The Christmas Journal is finally safely finished & tucked on the bookshelf with it's companions from previous years !
I have tried to create more surface space to work on by moving the box that I had full of all my inky pieces of cut & dry foam for my distress inks - off my desk !
The pieces of foam are now in the 12" x 12" box where I keep the inks - a bit conventional I know - but surely handy !
And I have an extra 5" at the back of the desk to play on !!
Yes all that clutter is AFTER the tidy up - you should have seen it before !!
My laptop & external hard-drive are perched somewhat precariously on top of my printer for a good reason !
When I went back home at Christmas my brother in law was telling me that his laptop had crashed - and they have lost all the family photos from the past four or so years !
He thought he had backed them up on the family computer - but it turns out that he had put them on a previous hard drive but never on to the new one when they upgraded.
So that's four years of memories of my nephews' lives lost forever.
It reminded me that I keep thinking "I must save a copy of everything on my external hard drive" but good intentions on their own don't get results !!
So I actually got my derrière in gear and did the back up last night !
Now I feel virtuous - just need to do it regularly !
A new year's resolution !!
I have some lovely new crafty reading lined up !
Suddenly - as if a backlog was clearing after the Christmas post - 3 of the magazines I have on subscription (whoops can you tell I'm a bit of a magazine junkie !) arrived in the same post last Friday !
And I have the new book from the Sketchbook Challenge blog that Santa brought me still waiting to be explored !
Here's my "Scrappy To Do List" so far !
I have a lot of Christmas stash left - so that & New Year's Eve top the list - some of the others projects date back from pre-scrapping days but I really want to make the effort to go back & scrap these good memories !
So there's my favourite holiday ever which was in Western Canada in the year 2000 - all the stuff we collected on the trip still stowed away in a box !!
And the girls weekend trip I arranged as a surprise for my sister's 40th birthday - she was 46 last July so that gives you an idea of my backlog !!
And there's Florida and ...
No, no I can't face them all - just one at a time will be fine !!
All this planning needed a sugar fix - hence the sneaky bag of fruit pips sweeties - a treat from our local farm shop !
And I actually started a journal page on Sunday ...
The quote "we will not know unless we begin" had been lurking on my desk since last spring - but it caught my mood of "let's get stuck in to some new projects & hope it makes the spring seem like it will come all the quicker" !!
A bit of stencilling, some letters & chipboard flowers from my "must use up my stash" campaign - a goodly splash of champagne mica spray - and I'm waiting for it to tell me where it wants to go next !!
Anyway - hope you all have a fun week & looking forward to seeing what everyone out there in the world of WOYWW is up to !