Tuesday, 5 January 2016

WOYWW - Happy New Year 2016 !

Well a very Happy New Year to all the Deskers round the world !

I hope you have all enjoyed your festivities - we certainly had a good time !

As well enjoying time with family & friends, I was able to keep up with my daily Christmas Journal - just the writing each days journal & making sure I had taken photos was enough to keep me safely on track !

Then last weekend, once the decorations were safety stowed back in their boxes in the roof space and Much Beloved was away in Manchester to watch football, I had time to print everything out & get the Journal finished.

It was satisfyingly plump with memories by the time I finished !

It is such a good way to remember time with my family !

And our fun New Year's Eve with our friends Lynda & Robert - with a delicious Mexican meal that Rich my Much Beloved cooked !

And the fireworks from over the Thames were amazing - even on TV !!!

With an extra day off work on Friday I had time to get a bit of crafting done too !!
So I finally caught up with Lynda & my 2015 Tag challenge - I had fallen 3 months behind what with all the stitching for weeks pre Christmas ! So I plunged in to get all three finished !

October was "Autumn Colours"

November was "Seedheads" (guess who chose that theme - well you know how I adore a good seedhead !

And December was Christmas Glitz !

Lynda was much futher ahead than me - so here are her November & December tags next to mine !

I didn't do Journal 52 much last year - maybe I needed a break after 2014 - but am going to at least dabble this year !
Here's Week One which feature my "watchwords" for 2016. Carpe Diem - Seize The Day - I feel the need to grab opportunities & not to let things slip by me !

I can seldom limit myself to "a word for the year" !
Well I am a Libra - never use a sentence when a paragraph will do !!

Wanderlust 2016 photo
And this week I have just started the Everything Art on-line course Wanderlust 2016 - which will be about mixed media & art journalling techniques.
I'm looking forward to seeing what they have in store for us !

Wishing you all a happy & healthy 2016 !
Love Ali xx


  1. Happy New Year Ali. Your tags are fabulous - love the November one with the seed heads. I'm doing Wanderlust too - see you there!

  2. You seem to have found lots of time during these busy times of year. That book looks great but a lot of work. I love your oktober and november tags especially. And I'm also so lucky to be taking part in Wanderlust adventure. Vicky#9

  3. What beautiful tags from you both and lots of lovely memories in those photos. How lucky you are to have your Beloved cook delicious meals for you. Barbx #28

  4. Hi Ali, you've been busy and well done finishing your Christmas journal. Fab tags too, have a great week RobynO#21

  5. Wanderlust is a popular choice, I love to see how differently you all take the same instruction and prompts! As for Carpe Diem...I love it - you must be one of the Carpe Diem-ist people I've ever met! Hope you have fun on your journey of seizing - more memories!

  6. Hi Ali! I'll try to find you in the Wanderlust community! Love the idea of your Christmas journal - it looks wonderful, literally full of wonder! It must take a lot of dedication to document everything throughout the festivities. Great tags too, both your sand Lynda's - good that you had the extra time on your hands to finish them. Happy WOYWW! zsuzsa #39

  7. You've been busy! I love the way you documented your Christmas and other holiday activities in your journal, which is gorgeous too. Happy WOYWW! #40

  8. Gorgeous tags....is Wanderlust the one with Andy Skinner teaching classes? Dawn #31

  9. Goodness, Ali. You have been sooo busy. The tags are lovely - well done. And I simply can't imagine doing a Christmas journal - but you have succeeded - great work!
    Take care. God bless.
    Margaret #2

  10. What a fabulous album and tags. Take care Zo xx 42

  11. Ooh, I'm still working on my JYC (and enjoying my slow progress) but it's lovely to see finished projects. I especially love the little photo collage. .

    Clair x
    WOYWW #25

  12. I really like the idea of the Christmas journal. What a great thing to keep track of those wonderful memories we sometimes forget. I like your tags too especially the purple one. It's my favourite colour!

  13. Hi Ali, I do love those tags- great colours and subjects. Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #8 xxx

  14. I had planned to visit last night, but right after I linked to Julia, my electricity went off. It came back on a short time ago, so now I'm trying to catch up with everyone.

    I did J52 for two years, but gave up when they moved to the web site that was so convoluted I couldn't figure it out. Glad you are back with it. I see you and Helen are both doing that Wanderlust journaling this year. I look forward to seeing more. BTW, your tags are gorgeous. Happy WOYWW from #1.