Happy Monday! We spent the weekend celebrating Christmas with my son (a week early) because we’ll be spending our actual Christmas Day with Tom’s family this year and we wanted Nicholas to have plenty of time to play with his goodies.
As a result I took the entire weekend off from my computer completely – except for a little bit of recipe browsing last night on my laptop. By this morning I had the jitters, though.
I extended the sale on Page Turner through the day today since I was absent all weekend. You can still save 20% through tomorrow.
I’ll start off by saying that I was in LOVE with all the comments on my giveaway. So many of you shared your own experiences, in childhood and adulthood, that revolved around a love of reading.
One of my favorites, by SusanL:
“My favourite childhood memory is of unexpectedly meeting my father when I was walking home from school. I was about 5 (way back in the distant past before cars were invented), and he was on the way to the library. He took me along and signed me up for my library card. The first book I took out was Mrs Tiggywinkle by Beatrix Potter. And that was it – the start of a lifelong love affair.”
And there were several of you who shared that you haven’t quite talked yourself into taking the plunge into an eReader because you would miss the actual feel of a book in your hands while reading – which is something I completely understand because I had the same concern. I do still pick up the occasional hardcover book, and I’m no stranger to the library, because there really is something about holding a physical book in your hands that’s comforting and familiar.
That being said, there’s also something about being able to read a really trashy, sappy chick book in the middle of a crowded waiting room without anyone knowing. Haha.
But let’s get to the good stuff, shall we?
Page Turner is now available in my store! And it’s 20% off through Sunday, no coupons necessary. I’d love to see what you create with it so make sure to post it in my gallery at Oscraps so I can sneak a peek.
Page Turner Giveaway
Congratulations to Jessica H, the winner of the Page Turner Giveaway here on my blog. I’ve emailed you with instructions on how to claim your prize.
I hope you all have a happy, safe and healthy weekend leading up to the big Christmas holiday! Maybe find some alone time to curl up with a good book? <wink>
JOURNALING: dec. 11 & 12: For a while I thought it might never stop snowing, it showed no signs of letting up. The forecast predicted 12-15” of snow originally, but it wound up being 22-inches by the time Sunday morning arrived. The news channels dubbed it “The Blizzard of 2010” which was an easy bet since there are only three weeks left in the year. It took the snowplows three days to get everyone plowed out – I haven’t seen a storm like this since I was a kid. | The relentless wind drove a snowdrift almost 5-feet high right up to our living room window, which makes turning on the Christmas decorations rather pointless. We decided to leave it there for a few days so Nicholas can be the one to knock it down. | Tom announced that the snowblower has officially paid for itself with this one snowfall, saving him from having a coronary incident while trying to shovel out the end of the driveway after the plow went through. Any lingering remorse we may have had about purchasing it (which wasn’t much!) was alleviated this weekend.
MATERIALS: Home for the Holidays by Catrine Hallingstad; Fonts are Mr. Sheffield, Orator and Neutraface 2.
About This Project
A Year of Weekends is an ongoing album project that embodies my desire to stay grounded in the everyday unsung moments that make up the weekends of my life while also giving me a playground to express myself through design and storytelling – without any pressure to be poignant or a trendsetter. My goal is to always design these pages around products I already own or designed myself, which allows me to revisit some of my favorite kits and products and either use items for the first time or see previously used products in a whole new light. Sometimes the pages will be irreverent, other times they’ll be serious or emotional, but all of them are created in celebration of the extraordinarily ordinary moments that fill the 48 hours of each weekend.
Feel free to join in and post links to your own pages in the comments. Don’t worry about what products you use, all stories are welcome.
I consider myself something of a bibliophile, having always had a burning desire to acquire piles and piles of books. Books to read right now, books to read “someday”, books I think other people might like – even books with pretty covers. I’m the sort of person who can’t go to the library and just check out one book. I always check out at least three, and then only get a chance to read one. But there’s comfort in walking out those doors with a nice, substantial armload of books.
About two years ago I got my hands on a Sony eReader (I even scrapped it here) because our bookshelves began to runneth over, and also because I’m impatient and become intrigued with a book on a whim and must have it right! now! So the eReader has done nothing to curb my obsession with acquiring books – but it has saved our bookshelves from collapsing under the pressure of them. Books are the one thing that I tell Nicholas I will always buy for him – he doesn’t have to save up his allowance or beg and plead. When he mentions a book that he wants we’re in the car and on the way to Borders. He’s nearing the age where I’m toying with the idea of an eReader of his own. Between the two of us, our “digital” bookshelves will be awe-inspiring.
We’re book lovers. How about you and your little ones?
Page Turner Giveaway
To enter for your chance to win this digital kit, simply leave a comment below by Wednesday, December 15th at 11:59pm (midnight) EST. You can improve your odds of winning by posting about this giveaway on Twitter, on Facebook, on your blog, on the phone with your mom or in line at the supermarket. Just make sure you come back here and post links in the comments section (please post as a new comment each time) so every entry counts towards your chances to win.
I will announce the winner on my blog and in my newsletter on Thursday, December 16th – with the debut of Page Turner.
I had some time this weekend to sit down and create a few more pages for my 12 Days Holiday Album. This time I wanted to document what has become a tradition in our house – the Lego Advent calendar. I don’t think it would feel like Christmas without it at this point.
I used the “Day 11” pages from my 12 Days Template Album because I had six photos to showcase and quite a bit of journaling I wanted to do. Mixing and matching is the name of the game. This is the design out of the box:
I didn’t modify much at all this time, other than to drag the “2” ornament from the original “2” template onto my page and remove the journaling line (I never did color well inside the lines).
This is the epitome of keeping it simple, the majority of my time on this two-page spread was actually spent deciding which photos to use and then writing out my story. Another holiday tradition documented in under an hour.
MATERIALS: Templates from 12 Days Template Album, Papers from Pear Tree, tag and “some assembly required” word art from Creator, by One Little Bird; 24 stamp from P365 Calendar by ON Designs (retired); Fonts are Neutraface Slab and Neutraface 2 by House Industries.
About This Project
The 12 Days Holiday Album is a compilation of holiday traditions and special moments that paint the picture of our holiday season as it happens. Because December is a busy time of year. I designed a template album for my project well in advance so that when I flipped the calendar over to December I wouldn’t feel overwhelmed with the idea of getting started, this way I can focus my time and attention on choosing the photos + words that best document our Christmas 2010.
Feel free to join in and post links to your own pages in the comments or in the One Little Bird Flickr Pool.