Welcome to Your December Story at Get It Scrapped

Many of the most-loved and best remembered stories play out in a story form described by Joseph Campbell (a mythologist and writer) as “the hero’s journey.”

In this 6-week experience, we show you how to use a “hero’s journey” approach to December storytelling.

You can get the lessons in multiple ways. Every Monday: 1) we’ll  send you email with the lesson, 2) we’ll post that lesson in the Facebook group, AND 3) we’ll add the lesson below on this page. You can use whatever is best for you!

Join the class Facebook Group (see button to right) for discussion, ideas, and inspiration—including examples from classic stories and pages from our team. We’d love to see you share your own journey, idea, pictures, and pages there.

Weekly Lessons, Prompts & Challenges

Each week you can find lessons and prompts on Monday and challenges on Tuesday posted below–and over in the class Facebook group.

The Ordinary World & Call to Adventure (NOV 21)

WEEK 1 Lesson

WEEK 1 Lesson | The Ordinary World & The Call to Adventure
It’s time to kick off the telling of your very own December journey story.

This first lesson is a big one aimed at getting you creating scrapbook pages that show your transition from the ordinary world to one of December preparations and holiday. There are a few scrapbook pages or stories you can tell this week including:
1) A story of your daily life in November (and, perhaps, of how you make the move to holiday life),
2) A story of the first heralds of the season for you, and
3) A story of you accepting the call to our own December adventure.

 

PART 1: WHAT DOES YOUR ORDINARY WORLD LOOK LIKE

lesson01ordworldA “hero’s journey” begins by showing the hero in everyday life, doing everyday tasks, dealing with everyday challenges. When you show the details of the ordinary world, the leaving of it later on along with the entrance into a more “magical” world has greater power.

In the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy’s ordinary world was a Kansas farm where she lived with her aunt and uncle. The daily life of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games was a repetitive one of hunting, trading, and caring for her family in poverty.

In Your December Story, introducing your own “ordinary world” in the days before Christmas and December activities begin, is a way to show how impactful (and perhaps how much work) this transformation is.

Use the lesson prompts (link is at the bottom) to consider early signs of the holiday adventures, your own preparations, the changes your home goes through and even how and where you store the magic-making decorations.

 

PART 2: HERALDS & THE CALL TO ADVENTURE

lesson01callOn a hero’s journey, the hero receives a call to adventure early in the story. The call will come from a “herald” which can be a person or something else, perhaps a message or an important incident.

When the call to adventure comes in stories, the hero needs to let go of something, to leave what’s known and embark upon a new journey. When a white rabbit rushed by Alice with a pocket watch fretting that he was late, her curiosity was piqued. This was her call to adventure. Harry Potter’s call came in the form of acceptance letters to Hogwarts.

In your story, the adventure is December and Christmas and all of the fun and challenge that comes with it. What are the “heralds” or first signs of the impending adventure? Who or what pushes you to decorate the tree or make shopping lists or get an early start on craft projects? And then how do we know that you’ve accepted the call, that you’re embarking upon your December adventure?

Use the prompts below to start thinking about your own December story now.

WEEK 1 Challenge

CHALLENGE 1 | The Ordinary World & The Call to Adventure

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In yesterday’s lesson, you got prompts for starting to think about your ordinary December world before you get your “call to adventure” that is the holiday season.

YOUR CHALLENGE NOW is to take inspiration from that first lesson and make one or more pages that show:

  1. your “everyday, ordinary” life before December holidays get started.
  2. the first “heralds” of the season for you,
  3. your first holiday actions that let us know you’ve accepted the call to your own December adventure.

REMEMBER THE PROMPTS! Remember we gave you a link to a pdf with prompts yesterday that could guide you through this work.

OPEN PROMPTS

Here are a few angles you could take for your ORDINARY LIFE page:

  • Day in a Life: Record one day in November.
  • Annotated Calendar. Fill in a “calendar” grid with selected photos and notes.
  • Pocket Page Round-up of the everyday bits of the month of November.
  • The constants of your daily life this month.
  • Right now, what is one joy, one challenge, and one constant?
  • Write a classic story beginning that introduces your world.

Here are a few angles you could take for your HERALDS or ACCEPTING THE CALL page:

  • Make a “list” page. There is probably more than one herald for this season in your life. You could feature one photo and then use list journaling to show the accumulation of heralds.
  • Be inspired by “gallery walls.” Make a design inspired by a beautiful wall of pictures in order to present several “eye-candy” photos that holidays present.
  • Tell the story of a relevant incident. What’s been going on in your life related to the holidays? Did you make holiday cards and have help with them? Is there a conversation to record? Have you been asking the young people in your life what their hopes are for
    the holidays and have you had a response you’d like to record?

Share your pages here: http://bit.ly/2fB8yKu

Holiday Mentors ( NOV 28 )

WEEK 2 Lesson

WEEK 2 Lesson | Holiday Mentors

December is almost here. It’s time to start cooking and decorating and attending favorite holiday events.

Surely you take your cue for some of these activities from those who came before, who shared a recipe or decorating approach or traditional event preference with you.

It’s time to pay tribute to your own holiday tradition mentors.

yourdecemberstory_lesson01_hires_page_10_image_0001In a hero’s journey story, the hero is frequently reluctant and confused about how to proceed. And that’s when a mentor steps in. In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Dorothy immediately meets the Witch of North who explains what’s going on — and even why there aren’t any witches in the world Dorothy just left. Luke’s mentor in Star Wars is Yoda, who teaches him about the world, expanding his understanding of it and giving him the skills he needs to succeed.

To understand and record your holiday mentors, look at the traditions you’ve carried forward, traditions that others taught you, as well as the fresh resources you turn to for ideas and projects. Think about:

  • Mentors who’ve given you an understanding of how to make and enjoy cherished December traditions.
  • Mentors who’ve given you confidence and motivation to create your own December world.
  • Mentors who’ve taught you the skills you need to make your own December meals, decorations, gifts, and activities.

Use the prompts below to start thinking about your own holiday mentors.

WEEK 2 Challenge

CHALLENGE 2 | Holiday Mentors

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In yesterday’s lesson, you got prompts that encourage you to start thinking about your own holiday tradition mentors.

YOUR CHALLENGE NOW is to take inspiration from that second lesson and make one or more pages that recognizes:

  1. the mentors who influenced the form your traditions take.
  2. the bakers or decorators or hosts you’ve admired and learned from.
  3. the resources that have given tools and ideas that have helped you to create your December story.

REMEMBER THE PROMPTS! Remember we gave you a link to a pdf with prompts yesterday that could guide you through this work.

OPEN PROMPTS

Here are a few angles you could take for your HOLIDAY MENTOR page:

  • Celebrate those who have had an influence on how you approach family celebrations and the December holidays.
  • Take a look at how the holidays were celebrated in your childhood years, and record the pieces that you’ve carried forward.
  • “In the Kitchen With…” Scrapbook about how being in the kitchen (or at the table) with someone has given you skills, confidence or ideas.
  • Present several of your confidence and idea boosters in a hall-of-fame line-up.
  • Present the best advice ever given to you by your top influencer(s).
  • Gather your favorite cookbooks, idea books ,or magazines. Take a photo and record this year’s sources.

Share your pages here: http://bit.ly/2gzSh9q

The Magical December World ( DEC 5 )

WEEK 3 Lesson

WEEK 3 Lesson | The Magical December World

What makes December magical for you? And what do you do to make it magical for your family, friends, and guests — or, perhaps, even people driving by your home that you don’t know.

yourdecemberstory_lesson03-highres_page_03_image_0001In a hero’s journey story, upon acceptance of the “call to adventure,’ the hero enters a new and different realm, one in which the rules, the look, and the possibilities are all different than they were in the ordinary world. Dorothy entered the colorful Oz, and Alice entered a world of unexpected characters and situations.

When it comes to figuring out how to make scrapbook pages that tell the stories of your own magical December world, use the prompts linked below AND think about these aspects of the magical world on a hero’s journey:
a magical world has different landscapes and activities
a magical world has different rules and customs
there are new possibilities in a magical world

Use the prompts below to start thinking about the magic that exists in your December world.

WEEK 3 Challenge

CHALLENGE 3 | The Magical December World

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In yesterday’s lesson, you got prompts that should have you thinking about the ways in which Christmas and December are magical for you.

YOUR CHALLENGE NOW is to take inspiration from that third lesson and make one or more pages that illustrates:
1) your favorite magical holiday landscapes and activities.
2) your treasured holiday customs and rules.
3) the miracles and possibilities that exist in your December world.

REMEMBER THE PROMPTS! Remember we gave you a link to a pdf with prompts yesterday that could guide you through this work.

OPEN PROMPTS

Here are a few angles you could take for scrapbooking your MAGICAL DECEMBER WORLD :

  • Highlight or roundup foods, activities and landscapes that make December magical for you.
  • Share the details of a special decoration, from how you acquired it to how you go about placing it, to the memories and significance you associate with it.
  • Scrapbook a list of “must-do” activities or traditions or perhaps just focus on one special one.
  • Imagine that December is a foreign country you visit each year. What are the things that are in done in this foreign land that you adopt while there?
  • Record how your faith celebrates the miracle of Christ’s birth.
  • Document the ways in which you create or emphasize “magical” possibilities for your family and friends.

Share your pages here: http://bit.ly/2gBZohn

Tests, Gifts & Special Items ( DEC 12 )

WEEK 4 Lesson

WEEK 4 Lesson | Tests, Gifts and Special Items

yourdecemberstory_lesson04-hires_page_06_image_0001Much of a hero’s journey story tells of the challenges our hero faces. Both Dorothy and Alice had to figure out the rules of the lands they entered. Katniss had to survive the games.

Success is often achieved with the use of a special object or tool or talent. Katniss had her skill with the bow, and she had the Mockingjay pin from the Mayor’s daughter. Dorothy had ruby slippers, and Luke had a light saber.

Now to your own story.

Christmas holidays can strain budgets, calendars, and personalities. No December can be predicted to run like the one before, and you are sure to face December challenges. Your magical objects may come in the way of recipes, or traditions. Songs and games. Or perhaps a secret hiding spot for gifts.

Consider the following hero’s journey trials as springboards for thinking about your December challenges:

  • Hostile terrain. Weather, logistics, lack of money, time constraints . . .
  • Monsters and conflict. A “brother battle” is with a familiar foe. A “dragon battle” is with something alien and unknown.
  • Temptation. What lures you into making regrettable choices? Spending, eating, conversation . . . These trials are full of dilemma and decision.

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WEEK 4 Video

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WEEK 4 Challenge

CHALLENGE 4 | Tests, Gifts and Special Items

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In yesterday’s lesson, you got prompts that should have you thinking about the challenges you face as you navigate the holiday season and the special tools and skills that you use to make this possible.

YOUR CHALLENGE NOW is to take inspiration from that fourth lesson and make one or more pages that illustrates:

1) the challenges, obstacles and temptations you encounter during the holidays
2) any special talents or personality traits that that you use to help you overcome these challenges.
3) any special tools or gifts that you have received along your journey that have helped you during the holidays.

REMEMBER THE PROMPTS! Remember we gave you a link to a pdf with prompts yesterday that could guide you through this work.

OPEN PROMPTS

Here are a few angles you could take for scrapbooking your own TESTS, GIFTS and SPECIAL ITEMS:

  • Record a recurring test that comes up year after year and how you’ve learned to deal with it.
  • Scrapbook a December trial that took you by surprise and how it impacted your holiday.
  • Record your holiday temptations and how you navigate them.
  • Share about a special gift you’ve received that has helped you through the holidays.
  • Highlight your secret holiday recipes for cookies, appetizers, entrees, etc.
  • Share the special tools and useful items you bring out year after year: your holiday planner, an antique serving dish, a secret hiding place for gifts, etc.

Share your pages here: http://bit.ly/2hp3OM2

The Reward ( DEC 19 )

WEEK 5 Lesson

WEEK 5 Lesson | The Reward

You’re almost there!

At some point in a hero’s journey story, the hero achieves an important goal.  What is your goal this December?  What have you been working toward since you accepted the call in late November or early December? How does it play out?

A hero’s reward can appear in one of many forms: a magical sword, new insights, a destination found. Whatever the treasure is, the hero has earned a celebration. The celebration gives the hero a chance to relax and refresh.

Now that the ornaments are hung, the cookies are made, and the packages are wrapped, it is your time to settle in with friends and family and CELEBRATE. Enjoy the reward you’ve been working toward.

Grab the prompts prompts below for your scrapbook page stories.

WEEK 5 Challenge

CHALLENGE 5 | The Reward

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Now that the ornaments are hung, the cookies are made, and the packages are wrapped, it is your time to settle in with friends and family and CELEBRATE.

YOUR CHALLENGE NOW is to take inspiration from this week’s lesson and make one or more pages about reaching your holiday goals and reaping the rewards of all of your endeavors.

REMEMBER THE PROMPTS! Remember we gave you a link to a pdf with prompts yesterday that could guide you through this work.

OPEN PROMPTS

Here are a few angles you could take for scrapbooking your own REWARDS:

> Strive to understand what specific moment or feeling or experience you’re working to evoke and record it.
> Record that moment when a goal has been attained–how it makes you feel and why you want to pursue it each December.
> Share why you want to create the experience/goal/moment that your December journey has been headed for.
> Record what you do when the goal/reward/moment has been reached.
> Or perhaps it’s actually the moment AFTER the goal has been reached that you savor in a way worth recording.

Share your pages here: http://bit.ly/2h6cHJu

The Return Home with Elixir ( DEC 26 )

WEEK 6 Lesson

WEEK 6 | The Return Home with Elixir

yourdecemberstory_lesson06-hires_page_11_image_0001The hero’s journey ends with the hero returning to the ordinary world–but changed. The journey is meaningless without an elixir or treasure or special lesson brought back — without it, the hero much repeat the journey, but in a different story.

Alice comes back from Wonderland with memories of how brave and strong she was and, thus, with new confidence. Dorothy wakes to see everyone around her and realizes she doesn’t need to leave home to find her heart’s desire.

How (and when) do you return from the magic of Christmas to your everyday life? It’s not just the logistical details you’ll record with this lesson. It’s what you’ve taken away from this particular holiday season. What were the most challenging and the most rewarding moments? Who did you spend time with? What traditions continue to delight and what new elements have you introduced? What attitudes or values have changed?

Grab the prompts prompts below for your scrapbook page stories.

WEEK 6 Challenge

CHALLENGE 6 | The Return Home with Elixir

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This week many of us will begin our return from our holiday journey back to our everyday lives.

YOUR CHALLENGE NOW is to take inspiration from this final lesson and make one or more pages that consider:

1) traditions that continue to delight and any new elements you have introduced this season
2) any attitudes or values that have changed
3) and what, if any lessons you have learned

REMEMBER THE PROMPTS! Remember we gave you a link to a pdf with prompts yesterday that could guide you through this work.

OPEN PROMPTS

Here are a few angles you could take for scrapbooking your RETURN TO THE ORDINARY WORLD:

  • Record the most challenging and the most rewarding moments of your holiday journey.
  • Record what happens after the reward or celebration part of your journey, just before you get back to daily life.
  • Present a list or a series of photos that shows the steps you take as you return to everyday living.
  • Scrapbook the day or event or activity that signifies being back.
  • Illustrate the differences between your magical world and your everyday world with before and after photos.
  • Share your logistical, emotional, or other efforts it takes you to get home.
  • Tell the story of what you were surprised by this season.
  • Record what you plan to do differently next year.

Share your pages here: http://bit.ly/2hwxjfV

 

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