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LIFE:CAPTURED began in August 2013 when we held our first full-day workshop at RAW Space in Sydney, Australia. Our mission is to help people document their stories and create tangible keepsakes to be treasured for generations to come. We offer intensive design, photography, and memory keeping workshops, as well as interactive online classes. We are advocates of honest photography, minimalist design, and memory keeping that's simple, beautiful, and tangible. We are the pioneers of the story book, and we offer flexible templates that enable everybody to tell their story. We believe that life is worth remembering and that it is never too early or too late to start documenting yours. LIFE:CAPTURED was founded by Rhonda Mason (of the Pink Ronnie blog) and Trish Chong (of Tealily Photography).

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The official blog of LIFE:CAPTURED Inc, the modern school of memory keeping. We believe that life is worth remembering and that it is never too early or too late to start documenting yours. We blog about design, photography, and how you can preserve your story with timeless, tangible keepsakes.

Story book: Remember December

Ronnie

Remember December - A story book by Rhonda Mason for LIFE:CAPTURED Inc (The modern school of memory keeping)

| Written by Ronnie |

Guys, I can't tell you how excited I've been to share this story book with you all. If you're familiar with the memory keeping world, then I'm sure you already know about the December Daily concept created by Ali Edwards. The idea is to document the 25 days leading up to Christmas with one story per day and then turning this into an album of sorts.

Last year, I wanted to do something similar. December is always such a crazy, hectic month for us (as I'm sure it is for most families) that the entire month just becomes a blur. I wanted something more tangible to remember the month by. A keepsake that not only celebrated all the important milestones and events like preschool concerts, the last day of school, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's eve, but also all the tiny, ordinary moments in between. 

Remember December - A story book by Rhonda Mason for LIFE:CAPTURED Inc (The modern school of memory keeping)

My thinking was that I wanted to record as much detail as possible of every day of the month but I didn't want to spend too much time afterwards with putting it all together.  

My plan was simple as: Write as much as I can about each day on Simplenote before going to bed. Take photos on my iPhone whenever i can. Then throw it all together into a nice story book template. Easy peasy.

As usual, Rick was great. Seriously, he's such a trooper when it comes to being on board with all my memory keeping ideas. Whenever I was too tired at the end of the day or when words simply evaded me, he would pick up the slack and write up the day for me. He's awesome, no? 

Remember December - A story book by Rhonda Mason for LIFE:CAPTURED Inc (The modern school of memory keeping)

Anyway, a couple of months ago, just before I was going to send the story book off to print, I decided to re-work the page designs because I wanted the date of the month to stand out the most on each page. As a result of this, I also ended up increasing the margins on each side of the text. Actually, I uuuumed and aaaaahed over this for ages until one night, I showed it to Rick and he was like, "That looks great! Do it!"

So big margins it was.

As for the name, I inadvertently came up with it when I was designing the cover. I didn't want the white square to have too much white space and as I was typesetting it, there was this distinct moment when I suddenly realised that 'Remember' and 'December' not only rhyme but have the exact same number of letters. If you were already privy to this fact, then I salute you, because I seriously thought I was the cleverest chick in the room when the penny dropped for me. 

I went with the large vertical soft cover book by Artifact Uprising and when the book came back from print last month, I was ecstatic. The design looks so good on paper, and reading over the words that Rick and I wrote makes my heart so very happy.

I'm definitely doing this again this year. 

December, you don't scare me. (Not yet, anyway.)

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