Friday, 3 February 2017

Smashbooking and Decluttering!

Next month I have a 'big' birthday coming up, although of course I am still only really 36 years old!  At least that is my story and I am sticking to it.  I am away for my birthday visiting my parents in New Zealand so my friend thought she would surprise me with an early birthday present which arrived today.

A scrap/smash booking journal.

She knows just what I like and picked the 'botanical' theme.  

Love this - on so many different levels.  Of course 'Come Fly With Me'  written for Frank Sinatra is pretty well known and I have played it many times with various bands I have played in. 

Books and a cup of tea - the perfect combination!

Butterflies - I love butterflies and we have a couple on our house.

Beautiful pages with flowers and designs.

I am going to have fun with this journal.

It has been years since I have done any scrapbooking, and this is a slightly different, looser approach and might give me the inspiration I need to get creative again.


I am taking part in a 'Minimalism Game' for the month of February with some friends.  

The aim is to help them finish their decluttering projects and for me to start, getting rid of at least one item on the 1st, two on the 2nd, three on the 3rd and so forth.

I am finding this very difficult and quite overwhelming and never know quite where to start.  Today I had the 'bright idea' to clear under my side of the bed.  Goodness knows why as most of what is under there has no where else it can go so will need to go back again.    I promptly burst into tears at what on earth I was going to do with it all.  There was music, photo albums, books, and other 'stuff'.  I managed to pull myself back together again and made a start.

I emptied one of the plastic boxes and discovered three of the older albums that had belonged to my grandparents were unused, so they have gone in a box for the charity shop along with a plastic leaf folder and a little pencil & pad 'thing'.  

A load of papers went into the recycling and other stuff went straight into the rubbish.

The music has been transferred from an open top plastic box, to the one with the lid (that held the above stuff), so now it is protected.  The remaining photographs and slides fit in a smaller photo box I already had.  So that is one less big box that needs to go back under the bed.  Only small progress, but progress, so I guess it has to count for something.


  1. I hope you'll enjoy filling your Smash book as much as I did mine. Actually I have 3, the last one is unfinished. I found all 3 at the thrift store ( on different trips though).

    1. I am sure I will have a lot of fun with it. I plan to take it to NZ with me.

  2. What a wonderful gift. Decluttering is one of the worst jobs ever but needs to be done.

  3. I caught up. Having been working 5 and 6 days a week for a while on my son's new house I've spent little time in Blogland. Anyway instead of commenting on each of your blog posts I've just read I shall comment here. The wooden puzzle looked quite fascinating. I must Google how to make microwave crisps (the fact that in NZ crisps are chips and chips are potato chips has always challenged me). For the last two years I have had a pair of Goldfinches in the garden in the summer. As they are a flock bird (I was surrounded by them at The Cottage in NZ) I can only assume that this pair are accidentals. As for decluttering I wish you well. I started in my loft some years ago. It seemed to be going well but now I have more in the loft than ever and I've no idea how it happened. As for my garage/workshop........!

    1. The whole crisps/chips thing gets me as well, and I never know quite what to call them either!

      It is amazing how these spaces seem to fill up. I was looking at some old photos the other day...most pre-op for me and I was shocked at how much some things have changed and some spaces have become full up - something I really must sort out, but it is hard work!

    2. In Canada they are chips (the thin ones in a package) and fries (the kind that come with fish and chips). Funny though, they are still called 'fish and chips', but those chips on their own are called fries.!

  4. Thank you for dropping by. It's lovely to catch up with you!

  5. What a delightful birthday gift!


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