December Project Life | Merry & Bright

While thinking about how I'd like to document the holiday season this year, I looked back through my Christmas photos for the past several seasons and pulled out several themes that seem to repeat each year. We attend a holiday parade, bake sugar cookies, receive nightly visits from a mischievous little elf named Chippy, decorate the tree together, sip hot chocolate with marshmallows, bring out our favorite ornaments and knick-knacks and when we're very lucky (as we are this year), we build a snowman in the backyard. Some of my favorite memories always happen on the night before Christmas. There is an unmistakable excitement in the air as we venture out as a family to celebrate at a nice restaurant, open new Christmas pajamas under the twinkle lights, and try to get two little girls to sleep as they insist on trying to see Santa arrive at our house.

As part of my last post as a member of the 2013 Project Life Creative Team, I thought it was only fitting to highlight a few of my favorite parts of the end of the year. It's very hard to believe that a full year has passed since that incredible invitation from Becky Higgins to join the team arrived in my inbox last December. This experience has been amazing in so many ways. I've had the opportunity to work with both digital and physical products (including a complete wedding album!) and share these pages and projects that are so dear to me with all of you in a way I never thought would be possible. I hope that you've found something you enjoy here, but I hope even more that you've found your groove with this way of documenting your everyday life in whatever way works best for you. Thank you for being a part of the journey with me this year!

For my shared pages this month, I've used the digital Design A page protectors and the Merry & Bright Mini Kit.

Full layout:

Left side:

Right side:

You can click here to find the final installment of the creative team inspiration posts on Becky's blog for 2013. The 2014 creative team will be announced later this week and I can't wait to meet them!

Wishing you happy and scrappy holidays,


  1. Hi! I really like this layout and love how you have used journaling cards as frames. I am wondering, how do you get the photos under the scalloped interior edges? When I open the cards in PSE the whole thing is one layer, so my photo is either on top of it or covered up completely. If you're able to explain the technique or direct me to a tutorial, I would appreciate it very much!


    1. Hi there! Thanks for stopping by and asking about the frames. Unfortunately, I don't know PSE at all, but I'm hoping the tools for this will be similar to Photoshop.

      Here's what I did:
      1. Open the .png file with the border you want to use
      2. Select the magic wand tool
      3. Once selected, a bar with several options will appear below the main menu bar at the top of the screen.
      4. On that bar, set your tolerance to 100, check anti-alias, check contiguous
      5. With the magic wand tool, click on the area you want to remove in the .png file (here, the grid). This will select that entire area.
      6. Hit the delete key
      7. Voila! :)
      8. You can then open your photo and place it under the frame layer.

      That sounds way more complicated than it is, but I hope that it works for you! Please let me know if you have any trouble and I'll do what I can to help!


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