Create a December Daily Album and Include 30 Days of Lists Journaling

December Daily 2016 Album with 30 Days of Lists

December Daily is a yearly challenge created by Ali Edwards that encourages you to tell one story each day throughout December. The stories might be about the holiday-related things you are doing (hanging lights, shopping) or the everyday stories you want to document that may be overlooked in your regular scrapbooking during the holiday season.

30 Days of Lists is the creative journaling challenge I co-host three times a year as a way to encourage folks to incorporate creative time into their lives. The December challenge is not holiday-related, but we make sure to have prompts included that could be interpreted by Listers celebrating holidays during December.

December Daily and 30 Days of Lists - Cover Page

 

I pulled together a small kit for myself before December 1st in order to make sure I was organized and ready to get going. I cleared out the top shelf of my RASKOG cart* and put all my supplies there so they were all in one spot so I didn’t have to hunt anything down during the month and could roll the cart into the living room if I wanted to scrapbook while sitting on the couch.

My supplies for December Daily/30 Days of Lists:

  • Simple Stories Holiday Snap! Binder – a 6×8 inch binder that is similar to the ones I used in previous years. I love using this style binder for projects including my wedding album, December Daily/#30Lists, and vacation albums.
  • Simple Stories pocket pages in various styles but my favorites are the 3×4 page protectors and the 3×4 with 4×6 page protectors.
  • My beloved Fiskars paper trimmer (this is the more updated version). This is my tried and true paper trimmer that has been by my slide for about eight years. One of the first things on my shopping list for this project was new blades. Like sewing projects, you want to have fresh paper trimmer blades available for a big project.
  • Echo Park Paper’s Deck the Halls paper line (this is a big pack so you get an idea of what I picked up). I have the 6×6 paper pad, a handful of 12×12 papers, and a paper embellishment pack from this line. It’s more traditional that I normally go, but I fell in love with the patterns and several of the papers can be used year-round for my outdoor adventures
  • The 3×4 number cards are from the 2015 December Daily mini kit designed by Ashley Goldberg for Ali Edwards. You can see the digital kit here.
  • Painted wood veneer trees are by American Crafts. Another staple in my scrapbook stash!
  • Currently List cards and other papers/cards from the Awesome Ladies paper line by Kristin of rukristin papercrafts. Kristin is working on her shop right now, so you’ll want to subscribe to her email list to know when these are available again!
  • Other embellishments, stamps, washi, and stuff. I’m trying to use my stash from last year and add in a few pieces that are new — I didn’t use a lot of stamps last year and I’m hoping to use more this year to justify my shopping (ha!).
*The links to Amazon.com in this list are affiliate links. I will receive a small commission on sales made through these links at no extra cost to you. I use the money to purchase supplies and my favorite spicy ramen #realtalk. If you want a RASKOG don’t live near an IKEA, you can order one on Amazon.

December Daily and 30 Days of Lists - Cover Pocket Pages

I had a very good time putting together my album this year.

It seemed easier and I think that is because I reviewed my previous albums right before getting my album started for 2016.

I didn’t put a lot of pressure on myself to scrapbook each day, I let myself work on the album whenever I wanted.

December Daily and 30 Days of Lists - Backside of clear pocket pages

I decided to include more stuff in my album this year and not hold back on including the 2×2 pocket pages throughout the album. I started this album with some paper I love from the Echo Park line. I included a 3×4 card from one of the Ali Edwards kits from last year and mounting that card on a transparency overlay, also from a previous kit.

Then I included my first 2×2 pocket page of the album to give some early layering to the album, include the year, and mirror the transparency used on the opposite page in the pockets to create a cohesive look.

I spent the first day of December at home with a bad cold. It was my first time using Amazon PrimeNow, so I included part of the bag in the album as a reminder that I’m super lucky to live in an area that has a service that can bring me medicine within an hour or two!

 

December Daily and 30 Days of Lists - Including Packaging in Your Scrapbook Album

December Daily and 30 Days of Lists - Day 1

While I was home sick so I prepared my album with number cards from a December Daily kit from 2015 that includes numbers 1 through 31. I am not thrilled with the look of all the number cards, but I wanted to use them up and this is the best project for it.

I also created the List cards using stamps and mounting the list papers on the patterned paper I bought for the project. It was nice to have these made ahead of time so I would be able to grab the cards as I worked on my lists.

December Daily and 30 Days of Lists - Days 2 and 3 with Kam of Campfire Chic

In an effort to keep up with the project on a regular basis, I printed my photos at home using my Selphy printer (check out my Canon Selphy printer review here). It may not be a perfect solution for all scrapbookers, but I like having my projects done rather than waiting until the end of the month to order a bunch of photos or running to Target whenever I need photos for my project (because it’s impossible to leave Target without spending $50).

This is going to be a very photo-heavy post, so it continues after the jump.

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One Little Word 2017 Word of the Year

My One Little Word for 2017 is GO

Are you new to the idea of One Little Word? Here’s an excerpt from Ali Edwards’ website:

The premise is simple – choose a word to invite into your life for the coming year. You live with it. You let it speak to you. You might even follow where it leads. There are so many possibilities and no right or wrong way to approach the adventure. Sometimes words have come to me out of the blue and other years I’ve gone looking for what it was I most wanted to bring into my life. 

This will be my 6th year selecting a word that will help direct my year. I really enjoy having a word instead of resolutions because it gives me something to come back to throughout the year that will help me remember the kind of experience I want to have rather than getting down on myself for not achieving (not too specific) goals or changing my habits.

Previous One Little Words:

Honestly, the last two years weren’t documented very well and I forgot about story altogether as I was putting this post together. I’m thankful that I save things to this site, but I wish I did more to thoughtfully include my words into my everyday life. I want to be able to SEE me word and think about it in a way that it becomes my mantra for the year.

2017 will be the year of GO.

One of my favorite things that Ali Edwards suggested to do in the past was to select 12 intentions around your word so you have something to reflect on each month. I know I enjoyed putting together posts about my 12 intentions for the year of brave. I think this year will be great, too.

My 12 Go Intentions:

  • Ready, set, go
  • Go with the flow
  • Go above and beyond
  • Go ahead
  • Go out
  • Go away
  • Go further
  • Go on
  • Go all in
  • Just go
  • Go back
  • Let go

I have the intentions loosely organized as I think makes sense over the year. Some of the phrases feel the same, but I know as I reflect on each month, I will interpret the intentions differently.

I know this will be a great year.

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2016 in Review - Campfire Chic

 

I did not post as much as I wanted to this year, but as I sat down to put together 2016 in Review, I saw that I had a pretty good year. I didn’t find myself skipping over many posts because I didn’t think they deserve to be on this list, and that is what matters to me. As I went through my posts for the year to see what I should include, I knew I wanted each one to answer the question, “could this post help somebody?” I want Campfire Chic to be a place where I enjoy sharing what is going on in my life but is also a place that can be one of those blogs that people use to plan adventures, get inspired to document their story, and try new things.
2016 was another great year for travel (I still have a few destinations to share, but they can wait until next year!), sharing some creative projects, being a tourist in my own backyard, and more.

Here are the posts I’m most proud of from 2016.

Travel

Creative Projects

Microadventures

Reviews and Things to Read

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30 Days of Lists - Creative Journaling Challenge for List Makers with Kam of Campfire Chic

I think this may be my favorite December edition of 30 Days of Lists.

This year feels more manageable, like we’re capturing more stories, and really focusing on setting aside time to create. I love the support that Listers are showing one another in our private Facebook group. It’s nice to have an engaged group of individuals working toward a common goal but also willing to chat about weekend plans.

I am including my lists from this December’s 30 Days of Lists in my December Daily album. I am (very) slowly working on my album and will share the pages when I’m ready. I am really happy with this year’s album and hoping to finish it on the 31st.

My lists so far:

D16 30 Days of Lists Collection of Lists by Campfire Chic

December 2016 30 Days of Lists Collection of Lists by Campfire Chic

I am missing a photo for lists 13 and 17, but they will be included in my final December Daily pages. I’m really glad I kept things simple this time around and prepped my list cards before the challenge began. I used some stamps from rukristin and Kelly Purkey and paper from Echo Park.

I can’t believe this month is almost over! It’s been fantastic getting to know more Listers in our private Facebook group and seeing all the lists popping up on Instagram. I’m glad that after all these years, this challenge is still running strong and inspiring Listers to document their ‘right now’ story and carve out creative time for themselves on a regular basis. This is my favorite creative project and I hope we can keep it going for a long time.

Click here to find out more about 30 Days of Lists

 

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Day Trip Joshua Tree National Park - Campfire Chic

Day Trip: Joshua Tree National Park

Alex and I headed out for a day trip to Joshua Tree National Park and the surrounding area on a whim a few weekends ago. We didn’t have any set plans, we just knew we needed some time in the desert.

Our first stop was to Joshua Tree Coffee Company, a super tiny roaster just outside the West Entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. This is seriously good coffee and you can tell they take pride in their work.

Coffee in hand, we headed across the street to Natural Sisters Cafe. We seem to always hit this awesome spot when we’re in town and Alex couldn’t resist ordering the Rock Climber’s Revenge smoothie (his favorite) and I grabbed a chocolate coconut muffin (seriously, you need this) and sat outside in the sun for a bit.

Joshua Tree National Park Views - Campfire Chic

Quail Springs Boulders - Joshua Tree National Parks - Campfire Chic

We spent most of our time at Quail Springs Picnic Area, which is one of the first stops once you get into the park from the West Entrance. If you don’t have a lot of time to spend in the park, make this your stop because you get to stretch your legs while scrambling up the large rock formations. There are pit toilets at the parking lot and several picnic tables with barbecues available for park guests. There is no camping in this area.

There are a handful of bouldering problems in this area and if you can be the crowds of other park guests, you can get some decent warm ups in without having a long approach. Check the local climbing shops for books/guides if you do not have one of your own to bring to the park.

Be careful as you scramble and climb anywhere in the park. This area is popular for families and day trippers because the formations are easy to tackle, but it is still dangerous. This isn’t Disneyland, you can still slip and fall, you can knock boulders loose and send them tumbling down…you get the picture. Please be careful.

Please be careful.

Quail Springs Picnic Area - Joshua Tree National Park - Campfire Chic

We continued our aimless day with a drive out to Keys View, a wheelchair accessible viewpoint that allows guests to see all the way to Mexico. You will see some of the tallest peaks in Southern California, and the Salton Sea from here, too. This won’t take much time out of your day you are looking to gain some elevation without needing to break out your hiking shoes.

A few stops later, we headed back out of the park to eat at Crossroads Cafe. We ordered the polenta & eggs, a side of macaroni & cheese, and a large side of Ahi tuna. It was all fantastic and worth the short wait. This a great restaurant if you are looking for great options for vegetarians, vegans, and meat eaters.

There are additional shops in the area that are great for window shopping and picking up unique items for your home. You can find cactus shops, antique stores, and interesting boutiques as you drive through town. If you’re there on a weekend, you may also find a farmer’s market or two.

You can find my other posts about Joshua Tree National Park here.

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