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To document the holidays, I’m using my photo and journaling prompts from Daily Doc | Holiday Edition to document each day, inspired by Ali Edwards’s December Daily. I’m mixing and matching, and I’ve printed out the list at the end of the workbook to help me keep track / get ideas each morning.

I’m also using these pages to play along with this week’s Document Life Workshop challenge to use gift wrap. I don’t have any cute gift wrap on hand (though you better bet I’ll be repurposing gift card holders, tags, and cute wrapping paper post-Christmas), so I printed a few gift tags I found in this 25 Free Christmas Tag Printable Sets post!

Use Printable Gift Tags in Your Holiday Album via The Nerd Nest

For prompt #37 in Daily Doc | Holiday Edition, I documented a funny photo of Jonas all dressed up in mis-matched winter clothes and our walk to get hot chocolate.

Use Printable Gift Tags in Your Holiday Album via The Nerd Nest

I used a tag from Love vs. Design to get some snowflakes on the page, because the tiny bit of powder in the background doesn’t really get the point across. Hah!

Use Printable Gift Tags in Your Holiday Album via The Nerd Nest

The journaling reads:

“Today we had our first bit of snow. It wasn’t much, but Jonas and I wanted to get out in it anyway. We bundled up in a hodge podge of winter gear and took a walk to get hot chocolate and coffee w/ red noses.”

Use Non-Holiday Papers to Document the Holidays via The Nerd Nest

For prompt #5 I documented the kids’ and my Star Wars gingerbread cookies. Because we infuse our holidays with a heavy dose of nerd, of course.

Use Non-Holiday Papers to Document the Holidays via The Nerd Nest

Use Non-Holiday Papers to Document the Holidays via The Nerd Nest

The journaling reads:

“Jonas has been wanting to make Star Wars cookies all week, and when I saw the perfect soft and chewy gingerbread Betty Croker mix @ Sunfresh (can’t find a soft recipe that holds shapes!), I knew just what to do! Eliza and Jonas had a bunch of fun rolling out and punching shapes (there were a few times outs too).”

Document kids' wish list or letter to Santa via the Nerd Nest

Document kids' wish list or letter to Santa via the Nerd Nest

For prompt #13, I pasted in the kids’ letter to Santa. We have a tradition of making pretty letters, scanning them, and “e-mailing” them to Santa so I can keep the originals. I also maaaay have chosen the paper for the letter based on the base page in this album.

I used another printable tag for this page, and I cut a slit in the page protector so it can hang off of the side. I also backed this tag with a second tag so it’d be pretty on the other side too.

Document kids' wish list or letter to Santa via the Nerd Nest

Document kids' wish list or letter to Santa via the Nerd Nest />

The kids’ letter reads:

“Dear Santa,

How are you? Thank you for the presents you gave me in the past year. I am excited that you are coming again. My family and me watch Doctor Who, and I want Doctor Who toys and a lot. And surprise me. Thank you, Eliza.

Jonas would like (as dictated to dad):

Airplane, a dalek, Bunnies!, A clock for my room, a watch, Yo Gabba Gabba toys.”

If you’re wondering, we got the kids’ Doctor Who stuff at Think Geek. Barnes and Noble had a pretty good selection of Whovian gear too! The Doctor Who scavenger hunt is the thing I’m most excited about for Christmas this year. (We did a Harry Potter one last year.)

To take the pressure off and give me plenty of time to complete each layout and photograph it in daylight, I’m sharing a day in this album every afternoon through the end of the year, two days after the day I document! To tune into the daily documenting with photos and words, follow me on Instagram, Twitter, or Flickr. Find the rest of the album here.


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