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Scrapbooking in 2016

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Happy New Year! We’ve been out for our traditional New Year walk and yet somehow have become so practical that it included a stop for groceries. That’s thrilling trivia, I realise, but I tell you this because the important part is the cupboards were not entirely empty. This was not buying groceries in a panic to get something two hours after a regular time for lunch, but a stop to get what we needed for tomorrow and the day that follows. And that, dear friends, is a huge difference to life on the first day of this new year compared to 365 days ago.

scrapbook page by shimelle laine @ shimelle.com

I know twelve weeks of baking posts here was a bit off topic, but it started to get my mind set in a good place again: making, sharing, keeping a schedule. I don’t care that I didn’t win – I baked something for every one of the twelve challenges. I didn’t just start and get overwhelmed by the rest of life partway through.

scrapbook page by shimelle laine @ shimelle.com

More on topic, however, has been Journal your Christmas. All the years of this class, and this year was the first that I have filmed and shared the making of my entire book. It’s not quite finished yet (class finishes on the sixth) but there is a video for every day, and my album is more complete at this point than it has been in years. Again, it’s a turning point for making, sharing, keeping a schedule. Only this time it hasn’t been weekly efforts, but daily posts. And while there may have been a few nights when I really wasn’t sure if I could keep on top of everything, it has worked! It’s been an actual joy. I cannot begin to explain how happy this makes me feel.

scrapbook page by shimelle laine @ shimelle.com

I’ve never lost my love of pretty paper, but having a messy-from-working (as opposed to messy-from-stacking) desk this December has made me swoon. Cutting and pasting and stitching and stapling and stamping and layering and writing and painting… YES. YES TO ALL.

scrapbook page by shimelle laine @ shimelle.com

But I’m learning from this slow path back to productivity. I’m not announcing anything. No big packed schedule. No massive intentions with no wriggle room that lead me to tears and disappointment on a day that I can’t make things happen as I imagine. Instead: I am here. I am making stuff. I want to share.

scrapbook page by shimelle laine @ shimelle.com

That’s enough for a New Year declaration, right?

Oh. Wait. Okay.
I’ll announce one thing.

I hope 2016 is feeling positive for you too.

01 January 2016



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132 Comments for Scrapbooking in 2016

  1. Michelle okeefe Says:

    Fabulous ! Happy new year to us all ! Can’t wait

  2. Rosa Neno Says:

    Happy New Year to you and yours!! God Bless you all!!
    Your news of GG returning to us all every Wednesday is thrilling! I’m so excited for you and me! Wednesday is my day off from the office (I’m a scrapping internal medicine doc) and I always looked forward to your videos in the past on my day off. Now I can put my feet up, warm beverage handy, and scrap with you once a week again.
    Thank you!
    You made this NJ gal pretty psyched today!

  3. Wendy Says:

    Yay!!! can not wait!!!

  4. Adel Says:

    Hurray! The crafting world will have their glittery heroine again. Sparkle and shine on!

  5. Lynsey Warren Says:

    Yay I can’t wait for Wednesday’s! Love the video reminded me of Wonder Woman when I was little but better! xx

  6. Debbie Says:

    HOORAY! The scrapbook world is safe again!

  7. Liselott Says:

    Happy happy that glittergirl is coming back. I’ve been looking on the glitter girl videos again all autumn, they are so inspirational.and now new ones! Looking forward to wendneysdays…

  8. Angela Runkel Says:

    Happy New Year! And I am so excited. What a way to ring in the new year!

  9. Amy Says:

    Way cool video!! Exciting!

  10. Sarah Says:

    Just 1 thing to say …. Yeeesssss!!!

  11. Tilla Says:

    Happiness all over my face ! Yeah ! And may 2016 be an amazing year for you and your loved ones !

  12. Loydene Says:

    C.U.T.E video! Glad to hear of the return of GG and that you have come to the “coping” part of toddlerhood!
    Would still love to see your hosting of the former 2Ps workshops – especially Survival Guide (I believe that is the one you said holds the 3 page Potter costumes layout!) AND — I have especially loved Journal Your Christmas this year – I’ve enjoyed seeing your book come together!

  13. Sue Says:

    Happy happy happy.x

  14. Cynthia Larson Says:

    Ha cute video. So looking forward to the return of Glitter Girl. ***Awesome Sauce***

  15. Tamara Says:

    All is right in the scrapbook world again, how she has been missed! Thank you for bringing her back i know that is a lot of work for you.

  16. Julianna Says:

    Woohoo!!!! What excellent news. Have loved JYC this year and so happy to hear you feel like you’re hitting a good groove with making & sharing these days.

  17. Tracy Says:

    So excited for the return of GG. So thankful for your skills, wit and willingness to make and to share. My first JYC and I have enjoyed everyday that I get to create alongside you.

  18. Kathleen Says:

    Fabulous news!

  19. Susanne Says:

    How lovely this turn of events must be for you, and how exciting for us!

  20. Lauren Says:

    Yay! So glad she’s back, and you are feeling the joy of creating!

  21. Lynne Rudolph Says:

    OMG, I love you, Shimelle! What a fab announcement! Can’t wait!

  22. Kim Says:

    Yay! GG is back! Loved the video!

  23. Teresa Says:

    Hooray!!! So excited for the return of Glitter Girl! I have missed her so. Many happy returns in the new year!

  24. Berta Says:

    So glad to have GG back in 2016! She has been missed!

  25. Vickie Lee Says:

    Totally AWESOME!!

  26. Marnie Says:

    Hip hip hip hooray for glitter girl!!!!

  27. Misty C Murphy Says:

    That is the best video ever. So much fun. I’ll be waiting for that special Wednesday!

  28. Janette Says:

    Oh happy day!!!! Yessssss!!!!

  29. Peggy Says:

    That’s the funnest, happiest, most wonderful news ALL YEAR! :) Loved the video and looking forward to a whole buncha fun videos to gobble up!

  30. Jo Says:

    hahahahahahaha! awesome :) Happy New Year!

  31. Pam Says:

    Happy New Year for Us! Shimelle, I can’t tell you how happy this makes me! Paper, adhesives, embellishments, and photos. I am so ready!

  32. Jane Says:

    Love the video. Happy New Year Shimelle and of course Glitter Girl

  33. Jamie Hensley Says:

    Wonderful news!

  34. Sarah Says:

    Wow…You rock. Wednesday’s can’t come round soon enough! Happy days and happy New Year!!

  35. Tracie Says:

    Happy New Year! And best news ever!!!

  36. Beckygotch Says:

    Great video and great news!

  37. Nancy Says:

    oh hooray hooray!!!! This is wonderful news

  38. Leticia Says:

    That is the greatest news ever!

  39. bea Says:

    OMG!! I have missed Glitter Girl so. Best New Year’s news.

  40. Debbie Says:

    My husband just ran downstairs to see why I was screamimg! SOOO excited. I’ve missed GlitterGirl immensely! Happy New Year and happy “re-birth”, Shimelle/Glitter Girl!

  41. Sandy Lewis Says:

    Welcome back Glitter Girl! You have been sorely missed. Shimelle – you are my inspiration. I will welcome you back one day a week or every day. It matters not to me. So long as I can see an occasional video from you, I will be more productive and much happier!

  42. DeAnna Yaritz Says:

    Ha! That video was awesome. You make scrapbooking so cool :) glad she’s back!!

  43. Alex Says:

    I’m very excited about GG’s return and totally love the video. Seriously jelly of GG’s pink 8Ups!!

  44. ginny Says:

    Yay!!!! Happy Wednesdays in 2016!

  45. BunnyD Says:

    OMGOMGOMG!!! Way cool video and I’m over the moon excited that Glitter Girl is back! Wednesday was my favourite day because of that cute voice and brilliant scrappy advice! Hip Hip Horray!

  46. Rossella Says:

    Yes!!!!!! This is a great news to start the year!

  47. Angela Says:

    I am so excited I can’t wait. YAY

  48. Isa S Says:

    Omg! I could cry I’m so happy! GG is what brought me back to scrapbooking after 2 years of a rut. She helped me find my style and reminded me why I love this hobby so much. I am overjoyed!! Welcome back GG!!

  49. Isa S Says:

    Omg! I could cry I’m so happy! GG is what brought me back to scrapbooking after 2 years of a rut. She helped me find my style and reminded me why I love this hobby so much. I am overjoyed!! Welcome back GG!!

  50. Isa S Says:

    Omg! I could cry I’m so happy! GG is what brought me back to scrapbooking after 2 years of a rut. She helped me find my style and reminded me why I love this hobby so much. I am overjoyed!! Welcome back GG!!

  51. Gloria Says:

    Yayyyyy!!!! I can’t wait shimelle, I’m thrilled with the news. I’ve missed GG so much!!! Thanks for this and cheers for a great 2016:)

  52. Angie Challis Says:

    Happy new year to you and yours GG back yeh looking forward to that xxx

  53. Cindy Says:

    Yay! I’ve missed Glitter Girl so much! Can’t wait! Happy New Year!

  54. Patti Says:

    This gave me goosebumps!

  55. Chele Says:

    Oh.Em. Gee!!! Best news of the year lol. Seriously, very pleased to read this. Also, this has been my third year of JYC and I love watching the video’s each day, I know this must be a huge commitment for you (and your family!) so just wanted to say thank you xxx

  56. Cathy Roark Says:

    How wonderful! Happy New Year to you and your sweet family! And can I just say: This video has me smiling so BIG! I love it!

  57. Cathy Roark Says:

    How wonderful! Happy New Year to you and your sweet family! And can I just say: This video has me smiling so BIG! I love it!

  58. Sandy Says:

    ¡Feliz 2016! ¡Hurra! Vuelven las aventuras de GG llenas de purpurina, ideas y mucha inspiración. ¡Muchísimas gracias por hacer este gran esfuerzo! Hasta pronto :D

  59. soonymary Says:

    fabulous!!!! ♥♥♥

  60. Kristie Shreffler Says:

    You just made my (New) Year! Welcome back Glitter Girl!

  61. Kirsten Says:

    Yippy hooray! I’ve missed GG, and was really aware of that as I’ve watched your JYC videos. Fun announcement :)

  62. Sharon Says:

    Happy New Years to you and your family. This is the best news – welcome back GG.

  63. 3kidmama Says:

    Love the announcement! This world NEEDS some more GG about now!

  64. Kim Says:

    Yay!!! Awesome news!

  65. Lisa Says:

    Yay GG! Love the boots :-)

  66. Ashrene Says:

    Yay!!! What a fantastic way to start off the new year! Wishing you and your family all the best in life for 2016!

  67. Crystal Says:

    I absolutely loved this video!! So fun!
    Can’t wait to see what you have in store next.

  68. Kathy Says:

    Woo hoo!! So happy!!!!

  69. Julie Says:

    Yay! I love GG, and Wednesday is my day off. Result!!

  70. Pam P Says:

    Yes! Yes Yes Yes!

  71. Noell Hyman Says:

    Ha ha! I LOVE it!

  72. Mary M. Says:

    BEST. VIDEO. EVER.
    I’m so happy to hear you’re feeling productive and happy. This sounds much like my life lately except that I haven’t found my groove yet. But I’m also making plans for 2016 and hoping for some new, happy productivity! =)

  73. Laura Says:

    You have no idea how much this makes me happy! You have transformed my scrapbooking style and made me passionate about scrapbooking again. So excited from Ottawa, Canada!

  74. gina Says:

    Wonderful news! Such inspirational videos that always gave me great new ideas and got my mojo going.

  75. Roma Says:

    You just made my year!!!

  76. Clauscrap Says:

    Happy new year shimelle! And so cool to see glitter girl coming back this year. I’m looking forward to this

  77. Lisa H Says:

    I think the whole scrappy world is cheering at this news! Happy New Year to you and your family!

  78. Coventryann Says:

    Love the video

  79. Chelsea Says:

    Yes! I was hoping on the last episode of PRT this is what you were hinting at ! Can’t wait!!

  80. Susannah Thompson Says:

    OMG how exciting is this! Glitter Girl was my first introduction to you and I am SO glad I found you.

  81. Alison Says:

    Happy New Year Shimelle! So happy you are finding your groove and some joy again. And Glitter Girl vids? Swoon! It will be so good to see her again! It’s going to be a fantastic year!

  82. maria Says:

    Happy New Year to you & your family Shimelle. Wonderful news about Glitter Girl returning! Now Wednesdays will be worth living again! Maria

  83. Anne-Liesse Says:

    I am so very excited!! This makes a super happy new year, indeed!! Thank you for bringing her back.
    Anne-Liesse

  84. Daphne Says:

    Fantastic! I know where I’ll be on Wednesdays.

  85. Becky Says:

    I cannot begin to express how ecstatically happy this news makes me!!!! I’m beyond thrilled! Thank you for sharing this exciting news to kick off the new year with creative hopes!!!

  86. Lorraine R Says:

    This video made me giddy with excitement, not just the announcement – but the way the announcement was put together, with creativity, fun and mystery. CAN NOT WAIT!,

  87. Mary Says:

    That’s the best new years present. I’ve missed GG so much and my Wed fix

  88. Sabrina S. Says:

    Nothing could make me happier for this new year!! YAY Glitter Girl!!!! xoxo

  89. Cyndi Says:

    Happy New Year! Welcome back GG!

  90. Rachel Tomlinson Says:

    I’ve been doing JYC for five years (and tried Dec Daily this year but went back to JYC). Never seen GG but excited to be part of it now!

  91. Marie Worthing Says:

    Happy 2016!!! Great news about GG. I found you through her not long ago. So glad that she is coming back :)

  92. Beth R Says:

    Besides this being the best news I’ve heard in 2016, the video was the perfect way to announce the return of Glitter Girl ! Adorable as always. Looking forward to Wednesdays !

  93. Donna Bolen Says:

    Great news getting a little GG every Wed. It will make every week special. The video was super glittery cute.

  94. linda Says:

    Lovely to hear all the goodness and can totally relate to the happy feelings of getting some things done after the shock of motherhood! hah! i’m on kid #2 and still have many days of feeling so bogged down, but slowly and surely I get better at handling it all! My best to you. Oh, and excited that GG is coming back too!!!

  95. Kelly Says:

    Yay! So glad to hear that Glitter Girl is coming back.

  96. Jen D. Says:

    Happy New Year! I am so excited about Glitter Girl’s return. What a great video announcement…you are so creative. Wishing you a wonderful 2016!

  97. Billie Says:

    Happy New Year! Looking forward to more scrapbooking and fun projects.

  98. Elaine Says:

    I am so happy for you and selfishly-so very happy for us, your fans!! Happy New Year!!

  99. Lisa Says:

    Ridiculously excited! Thanks for the great news!

  100. Robin Says:

    YAY!!!!!!!! Love Love Love that!!!!

  101. Natalie (QSOgirl) Says:

    YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY!!!!!

  102. Queen Mary Says:

    Shimelle, I’m so excited Glitter Girl contacted you to let us all know about her return! I’m also happy to hear that your life is returning to a form of order; this is quite normal you know when life is interrupted with the addition of a child or something of similar size or significance!
    Lovely layouts! Love the London Babies! Wonderful page, wonderful memories! And I for one enjoy the baking easily as much as the scrapbooking so I don’t think you needed to apologize for that, my only regret was that here across the pond we don’t get the Baking Show until a year later!

  103. SharonS Says:

    Great news about GG. I am still catching up with JYC, but I am getting there! Thanks for all your inspiration Shimelle

  104. Lisa-Jane Johnson Says:

    I was so pleased to see this yesterday! Late on NYE I also realised I had won the AC giveaway on Instagram of your buttons! Lovely lovely x

  105. Kay Says:

    Love the drama, very excited GG is back have missed her. I have been doing JYC with Shimelle for the 2nd year and have been loving it. Welcome back GG.

  106. stampartiste Says:

    Oh my goodness!! Such exciting news! The world was a sadder place without GG! :)

  107. Debra Piercey Says:

    Oh I can’t wait! Love the layouts & your video is way cool! Happy New Year to & your little family!

  108. june2015 Says:

    I KNEW you could “grow” into this next season of home and family. I’m really proud of you. We have been able to see you rise to the occasion. Please know that many-if not most of us-consider it a real delight to be allowed to share your journey. Will really be watching for GG. GREAT teaser, by the way!! Well done.

  109. Connie Says:

    I am so excited!!! I am so glad this is happening.

  110. gail wattier Says:

    I just yelled, “Glitter Girl is back.” My husband is looking very perplexed. LOL Loved the teaser.

  111. Wendy Says:

    Yes! Yes! Yes! I’m so excited! Loved the promo video by the way.

  112. Andrea Says:

    Wonderful! I can’t wait. I have really enjoyed JYC this year and found the videos of your process really made a difference. So glad that things are going well with you and all things crafty!

  113. glee stormont Says:

    Yippididoodah! We have missed you Glitter Girl. I think a whole in the universe just got filled (with paste and glitter of course!) mwah!

  114. Nancy Jo Says:

    I can’t think of the words to say how excited I am to see Glitter Girl again! And even more excited to know that its making her happy to take this up again. Thank you! thank you! thank you!

  115. Gab Says:

    Love, love, love that video!!!! Welcome back Glitter Girl! Will WB have a role to play too? That would be really cute!

  116. Dara Says:

    So excited! We missed GG’s inspiration, Welcome Back!

  117. Tina Says:

    Oh my goodness! Can’t wait! She’s back. Yes!!!

  118. Craftyfield Says:

    I saw your GG is back video and it made me smile! I am so looking forward to Wednesdays!

  119. Jackie Says:

    Happy New Year Shimelle and to Glitter Girl! I loved the video and so looking forward to Wednesday glitter again!
    Thank you for making us all very happy!

  120. Stokely Says:

    Happy New Year Shimelle!
    Awesome trailer)))

  121. Nancy Damiano Says:

    The video is brilliant. Happy to see you brought her back!

  122. karen Says:

    OMG, I have just had such a crappy day but seeing this has made everything OK again!! Thank you GG for putting a smile back on my face!!

  123. Jennifer Groff Says:

    My compliment about this blog is very positive I visit this blog first time and impress by this stuff nice work. Great Post Keep Posting such a good information.

  124. Andrea Says:

    Happy New Year! Love the video and excited for the return of GG!

  125. alissa fast Says:

    My one little word for 2016 is Joy for a very specific reason and I cannot tell you how much Joy this brings me. :) Glitter Girl can ALWAYS make me smile! I’ve missed her so. :)

  126. Gale Says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! I’m SUPER excited for the return of GG!

  127. Janelle Says:

    Hooray!!! Welcome back, Glitter Girl! Sooooo excited

  128. Carol Johnson Says:

    Cleaver video and music…and thank goodness GG is back!!!

  129. Lisa m Zepponi Says:

    Yahoo!!! GG is back!Yahoo! Super Cute Video!! Thanks for sharing the LOs! Happy New Year!

  130. Lisa M Says:

    Hurrah! It’s been too long, GG! Missing your humor, inspiration and mild silliness.

  131. ellen h. Says:

    I’m super duppee happy with the news!! Glitter Girl is the best

  132. Betty C Says:

    So very happy to have you back.I missed you!

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