Some of you might be surprised to read that I’m doing December Daily this year. I’m a well known grinch, and Christmas generally makes me stressed and grumpy. I usually just grit my teeth and get it over with as quickly as possible. But we’re actually doing a whole lot of really lovely stuff this December, and I want to record it. Plus, I think I might kind of be able to trick myself into feeling a bit jolly if I turn the whole event into an opportunity to play with pretty paper and take fun photos.
So I’m on board. I’m doing this.
After deciding to go ahead with it I spent a little while considering my options when it came to the tools I’d use to tell the stories. I’ve been memory keeping in 8×8 albums this year, so I decided to go with that to keep things consistent (though I did toy with the idea of a mini book). Then it was a matter of deciding whether to buy a physical kit or go digital. And this year I went digital.
Now, I know this means that I don’t get the joy of unboxing a beautiful set of scrapping goodness, touching all the pretty things, and playing with the exclusive wood veneers, stickers, washis, and vellum embellishments, but I’m willing to forego those joys for the following reasons:
- I live in Australia. Shipping here from the USA is expensive and slow. But digital kits ship free and arrive instantly. That makes a big difference for me.
- I can print out exactly what I want. I don’t end up with that inevitable pile of leftover bits that weren’t really my style, or that I couldn’t work in. And lets be honest, sometimes that ends up being 20-40% of a physical kit. I’m cutting down on waste, and eliminating didn’t-use-it guilt.
- I can print out multiples of the cards and elements I love best. We all know that pang that happens when there’s a card or paper that we just think is perfect, and we can only use once. With a digital kit I can print out as many copies of that card or paper as I like, and pepper it all through my album if I want to.
- I can make more mistakes. We also all know the agony of having a card that we love and then making a horrible messy mistake on it and rendering it unusable. With a digital kit, I just print out another one. Heartbreak avoided.
- I get total colour control. I think this might be my favourite thing about digital kits. There are always cards and papers that I love but that are in colours that I love less. For example, this year Ali’s main kit has a bunch of yellow cards in it, and yellow just isn’t a Christmassy colour for me. When I have the digital files, I just change the colours in Photoshop, and make them perfect for how I want to use them. To make this even easier on myself, I make a digital swatch of all the colours I DO want in my album, and keep it open in Photoshop so I can grab a colour with the eyedropper tool, and fill it in on my chosen card with the bucket tool. Easiest thing ever. This is my swatch for 2016:
So, this year I’ve bought Ali’s main kit, as well as the Jasmine Jones, and Liz Tamanaha (Paislee Press) mini kits. I also got some photo overlays, digital stamps, and layered templates that I’m looking forward to experimenting with. I have some other December themed digital kits from Paislee Press and One Little Bird that I plan to draw from in moderation. To complement that lot, I’ve pulled together some bits and pieces from my physical stash, including numbers, alphas, and other embellishments.
Come at me, December. I’m ready.