December starts on Tuesday. How crazy is that?

I’ve added a link on the side to my new paper craft gallery. I’m getting back into scrapbooking after a multi-year hiatus and I am loving it. Things have really changed and developed in scrapbooking in the last few years and I’m stoked to be getting involved.

No, I’m not doing December Daily. I just can’t. I’ll be spending December self-editing my second novel (more info here) and trying to figure out what to buy for relatives I only see during the holidays.

IMG_1258I’ve decided that 2016 will be the year I embrace the fact that I can’t just focus on one hobby and stick with it. Too many different things make me happy. Yes, my writing career would be more successful if I wrote more and was able to publish more than one book per year, spending all of my free time writing… well, it wouldn’t be fun anymore. It would become work and I can’t have that.

Oh. I also joined Studio Calico and will be posting my projects on there as I complete them. Follow me here!

Here are the paper craft projects I’ll be working on next year, assuming I can even focus on those. Who knows when a new project will pop into my brain. I asked Santa for a Canon Selphy so that should help with my scrapping projects.

Wedding Scrapbook
I have a 12×12 traditional post-bound scrapbook binder. I’ve done a few pages for it already but I’m excited to try out some new techniques for it. And no, it won’t be all white and frilly like some wedding scrapbooks I’ve seen. I’m not that girl and our wedding was definitely not like that at all.

Wedding Photo Album
I couldn’t find a photo album that met my requirements. I wanted to have a choice in photo size and orientation. I wanted a binder that was pretty, not something overly wedding-esque or antique-looking. Blech. So, I ended up buying another Project Life binder (12×12) with a bunch of page protectors. I’m just going to put photos in the pockets. Probably. Maybe?

2016 Mini Album
I bought a 9×9.25 Project Life binder and some page protectors. That way I can do full page layouts if I’m feeling ambitious and Project life pages if I’m short on time or feeling lazy or want to document something but don’t want to spend too much time on it.

2014 London Digital 12×12
Yup, still haven’t finished this album. I don’t find digital scrapbooking as easy or as fun as I expected. Maybe I should just start from scratch and do a Project Life album for it. What do you guys think?

What are your crafting goals for 2016? What craft supplies do you hope to get on Christmas morning? Let me know in the comments!

Etsy Update

I closed my Etsy shop. For the low cost products I was selling, the Etsy fees were just making it a waste of time. I’m hoping to eventually get around to selling some printable planner/scrapbook goodies right off this site at some point but it won’t be over Etsy.

What would you like to see for sale in my printables shop? I’d love to hear what you guys think.

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Jillianne Hamilton is an author, crafter, hobby addict, history enthusiast and graphic designer in Charlottetown, PEI on Canada's beautiful east coast. Her debut novel, Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire, was shortlisted for the Prince Edward Island Book Award in 2016. Her fourth book, The Lazy Historian's Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII, will be published in 2018.


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Hi, I'm Jill! I'm an author, a Lazy Historian, a web/graphic designer, a bookworm and a hobby addict. I live in Charlottetown on Canada's beautiful east coast. Learn more.

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