Saturday, 5 December 2009

What does Christmas mean to me?

Advent calendars  cooking  baking  carols  choosing gifts  family birthdays  shopping  making cards  writing cards  Santa letters  school fair  cold weather  no snow  sending parcels  singing in the choir  Christingle service  end of term  gifts for teachers  mince pies  trifle  turkey  stuffing  making lists  rushing here  rushing there  doing this  remembering that  fetching the other  Scout stamps  Scout post  Christmas lights  decorations  Christmas tree  cranberries  pastry  Christmas cake  Yule log  cheese  biscuits  chocolate  mulled wine  sparkling wine  red wine  white wine  ginger wine  Christmas do  late nights  hanging stockings  snack for Santa  carrot for Rudolf  wrapping presents  church services  overeating  warm kitchen  The Christmas Mystery  TV specials  set V+  sprouts (yuck)  roast potatoes  pigs in blankets  homemade gravy  pulling crackers  Jesus......
This year, amongst all the busy preparations...

I will rediscover my joy.

I will take time to reflect.

I will enjoy my craft.

I will remember the true meaning of Christmas.



Collage Press cardstock, trimmed using Shimelle's template. Journaling stamped using Studio G and PaperArtsy stamps in Whisper Blue and Azure Seas ink. The fainter words show how washed out I can feel if I get caught up in all the rushing around, and also represent how I hope these things will fade more into the background this year so the important things come to the forefront. You see what I did there? ;-)




Happy Holidays embellishment from Shimelle's kit. Ruffle made from brown ribbon. (Inspired by Sian - thanks honey! But why did I decide to do a circle for my first attempt at a ruffle?! Why not an easy straight line?!)

This is my Journal Your Christmas manifesto - my statement of intent for my album. It's also my response to the question posed at All About Me: What does Christmas mean to me?

12 comments:

{melissa} said...

SO gorgeous. I really love what you write and the outcome of the project.

Amy said...

:-) This is great Mel, I can see with all of that rushing around you will need the five wine varieties!
This has been one of my favourite pages to make - thinking about how to reclaim the time, savour the joy and go with the madness I suppose, I love your interpretation :-)

Lizzie said...

Well, that was a pretty comprehensive list - I don't think you missed anything really - except Lebkuchen, which are my very favourite Christmas biscuit - but I'll forgive you for that!

The Layout is cool. The ruffle turned out great.

It's such fun seeing everyone's pages building up...

Sian said...

The ruffle looks great! I do see what you did there..and I like it a lot. It's a gorgeous LO x

V. Orders said...

very nice - I love the stamping and choice of colors

Ruth said...

The way you've done the inking is brilliant and clever, love it!

scrappyjacky said...

Love the way you've done the inking to be so representational..... but I have to point out you've made one mistake-sprouts [yummy],and one omission-gingerbread biscuits [also yummy].

Joyce said...

wonderfully done Melsh! Happy happies.

Nancyroo said...

very cool! I love it!

janis said...

you really rocked the stamping and the inking effects here my dear!!! just awesome!!!

Kim said...

just wonderful. thanks for the inspiration.

Donna said...

Now this is just. perfect.