Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Christmas Journal (Neighbor Gifts)

Hey there, Happy Thanksgiving eve...I hope your busy making pies, rolls, and getting ready to roast that turkey. Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite! I love spending time with family (and eating).
I've been working on some projects to give away to my neighbors for Christmas. As a scrapbooker I'm passionate about memory keeping and documenting our stories. This year I'm hoping to share a little bit of that passion.
By leaving a small journal on your coffee table or mantel you'll be surprised what conversations will be started and what memories will come. Here are a few of the journals I created.

I created each journal with a small composition book (I got them at Walmart for 1.47 for a pack of 3) and the Peppermint Express line from American Crafts

This is what is written in the front of each journal:
This book is to be left on your coffee table during the Christmas season with a pen nearby. Encourage everyone to document a Christmas memory, tradition, an ornament, a decoration, a party, or simply record the happenings of the day. When the Christmas season ends pack this book up with your Christmas decorations and then do the same thing next year. Before you know it you’ll need another journal and it this will become a tradition everyone looks forward to.

This is a tradition we're starting in our family. Hopefully you can start if in your family as well. Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Thirty Grateful Days Mini Album

The girls over at Paper Issues have joined together to take photo each day for the month of November documenting things we're thankful for. Today I'd like to share with you a little bit of my album. I created it using the Thankful line from Bella Blvd. Here's what I came up with:

This album is going to be much bigger than I initially thought it would be. So when it's finished it will probably be in large binder rings instead of the clipboard album.
I created the album with heavy brown cardstock cut into 5x7 pieces. I completed the entire album before I added any photos. I left room for one photo each day and planned on having 2 pages for Thanksgiving day since I know I'll take more photos that day.
Here's an example of what the pages look like before I added photos.

I added a few embellishments when I added my journaling and photo(s)
 On this page the journaling is under the photo. I used designer tape as a hinge so you can flip the photo up and read the journaling. It's a bunch of "kissy stuff" as my kids would say because it's about the note my husband wrote to me.
 Most of the photos I printed at 3x3. If I had more than one photo sometimes I printed them at 2x2.
On days that I had too many photos to fit on one page I made pockets for multiple photos either out of patterned paper or transparencies.
Here's what the transparency pocket looks like. There are several photos tucked in there because it was my birthday on the 10th. I took lots of photos with the kids and the presents they had given me.

And here are a few more pages...

Even if you didn't take a photo a day grab a few photos that you've already taken and put together an album of the things that you're grateful for.
Thank you for stopping by! I appreciate you visiting my blog today.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Turkey Dinner 2012, Documented

With Thanksgiving just a couple of days away it's only appropriate that I share a project I created to document Thanksgiving of last year. My assignment from Bella Blvd was to create a layout using the Daily Chevies line combined with the Thankful line. Both of these lines are amazing (Thankful is one of my favorite collections ever) but I had no clue how I was going to pull them together with out it looking awkward.
When I got finished with the background it reminded me of a quilt, which is perfect for documenting a family turkey dinner.

So, let me know what you think. I kinda love it!

Have a great day, thanks for stopping by. Come back tomorrow. I'll be showing you my Thirty Grateful Days Album.

Friday, November 22, 2013

More fun to come with Imaginisce

Hey there! Have you been to the Imaginisce blog today? If you have, then you already know the little secret I've been keeping. I am part of the Imaginisce 2014 Design Team! The fabulous Cari Locken is the Design Team coordinator. Working with her will be so much fun! Imaginisce has amazing products and tools. I can't wait to dig in and get started!

Angi Barrs -  USA
Tracy Gruber -  USA
Katrina Hunt -  USA
Amanda Johnson - USA
Aimee Kidd - USA
Monique Liedtke - The Netherlands
Jodi Wilton - Canada

I see a few familiar names and some unfamiliar. I can't wait to get to know all of these ladies! 

Here's a project I recently completed using lots of goodies from American Crafts. I tried my hand a using the negative part of the paper when I created diecuts using my Silhouette. It's something I've never tried before but I will again! I love the results!

 I used a white pen for some faux stitching and some doodling.

And here's the finished layout.
You can find TONS of American Crafts goodies over at Paper Issues AND if you use the code "becki20" you'll receive 20% off your order.
Thanks for stopping by!
Have a great weekend!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Creative Scrappers and Paper Issues

Hey there! So glad you've stopped by today! I've been playing with this sketch:

When I saw this sketch I immediately thought of a pie chart. I got a little carried away with this project...this is what I came up with:

Do you know what the best part of Paper Issues and Creative Scrappers teaming up? You get to play along and by playing along you get the chance to win a $30.00 gift certificate to the Paper Issues store!!!
So, print off the sketch or Pin it or whatever you'd like and get started! Make sure to let me know when you play along. I'll have a prize for one lucky blog reader.

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Say, "Thank You"

Hi there! I've got some cards to share with you today. Over on the American Crafts blog we've been celebrating gratitude. I created 3 Thank You cards. I've set a personal goal to tell people how much I appreciate them. One of the ways I'm going to do this is by sending out thank you notes more often.
I used the Autumn Crisp collection to create these cards.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog today! I appreciate all of you!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Teaming Up With Kerri Bradford & Bella Blvd

Until a couple of weeks ago I'd never heard of Kerri Bradford Studios. What a great find! I fell head over heals in love with her designs! I had so much fun creating with her cut files. The only problem I had was choosing which design I would use. There were so many great choices!! I'm about to show you some of my very favorite projects! Bella Blvd and Kerri Bradford made my job easy peasy and LOTS of fun!

I'm a sucker for a die cut title. Kerri has so many to choose from.

And here's one last project :) This layout documents my husband and I being married for 13 years. Of all the layouts I created of the two of us this one is my favorite.

Bella Blvd are giving away some amazing prizes. I really wish I could win, make sure to check it out HERE.