The time is just flying by. . . .I can't believe our Circle Journal group has just finished creating: our own journal basics and two-page spread (HERE ) PLUS two pages for three other participants (click HERE to see Kathy's of Writer's Reverie) and (HERE for Grace's of Pink in the City) , and here today...the one I'm sharing NOW. . . belongs to our very own Queen of Pink. . . Beverly, of How Sweet the Sound!
Just like me, THE STONE RABBIT is a real Christmas nut, so he was super excited when Beverly's journal arrived. He thought he would "inspire" me if he put on his Santa hat and beard. . .and I do believe he did just that!!
The theme of her journal is CHRISTMAS PAST! We were to "tell a story, share photos" that represent our Christmas Past. Since I don't have old photos of my childhood Christmas times, I decided to represent some of my memories through vintage Christmas images.
I started by writing a "story" to Beverly of some of the memories that I cherish of Christmas time and events when I was small. Of course, being the wordy gal I am, my story was reaching novella length when I realized I needed to "edit". . . a lot, because if I didn't, she would have a journal full of ME and, while I'm sure she would find that fascinating, I'm certain the others, who still needed room to share their own Christmas Pasts would not! :)
SOOOO. . . I just took a few of the special moments I treasure about Christmas and shared them in little snippets. . .illustrated, somewhat, by the graphics I'd gathered.
This process of really thinking about past Christmas times was truly a great journey, Beverly. I knew I had always loved that season. . . and now I realize it was because my parents seemed to make it so magical for us. Even though we did not have a lot of material wealth, we were taught to enjoy the spirit of the season through church activities and family time and communtiy events.
Creating with our hands kept us busy and brought us closer as a family unit. . .we prepared special decorations, gifts, and food. Both of our parents were always "making something". . .so they instilled that "love for creating" through example. Particpation in programs in school and church was a given. I count my blessings to have been in that environment during my younger years.
I didn't add a lot of "embellishment" to my pages. . .maybe it was the lack of room because of all of my words. However, I think I held back because of the simplicity of my pages. They just represented a really simple and sweet time in my life.
Of course, I did glitter up the pictures a bit, because my mom (who was way ahead of Martha Stewart in that department) would have liked that. Also, I added a few old buttons here and there. They are from her button tin.
I just HAD to put a little PINK sequin on the gift tag I placed on the second page! :)
Working on these individual jounals has been such a great experience. With no two alike. . .it's a totally new start each time. . . taking me on such a surprise trip from beginning to end. I am in awe of the creations the other journal members have shared and how incredible each book will be the time they are finished in October!!
You will also be on an incredible journey when you visit Beverly's blog, HOW SWEET THE SOUND, this weekend. There you will find lots of bloggers who are ready to share their PINKS this week. You never know what you will find. . .just a click away!
Happy Pink Saturday!!