Reset. Renew. Restore. Revive. Refresh. Reenergize. Refill. All of those things, I am gifting to myself in January.
The days and weeks seem to pass at an incredible speed, especially when we transition into the Holidays. I don’t participate in “Black Fridays” and “Cyber Mondays”, because – to me – the holidays aren’t about shopping and gifting “things”. They are about giving and gifting of myself, my time, and most importantly, using and sharing the gifts that the Lord has blessed me with. Volunteering, crocheting baby blankets for the Women’s Shelter, chemo hats for the hospital’s cancer unit, etc……….I have a desire to fulfill these needs as a part of my own personal “ministry” during the holiday season.
I have opted to take a break from several blogs in January of the new year. Those blog trains are:
– Scrapping Your Heart Out
– We Believe
I will pick those back up in February. I will continue to participate in the January Scraptwist Blog Train, and the Scrap Designer’s Blog Train.
The Pixelscrapper Blog Train theme for this month is “Retro Holly Jolly”. It would have been a perfect opportunity to put together some 50’s and 60’s papers and elements for you, but – I put together what I could. If you visit the Pixelscrapper Blog Train Forum, you’ll find a wealth of creative kits that reflect this month’s great theme.
We have a lot of fun in the Scraptwist Forum every month. It’s a great place for learning and sharing – and getting free stuff! This month’s theme is “Thinking of You”, and I had to try my hand at drawing a bear with my shape and warp tools. I have a lot to learn about forming animals in my photoshop program, but I hope with practice I will improve. I also tried my hand at designing “flat” elements, like flowers. Normally I stick with more realistic items, but I liked the creativity that went into designing what my own world of flowers might look like, in the flat style. Hey, please visit the blog train role for the Scraptwist Designers, at the end of my download links.
If you participate in my December challenges over at the Scraptwist Forum, you will receive these free corresponding mini-kits:
And finally, I ask if you have any opinion about writing or receiving Christmas Letters. Do you write a letter to distant friends and relatives, summarizing the happenings of the year?