"And what does January hold? Clean account books. Bare diaries. Three hundred and sixty five new days, neatly parcelled into weeks, months, seasons. A chunk of time, of life..those first few notes like an orchestra tuning up before the play begins" Phyllis Nicolson
...written in 1947 by a mathematician who might also have been a scrapbooker. Because that's what we love about the turn of the year, isn't it? Bare diaries. Clean account books. A fresh page, a new notebook, an empty album. Anyone who loves paper knows what it is to choose a crisp sheet of cardstock, to make the first cut into a piece of patterned paper, to unfurl a roll of wrapping paper, or lift a pencil to the opening line of a page.
We get to start again, every time. And, if we so wish it - need it, even - at the end of the year, we can click the rings shut, fold the binder up, put it away on the shelf, forget about it and walk forwards instead. Because the wonder of it all is that the album will remain there, ready: all those days and weeks and seasons all parcelled up, for when we need them. The wonder for scrapbookers is that we can have it both ways. we can turn forwards and backwards at will; and that's why I keep coming back to putting scissors to patterned paper. That's my memory keeping way. Maybe yours is slightly different. But let's keep practising it. We have years, yet, to parcel; so here's wishing you a new package of brown paper, and a big ball of string, and some ribbons too, maybe, to tie it all up just the way you like it. Happy New Year!
And because what is a post without a picture? A page about one of our favourite events of 2015
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