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And here we are – the final pages that make up my complete Journal Your Christmas album. Hurrah!

…and here we go again! The next installment:

I finally finished my JYC album – and before my deadline of Jan 31st too! I thought I would post the complete album across three posts, to divide it up a bit.

For the format of this album, I took inspiration from Ali Edwards’ December daily, and each day has a cover page and a date page (and sometimes I inserted an extra page where I had additional photos).

Here are the first 10 days of my JYC 2010.

It’s nearly Christmas – I fly to Auckland to be with my family tomorrow and I can’t wait! At the moment¬†Jase and I still do separate Christmasses, although the “year about” thing has definitely come up this year. Next year it will just be us on the other side of the world so we better make the most of our last family Christmas!

This is what I am looking forward to this year:

Decorating the tree - mum has saved it for me to do!

Seeing my doggie, Chloe

Waking up to this view

Setting the table fo Christmas lunch

Popping the champers for breakfast off the deck


and a day spent with Family ūüôā

I am also looking forward to Boxing day, because some of my awesome friends are coming up to the beach for a BBQ! Can’t wait to see them all, especially the two who are over from Brissie!

BBQ at the Beach (2009)

BBQ at the Beach (2009)


Merry Christmas! I hope you all have a great one, wherever in the world you may be. See you in 2011!


I have finally found the time to sit down and get to work on my Journal Your Christmas album – it’s been a long time coming! I am still about 10 days behind, but hey, part of starting this project was allowing myself to be happy with doing it at my own pace – and that means completing pages when I have the time, rather than feeling the pressure!

I have jumped around a bit with what order I am doing the pages in – but thought I would share those I have completed anyway.

Journalling reads: Winter Weather. Here in New York it’s a crisp clear beautiful day – but with a temperature of -3.3 degrees C! You definitely need to rug up – hats, scarves, gloves, leggings – pretty much every part is covered in layers to keep the biting Hudson wind chills away…

Journalling reads: I spotted the first christmas trees for sale on a street corner in Union Square and then realised these stalls are everywhere! Funny how in New Zealandwe use pine trees and everything smells so strong of pine needles – these trees didnt small at all and I wondered what types they were? Evergreens apparently. I love the bright red bows that adorn the wreaths too!

Journalling reads: A Perfect Christmas. Perfection is – the exquisite decorations on christmas trees on almost every corner; Perfection is the queues of children waiting to see santa, whether they have been naughty or nice; Perfection is carollers singing deck the halls, and jingle bells and other beautiful carols; Perfection is bright lights, the mistletoe, the holly, the magic and seasons greetings; Perfection is the crowds upon crowds out shopping for gifts and wrapped up presents; Perfection is the stockings hung in windows; Perfection is the smells of gingerbread, sugar plums, and baking cookies; Perfection is the strong traditions and the hope for a true white christmas; Perfection is the wish for peace and a day spent with family; Perfection is the festive, seasonal spirit that has brought Christmas to New York City.

Journalling reads: Twinkle. Festive Bright Lights. December 5th.

Journalling reads: Visiting the tree by day; Visiting the tree by night. Rockerfeller – Dec 8.

I just LOVED how Christmassy New York was – the holiday spirit was alive and well. While I was there I noticed that it was¬†“cool” to wear a sweater with a reindeer on it, or a scarf with a snowman – and you know what, I really liked it! Here in New Zealand we are just a bit blase about it all – a few decorations thrown at a tree and that’s us, done. But in the states EVERYTHING is Christmas themed. Every door has a wreath, every corner/ building/ doorway has a tree, every shop is blasting Chrissy music. I loved it all and just wanted to absorb as much as possible!

Trees for sale on every corner


Giant Christmas Lights


Roasted chestnuts smelt amazing on every corner


Giant Christmas baubles


At Rockerfeller Centre


Even Sushi can be Christmassy


Crazy Christmas Shopping Crowds on 5th Avenue


Mina & I with the Rockerfeller tree at night


Just a few shoppers at Macy's


Believe in the Christmas Spirit


Waiting to see the REAL Santa at Macy's


Marching Band


Marching Band


Marching Band


Hark the Herald Angels Sing


I Love New York!

I managed a sneaky visit to Kate’s Paperie yesterday while working in SoHo; and LOVED some of the gorgeous wee things they had in there. With 30% off the whole store, I had to try and limit my spending – but I did allow myself a few purchases (some more stash for my Dec Daily/ JYC album – like I really NEED anymore!) and a couple of holiday/travel themed bits. Cute!

Anna Griffin goodies

Extra stash for JYC

After the success of my Learn Something New Every Day book, I have decided to take on Journal Your Christmas – another online class by Shimelle. A month or so back, I spotted Ali Edwards’s December Daily¬†album – and I loved how she was setting it out.¬†However, I knew I was going to need the daily prompts, which Shimelle is so good at, to keep me going throughout such a busy time of year.
I know that December is going to be manic for me. There is a fair bit of travelling going on for one thing (NYC to NZ, Wellington to Ohakune & back, Wellington to Auckland & back) as well as Christmas parties and housesitting and working and all of the daily craziness that Decmber seems to bring!
My solution? Use the December Daily page layout, create my album well prior to December hitting – and wait with my supplies at the ready for the JYC prompts to roll in. I got my album done in the weekend and here it is – all ready to go!

My front cover

Examples of interior pages & dividers

Examples of interior pages & dividers

Examples of interior pages & dividers

Examples of interior pages & dividers

Examples of interior pages & dividers

Examples of interior pages & dividers

Examples of interior pages & dividers

Back Cover

That’s just a sneak peek of the inside of the book – I will share the detail page by page as I create each daily entry!

Bring on December!

Surprise Surprise – I had barely finished (ok, truth – I hadn’t finished!) my LSNED album, before I was thinking about the next project! Natalie mentioned that Journal Your Christmas was a great class to take and so I was all sorted to sign up for that in November.

But then I saw Ali Edwards’ December Daily album and I fell in love. I decided to purchase her page overlays and get started. I spent Thursday night printing the overlays on white linen paper and cutting them down to size.

I have since decided to combine the two – based on a forum I read over on two peas. I love Shimelle’s prompts and really want to look at the christmas season with new eyes; however as I will be travelling for the first two weeks (New York, YUSS) I needed something like the Dec Daily layouts to keep it simple.

And yes, I do know it is only October – but with moving house, work being insanely busy & travelling – I figured getting started now wouldn’t hurt! Here are the thickers, letters, embellishments and papers I plan on using.

Today I went through my whole stash and pulled out any christmas themed embellishments and papers – turns out I had a LOT more than I thought I did*. Fingers crossed this is going to be another stash busting project (I gotta stop buying, gotta start using it all coz I won’t be taking it with me when we go overseas!).

I am also about to sign up for the True Stories class – to continue developing my journalling skills. Woah – scrapbooking hardout much?!

*I may or may not have accidentally visited a couple of scrapbooking stores in order to ensure I had enough Christmas themed stash…

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