Document December 2020 Prep: Volume 1

Welcome to the first volume of our 2020 Document December preparation posts! Today, and the next two Saturdays, we will be sharing inspiration, tips and ideas from our design team using our Document December 2020 products and monthly kit and add-ons to help you get ready for a month of merry memory keeping! Read on for tips on how to make this December project your most successful yet!

Amanda-jayne Baldwin

Hi, Elle’s Studio friends! This year I’m opting for a traveler’s notebook-sized 6.5″ x 9″ album, so that I can have a mix of pockets, notebook pages and even mini scrapbook pages! To help me prepare for the upcoming season, I have already downloaded and printed the free Document December Prompts Printable and placed it inside my album cover to help keep me inspired! This is such a helpful little printable! It’s perfect for photo prompts, journaling ideas, and even page titles!

I’ve also printed a few of the Merry Printables to include in this year’s album too! Having a few note cards printed and base pages completed will really help me to save time in putting my album together during the festive season! 

Melissa Mann

Hey, everyone! I hope you all are excited for this holiday season! I’ve been itching to work on my Document December album and start filling it up with all the holiday fun and memories that we celebrate this time of year.

I am going to be featuring a lot of “see through” elements in my album this year and am using repurposed pieces of chipboard and acetate to create them. I love layers and using transparent pieces of vellum and acetate will help create more depth and the illusion of layers in my album! 

Suzanna Lee

I am going to be honest and tell you that I have attempted this project for eight straight years and failed, miserably. I’m hoping to change that this year! With some prep work and my Elle’s Studio Document December kit, along with the November and December monthly kits and add ons, I can cross the finish line this year!

I haven’t prepped the bulk of the album before and I have done that this year. I have also restricted myself to a story a day and a limited my supplies.

Three-quarters of my foundation pages are complete, housed in a Citrus Twist Life Crafted album. I really enjoy the traveler’s notebook size but found last year that I didn’t like the way that a TN bound album bulged after just one week. This 6-ring binder afforded me the ability to use the Dec 2020 acrylic, wood veneers and other bulkier elements without worrying about busting a seam! I also like that the binder rings give me somewhere to hang little trinkets from.

Very few of my pages have numbers on them, so that I have the flexibility of moving the foundation pages around. My plan is to use lots of large photos and full-sized pocket photos with a few embellishments on top of the page protector while there will be a pocket card for journaling. Choosing to do this will mean emphasis on sharing the stories of this COVID Christmas experience and be less art focused as my scrapbook pages can be. I want to document meaningfully and purposefully in this album. I can always create arty Christmas pages for my regular albums!

Amy Jo Vanden Brink

I love setting up supplies for December documenting! My main goal with preparing in advance is making sure I have space to include my favourite supplies, instead of stashing them and never getting them on a page!

When I saw the cookie stickers, I knew for sure I wanted to use them. Making a transparency with them was an easy way to ensure that they will end up in the album no matter if they work on a photo or not!

My goal is to make sure that my supplies, and the pages I prep beforehand allow flexible documenting!

We just love these foundation pages and ideas on how to focus on documenting the important stories of the month! Be sure to check back next week for more ideas, foundation pages and inspiration, and don’t miss out on our Document December products to help you record this special month of memories!

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