Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Days 18 - 24

.. so I'm about a week behind, but have the next few pages planned.

Day 18 - The Gingerbread House Day 19 - Shimelle's prompt - Letter to Santa
Day 20 - Girl's Party Night
Day 21 - Silly Hat Photos
Day 22 - Shimelle's Prompt - Unexpected. This is a Xmas card I received from a friend I haven't heard of in a couple of years, so was really pleased to get her card.
Day 23 - To Do
Day 24 - Christmas Eve
I have now run out of 'e's in the MM Tiny Alphas, so having to alter 'c's!
A Happy New Year to you all, may it be healthy and prosperous!

Monday, 22 December 2008

Days 15 - 17

... so I'm falling behind. I did these pages on Friday and haven't done anymore since. As we're off to Torquay tomorrow for Xmas, I'm going to try and get some more pages done tonight, so that I'm not too behind when we get back next Saturday (had contemplated taking scrapping studd with me, but doubt I will).

Day 15 - Shimelle's prompt - Guests. This short page documents how we aren't staying in Torquay for New Year as well as Xmas as has been the case for the past few years. Instead we will be back home and spending the evening with friends. Day 16 - Shimelle's prompt - Grateful. I'm going to add some more journalling to this page.
Day 17 - The girl's school/nursery Xmas parties
Front page
Back page

So that may be it now for a week. I wish you all a very glorious and merry Christmas. xxx

Monday, 15 December 2008

Days 9 - 14 ...

.. so I seem to be doing my pages in batches, which is actually working out quite well because it means that on days where there is nothing specific going on I can do whatever one of Shimelle's prompt takes my fancy. Excuse the flash on the photos.

Day 9 - Shimelle - wrapping paper (journalling in tag) Day 10 - Twas the night before Xmas - The School Play (DD1)
Day 11 - Shimelle - Traditions
Day 12 - still to be completed
Day 13 - I dream of a real tree
Day 14 - Family lunch

So I'm pretty much up to date. It's definitely been made easier with having premade pages this year, I can get a page done in 10 mins sometimes!

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Days 6, 7 and 8 ...

So I've caught up to date (apart from todays).

Day 6 - A memory from spending Xmas in Canada in 1977 (I loved that outfit!) Day 7 - My shopping list, what's been bought and what's still to buy
Day 8 - Xmas sights. There's not much sign of Xmas in our house yet, so I've used some photos from flickr of typical Xmas images to me. I shall add some more photos to the reverse of the page protector that I'm going to take myself.

Monday, 8 December 2008

The countdown has begun ...

So I've made a start on my Xmas Journal. I'm not up to date, but I'm not worried about it!! I'm doing a combination of Ali Edwards' Daily Dairy and Shimelle's Journal Your Xmas. I'm using a Making Memories 6x9 album.

Day 1 - My Manifesto - which basically says to enjoy the journalling process in order to achieve a record of family memories. This is in a divided page protector. Reverse side - documents the UKS advent swap that I'm taking part in which a picture of my yummy parcel I received.
Day 2 - The Weather, which fitted Shimelle's prompt perfectly as some parts of the country did have snow, and we almost did - a 5 minute flurry!
Day 3 - Xmas Cards. Have used the reversed of Day 2 plus and envelope which holds one of DDs Xmas cards that she's produced as part of a school project.
Day 4 - Create for Xmas. This was a Ladies Craft evening event at my friends church. She asked me to help this year and so I made up minibook kits and on the night helped 40 ladies to make one from scratch. This page is on acetate.
Reverse side - showing the minibook kits.
Day 5 - Meeting Santa at the School Fair. This page consists of a flashcard with a photo on the reverse and an extra page for another photo plus journalling.
So just 3 more pages to catch up.
In other news:
  • We had a great time in London to see The Lion King and my little sister was thrilled with her album - made all the effort worth it to see her smile!
  • We've been without hot water for 10 days and central heating for 5, so haven't felt like doing much festive. It's now been fixed this morning, so am feeling a bit cheerier!
  • I won a prize on the Rough Draft blog - made my week. Can't wait to find out what I've won.

Thursday, 27 November 2008

Inspiration found ...

.. so I wanted to do a LO with November's Scarlet Lime kit, I'd chosen the photo and was going to use Rough Draft's latest sketch, but I couldn't decide how to bring it all together until I saw this LO on UKS, which gave me the perfect theme and the chance to do some hidden journalling about my thoughts on this year and my hopes and dreams for 2009. The papers were created exclusively for Scarlet Lime and I love the colours, not ones I'd normally choose.
And here's the finished album for my sister, waiting to be wrapped up and given to her on Saturday. I'm pleased how it's turned out, there's a few more pages I could have done, but I can always add those at a later date.

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Just for me ...

.. it seems ages since I scrapped a LO that wasn't for someone else or part of a project, and so with my last two Scarlet Lime kits feeling neglected, I pulled this together. Really like those Sassafras Lass and Crate Paper papers.
And continuing my Shimelle scrapfest, Journal Your Christmas starts on on Monday (can't believe it's nearly December!) This is my second year for JYC and I'm going to do things slightly different this year. All my pages are ready made, so on the day I can just add a photo and some jounalling, I also want to use it to keep more of a dairy of December happenings! It's such a great way of capturing those precious memories and helps you really appreciate the Xmas Holidays without them flying past and wondering what happened!

Journal your Christmas

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Everyone has a story ...

... and this is mine. So on Sunday I spent a lovely day in Gosport doing Shimelle's 'Everyone has a story' workshop. I met some lovely ladies, especially Lisa who was fab company on the day, and I also got to meet my teamie Pippa. Shimelle produced an amazing kit for the day including an American Craft binder, Thickers, AC stickers, lots of card and papers, plus 2 exclusive stamp sheets just for this class.

Here are the LOs I've completed so far (some of the journalling was done once I got home)
Title Page Roots LHS
Roots RHS
Growing Up LHS
Growing up RHS
Neighbourhood/home LHS
Neighbourhood/home RHS
Food SLO
Routine SLO
Declaration page (my promise to keep going with the project)

I've got another 6 LOs that just need journalling on (4 of which I did on my own at home yesterday) - so that's a pretty productive 48 hours, yes?!

I'm on a bit of a Shimelle scrapfest as today is also 'Scrap Your Day' so I'm also busily taking photos.

Monday, 17 November 2008

A couple of LOs to share ...

did these last week, a couple more for my Sister's album. The album is nearly complete now, just a few more LOs to go, and it's her birthday in 10 days time. We're meeting up in London and going to see The Lion King and then pizza after. I'm just a but nervous about taking the girls on the train on my own, but I'm sure it'll be fine! The LOs are of grandparents and her uncle.

I've spent the last week or so getting reading for one of Shimelle's workshops - 'Everyone has Story'. I needed about a 100 or so photos, starting from birth right through to the present day, so have been scanning away. The photos have been set off to print now, so just hope they turn up for Saturday. The workshop is in Gosport on Sunday, so I've booked myself a night in a Travelodge on the Saturday, will be a bit strange being on my own! Shame I can't have a lazy lie in, class starts at 9am.

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Stories in Hand ...

started this week. It's essentially a binder and notebook which you use to spark and capture memories. The binder is full of about 1000 questions, split over Roots, Family and Self to help generate memories and then the notebook has journalling cards to capture them on. All the printed downloadables have been designed by Jessica Sprague and free of charge!

So I've been printing and chopping up an enormous amount of card! The binder is made from chipboard and book rings, with a covered card spine. I've used Jessica's title block but mounted it onto BG Offbeat paper.
These are the inside pages.
The front cover of the notebook I've laminated to make it more durable.
Tomorrow's prompt show us how to put 'the system' into practice.

Monday, 10 November 2008

Xmas Journal 08 ...

So for the last few days I've been chopping up bits and paper and collecting supplies for my Xmas journal. As I said below it's going to be a combination of Ali Edward's daily diary and Shimelle's Journal Your Xmas prompts. I've used patterned paper, cardstock, journalling cards, envelopes, acetate and I've also sewn pockets into some of the paper protectors that came with the album. I've also interleaved with a few word flashcards from Designer Digitals to add extra pages that I can move around as necessary.

I've used a Making Memories 6x9 album and the pages go from 1st Dec through to 6th Jan.

Here's a collage of a few of my pages, you can see the rest by clicking on the album in the side bar.