I always like to have a project on the go - and there is NO WAY that project is going to be a photo a day again.
I will do an annual album as I always do, and have plans for a special monthly album which will have a double page for each month, but I wanted something more and also felt I wanted something Nigel could join in with too.
Then I saw an idea of Debbie's. I am not sure if I saw it on her facebook page or on her website (and if you don't know about Debbie then you must check THIS out - she is an amazing lady. She is a genuine domestic goddess, she cooks and bakes and crafts and creates and is a thoroughly lovely lady I am proud to call a friend ....oh and she does all of this with 5 beautiful children too. She has just brought out her first book ... and it is amazing ... and has met Kirsty and Ainsley in her many travels)
Anyway the idea is a memory jar which I have taken and adapted to suit us.
You just jot down things as they happen and pop them in the jar, not opening it up properly until the end of the year.
I thought this was a fabulous idea.
I have used a just finished Yankee Candle Jar (I felt as the Christmas decorations were down it was time to loose the cinnamon stick candle) and some Crate paper and quotes.
I covered the jar with a band of scalloped Crate paper and then printed out some word art.
These three sentiments were stuck to the Crate Paper. I could have printed things on transparencies to preserve the clarity of the jar but actually I didn't want to see too much inside.
I printed something for the top and stuck that on and then added some flowers
I made a little packet with some card, paper and ribbon and have printed out some 200 little slips to write on and add a date too.
I think that if we manage to keep this up all year it will be great fun to look back on as we move into 2014. A very visible way of counting our memories and our blessings.
I made another jar years ago and it seems pertinent to share that here too.
It is the perfect gift for someone who is not very good at telling their stories. As scrapbookers one of our 'jobs' is to record the stories of those we love. Nigel isn't good about recording his stories and so I made him a jar of prompts.
Simply covered (and as masculine as I could bear) it is filled with little strips of paper each with a prompt on - a question to answer, a memory jogger.
I covered a notebook int he same paper and he sticks in a prompt and writes his response. It is a super book developing of all those stories he is recording. We both love it.
I also have a page to share made with a brand new collection by Fayette Designs at Pickleberrypop called YOU
It's a smashing collection with gorgeous colours
Today I am thankful for
- a productive day
- the clean lines of the house now it is -de-christmased
- my little Fiki monster who is a little bemused about his new room, bless him
- the squirrel who made me jump when it scurried alongt he study windowsill - which is upstairs - and which freaked out poor old Boo.
And my page a day calendar page is
In the Bible verses calendar -