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When I got home from California I had two pieces of Happy Mail. One I knew about and the other was a surprise. Before I left, I was lucky enough to win a random drawing of two new stamps sets from Wplus9 Designs, and I'm looking forward to having a chance to create with them.
And the surprise was Happy Mail from Big Picture Classes. I updated my profile on their site and was lucky enough to get one of their fifth birthday happy mail packages. I especially love the little notebook.
I promised myself I would not get behind with my Christmas Journal this year since I decided to do a December Daily format. The last couple of years I didn't hold myself to daily pages, and it was a lot easier. I have the photos, but no pages done for Day 3 or Day 4. I decided to use the same format Ali Edwards was using and I wasn't really sure I was going to like it, but so far I'm pleased with the results. I'll follow along with Shimelle's prompts as they appeal to me, but since this is my fifth Christmas journal, prompts about some topics have been covered in full in previous years. I'm also using photos from the prompts from Picture the Holidays with Tracey Clark.
This is the first page. I've finished a transparency with a number for each of the days from 1-25. The green cardstock is the back to the first two-page spread.
I like Shimelle's manifesto so printed it as the first page of this two page spread. The second page is a hybrid one. I printed Ali's overlay and then printed my photos and placed them on the page. Here's the journaling.
For Day 2 I went digital and printed both of my photos for the left-hand page and added a border cut from some October Afternoon paper. The right-hand page was also created digitally. I add a white rectangle to the bottom of the overlay so I could journal before I printed. The photo is the prompt, "Framed," from Picture the Holiday. The transparency lies between the two pages. I decided not to create a set of similar tags for the number tags, but used up a lot of my Christmas stash and some number stickers. The tag is a Papertrey mat stack die that was stamped and the circle tag with a two was layered on it.
The top photo is one of the poinsettias on our hall dresser reflected in the mirror that hangs above it. The bottom one is of the Christmas lights layed out on the floor before Tracy put them on the tree.
The journaling reads: "I found out today that my ankle is probably broken, but since I'm not in lots of pain, I don't see the specialist until Monday. Sigh. I hope I'll get an air cast so I can drive! Today's photo is from the Picture the Holidays prompt: Framed. I've been using my tripod this week, and it makes a huge difference." As you can tell, I'm not focusing on any particular topic, just some photos from the day and a bit about what's happening.
Here's a peek at the stack of transparencies. I have the chipboard cut for the covers, but haven't decided quite what to do with them yet. I haven't decided how to bind the journal either. This is not the way I usually operate, but I'm feeling just fine about it for now.