Wednesday, 28 November 2012

One step at a time...

I have good news, my friends! :) I had an appointment at the fracture clinic this morning, and I'm delighted to report that they are pleased with my progress, that although the fracture is still visible on the x-rays it is also clearly healing, and that they have discharged me :) I'm now under the care of my local physiotherapist, whose job it is to get me safely putting weight through the foot again so I can lose the crutches. Yay!!!

I am slightly nervous about this since discovering last week that 'physiotherapist' is another word for 'torturer' (oh boy, did I have a bad couple of days after that appointment!!) but I do trust my physio so I'm cautiously looking forward to my appointment tomorrow morning when I will, literally, be taking the next steps in my recovery :)

*big sigh of relief!*

And I now feel more able to look forward to December - in a literal way, and also in that I can start getting excited now! Just in time, of course, as we only have a couple of days to go....

I'm excited for the 1st on Saturday because it's The Doctor's birthday, and while I can't spoil him as I would usually by baking him a cake and cooking him a nice meal or taking him out to a restaurant, The Tomboy's going to bake the cake under my direction and we'll go out for a family meal with The Doctor driving :)

And I'm also excited for the 1st on Saturday because it's the start of Journal Your Christmas, one of my favourites of Shimelle's classes! I've had my supplies ready since last December and I had an idea of how I wanted to shape this year's project, but I've completely changed my mind at the last minute :) I had planned to use divided page protectors and take a photograph for each day's theme plus make a 4x6" 'mini page' to go with the photo, placing them side by side in the protectors and putting the whole project in with my Project Life. Well, Project Life never quite happened this year, not least because the supplies didn't arrive in the UK till February.... At first I thought I might catch up, but eventually decided that wouldn't work and I'm the kind of person who needs to start at the beginning of the year so I'll be going for it from 1st January 2013 instead.

I could still have used the divided page protector idea, but I was relying on the prompts being pretty much the same as previous years so I could make a list of the themes and take the photos as I found them, before or after the day the prompt came out. Then Shimelle announced that she'd revamped the prompts and I'm not yet clear how much the themes might have changed, but those OCD tendencies of mine mean that I can't cope with not having my advance list!! So for this reason too I've abandoned Plan A - or deferred it, at any rate, as I may do it next year instead :)

Plan B? I came across a Paperchase binder I bought some time ago. It contains 20 plastic pockets (page protectors), ie enough for 40 layouts, which is ample for this project; it also contains a generous wodge of kraft paper, which I can use for journaling and notes, with as many extra pages between layouts as seem necessary. The pockets seem to be a tiny bit less than 6" wide by a tiny bit more than 10" tall, which is an unusual size for me but I'll make it work! The cover is plain kraft too, so plenty of scope for decorating it, though I'm leaving that for now - I've got some ideas, but I want to see how the pages start coming together first :)


The supplies I carefully set aside last December include lots of lovely Echo Park Season's Greetings papers with coordinating stickers and alphas. I've added a couple of sheets of brightly coloured cardstock that match, plus plenty of kraft cardstock, to make the base pages. I've also thrown in some additional alphas and a sheet of seasonal word stickers, and a few sheets of Echo Park from a different Christmas collection (Times and Seasons) that I may or may not use (they do go with the original collection, but they're a bit darker in tone, and I may have more than enough paper anyway!) And then I've got some cute Elle's Studio cards and numbers, and a couple of random bits and pieces for good measure (not all pictured):


I've sorted the numbers into pockets in readiness, and as I'll be likely to go into January with this project I also found some suitable stickers and cards to give me additional numbers for those extra few days:


That's all I've done so far, though I did consider cutting some cardstock to size to create some base pages. I think I'll wait till we're a few days into the class though to see how the first few prompts go, and then I might have an idea of how many plain bases I want and how many might be from the patterned paper, etc. And while I've put all the above mentioned supplies together in one place with the basic tools, I'm not declaring any of my other supplies off limits, so I may well be working in other items such as ribbons or washi tape or twine or stamps or....! But if I can't manage to get at those things while my foot is still recovering - I don't want to run before I can walk, after all, in a quite literal sense - at least I know I have enough to hand to make a start :)

The other thing I need to decide about is photographs. I'm quite happy to scrap this project with or without pics, but if I do use them, I probably won't get them printed till January. This might leave me in the interesting position of trying to create the pages with a space allocated for the photo and then slot it in later, which is something I very rarely do! Might have to see how that goes....

Phew - mammoth post!! But that's where I'm up to right now, my friends :) How are you all? I've been neglecting your blogs again, I'm sorry - I've been so tired lately, which I think is down to the pain, the pain relief, and the extra effort I need to put into even the simplest of tasks. I've had whole days where I haven't even switched the computer on.... *gasp!* ;) But I'm hoping to catch up with you all soon, and to see many of you in class. Bring on the JYC!! I think I am at last ready for December :)

31 comments:

Sian said...

Whole days with no computer here too. But things are on the up all round by the looks of it. Hurray! Hope the birthday celebrations are lovely.

Tammy said...

So happy for the good news. :) Hope the birthdays are wonderful.
Looking forward to Journal Your Christmas (I'll be doing digi, of course)!!!

helena said...

love your jyc collection and I find that paperchase craft range irresistable. Look forward to seeing what you create

Ginger said...

So happy to hear your foot is on the mend. I love physiotherapists! They truly are experts in their field and yes - they do hurt, but it should never be more than you can handle :)

Love what you have come up with for your album! Should be great :)

Kirsty.a said...

Glad you're on the mend. Looking forward to December as well here. I hate November-all work and no play

Cheri said...

Yay for progress! I haven't been on the computer much either. I've been reading blogs in my Google Reader, but not commenting. Just too busy.

Melissa said...

So excited to hear about the progress you're making & your plans for Journal Your Christmas sound wonderful. What a great collection of papers & supplies you have ready!

Ruth said...

Hope the birthday goes swimmingly, as I'm sure it well and that the physio does what it is supposed to.
Love the look of that Paperchase binder and look forward to seeing what you come up with.

Ladkyis said...

So glad you are mending well. Revamped prompts eh? I was not sure about this year until Shimelle said that and now I am wondering if I will have the energy.

Jo.C said...

Brilliant news that you are on the mend - think a lot of us are struggling to keep up at the moment - have a brilliant weekend x

debs14 said...

Now you just behave yourself and do what the physio tells you. And don't do TOO much, you don't want to take any backward steps!
Hope the Doctor has a lovely birthday, I am sure that the cake will be amazing.
Your preparations for JYC are putting everyone else to shame, you obviously haven't been wasting your time whilst laid up!

Dawn said...

Glad to hear your making progress. Hope you start to get some relief and the physio doesn't work you too hard! Can't wait to see your JYC coming together! I'm doing a December Daily album similar to what you were thinking of doing. Not made a start with preparations yet so best get a move on!

Jimjams said...

Glad that you are making good progress. How has this all affected your training? I've yet to even look at JYC ... could be a bad sign or possibly gives me PLENTY to do at my crop on Saturday ... I'm toying with the divided page protectors.

Fiona@staring at the sea said...

So happy to hear that your fracture is healing well Mel xx

Mise said...

Good luck to the Tomboy with her baking, and I hope the cake will be partially a celebration of your recovery. Whole days with no computer are sometimes a boon, though it's a shame to deprive the Internet of your always entertaining comments.

Maria Ontiveros said...

I can sense your excitement about JYC and your happiness with the news from the fracture clinic.
Glad things are on the upswing for you,
Rinda

Jennie said...

So glad to read you are on the mend Mel. I haven't been on line much at all this last few months. I am hoping to join you with JYC - though this could be very hard for me this year. Christmas has always been a favourite season for me - so really don't know what I might face this year. J xx

Dotty Miss said...

Yay for your good news and thanks for sharing your JYC prep so far!

The Creative Beast said...

HOORAY! that is EXCELLENT news indeed! And your plans for journaling your Christmas sound wonderful!

Best wishes to the Doctor for his birthday!! I hope you photograph the Tomboy baking the cake - I have a feeling it will make a fun blog post, as well as a great scrapbook page! ;)

Karen said...

Good News!!! I have my Christmas Journal ready to go as well, but haven't taken any photos of the prep work. Guess I should get on that! Happy Birthday to the Doctor this weekend!

Amy said...

Great news all around here today!
I have had a busy week too - it's that time of the year and blogging and scrapping and commenting are the first things to go by the wayside ... dare I say it, even overdue email replies ... sorry!

Jennie Hart said...

So good to hear you are on the mend Mel, and looking forward to JYC, me too, see you in class!

Missus Wookie said...

Yeah for weight bearing and oooh yeah I take strong painkillers and although I walk happily *to* PT, I definitely get the bus back and walk a wee bit slower on the way home.

Not doing JYC but looking forward to my own project and planning on doing some planning today & tomorrow before starting Saturday :)

Hope the pain levels continue to lesson and you all enjoy the Dr's b'day celebrations.

Scrappi Sandi said...

Firstly..great news on the recovery front...& I so empathise with you on the physio front! BUT...it has to get worse to get better...if you get my drift! So stick with it & do as you're told...it'll be worth it in the end!! Secondly ...Way to go on all your prep for JYC12!! I'm impressed...I'm still hoping to complete the album I started in 2009!!!! BUT (again!) I am all prepped for Project Life 2013 &, like you, will be kicking off on January 1st!! See you over in the PL Forum at BPC? :D

Lynn said...

Good news re your foot! Heres to a full recovery. Days without the computer are needed sometimes! Was not going to do JYC but several things have changed my mind but trying not too put myself under too much pressure.

scrappyjacky said...

A great start to the album,Mel....I found last year that preparation was the key to completion!!
So glad you're on the mend.

alexa said...

Lovely to hear the excitement in your voice again! Looking forward to seeing this album unfold - really enjoyed your gratitude one ... And wey-hey for healing :).

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

So glad to hear you are healing well. Good luck with the physical therapy. Love the papers you have for JYC. I've got all my stuff ready to go & am eagerly waiting for Saturday's first prompt.

Abi said...

HOORAY! So pleased to hear that you are on the mend and i can't wait to see how the album progresses! x

dogmatix said...

Great news that you are on the mend :-)
Totally understand the computerless days...this is the first time I have switched mine on all week *shock*
Looking forward to seeing how you plan your JYC.

Gail said...

Yeah for getting discharged and moving on to the next step (literally). Love all the supplies you've picked for your journal this year. I ended up not doing JYC this year - we'll be away for a good portion of the month so it would be kind of hard.