Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year's Eve

And then it was 2011... I am perusing my cyber friends blogs and I have been thinking about this past year and what have I done... one thing is certain... I have met many interesting and great people I call friends and most of them live far away... isn't it great to be able to connect to those you share interests with?

This was the year I discovered Big Picture Classes, where I have taken 10 classes and have just signed up for Ali's Yesterday & Today's along with Lisa Cohen's Wellness Journey... I am hoping to be able to learn some story telling tricks from Ali's class, and to live more healthy with the Wellness class... I was just at Sian's blog where she shared her favourite layouts of 2010 and so it inspired me to look back at the scrap pages I created this past year and I have two favourites I will share with you now...

This was completed while taking Cathy's Zielske's, Design Your Life class. I love this layout of my grandparents and the story told with it... I really miss them and there is not too many days that pass that I don't think of them... I believe my grandfather was adventurous for moving to Canada from Germany as a young man when he had no family here, only friends, people from his community who made that leap too,  to another world. To read more, you can see the original post here

I love this layout as well, another story, simple yet fun from my childhood. I have very little photos of me as a child and this is one I cherish... I took May Flaum's Adventures in Scrapbooking: Go Hybrid, and I learned so many things that I still use today. You can see the original post here.

I could say more, but alas, I must get ready for our guests who will be arriving shortly.

Thanks for stopping by! Happy New Year!!


Journal Your Christmas

Hello my friends! I finally completed my JYC book. I have chosen to use Boxing Day as my final page, although the class does not end until Jan. 6th. I have found my book will not make it another 10 days as it is way too fat with all the dimensional goodies inside. LOL! I have to say I really enjoyed this class immensely... it is well worth the money and now that I paid my $35, I have forever access and can join next year without paying anything. If you were not able to make it this year, may I suggest you think about it for the next time, you will not be sorry!
I will share the remaining pages with you over the next several days. I would have had these posted earlier, but tis the flu season and I fell ill prior to Christmas as I'm sure many of you have had a similar experience!
Without further adieu...
Day 12 prompt was to share a time when Christmas changed for you and your family. Was there a time when you vacationed elsewhere, do you have the same people celebrating each year, or has there been any new additions to the festivities. I chose to tuck my journaling in a little pocket I made.

Day 13 is pretty straight forward. I made a list of all my favourite childhood Christmas songs which I loved to sing (and still do).

Day 14 tells the tale of how gifts are opened; who passes them out; are they opened all at once or does each person have there chance to open their gift while others watch? We pick someone to pass them out to each person and the individual opens while everyone watches. This definitely allows for picture taking of each gift being opened.
Day 15 prompt asks you to journal who will be visiting you, or to tell if you are visiting others.

And there you have it... I will share more over the next couple days!
Enjoy your New Years Eve!


Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Digi Supplies: papers & ribbon (Carina Gardner), template (Crystal Wilkerson). All can be found at Jessica Sprague

I had a few moments this morning (before the house awakens) to make this as it has been very busy here! The Turkey is in the brine, the stuffing and desserts all made, and so I wanted to take this time to wish you and your family a VERY Merry Christmas!


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

JYC Day 7 - 11

How is everyone's Christmas preparations going? Are you getting ready? I'm almost caught up on my Journal Your Christmas class over at Shimelle's. Here are a few more pages... I apologize for the darkness of the photos, but there is no sunlight by the time I'm able to take these photos... the sunrise was at 0843 this morning and sunset at 1614! That's about 7 hours of daylight, that will be changing soon though... yes the first day of Winter is coming next week and with it is the change in daylight hours, a celebration in itself.

Day 7's prompt was to help make a list of things that still need to be done, mine is short and sweet! I must be pretty prepared, well not really... but never fear... we always seem to manage, don't we?

Day 8 is a reflection of all the sights of Christmas... I did not have any time to have photos printed so I made a little pouch to put them in... I have taken a few pics of some of my favourite ornaments etc.

The prompt for December 9th was to look at your traditions. What do you do year to year to celebrate the season? I added Christmas baking, Christmas cards, trimming the tree and my new tradition "the Cookie Exchange"! I think this class has encouraged me to start some new traditions, I am already thinking about next year!

December 10th's prompt was a quick and easy page to do... we were to think about our gift wrapping, do you go out to find the perfect paper for each gift, or do you just buy the paper in bulk? I'm not usually too picky, there are a few requirements... the paper must be colourful and of good quality.

December 11th is all about the Christmas Tree! We bought a new tree this year and I love it!!
There you have it!

I hope you are able to partake in some Christmas Festivities in the days to come!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

JYC Day 6

I'm a bit behind in my JYC class but that's okay, I plan to catch up this weekend! Day 6 prompt was difficult. The idea was to journal about two different Christmas memories, one maybe not so perfect... I wrote about how travelling at Christmas is not so easy at times and how now we choose to stay closer to home (Edmonton).
 A Tale of 2 Christmases

My two sisters Arlene and Carmen, and I live here, while the rest of our family live near mom and dad in Saskatchewan. For more than 20 years, many of my memories of Christmas are related to the excitement of travelling to visit family. However, the last time we attempted to travel home for Christmas it was not meant to be. After the furnace breaking down twice, and my car having a malfunction, we attempted the drive in -35C with Marvin’s SUV. We were 2.5 hours outside of Edmonton when we stopped to get a coffee and as soon as the vehicle was turned off we could smell oil. We still had another 4.5 hours to go, so we turned the vehicle around and drove back to Edmonton. Even though I had not put up a Christmas tree that year, we made the best of our Christmas Eve by making some of our favourites such as pancakes for breakfast, a tasty chicken Caesar salad for dinner, and for snacks we baked Marvin’s mom’s famous Nuts and Bolts recipe. On Christmas Day we drove to Barrhead and shared the afternoon with his family.

Our Christmas traditions have changed. Instead of switching off every year between visiting my family or Marvin’s, we now stay home here in Edmonton, and see both my family and his. This will be our second year trying this. This is not to say we will no longer travel at Christmas, but more that traditions change and it is okay to accept that.

Here is a photo of my journal page, as you can see I printed off my journaling on white presentation paper with a red font and placed it behind the pocket I created.

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend full of fun Christmas celebrations. 

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Journal Your Christmas Day 2, 3, 4, & 5!

Whew!! This has been a crazy weekend packed full of Christmas preparation and parties! Lots of fun! I am having a cookie exchange this week so I have been busy baking and packaging up my cookies... Saturday night I was at a staff Christmas party which was very relaxing and enjoyable! We did a gift exchange and I got a beautiful red Starbucks mug with some coffee and Gingerbread biscotti... Yum Yum!

This afternoon I was able to finish my JYC pages and I thought I would share them with you...

Here is December 2...
The prompt for Day 2 was regarding the weather... what is the weather like for Christmas where you live? Do you live in a hot climate or cold climate? It's definitely cold where I'm from. LOL! I made a little pocket behind the Snow Day card and wrote down what the weather was like on Thursday, placed the journaling in the hidden pocket so I can look back...

Day three was about Christmas cards... what type of traditions do you have related to Christmas cards? Do you make your own? Do you purchase cards and send them off? I typically make my cards, I love to do this.

Day 4 prompt was to share what your dream Christmas would look like... Of course I actually love the fact that we have snow on the ground at Christmas, it just would not be the same if there wasn't... however; I would like to experience Christmas on a beach with a big tropical beverage in hand. Again, the journaling for this page is placed in a pocket behind the photo.
Day 5... How do you count down the days to Christmas? Do you mark the days with an Advent Calendar? I remember we did that as kids, but these days I don't typically have a tradition related to this. If there is one thing I am finding with this class it's that I would like to start some traditions of my own... so I am taking notes on this and will look back at them and incorporate them next year...

There you have it! I hope your weekend was filled with fun and joy!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Day 1, JYC

Here we go! Day 1 of Shimelle's class... I am thrilled at how organized I am... LOL! Have a look, this took me 10 minutes to do...
The manifesto and #1 are from Shimelle's downloads from class and the journaling circle is from Elle's Studio, the rest of the patterned papers are from the Cosmo Cricket kit I purchased (see yesterday's post).

Happy December 1!