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Journaling & Photos — Documenting Gratitude

I’ve done a gratitude album or thirty days of thankful album for November for the past few years and love it every time. Of course there are obvious things to document–your family, your friends etc. But it can be more telling to think about some of the smaller things you are thankful for. Like a hot cup of coffee in the morning or going to the gym. Whether you are documenting the big things or small, your journaling and photos can help tell the story.

I was outside with my dogs the other night and the sky was beautiful as was the weather. And where we live, we get excited when the weather is lower than 80 at night lol! So I was sure to include that in my notebook, but I didn’t really need to journal more than the tag where I could fill in the “I am thankful for” line.

On the other hand, when I created a page about my daughter, I wanted to say more so I journaled some of her awesome qualities right on the page.

Even though the photo wasn’t taken on November 4th, it was a photo of the two of us together and the journaling wasn’t about something that happened on the 4th, but it says a lot about why I am so proud of her. Your days, photos and journaling can be fluid, especially if you forget to take a photo on one day and take more than one on another!

For this spread I decided to include two photos to showcase how thankful I am that we have our pups. These smaller, contact size photos work great in traveler’s notebooks if you decide to include more than one photo for each day!

How has your attitude of gratitude documenting been going? I admit, I have forgotten to take a photo here and there, but I always make up for it by taking several the next day! The idea is NOT to stress and to enjoy the process!

Thanks for stopping by!

🙂 Rebecca

How to Add Distressed Gold Foil to Traveler’s Notebooks

Adding a distressed gold foil edge to your traveler’s notebook is easy and adds a unique look.

Plus, if you have the Today I Am Thankful bundle, a distressed gold foil edge will coordinate nicely with the embellishments in the kit.

You can add as much or as little foiling as you like. I tend to like clean and simple pages, so for me, a little distressing goes a long way!

Check out this video, where I share how I achieved this look!

I hope you will give this technique a try! Thanks for stopping by!

🙂 Rebecca

Gratitude Journal – Part 2

Hi there! Jenni back today to share the next few pages of my Gratitude Journal.  I continued using the “recipe” I created using, ‘Today I Am Thankful” Bundle.

I kept alternating between the coral/navy palette and the brown/ochre palette on each spread.

I used the patterned paper with the numbers on it for the photo that was taken on my birthday.

I could hardly do a project on gratitude without mentioning my love for all thing paper and planning!

The best part of this project has been the process of choosing photos and then to write story behind them. With such a small space to describe each thankful point, it really made me get to the heart of it!

So, that concludes the first half of my Gratitude Journal!  The second half will also include the cover I created.  Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you take a minute to think about something simple you are grateful for.

Have an a amazing day!

Gratitude Journal: A Recipe

Hey there!  Jenni here today to share the beginnings of my Gratitude Journal using the ‘Today I Am Thankful” Shipped Bundle as well as the Printable Bundle.  After looking at all the designs & graphics included, I decided to approach this journal almost like a December Daily Album.  I wrote out ideas of things I was thankful for, starting with everyday things, to the most important in my life.

I decided to make a journal page for each day leading up to Thanksgiving.  After making this decision, I prepared all the pieces in the kit I wanted to use, coming up with a “recipe” for each page in the journal.  I made a list of all the photos and topics I wanted to include.

After printing all the photos in a 2″x 2″ square, I used a stitched die to cut out pieces of the patterned paper.  I adore the rich navy, coral and ochre colors in this kit.  I decided to use one element from each of the included printable cut aparts; phrases & labels, a chipboard sticker, enamel heart stickers and some of the flowers I fussy cut.I used some small alpha stamps to add a title or subject to each page and some interest with washi or more printables.I tried to keep it simple, using one photo per page and not clutter it too much with embellishments.The complimentary colors and large scale graphics worked great with my photos.I love these paper clip layered embellishments from Paige Evans for Pink Paislee. I have planned out the entire journal and will be sharing it over the coming weeks.  I hope you enjoyed looking at the first few pages!  Thanks for stopping by today!  Check out the other team projects using this kit and come back for more ideas and info!

 

 

 

 

Traveler’s Notebook Photo Pockets

The brand new Scrapbook Circle Collection (Today I Am Thankful) is perfect for an attitude of gratitude journal or for making a thirty days of thankful album.

I am planning on turning my bundle into a Thirty Days of Thankful Album and I want to get a jump start on putting all the bones of the album together now. This way when November rolls around and I am getting busy with holiday planning, I can just add photos and journaling!

I decided to turn my first page into a photo pocket to hold lots of little photos or other memorabilia. Check out this video I filmed to see all the kit contents up close and see how quickly I made this pocket.

Are you excited about fall and creating thankful albums? You will LOVE this new collection!

Thanks for stopping by!

🙂 Rebecca

Distress Oxide Inked Backgrounds

Sometimes it’s nice to add some clouds of color to the traveler’s notebook pages before you add your photos and embellishments.

I like to use Distress Oxide Inks and an Ink Blender to add some color and blend it together on my backgrounds.

Once the ink is dry, I add my photos, journaling, washi tape and other embellishments.

I like the soft hints of color it provides for the background.

Do you use ink in your traveler’s notebook spreads? We would love to see in the Scrapbook Circle of Friends Facebook Group!

Thanks for stopping by!

🙂 Rebecca

Tech Tip with Rebecca – 4 Ways to Watercolor Vicki Boutin Stickers

Hi Everyone! Rebecca here with this month’s Tech Tip! This month I decided to feature 4 ways to watercolor the Vicki Boutin watercolor stickers found in the Scrapbook Circle Laugh More Add on for July.

I used a bunch pf the stickers on this layout and I love how you can watercolor them on their backing sheets and then add them to your project so if you make a mistake your entire layout is not ruined! For the purple flower I used a mix of watercolor mediums.

For the alphas, I used Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor and for the labels I used Distress Oxide Inks.

Check out all the ways I watercolored these beautiful watercolor stickers in this video!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

🙂 Rebecca

a mini album & a Tech Tip!

Hello friends!  Today, I have a tech tip and a mini album to share with you.  For my tech tip, I thought I would give you a few tips for fussy cutting.  I like to fussy cut stamped images, and pieces from pattern paper, like florals or in this case, the cute Pink Paislee Paige Evans birds.  They are perfect to use as embellishments.

Here are some of my fussy cutting tips:

  1. 1. Make sure your scissors are sharp, and get a pair of small scissors as well.  I got a pair of embroidery scissors a few years ago, and it is perfect for getting into small spaces!  
  2. 2. Cut out the area around the object you want to cut for easier handling.  
  3. 3. Move the paper, not the scissors.  I’m right handed, so I hold the scissors in my right hand.  Besides closing and opening the blades, I keep my right hand still.  My left hand is holding the paper and moving the paper around the blades.  This tip is a little hard to show or explain, but I hope you understood what I was trying to say.
  4. 4. You can fussy cut your images right up to the “line” or image, or you can leave a little border.  If you decide to cut with a border, try to keep the border as even as possible around your image for a cleaner look.  
  5. 5. Try not to close the blades all the way.  I notice that when you close the blades all the way, it always tears the paper a tiny bit; when you’re cutting a really tiny image, it can be obvious.

Now, on to my mini album.  I take photos of my baby girl in a white onesie and a month sticker every month.  I thought it’d be fun to document that in a little mini album.  I only have up to month 7 so far, but I’ll add in the rest of the months when I’m done with the project at 12 months.  I think it’s so fun to see how much babies grow and change in their first year of life.  I cannot believe my baby girl is already 8 months old!

For my project, I used the July Smile More kit, and the July Laugh More add-on.  I cut up a few pattern papers into 3×4 pieces, and started embellishing with items from the kit.  I really love those Dear Lizzy roll tags.  Confession…I didn’t realize they were stickers, and just treated them as tags.  LOL!  That’s ok though, because I often like to have the tags hang off the side, or add stitching for a little dimension.  I loved the Pink Paislee Paige Evans bird pattern paper, and the pink floral paper by Crate Paper.  I also really love to repurpose the glassine bags, and incorporate them into my projects; I love the dimension and texture it adds.  Hopefully you can see a few of my fussy cut images in the mini!

By the way, this project would be perfect to use up some of your scraps and leftovers!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a lovely day!

Same Cut File New Layout

When it comes to background cut files there are some that I have used over and over again. I especially like cut files with circles that are large enough to fill with patterned paper and embellishments. I have used this cur file on several different layouts over the last few years and each time it looks different!

If you vary the papers you use and the background and of course all the embellishmemts and photos, it won’t look anything like your older version. Usually I cut my photos into circles with this cut file, so this time I opted to use small contact photos that I tucked into the corners.

I loved the green patterned paper for the cut file and I used the kraft cardstock as the background because I had run out of white cardstock.

So take a look at your background cut files and see if you can give an old one new life by using it with the current Scrapbook Circle kit!

Thanks for stopping by!

🙂 Rebecca

Tech Tip with Rebecca – Splashy Watercoloring

I love the Crate Paper Oasis outline stamps in the June Happy Life Add On. I decided to color them in with a splashy watercolor look.

I used Tombow Dual Brush Pens for the ROYGBV “June” words at the top of the page…

and Tim Holtz Distress Inks for the watercolor splashes at the bottom of the page.

I made a process video to show how I created these watercolor effects and put the rest of the layout together. You can see it here:

If you use some of these outside the line watercoloring effects on your Crate Paper Alpha stamps, we would love to see on the Scrapbook Circle of Friends Facebook Page.

Thanks for stopping by!

🙂 Rebecca