Thursday, December 4, 2014


One thing I've noticed about journaling and blogging is that it makes me more conscious of "the little things." I find myself paying more attention, searching for those wee bits of bliss. The best part is that, once I find them, the process of photographing or sketching or writing about them seems to "glue" those moments into my memory, allowing me to travel back to them any time I wish. Which is why I made up my mind to journal Christmas this year!

I'd been toying with the idea ever since I saw an article in one of my art magazines about one someone else had done. There was even an on-line class you could pay to take. Unfortunately, I was already signed up for two other holiday classes last year, which was already one too many, so I skipped it. But not this year! This year Dawn Devries Sokol is offering her 12-31 class for free, so how could I pass it up? It just started, so it's not too late for you to join in on the fun. If you think you might be interested, go here and click on the 12-31 link over on the left.

One thing Dawn mentions in her opening video is that the whole point of this journal is to make the holidays more fun, not more stressful! If you've shopped for shampoo or deodorant lately, you'll know that having ever more choices is not always a good thing. Sometimes it just adds to the stress! Therefore, I decided to limit myself to the supplies I tossed into the basket above, most of which I already had laying around the house.

A Few Stamps
Some Washi Tape
A Few Stencils
Some Gift Tags and a Coloring Book
 I also opted to limit myself to four main colors, which took a bit of trial and error before coming to a decision.

Red, Grass Green, Turquoise, Magenta

For my journal, I decided to use this little beauty, handmade by last year's art camp roomie, Kelley Walker, of One January Day.

The first instruction we were given in Dawn's class was to set our "intentions." What did I want out of this little journal? Well, this:

You may need to remind me about #1 on that list since, against my better judgement and the vow I made never to do two classes at once again, I have also signed up for Christy Tomlinson's 12 Artsy Ornaments of Christmas class.

The devil made me do it!


Donna Lange said...

Hi Becky, I know just what you mean about taking more than one online class at a time, earlier this year I was taking 4 at one time!! I learned a very valuable lesson. Good luck with your Christmas journal, looks like you have a good start!

Corrine at said...

Looks like great fun is already in the making. I took an Alisa Burke ornaments class last year and never really had time to make anything. This year, none, and might start up again in the new year with something fun. Love that little JOY stamp. xox

LaNell Taylor said...

I told myself I was not doing another one (I signed up for one for Holiday Cards) until after the new year. But.....enabler.LOL
Free and wonderful artist. Love your first page. I'm on board but behind already.

Hill Country Hippie said...

Donna, I saw your post about taking those four classes and couldn't believe it. I almost had a meltdown doing two that just overlapped slightly!

Corrine, I don't blame you for not taking anything right now. You've been one busy girl -- time to relax!

LaNell, HaHa! Happy to be your enabler! One thing I liked was that Dawn said not to try and do this chronologically or try to keep to any kind of schedule. Just hop around and do a bit here and there. That way you can't really be behind!