December Album 2021 | Story No. 1


December Album 2021 | Story No. 1 by Jamie Pate

bring it, December! Bring on the stories.

For the first time in forever I am so very very excited about this year's December Album making.

To be honest, in the past, I have allowed myself to get bunged up about keeping up everyday. 

About trying to keep the album thematic, know...perfect. (First-born syndrome)

And about feeling defeated when I got to the end of the season with only half of a book.

December Album 2021 | Story No. 1

Well, friends...while I am not an old dog, they can be taught new tricks.

I for one am here for it.

First up, let me invite you to watch this video here that I did in October as I began to think thoughts about how I was going to document December.

Let's Chat December Album

This video really resonated with my storytelling friends. My hope is that it continues to do just that. I would love to hear your thoughts as well.

December Album 2021 | Story No. 1

For my first story in this 2021 December Album I am telling the story I always tell: family. For years and years this mini album has started off with the family photo. Whether we hired a photographer to take an official photo, or if there was a picture taken through the year that stayed top of mind for me.

As a side note, this is becoming increasingly harder as I now have two children married. I will need to decide how that looks for next year. But this year I got lucky. This family photo was taken the night before my first kid got wedded. And so, a last look at our nuclear family as it was. I'm not melancholy. Much.

December Album 2021 | Story No. 1

And so Story 1 (I am adopting that from Ali Edwards as I am not telling the days, I am telling the stories. Does that make sense?) is our family photo.

December Album 2021 | Story No. 1

Inside the flap of the family photo I will share my opening thoughts on the month and the season and how I am going about this year's book. Seriously, friends. It already feels so freeing to 'want' to tell the stories I want to tell rather than 'have' to keep up every day with a story. Cause seriously, sometimes it's just me and my coffee and a school routine day and a lot of work at home. 

December Album 2021 | Story No. 1

For this week's video I will send you to the ScrapbookCom Channel. In the Holiday Inspiration Series I am kicking off the album with my intro page and the process for this Story 01 Family Photo page. Watch the video for how I went about these pages. As well as the making of the interactive flap.

I hope this post and these videos inspire you in some way. I hope if you are documenting December in a mini album that you find ideas, motivation, and some simple ideas to make that happen for you. Be sure to check back as I will be updating throughout the month these pages and stories.

December Album 2021 | Story No. 1

Thank you so very much for being here and for sharing in these storytelling aspirations.

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