Saturday, 22 December 2012

A Christmas banner...

... for a friend.  The idea for these came from Shimelle's blog ( a few years ago, and my friend Debby admired mine last year.  So this year, I have managed JUST IN TIME! to make one for her.  These are such fun to do, just look out for 12x12 pages divided up into 12 different journalling tags, chop them up and play.

Thursday, 20 December 2012

The to do list... apparently never ending for many of us at this time of year, but I have been noticing this week how important it is to me to finish non-Christmassy things in time for Christmas!  Why is that, I wonder?  For instance, I decided I needed to finish a scrapbook page, unpick a logo from a sweatshirt that I didn't like, and complete and circulate some committee minutes today, just to get them out of the way before Christmas started.  And it isn't as if I've even sent all my christmas cards out yet.  At least my list is getting shorter at last, one way or another.

Here is the scrapbook page I did today, it was really, really quick because I had a lovely page from MME which was already the title and quite a lot of embellishment too.  I might add a few bits and pieces when I look at it again.  The occasion was when I met In Real Life someone I had previously only known through the internet.    What a super lady, you can check out her blog if you like, here.  I have to tell you that the photo of her is not at all flattering due to it having been taken at arm's length.


Michelle, this is my cop-out piece on the theme of connection.  Those two little birds look like they are on a telegraph wire having a chat, just like us.  And I feel sure we will meet up again soon!

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

More Journal progress ... share with you.  I hope you're enjoying looking at them, and a special welcome if you're visiting from the  Journal Your Christmas forum.

My most recent pages:

I am making progress...

...with my Christmas Journal, in fact even though I didn't really feel like doing it at all until the 12th, I have managed to catch right up.  I find that just looking back over my finished pages is very good at bringing me round into a very Christmassy mood.

Here are my first few pages (warning, picture heavy post!):

Apart from the Manifesto at the beginning, I haven't tended to keep to Shimelle's suggestions for the day.  If something special happens, I journal that, otherwise I have a stock of little stories (like "Pant-o" below), or our general christmas traditions (like "all the usual suspects") which can go on more or less any day.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Have you met Mrs Jones...

... or more precisely "Me and Mrs Jones"?  I have been loving this Friday night rom-com on BBC1.  Basically, scatty and loveable 40-something Gemma Jones (Sarah Alexander) is drawn to son's new friend, perfect younger man Billy played by Robert Sheehan (all grown up after Misfits).  So far, there have only been a few thwarted kisses, but, seriously, who could resist this...

I have already asked Santa for the DVD of "Me and Mrs Jones" in my Christmas stocking and recommend it to you if you missed it!

Monday, 3 December 2012

Do you keep your Christmas Memories?

Whoa, it's December already!  Time to get sorted out...

For the last three years (since I started playing with paper) I have been doing a daily scrapbooked journal over Christmas.  I find it helps me focus on the positive parts of Christmas instead of getting into a panic about everything.  I get an email every day through a class called "Journal your Christmas" run by shimelle to suggest subjects, and I get ideas from this but mostly I just go my own way, doing what subject seems appropriate on the day.

In the past I have made books from scratch, but this year I'm using an album I bought at a boot sale a few years ago that was lurking in my over-large pile of stash.  I've covered it with some papers from a collection called "25 days of Christmas" from Simple Stories.  I think it needs some additional embellishments, just not sure what yet :



The book came in a little bag which I am going to keep to protect the book, and I made this little lampwork tree to hang on the drawstring...

How do you keep your Christmas memories?  Please put a link in the comments!