Happy New Year!

Start a new family tradition!

A friend of mine posted this idea on Facebook and I knew this was something I could do and enjoy with my family. It’s quick & easy!  I decided to spruce up my jar to make it part of my decor so I could set it out and be reminded to do it throughout the year.


I had a Longaberger mason jar in my pantry and decided to use that.  I love and use Longaberger baskets throughout my home and craft space to keep things organized. My husband buys the tree trimming basket for me every year and I put those on a tree in our kitchen for the holidays. You can see in the photos that I chose the colors for my jar and paper holder to match the table runner and curtains in my kitchen.


My Longaberger basket tree.  I fill the baskets with candy for the holidays.

I made a belly band for the mason jar using a 2 inch strip of soft suede cardstock. I used the Scalloped Tag Topper to punch each end and threaded mint macaron mini striped ribbon through the ends and tied a bow. I heat embossed the sentiment from Paisleys and Posies with clear embossing powder.  To emboss any color all you have to do is ink your stamp in VersaMark first, then ink it in whatever color you want and stamp it on your cardstock. Add clear embossing powder and heat it.  I used mint macaron ink for the sentiment.  I used the Layering Circles Framelits to cut a piece of Mint Macaron cardstock for the lid.  I stamped the flower from Flower Shop Stamp Set with soft suede ink and punched it out with the pansy punch.  I also punched a mint macaron flower and attached both to the top of my jar with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I can’t wait to start adding wonderful memories to the jar!


I found a pad of paper in my desk drawer that was the perfect size to fit in a business card holder.  You can click HERE for directions how to make the business card holder.  You can easily cut copy paper to size (2 x 3 1/2) to fit in the holder or just use any little paper pack.


I used soft suede cardstock and ink for my paper holder along with the same mint macaron ribbon I used on my jar.  I love how the flower from Flower Shop Stamp Set matches the flower in my material.  I punched the flower out with the pansy punch and attached it with a dimensional.  I used the date stamp on the rotary punch from the December Paper Pumpkin kit to stamp my paper.

Rotary stamp from the December 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit

I am going to send my daughter back to college with some of these papers in a stamped envelope for her to write on and then send home when she has them completed.  I am hoping I can get my son and husband to add their good blessings to the jar too! What fun this will be to share a year from now.


Stamps Sets: Flower Shop, Paisleys & Posies, December 2016 Paper Pumpkin Rotary Stamp  Inks: Mint Macaron, Soft Suede, VersaMark  Papers: Soft Suede, Mint Macaron, Very Vanilla  Tools & Accessories: Pansy Punch, Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, Layering Circles Framelits, Mint Macaron Mini Striped Ribbon, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I am not one to make new year resolutions.  Mainly because I never seem to be able to keep them. This is something I know I can do and I love that it is a wonderful way to reflect upon and remember the many blessings. I hope this has inspired you to use what colors you have to create one for yourself or as a gift. If you would like to purchase any of the products I used you can Click HERE to shop my online store.

Last night we rang in the new year doing something we’d never done before. We usually travel over the holidays and visit family in Massachusetts.  This year our plans changed and we stayed home. We decided to check out the local celebration that has become a New Year’s Eve tradition in our small town. New York City may have the ball dropping at midnight but, here in Hagerstown, Maryland we have a Donut Drop.  A local family owned business, Krumpe’s, makes the most delicious donuts and they gave away 6,000 free donuts last night to everyone who assembled downtown to watch the annual Donut Drop countdown. I am all about trying new things and we had a fun time with my daughter and her friend.

Thanks for stopping by!  I wish you and your family a happy, healthy New Year filled with many blessings!

Just Stampin’



21 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. Love the jar idea. Yours is so cute and fits right in that corner of your kitchen. Love your pictures and glad you enjoyed a fun night out without the crowds of NYC. We had a quiet night at home. Not a bad thing to do as we had been out to dinner with friends the two nights before. Happy New Year to you, Jeanie. I love your creativity and I am looking forward to your new cards this year.

    1. Thank you HJ! I always appreciate you taking the time to comment. It warms my heart! You motivate me to keep creating and sharing. I have learned from so many wonderful and talented people and enjoy creating and giving back. Happy New Year!

  2. Jeanie. I get your email everyday and love that you share so much inspiration. You are blessed with a wonderful talent. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Happy New Year my friend!!! I ADORE this jar idea and YEP…..I am going to CASE this TODAY as I do not want to miss a memory….that was great that you went to the donut drop – it is a fun idea for our town….can you imagine how many donuts have been made over the year from that little place.

    That is always a spot we take people to that have never been here…the famous donut shop in the alley!

    I already have a great memory for the year…John and I stopped everything yesterday and went to the battlefield for a 2 hour walk – it was a beautiful day! Happy New Year!

  4. Hi Jeanie, Well it goes without saying, this is a great idea. I’m not one for journaling at all. Like you, no New Year resolutions either. Too much pressure. I think I can manage one good memory a week. I would love if my hubby and daughters would get in on it too. We’ll see.

    My niece lives in St. Michaels, MD and they have a “Crab Drop” on New Year’s Eve. A pretty festive state there, ha? I think I rather have the donut.

    Thanks for being so inspirational. Happy New Year to you and your family too.
    xo 🙂

    1. Thanks Nancy! I think Id like to check out that Crab Drop! Yum!!! I love supporting small businesses and this local donut shop is so unique. They open at 10 PM and everyone goes to get warm donuts. The shop is located in an alley and unless you knew where you were going you would never find it! Happy New Year to you!!!

    1. Happy New Year to you my travel partner! Here’s to more stampin’ adventures in 2017!!! I’ll bring you a donut next time we meet on a plane. 🙂

  5. Love your memory jar Jeanie! Along with that I would love to remember to take more pictures! My daughter and I were visiting my Dad before Christmas and I did not take one picture! AGGG! Love the New Years Eve pictures! What fun to be outdoors with family and friends. And getting to eat donuts also! HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and your family!!!!!

    1. Oh Ramsey…I’ve been there and done that with forgetting to take pictures. That is a great goal. I need to remember to get in some of the photos as I am always the one taking them. I don’t like to be photographed but I know my kids would like to see me in a few. We are not the most photogenic family either and joke that we are going to make an ugly photo album with all the ones we don’t use due to eyes closed, etc. It’s really funny how many pictures we take to try to get 1 decent one! I always say if you don’t have a photo, write it down…NOW! While the memories of your visit with your dad are fresh journal about your time together and put that in your album with your other photos. Many times I write how I forgot to take of picture of—- but…. Here’s to a great 2017 filled with many adventures and photos!!! Let’s get together soon!!! My daughter leaves on Saturday and I will need some distractions…stamping to the rescue!

  6. Such a cute idea and all dressed up!! These may make nice birthday, Christmas gifts……..hmmmm.

  7. Awesome idea Jeanie! I am definitely doing this and hopefully my children and husband will do it too (perhaps I will need to ask them occasionally what inspired them this week or even a funny story). Your jar is beautiful and thank you for the directions. Happy New Year!

  8. Happy New Year Mary Ann! I have a feeling I will be the one writing for my husband and son. I feel like I will get the information from our conversations and I can write it down and put it in the jar. Then when we read it later they will be surprised by some of their happy moments being in there too!

  9. Love Love Love this idea. So positive and could be so much fun!!!!! Love the donut drop too.

  10. I love these jars! Armani and I made these jars last year but are continuing the tradition this year with adding things to our jars. They are a great way to keep track of all the fun things you’ve done all year.

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