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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.

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.

Ok, so even though I said I needed to focus on my exam – and therefore couldn’t start on Learn Something New until mid-month…I did still manage to convince myself that I could buy some new additions to my stash to use for this project. Can anyone say addict?

This is the new 8×8″ album that I found while out on my coffee break this morning…so cute I couldn’t resist.

The cute kit from Rasberry came with these papers, stickers and brads.

The colours in this kit really appealed to me – I am normally such a brights person, that to use some different tones will be a bit of a challenge. Also, I am sure I have plenty in my stash that will compliment this kit and could be a great stash buster for me! I couldn’t resist grabbing a cute notepad (with purple lines) to keep in my handbag for making my notes each day. I figure I can tear the pages out for some of the journalling – easy peasy.

Looking forward to the first prompt coming into my inbox overnight (it’s already 1 September here, so ready and waiting!).


Yay! I was stoked to check the winners page of Shimelle’s blog this morning and to see I had won a prize!

I had such a fabulous weekend of scrapping (not to mention getting a whopping 10 LO’s done), I thoroughly enjoyed all the challenges which pushed me outside my comfort zone. The photo challenges were ‘a bit on the side’ for me – I simply carried my camera around all weekend and snapped a few pics. I felt like a winner for what I had achieved in itself from the weekend.

So I was over the moon to see that Shimelle had chosen my ‘I Saw The Sign’ photo entry as the winner. This wonderful Keep Calm print is winging its way to me and I can’t wait to get it up on the wall.

Make sure you head over to Shimelle’s blog and check out the other winning LO’s and photos. There is some amazing talent and inspiration there.

Happy Friday!


Here are the pics that I entered into the Shimelle online crop photo challenges:

Get Close:


Through the Glass:

I saw the sign:

Night Light:

Up Above:


Below the Knee:


Study Session:

Zoom Out:

And I used one of my pics in the posts below as my Craft in Progress shot. I couldn’t bear to take a photo of the true mess I had made!

🙂 L

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