Friday, December 21, 2012

Thoughts and a new(ish) journal page

These are difficult days.  I've come to the conclusion that I don't know how to write about the horrible events in Newtown last week, but I feel the need to acknowledge the heartbreak.  It's a forever kind of heartbreak, perched upon a tall stack of previous heartbreaks.  My heart goes out to all of the families in Newtown, and beyond, who are suffering unfathomable loss.


There was snow on the ground this morning.  It's gone now, but it was nice to see a hint of white on top of green grass.  When I was a kid, it felt like all our Christmases were white.  Now -- not so much.  (Although I think it's snowing in other parts of Canada today.)  I love the snow.  I love the way a heavy snowfall mutes colour and noise.  For better or worse, it slows everything down to a crawl.  It gets in the way and makes it awfully difficult to be super-busy and efficient.  It would be nice to slow down a little, don't you think?

I wanted to post one last journal page before the end of the year, just in case you find a quiet moment or two to reflect.  If you've missed my last few posts, you might not know that I've been working on overhauling my journal pages.  The first two revamped pages are here and here.  Number three is ready to go.  As with the other new(ish) pages, some parts are exactly the same and other parts are brand new.  This is the colourful version . . .

. . . and this is the colour-it-yourself option:

If you'd like one for yourself, you'll find it here (colour-free) and here (colourful).

Friends, I wish you all a happy holiday season and happy new year.  See you again in 2013.



  1. I was thinking about writing you to wish you a merry Christmas. Thank you for the great journal posts. I agree that snow seems to insulate a person from the business we know as life. It is nice to take a step back, pause and ponder our lives. I don't know what to say about Newtown either. I pray people will work together to prevent it from repeating.

  2. Have a Merry Christmas Christie!

  3. Thank you for your lovely posts and great journal pages. I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas

  4. Merry Christmas! Thanks for the journal pages - they are not only thought-provoking but aso a lot of fun to use!

  5. very thoughtful...Merry Christmas and God bless you!

  6. I just found you via Pinterest and have fallen in love with your journal pages. I downloaded every one and can't wait to print and start journalling! Thank you so much for sharing these.

  7. I stumbled upon your blog and journalling pages tonight via a pin on pinterest. (
    I am in awe of your wisdom, creativity & zest. You've inspired me to embrace these pages for 2013... to move away from all of the time I've been spending "plugged-in", so that I can take some time to do what I once used to do so often... write. I cannot thank you enough.
    All the best in 2013!

  8. I found your blog today via a link on a forum. Very glad I did.

    I just wanted to say thank you for sharing your skills and creativity. I've printed out the first couple of pages to start my 2013 journal.


  9. Hi! I think you are so amazing! Even more amazing for sharing all the hard work that you put into these pages with us, the less talented! I just completed my first SMASH BOOK and am ready to begin my second one. I am teaching a class at church tonight at how to SMASH and am providing the link to you blog.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your hard work! I will be visiting often and can't wait to see what you do next!

    Thanks again,

  10. I found your site through Pintrest- you have an amazing talent! I've always had a hard time simply writing or keeping a journal up, but your journal pages are so interesting and really give one something actually interesting to write about. Thank you for sharing your talent! I'll be following you frequently now.


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