Winter Inspiration

Old Man Winter is relentless.  As if the bitter cold weren’t enough, now we’re dealing with a wicked ice storm that’s threatening to bring our city to a standstill.

Of course, as I sit here and complain about our latest round of putrid weather, there are likely some people loving every minute of it.  I suppose the ice is pretty to look at as the moonlight glistens off of its surface… provided that surface doesn’t belong to the power lines that help keep the lights on in my home.

Believe it or not, I am not a winter hater.  I actually find the season to be quite peaceful and have created many scrapbook pages highlighting winter’s outstanding attributes.  In addition to featuring photos of my daughter making the most of the snow and cold, I typically include some simple embellishments, such as winter-themed stickers, stamps and die cuts.

Another way to spice up a winter-themed page design is to add short poems that enhance the feel of your layout.  This is an especially wise move if you don’t have a lot of memorabilia to showcase or you don’t have the time, energy or inspiration to create a journaling block.

Personally, I am not a huge fan of long poems.  I like to use ones that are short and sweet.  By doing so, I don’t overcrowd the page or make the words the focus of the layout.  For me, short poems should be used like embellishments and should coordinate with the photos featured on the page.

Here’s one of my favorite winter-themed prose:

A Little Snowflake

By: Isla Paschal Richardson

I watched a little snowflake
Come sailing from the sky;
It played a joke on me when
It fell right in my eye!
Another little snowflake
Came dancing toward the south;
It looked at me a minute…
Then landed in my mouth!
They seemed like little fairies
Upon a holiday,
Just out for fun and frolic
and asking me to play!

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.