Crafts


I’ve actually completed all but one page of my Christmas Journal (not including the photo I know I have but just cant find that I NEED for my day 6 layout!!!).  Day 4 seems to be the hardest; my idea of “Perfection” for Christmas…still pondering that one!

Anyways, here is a photo of my day 1 page…I did it a little differently that the prompt suggested, but I am OK with that.

Coram Deo, Lola

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I’ve taken the leap…the leap into journaling and scapbooking, that is.  Now I have dabbled in scrapbooking in the past and none too successfully.  And I have journaled regularly,  again, in the past.  And, yes, I do keep a Gratitude Journal but this is different.  For this foray into journaling I paid cold, hard cash for  special e-mails delivered right to my in-box…everyday…for 37 days…starting December 1st through January 6th.  You read that correctly, in this economic environment, I paid a stranger for the privilege of telling me what to journal about all Christmas Season long.  Now you may be scratching your head but let me explain why I did this (and apparently many others have too).  I want to slow down and really savor this Christmas/Advent season.  I have also felt a tremendous tug at my heart lately to write.  Something. Anything. But I had no idea what to write or where to start.  I just knew I REALLY desired to put pen to paper.  Then I stumbled upon this website .  And I knew just what I needed  to do.  Dear Knight agreed that it looked like a good fit and I signed up yesterday. I printed off the info I needed to start journaling,  sat down in front of our lit Christmas tree and journaled.  Really journaled.  It felt fantastic.  I may be slightly behind as I do not even have my journal/album created (it seems some experienced folks had their journals created before December even arrived so all they have to do it fill it with their words and images…next year I will be prepared).  Later today, Lala and I are heading out to our local scapbooking store to search for the perfect journal and decorative papers/embellishments.  I can already see it in my mind; frosty pinks, greens, blues and a touch of cranberry red.  All glittery and vintage looking.  I want it to sparkle just like Posie Gets Cozy.  If you want more info on Journaling Your Christmas, just click on the link at the top of my side-bar.

Coram Deo, Lola

A new school year, that is.  And with the new school year  comes my new school planner/journal.

cover shot

cover shot

I started with a  7.5 x 10 inch, lined,  Moleskin journal.  Then I added the picture to the front.  I covered the spine with a piece of scrapbook paper from my stash and edged that in ribbon, front and back.

inside cover and title page

inside cover and title page

On the inside front I place small sticky notes with recurring events; in this case, our weekly steps in the writing process (ala Bravewriter) and our “Friday Freewrite” reminder (for those weeks we are not working on a month-long writing project).  I move those sticky notes to the Monday of that week in the process, ie. the first Monday of the first full week of the month I place the sticky note that reminds me to have the bambinos choose their writing topic.  The following Monday I place the sticky that lists step 2 in the writing process: narrowing the topic using the “Topic Funnel”,  I do this for the 4 Mondays of each month.  If there is a 5th Monday it is a freebie!  I keep using the same stickies until the no-longer stick or I loose them!

Inside pages

Inside pages

Here, I’ve divided up the 2-page spread into 7 columns.  One for each weekday , one for the weekend with space for notes, and one for reminders of things I need/want to accomplish daily (quiet time and my morning walk) or weekly (1x a week school subjects with the kids).  This is the first year I’ve used a column for those reminders.  I am hoping this year it will encourage me to be consistent with those activities!

I’ve previously posted about my journals here and here.  I am still using the Gratitude Journal…

And lest you think I am the “oh-so-creative-one”, these little books do not stem from my original idea.  That distinction goes to Ann at Holy Experience, one to whom  I owe much!  If you truly want to be inspired, challenged, and refreshed you simply must visit Ann…really!

Coram Deo, Lola