Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Slowly... slowly....

... my Journal Your Christmas Album is coming together. Today my workdesk is covered with papers and photos as I try and catch up, I have now done page 4 so only 25 to go!! Though I have not had time to work on the album my mind has been busy with ideas, photos are printed or planned, and it is quite exciting snatching today and tomorrow to bring things together. As always I am going into detail instead of a quick page... no wonder why it takes me so long! Do you do this too I wonder?
It has been nice thinking about each page. What kind of Christmas cards I send, who to, and whether I hand make or buy. It made me think about how pressured I often end up, trying to make so many cards and to include letters to people I don't have contact with during the year.
This year I bought most my cards, and wrote a short hand written note instead of a round robin letter. On my page I printed a photo I used on the cards that I did make, and behind it I journalled on a card I had bought.

I have always wanted to use this next photo in a page, so thinking about what makes Christmas perfect was the ideal excuse! The is photo was taken last year at my granddaughters pre-school nativity. It was called a 'Christmas Happening' because a group of 3 year olds are unpredictable and all kinds of unexpected things might happen. It went quite smoothly, a part from Mary leaving the stage to go to the toilet, and a couple of boys poking each other playfully. The highlight for me though was the expressions on my granddaughters face. This angelic picture melts my heart and I used it on my last year Christmas cards:

I also treasure the other photos I took during that performance and I could not leave them out. So I printed them wallet size onto a large tag and slipped it into a wallet, made by glueing two pages together. I laminated the tag to make it stronger. You can see this on the table top and some of the photos here.

In a recent post I spoke about experimenting with my new Big Shot. Since then I found a YouTube video where someone was cutting out snowflakes from a drinks can. Today I tried it out. First time it embossed the metal rather than cut through - an interesting technique in its own right. However, I wanted to cut the shapes so I added one of the tabs and put it through again. Then I embossed the shapes them, using the Big Shot, and I am quite pleased with the result.

I am looking forward to collecting more dies and embossing pads. I did wonder at first if my new toy was one of those impulsive buys that might end up on the shelf, but so far I can say I am quite excited about how versitile it is proving to be.

Must get back to my album now and finish acouple more pages!!

I hope you had a good Christmas. Mine was lovely, spent with my family, and I have lots more photos added to my collection.

A very Happy New Year to you. I hope it brings you lots of good things and that it is a healthy, happy & creative one!


  1. Lovely pages to treasure there, she's gorgeous. Great makes with the coke can. What would we do without our toys! Wishing you a Happy Creative 2011. Carolxx

  2. Your pages are looking great, I am sure it will be well worth all the time and effort!

    Thanks for the peek and sharing. Happy creative crafting in the New Year.

    Hugs, Marjo

  3. What fun pages in your album. Happy New Year! S #48

  4. Your journal is looking good. Love the stars you made using the Big Shot. Have a safe New Year. #75

  5. Great stuff, thanks for sharing !!

  6. Awwwww! LOVE the photos of your angel grand daughter, they are priceless :)
    I'm not surprised the journal is taking you so long to make, the love and thought and details are evident. Which in time will be felt again on turning the beautiful pages :)
    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are all set for a magic filled New Year! I so look forward to dreaming big along side you :)

  7. I love the idea of a "Christmas Happening"!

    A very Happy New Year to you too

  8. That journal is going to be so beautiful, and love those photos of the little girls! I can imagine that the Big Shot will be really good, I've had a Cuttlebug for almost a year and have collected a few embossing folders, a few dies and some Nesties, so I get a lot of use out of it.

    Have a great New Year
    Brenda 81

  9. This is fantastic. The "no guilt" tab should be pasted on everyone's forehead! You have 360 days to finish before next Christmas. Come can do it! You look like a clever and talented soul. I love the embossed metal as well! Hauoli makahiki hou from AmberInk (1)

  10. Your journal is fantastic! I love my Big Shot and just got the Stampin' Up Top Note die. Love it!
    Happy final WOYWW for 2010 and Happy 2011!
    Susan #13

  11. I think I need a "no guilt" sign for this desk! Glad you are enjoying the JYC and your angel is beautiful. The drink can embossed shapes are gorgeous and a great idea.

    Happy New Year
    Bernie #17

  12. Hi there your post and the news about your year and the Christmas book. The pictures are truly angelic...we are so lucky to have digital cameras to capture so much morew than that of our own children's lives. Welcome to 2011...have a brilliant year! Moira x


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