Wednesday, November 27, 2013

So Thankful 2013

Good morning friends.  November is a busy month, but I think it's important for my family to make time and acknowledge how blessed we are.  We have so many blessings in our lives and so much to be thankful for.  So I created a very quick and easy scrapbook album where we could record our thoughts this year and which would serve as a keepsake in the years to come.  The base of the album was done in a class I took from Marion Smith a year and a half ago.  Having pre-made albums hanging around is a great way to make projects quickly and easily.  The album alternates between a sheet of card stock and a smaller pocket created with card stock.  

Mini albums like this are a great way to use iPhone photos.  So many photos I snap up with my phone are not awesome, but yet still really encapsulate a sweet family moment.  Putting them in a distressed kind of album is a great way to preserve them.

I created each pair of pages with a couple photos of the person that I really love (red eye and blurriness and all).  Then, in the pocket page, I had the person write down what they are thankful for this year.  For Lara, I wrote it down for her.  

Then, I just added a few embellishments to the pages for a little extra visual interest.  Because this album does not contain a lot of pages, I could add some really bulky flowers and chipboard without having to worry about not being able to close it.  But I didn't spend a whole lot of time trying to make the pages picture perfect and fancy because really, it's the journaling and pictures that will make this so precious in the years to come.  

Here's the cover of the album.  I just added the "So Thankful" and "2013" to personalize it.

I am entering my So Thankful mini album in the following challenges:

Craft My Life - Anything goes but no cards
Parade Your Crafts - Thankful
Path of Positivity Challenge - Thankfulness
The Paper Girls Challenge - It's time to give thanks

Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving (and a wonderful rest of the week for all my international friends)!



cebelica said...

Your mini album turned out beautifully. I really need to make one or two myself. I like the idea of having some pre-made around. Hugs! xx

Lisa said...

What a gorgeous mini!! It looks fabulous!! I love all of the details and papers!! The pictures are awesome!! I hope you and your family have a very happy Thanksgiving :)

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Robin N said...

this is a great mini album....I love that you use your iphone photos...thanks for playing at Parade your Crafts

Anonymous said...

I love your mini album. I'm a huge fan of the layered look and the way some items go off the page. I hope you have a great Thanksgiving also and thanks for stopping by my blog.

Pat said...

I love making and using mini albums too. Yours is gorgeous, and a perfect way to say thanks for all your blessings-and it looks like you have so many!!

Desire Fourie said...

Oh wow this is a wonderful little project with so many people to be thankful for. This is so perfect for our THANKFULNESS theme this month. Thanks for sharing your talent with us and good luck.
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Angi Barrs said...

Love the beautiful pages in your mini album! Hope you guys had a Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Mrs A. said...

Your journal pages are a lovely way of preserving memories for the future years. I really like your Idea of alternating between a page and a page with a pocket.
Thankyou so much for joining in the Craft My Life challenge and do hope you can enter again in the new challenge that has just started. Hugs Mrs A. (DT).

Beth F. said...

Oh my goodness! Your album is gorgeous and so meaningful. Thanks for linking up at Parade Your Crafts!

Stacy H-W said...

This turned out fabulously!!!

Path of Positivity said...

Hello Denise,

I completely agree with you, that no matter how busy we may be, it is important for all of us to take stock of how blessed we truly are and to acknowledge those blessings. The scrapbook album you created for your family to record your thoughts in, is such a beautiful way to visibly demonstrate gratitude.

Thank you so much for joining this month on the Path of Positivity. I'm so glad that you found my challenge and I hope that I will see more of your beautiful creations in the future.

May you always have the opportunity to take the time to say thanks for the big and little things alike.

Lisa D., Owner

Donna Ellis said...

Wonderful project, Denise! I like all the fun memorabilia and "goodies" attached to bring out the flavor of your feelings. Fabulous project! hugs, de

Verna Angerhofer said...

A great project for showing all of your blessings! So beautiful!