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Journal Your Christmas 1st – 3rd

Hello all,

Sorry there’s been a bit of a gap here again. I was ill last week, and the doctor said it hit me worse than it should because I was over-working myself and getting stressed. So I’ve been trying to take it easy this week. I’m not very good at relaxing, I like to be busy and multi-tasking all the time. This week I have actually sat and watched telly without blogging or crafting at the same time – shocker! Anyway, I think I’m now fully recovered and back on track.

Luckily I had prepared most of my Journal Your Christmas album before I was ill, so I’ve already been able to complete the first few entries. I haven’t done a title or manifesto page yet, I’m hoping to get them done tomorrow or Monday. But I have managed pages for the 1st through to today (the 3rd):

They’re quite simple, and not entirely co-ordinated. I’m trying not too worry about it too much – my aim for JYC this year is to get the story and photos down, (and use up a lot of old supplies), as I know I’ll treasure it even if the pages aren’t ‘perfect’ for my scrapping style. Then next year I can fuss over it more and get some new, more co-ordinated supplies to use!
I’m feeling in the festive spirit, as I had Christmas tunes on while I was putting these pages together, and I’m off out for a Christmas meal tonight with some friends. I’m looking forward to having a chance to chat, and let my hair down! Hope you are all having fun, festive weekends. x
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My JYC album 2011

Last year I signed up to Journal Your Christmas, an online class with Shimelle Laine. I didn’t end up joining in with it last year, because I was pregnant and exhausted! But this year I’m already preparing my album, so I ought to be able to keep up with it. If you’re already prepping a JYC album then link it up to this challenge, as part of Shimelle’s Christmas crafting weekend.

I’m trying to just use up old Christmas supplies this year, as I had so many I thought I shouldn’t buy any more until I’d made a dent in them! So for my album I’m using this 8×8 scrapbook album by Trimcraft that I bought a few years ago:

And, inspired by Daphne’s LSNED album (here) I’m doing my pages as 8″ tall by 4″ wide. I just need to stitch up the middle of my page protectors. I’ve cut an array of patterned papers to this size:
So I’m all ready to slot them in! Next I’m going to make some numbers, and collect some stickers / chips / journal spots to match the various pages, and slot them into the right page protectors, so the pages should be nice and quick to make each day. I’m going to use my Ipod Touch to take photos for it like I did for my LSNED album, as it worked well for me.
I’ll be back with a couple of Christmas cards later. I’m glad to be getting the Christmas crafting started! x