january 2012 one little word blog hop


she kept her eye on the prize

Having one little word to focus on throughout the year has become vital in many ways to me.
Having Ali E's class to be prompted by has been inspiring.
One of the best decisions I made in 2011 was to take the OLW class.
It's on my thankful list.
It involved me in my word on an artistic level.
It involved me in my word by prompting action.
It involved me in my word by encouraging me to think and journal on it.
It involved me every month, and into that month as well.

December's prompt to journal about the fact of my word, and the feelings of my word, was in it's own way an activity in saying good bye to my word.
But also firmly knowing that my word from 2011 will always be with me in a now powerful way.
For this I am so very thankful.

My word for 2012 is gifts.
I needed a word to keep me focused on the joy of life.
On the gratitudes found in life.
On the beauty of life.
But I knew I needed to be gentle on myself.
A word like joy would have been too unattainable for me.
I can be so hard on myself.
I can expect too much from myself
I would have failed under that word.

But I know I can be open to gifts.
I can be open to watching for the gifts in my life.
I can be open to receiving gifts from others, in my life.
I can be open to giving gifts to those I am in relationship to, as well.
And you know I do not mean physical gifts.
But rather the non-tangibles.
So, gifts, it is.

Today I leave you with a year in review...
A look at 2011's album pages::

cover page


february & march

november & december
If you started here on today's hop, Margie is at the top.
The next stop is Karen at  http://breathenowsmile.blogspot.com/

If you want to continue from this spot, here is the list of participants for this month's hop.
Margie http://xnomads.typepad.com
Cheri http://cheriandrews.blogspot.com
Veronica www.veronicanorris.typepad.com
Kara http://iwannabemewhenigrowup.blogspot.com/
Rebekah http://istampscrapcraft.blogspot.com/
Sharyn http://www.LaVieEnChic.com
Jill http://jillconyers.com
Lynn www.crafty-creativity.blogspot.com
Monica http://scrapinspired.com/
Lisa http://backtoallen.com/writers_blog
Cynthia H http://paperpapereverywhere.blogspot.com
Lee http://thelinarstudio.typepad.com/embracelife/
Abbey http://athomewiththerichardsfamily.blogspot.com/
Monica B www.questtoperfectimperfection.blogspot.com
Nikki http://www.inkyart.com.au
Tere http://terecontodomicorazon.blogspot.com/
Melissa S http://blog.mshanhun.com
Nicky http://seejanebake.blogspot.com
Stephanie http://www.scrapworthylives.com/
Jenn L www.studiojenn.blogspot.com
Cindy http://seriousplay.typepad.com
Amanda http://scrappnbee.blogspot.com
Sam http://learncreatedo.wordpress.com/
Jan http://mysimplelittlelife.typepad.com
Jamie http://jmpgirl.blogspot.com  you are here!
Karen http://breathenowsmile.blogspot.com/

Hope to see you in the New Year.


  1. really beautiful work, jamie! i loved seeing your album as a whole. your thoughts on experiencing gifts in 2012 really resonated with me. i can't wait to see where your gifts take you this year. xoxo jenn

  2. Breathtaking album and your word for 2012 is very interesting and the you explained it makes sense to me.

  3. Gorgeous colour choics in your album, Lovely word choice for 2012 I look forward to seeing how it all unfolds.

  4. I agree with Jing Jing , it is breathtaking, I have loved seeing the mini take shape over the past year!

  5. Love your word Gifts for 2012. Can't wait to see where it takes you.
    Happy New Year

  6. I love your color choices for 2011. Looking forward to seeing what gifts brings forth in you. Happy 2012!

  7. I've enjoyed seeing your album come together and Dec is no exception. Isn't it wonderful how we start with what we think is going to be a year-long word and it evolves into something lifelong.

    Ali's class was one of my best 2011 decisions too :)

  8. Your album is beautiful. I really like your lady with the eye on the prize and your whole theme last year. This year looks to be a special one for you too and I hope brings many gifts.

  9. awesome wrap-up - your album is gorgeous. Gifts should be a wonderful word for 2012.

  10. Love your album and have enjoyed your 2011 journey! I look forward to what you have to share with your gifts in 2012! Thanks for a fun year of hopping! -Amanda

  11. love your 2011 album - such lovely colours and textures. Beautiful words too. Happy New Year and I hope you'll join the hop again so we can hear how your word travelling for you.

  12. Love. Just love. Thank you for being a part of the journey.

  13. Man, oh man, this is just SO gorgeous and inspiring, Jamie! I love your words, too. I have only chosen a word one time, and didn't really follow through on it......but you are making me reconsider. I could sure use this. Thanks so much for sharing, and wishing you a very happy new year.

  14. Hi there - LOVE your 2011 album and although I'm not sure if the course is for me, I'm sharing a link to you on my blog for others who might be deciding. Happy 2012 :-)

  15. Your 2011 album is just gorgeous....and I feel so peaceful and calm just looking at it. Beautiful. Great word choice for 2012. I hope you're happing again this year, I've loved visiting through the year.

  16. Your album is amazing and beautiful. What a wonderful journey. Looking forward to a brand new year and journey!

  17. your blog and word for the year is totally inspirational...your scrapbook pages are beautiful! thanks for sharing with us!

  18. I love the pages that you wrote on. Are those available to print online?