Shimelle's annual Journal Your Christmas class has been an important part of my seasonal celebration. In 2011, thanks to lovely long holidays from university, coupled with being very organised, I was able to complete a daily entry in my journal, and LOVED the result. You can see my 2011 journal here, here and here.
Last year was a different story. I had just started in my first proper teaching job, and had applied to complete my teaching diploma (involving mountains of paperwork and planning, along with an impending inspector visit). I had no album, few festive supplies and extremely limited time. But I still wanted to journal my Christmas, so I decided on a whim to chop up some old Christmas and non-Christmas papers into 4x6 inch rectangles, and gather some assorted supplies into a pizza box for my own little kit.
Honestly, even though it's simple, even though I didn't respond to many of the prompts, even though it's short, I love how it turned out and I'm so glad I finished it. I like that it reflects and captures the unique little details of my Christmas last year, from preparing for a Christmas musical to working Christmas eve in the butchers, to visiting the famous English markets in Cork with the hanging plucked turkeys. I love that I have a record of these moments, and looking at my 2012 album, I already so excited for this year!
P.S. I have put the entries in collages rather than showing you single photos of each page, because it would take FOREVER to upload them at decent quality without compressing too much! Plus you'd probably be totally bored of scrolling down! :D