Sunday, 15 November 2009

Lovely people and a little craft project

Aww, you guys!! :-) I wasn't even going to mention that idiot from yesterday, just to prove that it really no longer bothered me, but I just had to say a big Thank You!! to everyone who left such lovely, sweet, kind and supportive comments for me :-) I'm really touched and very much appreciated all you had to say xx

I thought today I'd do a little share of my December project from last year. Before I do, I just want to say that in no way do I want to tread on the toes of Shimelle with her Journal Your Christmas class (after all, I've signed up for it myself starting this year!) Likewise, I'm not in any way trying to 'compete or compare' with Ali Edwards and her December Daily. But last year I made a little journal to take me through December 1st-25th, really enjoyed the whole process, and thought I might share a few notes and pics here.





It's a simple little album, 6 by 4 inches in total. I made it in November so that all I needed to do through December was add the journaling and photos. The covers are chipboard which I inked with a green inkpad. I gathered together pieces of Basic Grey Christmassy papers, ribbons and buttons in co-ordinating colours, cream cardstock for the pages, journaling stamps and a black inkpad, foam number stamps and a green inkpad, and a black journaling pen. (Plus scissors and adhesive of course!)

The front cover is decorated with a couple of strips of patterned paper and some rick-rack, and a journaling stamp which I embellished with a stamped tree and then wrote on the title of the project. For each page I just added a strip of patterned paper and a button or two, and I stamped a pile of journaling spots but didn't yet stick those down in case I stuffed up the writing.... But I did arrange them in the order I wanted them, and stamped the date of each in green so it would form a background to the journaling. I also made an introductory page, a kind of statement of intent, in the same style:



(I'm really not keen on my handwriting! But this was a personal project for me and my own memories so using my own writing seemed appropriate here.)

For each day I chose what I wanted to write about, did the journaling and stuck it into the book, and chose which photo I wanted to use. The photos I added later though, not having a photo printer at the time. On some of the days the topic of the journaling was obvious (for example, we have some family birthdays in December; The Children had their Christmas plays at school; certain activities were going to happen on particular dates). In some cases I deliberately chose what I would do that day so I could journal about it on an otherwise 'quiet' day (for example, I made my mincemeat and mince pies on days that were not already birthdays, Christmas plays etc!). I am the queen of lists, so I made a list of all the typical Christmassy activities I wanted to include and tried to match them up to the available dates. Slightly contrived? Possibly. Do I care? Not at all! ;-)

When the photos came I stuck them back to back, adding ribbon, buttons and a stamped number to each. Where the journaling was about Christmas recipes, I made a pocket by leaving the top edge of the photos open and included the recipe on a card tucked into the gap. A loop of ribbon attached to the top of the card made it easy to pull out when required and added to the embellishment of the album as a whole. I then arranged everything in order, punched holes through it all, used book rings to hold it together and tied scraps of ribbon around the book rings.

I love that this is an album of a particular Christmas but also an album of a typical Christmas. I love the mix of recipes, activities, traditions and memories. I love that it was so easy to put together during a busy time of the year, while also encouraging me to take time to reflect each day. I love that I can look through it again now and the memories and Christmassy feelings flood back :-)

Here are a few selected pages:









Thanks for looking! Hope your Christmas plans are coming on well :-)

23 comments:

Liberty :) said...

that is really lovely! i attemped a 6 x 4 accordian last xmas, but left it all too late and found that I didnt have enough room for all I wanted to say. You seem to make 6 x 4 work really well though! Good on ya! Think I'll be 8 X 8'ing this years JYC !

Maria Ontiveros said...

Great job on your book. You'll love JYC. Shimelle really helps you explore your feelings about Christmas, past & present. I did my JYC in a metal tin full of 5x7 cards/layouts. This year I signed up for the free Jessica Sprague Christmas thing.
Rinda

Ruth said...

It's really gorgeous, and spooky that I've chosen a similar style for my LSNED minibook this year!

Sian said...

Lovely to see your Christmas album. I'm going with a sort of hybrid Shimelle/Ali one this year. we'll see how it goes!

scrappyjacky said...

Wow Mel.....this is gorgeous.I feel quite similarly[?] about my JYC from last year...it's all about 1 xmas....but also a typical xmas....I got it out to look at ready for this JYC....and still love it....but it's 8 x 8 and enormous [it was 'a mission' as DD would say!!].....so this year I'm doing a much smaller,quite different one....and that'll be fun as well.I'm going to try and combine it with the free Jessica Sprague one that starts Monday.

senovia said...

I love your book! I would love to do a Dec album but I am not good at finishing things I start, so I have an album where I do one 2-page layout each year. It goes back from the time DH and I were married 12 years ago. :)
Nicky from Shimelle's class. :)

JO SOWERBY said...

hi mel,
lovely album. i'm sure none of the ''teachers'' will mind anything about ur album..........it's ur own idea at the end of the day! it looks fabulous, did u make the album from scratch or buy one?
jo xxx

The Scrapping Edge said...

What a lovely project, I am glad to see that somebody else has done it in a small format because that is what I did for this year, a little 6x4 album.

Lizzie said...

That is really lovely! The notes about how you made it are very interesting. I thought about signing up for JYC, but not sure I will have time. This could be the idea for me instead. If I get time before December, perhaps I could try something similar.
Still, yours is a wonderful album and as you say, it's a typical christmas, so you can bring it out to look over each year, as part of the preparations and celebrations.

Thanks for sharing. Hope you enjoy your JYC with Shimelle!

Amy said...

It looks fabulous Mel, I particularly like the number stamps you have used - you'll have a great springboard for this years project.

cate said...

thanks for sharing! 4x6 is such a good size for making something finishable ~lol~

6p00e008d9858a8834 said...

Love the journal. You'll enjoy the Shimelle class this will be my 4th year doing it!

Jay said...

Lovely little journal. Look forward to seeing you in JYC.

Cheri said...

Great job on last year's journal. You'll love JYC - Shimelle has some really thought-provoking, memory-inducing prompts!

Sophie said...

Lovely journal! I don't think I'll be able to do Shimelle's JYC this year, but I'm hoping to do something to document the month. Thanks for the inspiration!

sharyncarlson said...

I really love your album. I so love the look of the chipboard cover and how the insides coordinate. Thank you for sharing this. I hope you enjoy Journal Your Christmas; I'm thinking of signing up, too.

Virginia said...

Wow! I love this idea! And I think your handwriting is very cool looking.

Karen said...

Lovely!! This will be my fourth Christmas Journal with Shimelle. Each one has been a bit different, and this year I'm combining it with the ideas from Holidays in Hand with Jessica Sprague. You'll love the class.

RachelB said...

Lovely project Mel, I am doing Shimelle's JYC again this year. Look forward to seeing your work through Dec.

Cheryl said...

Love it Mel I am thinking of an 8 x8 album this year but still undecided !

Gez said...

OoOoh that looks super. Love the natural covers & snippets of BG. Great idea. Looking forward to seeing what you make this December. Good Luck & have fun.xx

Tammy said...

I love your album. I signed up for Shimelle's Journal Your Christmas as well and can't wait. It is good to see what other albums look like so that I can figure out how I want my album to look and what I can handle. Thanks for sharing.

SarahLP said...

It's a beautiful album, Mel! I did JYC in 12x12 format last year and found it TOO big!!! I have to scale it down this year. Will return to your post for tips to make it do-able and finishable..

PS thanks for your lovely comment on my blog :o)