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Edited: I’ll be releasing a self-paced workshop teaching how to make these book mini books October, 2015! Make sure to sign up for The Nerd Nest newsletter so you don’t miss registration!
All of the photos I had were already printed out, but for some reason I thought there were more. I scoured our photo archives, which are not well organized before 2010 (April’s project?), only to find that all of the photos I had really were printed out.
Thankfully that baggie also contained a Composition book that held a list of all the days in December and a little note about what we did each day. That helped me create the missing pages; I never would have been able to without that little book. The lesson: always take notes!
All I gave myself in the way of notes for Day 17 was “went Christmas shopping”. I don’t at all remember where I shopped or what I bought. I also realized that I couldn’t remember what kinds of things we gave/ received in 2009 other than the many scarves I gave out. That could have been the year Eliza asked for “a computer and a book” and made us cry with joy (#doingitright), but that could just as easily be a different Christmas. If I realize that it was 2009, I’ll probably add that story somewhere in the book. This just lets me know the kinds of things I’ll like to know later, so I can change the way I’m documenting things now. Anyway, all this just to say that Day 17 ended up just being the number 17 and the words “Christmas Shopping!”. I’ll live.
Day 18 was about Jake’s work Christmas party. We took pictures of the shiny ball in a storefront window on the walk to the party.
I loved doing this project! Once I realized that I was only kept from finishing this for years (years!) because of some preconceived notion of what the project was supposed to be (a photo a day). I realized that what was important was the memory keeping. Photos are great, but words are just as important. Anything can be anything you want it to be! Don’t let someone else’s rules get you down! (Though DD doesn’t really have rules… I did that to myself).
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