Friday, January 9, 2015

Toward a Simpler 2015

Christmas is over, but here is a scrapbook page that gives you a peek at how I decorated for Christmas 2014.

Supplies: border stickers, alphabet stickers, journaling card, die cuts, & flair badge from October Afternoon; doily from Royal; photo mat paper from Provo Craft; striped background paper from Little Yellow Bicycle; check list sticker from Bella Blvd; pens from Zig; upcycled tabletop confetti snowflakes.

Have you put your holiday decorations away?  Some people like to put them away quickly, while others like to leave them out for quite awhile.  I fall somewhere in the middle, usually putting my Christmas decorations away the first weekend after New Year's.  This year, I didn't have much to put away...

As the journaling on this layout indicates, our family didn't put up our big tree for Christmas 2014.  We all had bad colds at the beginning of December, and decorating just seemed like too much of a hassle.  So we put out Santa Bear and a tiny tabletop tree instead.

I kind of feel like this sticker was made for this page.  :)

You know what?  I actually liked the simplicity of not decorating much for Christmas.  I'm not saying that I'll do it this way every Christmas, but it is nice to go easy on yourself every now and then.

Blog-wise, I am also simplifying.  My life is about to get a lot busier, as I'll be taking a graduate course during spring semester.  Some of my normal blogging time is going to turn into study time.  Basically, there will be three changes to my blog: 
  1. I'll still be blogging, just not as often.  
  2.  I won't be seeking any design team positions at this time.
  3. I'll still write monthly destashing posts, but they will no longer be scheduled for the tenth of each month.
Simple can be good, and I'm looking forward to this new year.  I hope you'll stick with me as my blog changes and evolves.  No matter what happens, my love for papercrafts will never change.  :) 


Ann Dolina said...

Simpler is a good thing. I'll be excited to hear about your graduate class - what fun! I'm glad you're not cutting out your monthly destash posts as they are my favorites.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Sorry to read you had been sick. I hope you didn't have what I got. Although I didn't start out sick when I got my decorations out the weekend after Thanksgiving, I wanted to simplify this year, too. I realize I am the only one who appreciates the work I put into decorating my home for Christmas each year, so I cut way, way back, too. Neither of the cats cared how many fru frus I used, as long as their food and water bowls were full. And, like your pointing out "lots of love," that's what I felt and tried to provide at Christmas this year. And of course, it was MUCH easier to put the decorations away, too.

It may have been a sparse Christmas from a decorating standpoint at your house, but the scrapbook page you created was over the top with beauty and layering. I loved it.

Glad to read you are headed back to school. It's never too late to get that advanced degree. I'm proud of you. I can say that, because I've spent over half my life going to school! Not to worry. I'll still be around whenever I see you have posted. Love your recycling and destashing efforts.

Patricia said...

a beautiful layout !

Carol L said...

Making like simple and easy is a good thing! It gives you more time to re-connect as a family and spend quality time together! I wish we'd have an electronic-less day every month where everyone stops using their devices and visits someone for a face-to-face chat! Best wishes with your new graduate courses, and I hope you feel much better in the new year!

Caz said...

Oh good luck with the graduate course! very exciting! I hope you are feeling better now, I had a bad cough for 3 weeks from just before Christmas! We still put our tree up as its my pride and joy but we didnt put much else up! Was still nice though! x

Lynette Jacobs said...

Sometimes a simpler life is just what the doctor ordered. I will still be following your blog. xx

Mary Jo Rhoda said...

Fun page and I am with you on simple!!
I stopped design teams last October and it was a great decision for me.
Good luck with your graduate class!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

What a fun layout!!! Love it!