time. At .99 a page (8×8), I’m looking at $530 for printing, as it stands right now. That’s a hefty sum. If I keep scrapping at the same rate…yikes!
  • Since my oldest daughter left on a mission for our church, in September, I do print out my daily layouts (on not very good paper at home) and snail mail them to her. This has become a highlight of her week and she thanks me for them often.

What apps am I using, has it changed?

  • Yes, it’s changed from the very first post I did. You can read about the evolution in several of the Phonebooking posts. Since January 2015, the Project Life App has been my work horse. It really is what has made all of this possible. Sometimes, use other apps in conjunction with it. I often use other supplies (journal cards by my favorite digi designers) from outside the app (especially when I am doing an album/project of some kind or themed pages). My journaling however, is typically done on Project Life journal cards, purchased in the app, because it is just FAST that way!

Are all of the layouts Square?

  • Nope. Some are rectangle too. Some are just a 4×6 with a photo and a journal card. Some are 6×12. Some are 6×8. All different sizes, really. Mostly, they are square and will be printed 8×8.

Do all of the layouts have a photo?

  • Only one layout doesn’t have a photo and it is a 4×6 layout with one filler card and one journal card.

How long does each layout take you?

  • Anywhere from one to ten MINUTES! It takes me longer if I’m adding a video via QR code (those are the slowest pages) and if I edit that video first in iMovie, then it has taken me about thirty minutes (to edit, upload, create the QR code, etc.)

Memory Keeping is AMAZING

Documenting memories is such a wonderful and rewarding hobby to have. It’s so amazing to be a memory keeper right now! Technology is changing so quickly and it is only becoming faster and easier to document our lives. I’m grateful to be a part of it. I’m grateful to have so many designers creating beautiful products that I can use to tell my story with. THIS is what I love to do. It’s part of my core. It IS what makes my heart sing and I can’t wait to do even more in 2016!

PS. Not having time is no longer an excuse! I KNOW you spend more than a few minutes a day waiting in line, waiting for kids, waiting to get sleepy, waiting for it to be morning, waiting for an appointment, etc.! That’s how I do almost all of my scrapbooking these days…while I’m waiting.

A Little Happy, A Little Holiday

Looking for a little happy or holiday to add to your stash? Here are a few things that caught our eye…

New from Blagovesta Gosheva – Happiness Captured kit and some made to match extras.


Beyond Measure is brand new from Jennifer Labre. Grab it for 20% off through Sunday!


As parents, we have so many dreams for our children! This new collection was inspired by my 2 teenage daughters. 9 amazing packs for just $2 each or grab the Bundle for $10 during the DigiChick’s December Hatchery!


The 3rd annual aA Deals of December has begun offering THE BEST deals of the year from 1-12 December 2015. See the line-up of events and subscribe.


A warm and cozy set of products to scrap all those cold and snowy, wintery moments by Pink Reptile Designs! Buy one or all of these before December 6 and save 20%!


Fa La La Collection is 50% off!


Amber has a beautiful new product for BYOC perfect for documenting all your St. Nicholas Day traditions! Save 20% thru Sunday.


Meagan’s Creations has a new collection this week as part of the Hatchery over at The Digichick. $1 packs for 1 week! Check it out!


Need holiday cards? Wendy has a couple fun templates for you. Use them as is, or substitute the icons for photos. Wendy also has re-released Season One and Season Two of her Photoshop videos which are majorly discounted this weekend only! Files can now be downloaded directly from the store.

This December

This December we wanted to bring you something extra special! We know that so many of our team and members are looking for new and quick ways to scrap our Decembers. Many follow along with Ali Edward’s December Daily project on her blog. This photo-centric, yet simple template set allows you to document your December quickly and easily! This set of PSD template includes a page for every day of

The following layouts were created using “This December” by Janet Phillips and included in
The Digi Files during December, 2015:

Layouts by Heddy. Supplies: This December by Janet Phillips; Christmas Countdown by Kristin Cronin-Barrow and Zoe Pearn; Font: Tigerlily.

Layout by SharonS. Supplies: This December by Janet Phillips; Crazy Cat Lady by Mommyish: Journal Spot by Misty Cato; Font: My Own Topher; Action: Embellish It by Wendyzine Scraps.

Layoust by Bethany. Supplies: This December by Janet Phillips; 2012 Advent Collab by ScrapOrchard; Fonts: Glamour Brush, Burford Rustic, Advent.

The Most Useful Keyboard Button

The Most Useful Keyboard Button

So, let’s say you’re working on a digital scrapbook page in Photoshop. You’re playing with elements and text, making the little adjustments needed to look exactly how you want the page to look. Maybe you:

…Have the Text tool active and you decide you want to move the an element off the journalling area.

…Are using a Brush and you decide you want to move the journal block.

…Have the the fill bucket tool active and you decide to move a shape.

You could take the time to select the Move tool, make the move you want, and then go back and select the original tool you were using – the text tool, brush, or fill bucket, like in the examples.

OR, you can hold down CTRL (Command on a Mac) and make the move – and Photoshop will automatically revert back to the original tool you were using.

Isn’t that handy?

Example of a Page In Progress

If we look at this work-in-progress, you can see that the Text tool is active.

I have my Move tool set to “Auto-Select” which means that wherever I click, it will activate the layer visible immediately under my cursor.

So, with the Text tool active, if I held down CTRL and clicked on the “T” alpha, I could move the alpha by dragging it on the canvas. When I release the CTRL key, the tool would revert back to the Text tool.

And that’s why CTRL is the most useful keyboard button for scrapbookers.

Welcome the Designers of TDF#84

It’s hard to believe we’re wrapping up 2015 already! We have a stellar lineup of designers who have contributed amazing kits to December’s Digi Files, including something special for those participating in December Daily type projects.

The Digi Files this month, we have SEVEN full size products (never released in digiland before) from fabulous designers for only $7.50 (less when you become an annual member)! It’s an UNBELIEVEABLE deal and the BEST deal in digital scrapbooking! Here is a look at the designers for this month:

Janet Phillips

Created by Jill


Libby Pritchett

Scrapping With Liz

Etc by Danyale

Bella Gypsy

Our members love “Daily Digi Day!” Many of the annual members have already been downloading for a few hours because they get access when the calendar changes to a new month. Here’s what our members said in the comments yesterday:

Thanks for another wonderful month of beautiful goodies. You never disappoint! – Sharon K.

Thanks for another great month of inspiration and beauty. Happy December and Daily Digi Day tomorrow! – Karyn A.

PS: Since we had a little technical difficulties with the website the past couple of days, we have extended yesterday’s giveaway through today.

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