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December 7, 2005

Christmas Art Journal Day 7

Thought about this one as I went about my day…kept coming back to the idea of a simple Christmas. In all aspects I want it to  be simple. Simple, loving gifts. Simple meal. Simply us together. I think I must just be really hungry for that right now.

I am off in the very early morning to Scrapbook Xanadu in Indianapolis – three days of classes at three stores. Looking forward to meeting lots of new people and hanging out at my friend Candi’s house. Sushi and beer here I come.

And I hear it may just be snowing there.

No promises of new art journal pages while I am away from home. But you never know…



  • 1.
    Flo said…

    morning :-) we’ve been thinking about simple — one gift for the whole family, activity related… something for later in the year…to do together…
    enjoy your trip! and snow if there’s any…

  • 2.
    Kirstie said…

    Another great page, Ali. It’s awesome of you to share your ideas and thoughts with us all, I know I for one appreciate your ideas, creativity and honesty. I really hope you get the simple Christmas you are dreaming of.
    However, have no fear if you don’t get snow! Down here in New Zealand we are just moving into summer so we can expect sun, sun and more sun for Christmas day (fingers crossed!). I too would *love* to have a white Christmas one day so if you see some snow in Indianpolis, chuck a snow ball for me! :)

  • 3.
    Annemieke said…

    My new addiction?? Check out your blog everyday to see the new pages in your Christmas art Journal!
    I am definelty getting in a Christmas spirit (with rain instead of snow)
    Enjoy your trip!

  • 4.
    Jenn N said…

    “Keeping things simple” – a great reminder as Christmas is only a few weeks away. Loving this page as well.
    Have a safe trip, enjoy the classes and I’m sure you’ll see snow soon. Otherwise, you need to head up here to Canada where we have a ton of it right now.

  • 5.
    Rachel said…

    Awesome “simple” page, Ali! Come on over to Indiana! It’s gonna snow here, you betcha! Can’t wait for the classes tomorrow, must get my homework together! I have to drive 1 1/2 hours from the north to get to Xanadu, so I’m not hoping for a ton of snow, just enough to make the drive beautiful!
    Save travels!!

  • 6.
    Kelli S. said…

    Love the simplicity of this page that reinforces the message. I just saw a forecast for 3-6 inches of snow in Indianapolis. The snow in Philly earlier this week was gone as quickly as it came, but we’re getting 2-4 inches more tonight into tomorrow. Hope your travels are safe and you have a great time!

  • 7.
    Melissa Raphael said…

    Ali, your journal entry hit home today. Things have gotten so crazy with Christmas in the past few years that I needed to step back and take a new perspective. It’s now become my philosophy to keep things simple and enjoy the season. My husband loves the idea, and I know that it will create wonderful traditions for my son Tanner. He won’t remember what gifts he got from year to year, but he’ll remember sitting around the tree with family, playing a game and enjoying each other’s company.

  • 8.
    corinne said…

    Ali you are a true designer at heart! I love to see with what you come up with every day and I am thankfull that you want to share this with us!

  • 9.
    Sharyn (Torm) said…

    This is perfect. I haven’t done my page yet, but in my head it’s going to be about the 3 gifts. We get 3 gifts for our kids (that’s combined…santa and us) One for their hands, one for their mind and one for their heart. That’s all we need, right?
    Have a safe journey.

  • 10.
    Lu said…

    Safe trip and snow is coming to the midwest. you might het a few good picture opportunities.

  • 11.
    Valerie said…

    Be safe – have fun…take LOTS of snow pictures!!

  • 12.
    t said…

    ali-these pages are amazing. truly inspiring. you are totally inspiring to me.

  • 13.
    Angi B said…

    AMEN, sistah

  • 14.
    betsy said…

    Again, I am awed by your designs and ideas and how they are put on the page. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing.
    I am still working on this page for me-loving every minute I get to spend on the art journal class. Thank you for mentioning it in your blog. I got Shimelle’s email and put it aside and didn’t think about it too much. One of the best things is that I am not obsessing over every detail of Christmas to make it the perfect day-isn’t every day perfect?
    Side note: we have a freezer with frozen snow balls so we can get our snow fix here in Portland-it isn’t the same, but it helps my kids.

  • 15.
    Megan said…

    Have to say, I agree with you about the simple gifts. So easy to get too carried away. We always held to the three gift rule…The kids know if it was good enough for Jesus, it’s good enough for them. …but no gold frankincense or myrrh! and I don’t make Grandparents stick to that rule…I decided it was a hill I wasn’t willing to die on. Told myself it’s their job to spoil. Have a great day!

  • 16.
    Amy Zarrella said…

    I am all over this page and this idea of SIMPLE. I might lift this page word for word, thought for thought, for my CJ. I am behind 2 days and have been thinking about what I wanted to do with my shopping page. Thanks again Ali for your amazing inspiration.
    PS we are getting 8-12″ of snow here in MA tomorrow. You are welcome to come and shovel! Have a safe trip.

  • 17.
    Shannon Snyder said…

    Beautifully simple and striking. And the words are perfect. We have started to do less gifts and I cant believe the amount of stress it relieves doing so. Thanks for the reminder.

  • 18.
    Nikki Workman said…

    I couldn’t agree with you more! Such a powerful message to a quantity crazed society!
    We use a formula called the gift of the wisemen to simplify Christmas. Three gifts. That represent the gifts to baby Jesus…Gold – A gift of learning, Frankinsense – A gift of Clothing, and Myrhh – a gift of fun. It has really helped us focus on meaningful symbolic gifts and let the rest be about the gathering of loved ones.

  • 19.
    Kim said…

    Thanks for doing the art journal and taking the time to share. It’s one of my early Christmas presnts. So Thank you & hope you are blessed with some snow :.

  • 20.
    KimP said…

    LOVE this page – I like how yours is a cohesive project – mine is kind of all over the place style wise (working off prompts does that to me). I’m so with you on the simple Christmas idea – we really don’t NEED so much STUFF. (even if we like opening it up)
    Have a great trip to Indy and wishing some snow for you :)

  • 21.
    Jen said…

    wow..i love this..the simpicity is just beautiful!!
    sushi and beer….YUM!! lucky you!!
    i’m crossing my fingers for snow for you!!

  • 22.
    Krista said…

    Yes…there is snow coming….LOTS of snow coming….
    We are expecting 4-7 inches in the Indianapolis area…your wish for snow has been granted courtesy of the crazy Midwest winters…have a safe flight and I will see you Sunday….I am sure that you are thrilled…LOL!
    Happy Travels….

  • 23.
    Tammy said…

    Ali…I’ve so been enjoying your art journal about Christmas…it is so awesome! If I had more time I’d love to do it myself. I love the message of this page the best…I think I’m requiring this to…keeping it simple…love it!

  • 24.
    Muriel said…

    It is so true that we must remember to keep it simple. I love your design. Can’t wait to see more.

  • 25.
    Becca said…

    Oh, Ali.
    May I learn from your example and be less about the ‘stuff’ next year (it’s too late this year!) and more about the love.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  • 26.
    Kim Goldman said…

    So excited…see you on Sun at the Greenwood Store. My birthday present to me , along with a few other goodies!
    It’s snowing here now (Kentucky) but not much sticking, which didn’t keep them from closing schools early.

  • 27.
    Lisa Russell said…

    I love your daily Christmas journal pages! It is like my own personal advent calendar. Hope you can still post them while you are gone, but that is ok if you can’t. lol. Tell Candi (if it is Candi G.) we miss her over at 2peas!

  • 28.
    Megan said…

    Beautiful work Ali! I’m so amazed how you find time to do this every day! Just got my latest CK issue – LOVE the new Studio A article. I always enjoy seeing your work – so inspiring! :)

  • 29.
    Jacoba said…

    Love the concept of a simple Christmas – seems to be so easy to get so caught up in things! Have a great trip – we’ll miss your posts! J

  • 30.
    emilyruth said…

    when i first read your journaling i thought it said “chill. be the tree” & i thought ‘oh well, she’s really wanting to commune with nature this year’ then i realized it says ‘chil BY the tree’…i guess that makes more sense:)…though on the really busy days you may find me closing my eyes & saying ‘be the tree. be the tree’:)….love your pages (as always:)…em

  • 31.
    Kate said…

    I’m all over simple these days- so important. Makes life more about what is and not what you have. Love this page Ali!!

  • 32.
    Stephanie said…

    well, it’s snowed. a ton, it feels like. so you’ll get your wish. ;) safe travels, and i hope that the hoosier hospitality lives up to its name. :D

  • 33.
    Melane said…

    Wonderful Ali… love your simplicity ! ;-)

  • 34.
    marlo said…

    Great page!
    Have fun at Xanadu!! It’s an awesome, awesome store. I think a few of my good friends will be there. I’m jealous I’m not.

  • 35.
    Jennie said…

    Perfect timing to come to Indy if you’re wanting snow! Hope your flight made it in okay…my usual 40-minute drive home from work took me 3.5 hours tonight! :-) See you Saturday!

  • 36.
    erin said…

    ahhh, to have a life like yours ali! how wonderful… i totally aspire to do some of the things you’re doing!!! hope to meet you some day, i hear you’re a wonderful girl! maybe i’ll get to see you at vegas cha…

  • 37.
    Andrea W. said…

    I love the simple holidays – for a few years now we haven’t been giving gifts to our children on the 25th – but on the 31st. The grandparents and aunties and uncles have always showered them with gifts ~ so our gift to them got losted in all the commotion. They also do a simple sibling gift exchange on the 31st, the children get so excited to spend New Year’s with Mama and Dada! Sorry to ramble on, I’m just reminising!

  • 38.
    Brianna said…

    Have fun! I so wish I could get inspired to scrapbook again.

  • 39.

    this is looking absolutley gorgeous Ali, so wish I ahd signed up now, cant wait to see the next page
    anna x

  • 40.
    Stevie said…

    I couldn’t agree more with you! I love this album you’re making too ~ thank you for inspiring us! Blessings to you and yours this holiday season!

  • 41.
    Juliette said…

    thank you for inspiring us! I love this album !! and i love come everyday to see the new pages in your Christmas albumm ! A small France hello, where it does not snow!!

  • 42.
    Holly McCaig said…

    This is great Ali….gosh, I feel like such a sucker all behind! DANG! You inspire me girl!

  • 43.
    patry Francis said…

    My soul is hungering for “simple” too. Have had far too much of overpriced, impersonal, forced, false and complicated. Give me simple, please!

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