Archive for January 7th, 2008

Done and dusted

For a number of reasons, I’ve decided to call it good enough: I’m finished with my Christmas journal. Some of the ending prompts were leaving me a little cold, and I woke up ready to be done with this project.  The decorations got put away yesterday, and I don’t want this project hanging around waiting to be finished for weeks, when I ought to be moving on.  I had a moment’s guilt for not finishing all the way to the end of the entire 37 prompts, but it was only a moment.  It’s my journal, it can be whatever I want it to be.

So:  I did two more layouts, rearranged some of the date tags on the pages I did yesterday, printed out and punched the last pages, and am calling it good.

First up is a retrospective of our sightseeing in New York City.

December 28, 2007

The words around the edge read:  Statue of Liberty’s nose * Fogged up New York City Skyline * Not as big as expected, but she is still quite impressive * Madison Square Garden (a Godzilla Landmark) * Mood Fabrics — Wow! * Empire State Building (another Godzilla landmark) * Rockefeller Center  Christmas Tree * Penny Harvest (a million dollars in pennies!) * Colin, watching the ice skaters * Will and Dad skating in Central Park * Oh, and there’s Joe, too!

December 30, 2007

Journaling my Christmas has been a fun experience.  It’s brought back fond memories of the past, given me the opportunity to learn a little bit about how to scrapbook using my computer, and best of all:  given me a very special reminder of this year’s Christmas experiences.

I’ve tried to think about anything in particular that I want to remember for next year.  The main thing is that I do NOT (I repeat, DO NOT) need to buy wrapping paper next year.  There is MORE than enough Christmas paper in the box to last for several seasons.

There is more I could say about the holidays, but I feel like it is time to be done with this project.  I look forward to other journal and scrapbooking adventures in the coming year, and look forward to doing this all over again next year.

I thought about trying to make notes about what I might do differently next time, but honestly:  too much will change between now and then, that I can’t even begin to predict what kind of an artistic challenge I might be looking for when Christmas comes around again.

Christmas Journal Front cover

The cover itself was done several weeks ago.  The album is made out of 2 pieces of acrylic.  I found the metal tags at Hobby Lobby — they were self-adhesive.   Those are adhered on the outside of the acrylic, and I fussed around with the design of the cover page so that the tags would fit over top of the center strip and look nice.  The pages are all held together with 4 metal locking rings.

I had also purchased some ribbon to maybe tie on the rings for further embellishment, but in case you haven’t been able to figure out:  that doesn’t really suit my style.  My style seems to tend more toward the restrained, simple and uncluttered.

So how is it that my artistic style is uncluttered, but my office and studio are……disaster areas?

There you have it.

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I really was goign to go to bed, but my Christmas journal kept calling to me, and since these pages were done and I was still up, I thought I might as well go ahead and post them. I actually whipped out 3 pages this evening!

For those of you keeping track, yes, I’m jumping around and oign out of order now. I wrote some junk for the 26th, but it was kind of rambly and pointless, and I don’t know what I’m going to do about that particular day. I need to see if my brother-in-law took any pictures that day, as the ones I took were worthless.

Here’s the 26th. The prompt was to talk about changes in sleep habits over the holidays.

December 26, 2007

I bought lots of new jammies this year. I got matching jammies for Will, Joe, Dylan
and Colin. Sofia got something pretty instead. The picture above shows that the 4 big
kids’ jammies were all plenty big. Colin’s were way too big for him, but he got lots of
new jammies from his Mommy.

Mark got new sleep pants and Gramma Reed got flannel jammies with bunny rabbits
on them. I should have bought some new jammies for myself, too, I guess.

I’m pretty spoiled with boys who like to sleep in as much as I do. It makes it hard to
get up for school some days, but when we can sleep in, we do.

Even being at Debra’s house, sleeping on air mattresses in the middle of the family
room, we all managed some nice late mornings. Colin is an early riser, but luckily he
either went back to sleep or watched TV and let us snooze.

The prompt for the 28th was to talk about things that are special to the season, to document something in particular that only comes out once a year. I thought this would be a good place to journal about our Christmas quilts! (edited: I rearranged, and this one is now called dated the 27th)

December 27, 2007

2007 was the year of the finished Christmas quilt. I finally finished the
block of the month Christmas quilt that I started in 2000. It’s been on our bed
since December 1st!

The Star Baby quilt was a new project this year. I fell in love with the angel
and reindeer fabric, it reminded me of my reindeer ornament. I usually don’t
like retro very much, but this fabric really tripped my trigger. It was fun to make
and even though it doesn’t match the red couch, it’ll be out again in future years.

I started Snowman Rows several years ago. I quilted it in September and it is now
bound and being used. It still needs buttons on the vests. I’m hoping to get that
done this winter. I figure it’ll stay out, since it isn’t specifically a Christmas quilt.

Starstruck is supposed to be a Christmas quilt (the back is made up of a bunch
of different Christmas prints). We hung it on the wall last Christmas, and it
looked so good against our yellow walls that it is been there ever since. We have
talked about rotating it and putting something different up, but it’s quite an
operation and just hasn’t gotten done yet.

December 29, 2007

I asked everyone what they would pick as their favorite moment of the Christmas season, and it was unanimous. Everyone picked the opening of the boys’ Nintendo Wii as their favorite. I think the grins tell the whole story.

And now. I’m actually going to go to bed. Honest.


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