Wednesday, 18 January 2017

2016 review

I usually set out my review page in the same way each year, printing off one photo to represent each month with the date added using Photoshop.

For my journalling, I couldn't help but comment on my thoughts about the state of politics this year (being really interested in this subject), so my comments about the photos are very brief.

I added a tree from Basic Grey 25th and Pine along with dots from the glitter Thickers I had been using throughout the journal as baubles. The little word stickers are by Simple Stories and Ali Edwards (Review).

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

A Fond Memory

My sister had these jelly fruit sweets at her house on Boxing Day, and I couldn't resist snapping their jewel-like loveliness!

As a girl, my grandparents in London always had these at Christmas, and as we went to visit them every other year for the festive season, they really reminded me of them.

This is one of the things I love about my Christmas journal; it really helps me to look back at the tiny things happening either now, or in the past.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Birthday Joy.

Another festive birthday, Kevin's dad celebrates on the 28th, so this always helps us to extend the season.

The page is translucent as I had used a dotted vellum on the 27th, I just had to make sure I Put the photo and embellished parts of the pages back to back.  Using double sided papers helped too!

The title was scripted by me along with some very short journalling.  As they were in the middle of having an extension built, the walls were bare breeze blocks.  Despite this, they still decorated for Christmas, including stapling some old white wall paper and adding starts and snowflakes with sellotape!

Sunday, 15 January 2017

The Perfect Gift

Hannah gave Father Christmas a tricky job this year, as she asked for a cocktail trolley as her main gift!

Luckily, he managed to track down this Art Deco style trolley... she loved it!

I used dotty vellum for the page and added the photo and double sided papers in the centre, ready for the 28th photo to go onto the reverse of this central section.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

The Best Fake Santa Ever

My husband played the part of Father Christmas towards the end of term in the Special School he teacher in.. One of the siblings of the children said he was, "the best fake Santa ever!" What a compliment!

I did manage to get a photo of him in the red suit for my journal.  The title is a mix of Thickers and hand lettering, the other embellishments on the page are lots of different types of very old stash, Santa appears often it seems!

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Boxing Day

A lovely day relaxing at my sister's house this year.

I just included candid photos of the family in front of the log burner, watching the flames dancing and of the boys firing missiles of paper and ping pong balls across the lounge.:)

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Christmas Day

Christmas seems so long ago now, but here I am showing you my Christmas Day pages.
The 6x6 page that backed the Christmas Eve page gave me extra space for the Christmas day photos. One aspect of Christmas Day I hadn't recorded in earlier journals was that of morning Mass, so I took a cheeky picture of my daughters in front of the crib in church.  I did want my son to be there too, but he had sneaked off.

The other photos are of my sister, brother and me just before dinner, and the table ready for lunch. Funnily enough there were no pictures of gifts, all I seemed to have recorded this year were the family moments.