December Stories: 1 – a different December
Finally made a bit of time last night to write up the first story for my December Stories album. This is going to be such a different December for us, that this is where December 2013 stories must begin:
December Stories is a method of recording the magic of December,
inspired by Ali Edwards’ December Daily
and combined with the Field Journaling smaller style.
This post is linked to Ali Edwards’ Day Two.
December Stories Freebie
Well, welcome December!
It’s time for another digital freebie file for you to download!
This title comes in two versions, dimensional gold and black. Both are .png files and ready for you to download over on the Freebie Page.
And if you want to match the font, it’s a free one – Fontleroy Brown – downloadable over at Font Squirrel.
Field Notes to Journal Pages
On our trip up to Cody, I decided to use that trip as practice for all the trips and side jaunts we hope to take once Mike is retired and we land in Cody Country. I am blessed to be able to write and read in the car even on windy mountain roads without getting carsick. This helps immensely, though you could possibly just take some audio notes as easily.
Basically you just write it all down – what you see and notice as well as various thoughts that go through your mind. Phenology is often on my mind as I do this, but you might have a different focus. The process is still the same.
Here’s an example of one page of notes I took:
And from those notes, I did a write up which was fairly long and not really a story, but rather added in more details. It’s best to find time that evening to do the write-up, but the reality isn’t always that tidy. I did my write up a few days later.
I’ve decided that for me, I need to type this up on the computer and print out the pages. Since I’m combining this with the pocket page protectors I’ve cut down to fit the field journals, I won’t add photos and simply type it up as a single photoshop file. Printed them out on 8.5×11 sheets of paper with the crop marks to cut it to size (6.25 x 8.5). You also might notice that I left a half inch on the left to punch the holes.
This is where I’m at right now on this journal entry. Sometime in the next few days, I plan to take an evening and work on choosing the photos to print out on my Canon Selphy printer and add to the pocket pages.
This was wonderful practice and I love adding this to my 2013 Project Life/Field Journaling album.
30 Days of Thankful: Day 26
Whew! We’re home again after a fast trip with lots accomplished. More on that later, though. Still need to finish up a few more gratitudes – watch for them to come soon.
While up there, I realized how many people in our heritage told stories. Some documented pieces of it, but in the end, they passed along the desire to tell and share their story. A few kept their mouths shut on their story – from shame or hurt, but they gave the gift of looking forward as well.
The photo here is from a wall in Mom’s house – one side of that door in the middle is her heritage, laid out mostly as a family tree, and the other my dad’s heritage – laid out mostly as a family tree. One of the many fun things she does to decorate her house.
30 Days of Thankful: Day 25
I can feel there’s more on this one that needs to to be written, but it’s not quite ready yet – like with Day 8′s post, I think I’ll need to keep this photo hanging around so I can spend moments contemplating the adventures of life and wait for the words to rise.
I am truly grateful for the adventures of life and my companions on this journey – and preparing for the wild ride I think 2014 might be.
30 Days of Thankful: Day 24
Normally we’re much farther north on the trip up to Cody when the sun starts to hang low in the sky, but on this trip, a snafu that needed fixing in Rawlins chewed up time and we were actually in that golden light on Cedar Rim where you can see for many, many miles. Just took my breath away with the beauty of it. And from that, came Day 24′s gratitude:
30 Days of Thankful: Day 23
Catching up again – anymore I fully expect this type of thing to happen when doing any sort of daily project. Thanks so much for your patience with me on this.
Here’s Gratitude #23:
30 Days of Thankful: Day 22
I watched Becky Higgins over at Creative Live the past few days, and yesterday, especially, reminded me exactly why I document life as I do; no matter what style I use, scrapbooking helps me to fall deeply in love with my life. I’m a happier person who lives deliberately – taking charge of the decisions to create the life I choose to lead.
In turn, life has opened up opportunities for me and has taken me in directions more wonderful than I could have imagined. So very grateful that this simple hobby has transformed my life in stunning ways.