This was made for the December gallery for Mel and Jill at A Trip Down Memory Lane. I absolutely loved the special shaped paper but had no clue how to use it. I debated cutting it but every breath in my body resisted it - so it stayed in tact. The picture is of me when I was 5 with Santa. I used to go and have my photo taken with him every year at Beatties, the big local store.
I doodled round the edges of the paper and, although you can't really see it, there is also loads of bling int he form os stickles. Very simple page really, but one I really liked, in part because of its simplicity.
The lettering was cut on my Cricut - which I am absolutely loving at the moment thanks to my Design Studio and new cartridges.
So, today sees the end of 2007 and we look forward to the promise of a whole new year.
New year - a most artifical time decided by man but none the less a poignant one. A time for reflection on what has passed, on what we have achieved, on successes ... and failures. A time for recalling friends made, happiness shared and sorrows comforted. A time filled with reflection and recollection and charged with hope and seemingly limitless possibilities.
2007 has been, in some ways, a tough year for Nigel and I. There have been some challenges to face along the way ... but that is a good thing. Challenges make you stronger and, without the lows of life, you could never appreciate the highs. And we have had highs too. Many of them. We have blessed lives, filled with love and laughter. And whilst the occasional low stands out it is important to see the peaks for what they are too - to relive them, enjoy them and take strength for the future from them.
As we move to 2008 I am - as ever - filled with resolve for all the things I want to achieve, from the mundane to the life changing. But I am also filled with a new resolve this year - and one I aim to stick to. I want to enjoy each moment. To savour it. To not rush on to the next goal, the next challenge, the next event. To appreciate how precious each moment it in itself and to make the most of each one. To continue to count my many many blessings daily and see any trials as just that ... trials to be overcome and learnt from, not insurmountable obstacles that I cannot face.
To all of my many friends who I know read this blog regularly I want to wish you a happy, healthy and peaceful new year; a year shared with people who matter to you and a year filled with love and laughter. I found this message on the wonderful net and it is something I wish for all of us.
During the year may you have
Enough happiness to keep you sweet.
Enough trials to keep you strong.
Enough sorrow to keep you human.
Enough hope to keep you happy.
Enough failure to keep you humble.
Enough success to keep you eager.
Enough friends to give you comfort.
Enough wealth to meet your needs.
Enough enthusiasm to make you look forward to tomorrow.
Enough determination to make each day better than the