I am thankful to have Adobe Photoshop AND Illustrator on my computer. I tried out Illustrator for the first time today to create part of my Mini Album title page. I followed Deena Rutter’s tutorial on Manipulating Text in Illustrator and created the sticker. I am happy the way the image turned out but I’m second guessing the 2014 stamp. I may go back and replace with veneer alphas to match “Book of”. I love printing out my digi layouts myself. I love how the layouts print on Canon Matte Photo Paper using my Canon printer. I am still getting used to seeing a page with depth printing flat. Blows-my-mind!
I am not too happy the way the image uploaded. I tried so many ways and it still turned out blurry. Grrrrr. Hopefully it is just showing blurry on my computer. On my phone it seems it displays clearly.
I am excited to go through this year’s pictures to reflect on the year to give thanks for so many blessings in my life. It’s been a tough year. I am happy to have such great friends and family as my support system. I cannot wait to add them to my book.
- Digital Design Essentials: Colors and Wood paper from Grateful Heart Paper Pack (from bundle), Wood Veneer Alpha, Twenty Five (Stamped) Alpha
- Font: Bira
- Drop Shadow Styles: Mommyish Shadow Styles 93 & Gennifer Bursett Shadow Styles
I’ve seen a lot of people doing the 30 days of Thanks, or 30 Days of Thankful, using cute 4×4 albums. The concept is really cute but I have never been one to make a daily commitment to projects (like my many failed attempts at Project Life). Cathy Zielske even has a great product to print and help with the project. Cathy also has a FaceBook group you can join to get inspiration from others doing the project and support one another.
I’m starting a little later than most. I was worried about being behind on the 30 day project. Then I thought, why limit it to just 30 days? I decided to do my own take on the project using the same album many other people are using. I’m going to use the album to reflect on the past year and highlight all the things for which I am thankful.I recently purchased a kit from Digital Design Essentials that will work for this project.
Post a comment if you are interested in a tutorial for the prize ribbon technique I used for the rosette.
- Container Store: Lemon Herringbone Ribbon
- Martha Stewart cork shelf liner
- Stampin’ Up: Night of Navy Cardstock
- Little Yellow Bicycle: Wood Family Word Embellishments
- American Crafts: Zing! Opaque White Embossing Powder
- Studio Calico: Darling Dear, Wood Veneer, Alpha
- EK Success: Starburst punch
- We R Memory Keepers: 4×4 Mini Ring Album, Greige
- Stampin’ Up: Sizzix Bigz Die, Scallop Circle
I love, love, love, love, love getting mail. I especially love getting pretty mail. I was excited when I ordered a couple of Project Life grab bags from Studio Calico Friday. They delivered yesterday afternoon in beautiful packaging. This was the quickest I’ve ever had anything deliver from Studio Calico. I felt like it was Christmas and I got “JUST WHAT I ALWAYS WANTED!” I shouldn’t have to buy any more journaling cards. But you and I both know that I will.
I was expecting more than just cards. But I am very happy. They are all beautiful and will fit perfectly into my SC Handbook. I’ve fallen completely in love with the geometric “here’s the story…” 4×6 card. I love it so much so, that it has solved my problem of not having a title page for my SC Handbook. The colors are soft and feminine. If I’m going to use this in my title page, then I MUST change the cover now, don’t I? I love the colors I originally used but the font I used turned my A into more of an H.
I undid all my heard work previously used to sew the original line art design. I spent about 30 minutes digging in my empbroidery floss box looking for the colors that matched the card. I then spent the evening recreating the line art design. I am so pleased with how it turned out. You too can create your own line art designs using the craft.tutsplus.com tutorial, found here, for inspiration.
On my recent trip to NYC, I took way too many pictures to put in a single scrapbook page or Project Life entry. I was inspired by Kristina Nicolai-White’s You Tube video on matchbook style mini books that she slipped into her PL album. I decided a mini book is perfect for documenting the memories from my trip. I modified how the album is stitched together and how the binding is done on the spine. (Sorry no tutorial on that.) I love how the cover turned out and I am having fun working on the pages.
I painted the outside using my new watercolors that my Brother-In-Law gave me for Christmas. I used a splatter technique and a spray bottle to get the funky colors that remind me of the colors I saw in Times Square. I added my favorite Amy Tangerine Thickers for the album title. (I’m seriously addicted. I bought 4 packs of the Thickers. I plan on using them throughout my PL album as one of my standard fonts.)
The pages are not coming along as quickly as I imagined. I am discovering some of the pictures need to be reprinted. But it has been fun so far. Enjoy the sneek peek and look for a post with all the pages to go up soon.