JYC 2013 – 5th to 8th December 2013


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Happy Sunday! The weekend is nearly over and I need some time to breath! Help! So much to do – so little time…

Well, here we go with the next pages; I must say: I am quite proud of me, that my pages are all up to date (the only sufferer is my coursework!)

5th December 2013 – Written Communication

Our this year’s main Christmas cards are the ones I bought last year in the sale! They are still alright to use, don’t you think? There are a few people who get personalised cards of course, but I haven’t decided yet. A sample card is going to go onto the envelope, where I also keep the list from last year, including all the addresses. And not to forget – the Christmas Stamps of 2013!

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6th December 2013 – Christmas Cozy

For our Christmas Photo Shoot we chose some of our warmest items to wear, even though it was sunny outside. Tobias was quite determined to wear his red and white bobble hat – but it actually fits perfectly with my red coat!

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7th December 2013 – Sensory Overload

Our Christmas decoration has reached a really reasonable amount of items; it is more than one year ago (when I was on my own on Christmas) and less than two years ago, when Tobias was in charge of decoration :)

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8th December 2013 – Oh Christmas Tree

Our tree is not up yet, we are a bit behind our schedule! But it will be the artificial one, I bought last year.

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That is all I got for you today. I am off to continue writing our Christmas Newsletter and have a big cup of Chai tea!

Hopefully see you all next Friday. Have a good week!

JYC 2013 – Cover & 1st to 4th December 2013


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Happy December everyone! My time is very limited at the moment so I am just concentrating on our Christmas Journal. I dig out an old album (letter-sized) and filled it with different sized page- and pocket-protectors.

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1st December 2013 – Christmas Manifesto

I took Shimelle’s Manifesto as inspiration and just let my thoughts flow. And this is what I came up with:

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On the first of December we also visited the Christmas Market at our local boarding school ‘Clayesmore’ – and it was a bit disappointing again. Lots of stalls with jewellery, handmade soap and other strange things, we do not need necessarily… Oh, how we miss the traditional German Christmas Markets!

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2nd December 2013 – Countdown Memories

All about chocolate Advent calendars…. and this year’s calender was sent by my friend Monika from Germany! Sweet little treat!
We also received a parcel from my SIL with more treats from Germany – all those yummy things from our favourite chemist’s ‘dm Drogerie’ – we really miss this their products!

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3rd December 2013 – Planning Happiness

Tobias was ahead of himself this year! He started planning his Christmas Bakery in mid November, we ordered everything the following week – and I started baking, because he still was to tired after his night shift! Bless him…

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4th December 2013 – The Greatest Gift

Finally, after we had to spend Christmas apart last year, we can celebrate together this year. So I got my greatest gift already!

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How is your Journal coming along? I’ll be back on Sunday with a few more entries!

Taking Sips – Sketch to Scrapbook Page


It has been a while. Yes. I know. But I am still here. And I will be. I promise. Really.

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Today – after I spend some time in the kitchen yesterday to start off some Christmas bakery – I locked myself into my craft room to do some layouts. I am in a Christmassy mood already, so while listening to some lovely Christmas songs I took Shimelle’s newest Sketch to Scrapbook Page and just started!

There are some very old papers used up in this layout – and I finally used one of Maja’s frames she sent me for my birthday a while ago!
The picture is from last year, just before Tobias went off to his last assignment to Africa.
I used some of the strips which were left over from preparing our Christmas Journal (you heard me – I prepared it already!). I didn’t order much stash this year (money is tight); I only got Shimelle’s Christmas in a Box and dived into all my papers from the last Christmases!

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Are you excited for December already?! We can’t wait!

Have a good time everyone!

Setting the Nativity – Frosty Festivities 2013


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Is it this time of the year again? Oh dear – where has the time gone! Welcome to Jennifer’s ‘Frosty Festivities’ Blog Hop 2013 (with a huge prize to win)! She again invited a bunch of lovely people to join in the fun and she is hosting even more the coming weekend. So stay tuned!

You should be coming from Clair and her lovely crafty creations (look at that bead jewellery!!!) if you are in line of the hop. You can always start fresh from the beginning on Jennifer’s Blog.

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I got a layout for you today, which contains a mixture of Christmassy and non-Christmassy products. I just dug into my stash from last year and picked some papers I thought would fit together. The background paper was in Shimelle’s last year’s Christmas Box and all the other things from deep down the patterned paper scraps I could find.

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I always leave some photos of past Christmases in my drawer so I can easily can get into a festive mode with scrapping the memories from the past years. Usually my Christmas Journal doesn’t contain many photos of the current happenings, more of older things so I still have plenty of stories to tell and photos to scrap.

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Blog-Hop-Give-a-way: If you comment on all the blogs in the hop, finishing at http://www.jennifergracecreates.com to let Jennifer know you’ve been all the way around, then you’ll be in with a chance to win a jolly seasonal prize of Simple Stories December Documented and Elle’s Studio Noel items, worth over £28! All entries must be received by Monday the 11th of November at 10.59pm GMT. Your next stop along the hop is the amazing Diane Payne!

Good luck and happy crafting!

Not so much of a Fan – Halloween Scrapbooking Layout


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Happy Halloween to those who celebrate this tradition! Halloween is not so much our cup of tea as we are without children and don’t feel the need to dress up stupidly and creep through the streets of our little village.

So what to do with all the Halloween embellishments that come with most autumnal collection kits? I always have a hard time throwing things away so I avoid it as good as I can. So I had to come up with a different idea: Why not sticking every Halloween embellishment onto ONE SINGLE page?Not so much of a fan - Halloween - Daphne - dapfniedesign - Basic Grey Persimmon

RIght – all is down and I don’t need to bin the stickers, chipboard elements and journaling cards! What a brilliant idea LOLIMG_7280Supplies are all by Basic Grey – Persimmon.

And to all of those who celebrate Halloween today: Keep save in the dark!