Tuesday, 6 January 2015

WOYWW Journal 52 & pre-Spring Tidy !

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year !

Lynda & I saw in the new year together with our respective Much Beloveds and it was lovely to share the evening with them ! Of course it would have been rude not to see in the Midnight Hour with a glass of Bubbly !
Oh dear -the Star on top of the Tree looks like it has imbibed that New Year Bubbly a bit too heavily !!

After taking down the Christmas decorations on New Year's Day, it felt very good to finish off my Journal Your Christmas for 2013 - it is looking satisfyingly plump with Christmas memories !
It is now safely stowed on the shelf with my previous JYC journals - from 2008 onwards !

I have been in a tidy up mood this week - must be the thought of Spring - and the Spring Clean tradition !! - being on its way - even if it seems a good way off at the moment !
So I have been rooting out in the wardrobes, the bathroom cabinets and have a stack of bags for the charity shop, the rubbish tip and the recycling !
My craft desk & shelves are looking vaguely respectable !
And I have even dumped some stash - ugly papers & old embellishments I am never going to use !

And put the 3 randomly part filled scrapbooks into some sort of chronological order in one single album !
I have tidied up lots of part planned scrapbook pages - and feel in the mood to scrap again for the first time in months !

And I have actually done some creating as well as the tidying !

I have been working to catch up on my Journal 52 - I am feeling happy to have finished all 52 challenges for 2014 - and so this is my Second satisfyingly plump Journal book this week ! Good job I have finished the year as the folder is about to burst !! I may even get round to decorating the covers at some point !

I am not sure what my plan is for my Journaling this year - I am thinking of following the new No Excuses Journaling book I have - this goes month by month and builds up week by week - I am using the Dodo Diary that Mum gave me for Christmas instead of the Desk Diary the author suggests as I like the freedom to work on separate sheets rather than a straight into a book ... but I might still follow the Journal 52 challenges in 2015 - oh the happy choices !!!

The final theme of the year was Full Circle ... and one year ends & the new one begins !
This challenge was "Build A Snowman" .... and I do like a snowman - but snow is a nightmare combination with disabled living for Much Beloved   !!

This was to capture one of your favourite songs ...The Whole Of The Moon by the Waterboys will always be in my top 5 tunes !

This challenge was to Doodle a page which sounds easy enough but I am pretty rubbish at Doodling .. so I decided to make a collage of doodles and add my own colour & touches !
This challenge was glitter & sparkle - and I have had the tune of "Shine Like A Diamond" buzzing in my head since I heard it on Strictly Come Dancing last month - this seemed a good place to park up up and stop it keep running round my brain !! The photo doesn't really show all the blingy sparkle !
So on my rather tidy desk today (well tidy for me !!) is a new folder to start of some Journaling in 2015

Thought you might like to see all the ATC's that Lynda & I made for our ABC challenge in 2014 ..

But I may need reporting to the Royal Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Cuttlebugs ... look what happened to my poor C Plates when I went to die cut those circles for my Snowman !

Have a great crafty week !
Ali x


  1. Hi Ali, great to see 2 posts with bubbly. Love the idea of your journals and I do admire someone who can complete a year long challenge. I always start with good intentions and then fade into the sunset.
    sandra de @14

  2. Your journals look so wonderful sitting on your bookshelf! "Satisfyingly plump" is such a good expression to describe them. You must have been doing this for years! I haven't got one single journal finished yet (other than some minis). Hopefully that will change by the end of the year. I find yours very inspiring! Happy WOYWW! zsuzsa @ InkyDinkyDoodle #27

  3. We felt compelled to have a tidy out too, must be New Year fever. We'll soon be disorganised again. I love all your journal shelves. It makes me want to delve in and have an afternoon journal peeking. Love from Horace, no idea what no. As I forgot to check!!

  4. Love that New Year's Eve shot of you all!! Especially the tipsy tree :-) May 2015 be filled with good things for you all.
    I love that full circle work you did, really fab!
    Hugs LLJ 18 xx

  5. Hi Ali, managed to get here at last, not much going on my desk, unlike yours, cant believe how many journals you have, love the tipsy star.
    Take care Jan xx

  6. I have just come back from a trip up to see family, so no crafting or tidying for me...You have been busy. I am exhausted just reading all about what you have done. Great pic of you guys at new years. #63

  7. Happy New Year - lovely photo of you four. You certainly made the most of the holiday and I really really admire that you've finished J52 and your JYC....and just look at that satisfying shelf of lovelies! I'm sure something will grab you by the inspiration before the year truly gets underway!

  8. Hi Ali,
    Oh, it looks like everyone had a wonderful New Years Eve! I agree, the tree does look a bit tipsy also. All the journals are amazing. I keep thinking I'll get into it but so far I haven't. By the way, I think you have the doodling talent - love that page!

    I'm having a giveaway so stop by.
    Happy WOYWW,
    Peace, Kay (61)

  9. Well done on finishing those journals! I think your doodling looks awesome.
    Happy WOYWW!
    Tertia #22

  10. Hey, that sure is a happy bunch! It shows you had lots of fun!
    Your journals really look great! There are many hours of work in there. Awesome!
    Gabriele 29

  11. So sad about your poorly cuttlebug - hope it gets better soon!
    Congratulations on a whole year of journalling!!!
    Bishopsmate #37

  12. What a lovely post! Lots to look at. You have been busy! And you must have a lovely sense of achievement, having completed two art journals. I really admire your steadfastness in doing it all year long. I have just embarked on the Original Documented Life Project 2015 but I won't be able to do it every week as we will be from home quite a few times this year. Oh well....
    Have a good year and a good week,

  13. happy new year to you too! I am not sure I have the will power to keep to a monthly or weekly journal challenge, though I would like to... perhaps I will try one of my own just for me... The poor tree does look a bit worse for wear! Helen 9

  14. It's nice to meet you, since I've not seen any of your awesome J52 pages from last year. I'm staying with J52 again this year, because I like that we don't have to buy anything to meet the challenges. Your finished project looks super, too.

    I think we all probably need to tidy up a bit, and you have really inspired me. Had to laugh at the star on the tree, though.

    Happy belated New Year and happy WOYWW from # 2.

  15. It's a lovely feeling to get projects finished! Happy New Year and thank you for sharing:) Lucy #11

  16. Wow! I've never seen a cutting plate break before!!! I know I have really warped some, but never broken any. I'm sure you got a lot of use out it though! You seem very busy and motivated - Go, You! :D

    Happy Crafting!
    Jeannie #33

  17. I've never broken a cutting plate before; you must have really been using that one for sure! I keep turning my over and over as they warp and I fear I'm going to break them but they go back into shape and I sign; happy again!
    Glenda #36

  18. Dont throw those bits away you can still use part of them LOL I have broken quite a few in my time. Now you don't play fair on the desk I had to go off and listen to that music to bump my memory into gear. Now I have one diamond stuck in my head. Have a wonderful week.

    Happy WOYWW
    Hugs Eliza & Yoda #76

  19. Hi Ali, great to see some of your pages and to know you achieved a completed journal - well done. Best of all you have inspired me to motivate a few of my stamping girl friends who have lots of gear but are not doing much creating - just emailed them with the ABC tag/card challenge. Have a great week RobynO#31

  20. Your journals look so full and chunky…love them :)
    Looks like you had a fun new years

  21. Congrats on your finished journals! They look lovely and colourful and chunky... great to see that some projects can meet an end, mine are all still halfway :)

    Kristiina #19

  22. wow Ali, that must be a first have never ever heard of a C plate breaking .. a B plate but the C is so much thicker... mine is so used (five years and never replaced) you cant see through it any more :D
    Great work on the journal and tidying ... mine could do with it too...
    Thanks so much for sharing ~ happy belated WOYWW!
    Shaz in Oz.x #24

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