I, like many others, have chosen a word to be on my thoughts for this year. I'm not usually one for resolutions or year-long type projects, but I jumped on this one last year with the word "enjoy" and I really embraced it throughout the year, so I've decided to do it again this year.

My Word for This Year

That's it. That's my word. Be.
It actually means a lot to me and it has been on my mind for a long time, so I am looking forward to focusing on it this year. It can really go so very many ways and I am excited to begin this adventure.

I created this journal album to play with throughout the year. It will be filled with quotes, images, drawings, or whatever strikes my fancy in relation to my word.

"Be" Journal Album

For more on choosing a word for the year check out Ali's blog.

I also created this little jar (sorry for the yucky lighting in this shot!) to record what I make this year. Angie over at AMR had this great idea to track everything that we create so that we have something to look back on at the end of the year. Well, while I could have grabbed any number of little journals around my scrapbook room, I knew I wouldn't be good about writing stuff down, so I had to think of a system that I would get into. This is what I came up with! Sean cut the slit in the top of this recycled salsa jar for me and then I covered the lid with UTEE and added the scalloped circle and the ribbon. I wrapped fun paper around the jar and used Carolee's Creations Foam alphabet stickers to put the word "Creations" all the way around it. Now, each time I make something I will use a small scrap of the paper I used for the project (or just any scrap if none is available) and I will slide it into the jar with the name of the project on it. That way, at the end of the year I will have a little jar stuffed with my creative accomplishments for the year! I'm excited about the process, so I hope it works! LOL!

"Creations" Jar

What are you all up to this week? I am finally feeling a bit better and back to work today. Gotta get settled back into a regular routine after all the holiday craziness! Have a great day!

OH! I got a new Page-A-Day calendar....it's MAXINE!!!!

Maxine's thoughts for today: "Well, it's time to go back to work. Now if I can just figure out what mound of snow my car is buried under."

With that, I bid you good day!


  1. Great choice for the Word. I love all your projects!! Have fun with your BE notebook...I'm sure you will find tons of inspiration to but in it.

  2. My word is "Surrender"

    Have a wonderful New Year, enjoy the journey.

  3. glad your journey brought you over to amuse-bouche! thanks for leaving a comment.

    love your creative jar. way to *be*!

  4. Its great to hear success stories. Wonderful projects I definately am "INSPIRE"d

  5. jennifer, your jar is fabulous!!!...i know it will work great!...

  6. Your jar is a great idea!! It will be so fulfilling to go through it at the end of the year. Happy New Year!

  7. Love the journal! Great idea....commit

  8. Hi :)
    Thanks for visiting my blog and the tip on the word highlight/linky thing. I appreciate it. I love your word and LOVE the book you made. I made a "go" book, but it's not as 'grown-up' lol. I might steal the creativity jar idea though. ;) what a great way to remember all you did during the year. Thanks again!--

  9. I love your word. My daughter teaches me to just 'be'. So simple and so profound.

  10. I really like your idea of having a journal to write things down as you "be".

    I have posted my word on my blog.



  11. I like it and my word is faith because sometimes with out faith I cant be

  12. I love "Be." So simple. :) Thanks for stopping by my blog and entering my giveaway! Good luck!

  13. Cool journal! You've inspired me to make a journal to keep track of my new yeras resoltuion! Thanks for the weight watchers tip!

  14. Wow! Really great post. I have a great quote for you that comes from a very wise fellow. The ever inspiring Winnie the Pooh. Pooh is forever a "Be" type of fellow and takes "Be" to perfection:

    “If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together.. there is something you must always remember. you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. but the most important thing is, even if we're apart.. i'll always be with you.”

  15. We are human be-ings, not human do-ings. So this is a good word indeed. And a great idea. Keep it up!


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