Monday, December 8, 2008

Counting the Days

Linda, who was first prompted by Anna, invited me to try a December journal. I was questioning whether I could make the commitment, but said, "yes" anyway.
I am SO glad I did.

Of course, mine looks nothing like the fancy scrapbooker's, but I am making no apologies.

I haven't seen theirs yet, but I made mine out of a binder once created for Hallmark ornament collectors (25 cents at the thrift store). The cover is a beautiful green with metallic gold accents.

I used a few of the blank pages that came with the binder, but thought it would be a great place to display Christmas cards collected from past years. I also added photos from previous Decembers. The program from Victoria's winter concert this year (she is in choir) also joined the mix.

The end pages are my two most favorite *glitter* Christmas cards.

Pretty soon I found I was using the cards themselves as pages and like how the "page" sizes are now staggered. Sometimes there is room to write on the front of the cards, but most of the time I use the reverse (I just used the covers of the cards). I stamped numbers and sometimes a background design and stars where I plan to write. Yesterday my son commented that the days were "flying" by. For once I did not agree. By writing a little something about each day, I am able to enjoy each day a little longer; commit it to memory. Savor the events. And so although Christmas may be the destination, I am not letting the days before go by in a frantic blur.
Thanks ANNA and LINDA for this GREAT challenge! I might have to continue it in the New Year.


Erica said...

What a wonderful journal. I love it. I have always wanted to try one, but I'm scared of it.

Linda said...

It's wonderful! I need to work on mine...maybe tonight. I can't keep up these days.

Anna said...

Truly inspiring.....Your kids will fight over it in the years to come and for now.... well they get to enjoy it!!!! I am back from NYC now..... and I need to catch up I'm only 9 days behind!! ARG - I LOVE you christmas card idea! I save all my christams cards.... and well they just sit in the ziploc back marked by the year I got them...... I wonder every december what the heck to do with them! I'm gonna make myself a note..... for next years daily December..... xoxo anna

Margaret said...

what a lovely idea, would love to do one of these next year!

kiwicarole said...

Hi- how lovely of you to drop in and visit!! (despite all my madness and mess!!) I love to meet new people. Yep we are in for a warm summer, hopefully some camping. I'm gonna browse thru your blog now, feel free to come back and visit any time!!
;) Carole

Linda said...

Soon....I will post mine soon.

Donna said...

This is simply Gorgeous Girl!!! You Would Not want to see MY work!!!hahaaa...Happy weekend!hughugs

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Thank you for sharing your journaling experience AND your pages, very inspiring! What a treasure you are creating here!

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Well here I am again a year later Nathalie and feeling like I'm seeing your treasure book for the first time ... the mind is a terrible thing to lose ;)
I Love it just as much, found your link from Linda's blog, now I will follow your link to Ali's blog.
Yours is so nice and personal. Love it! Love ya!