THE GRATITUDE PROJECT | A DIY MINIBOOK/JOURNAL DOCUMENTING THANKFULNESS IN NOVEMBER (PART III)

Hi friends!  It's December!

You know what that means... time for documenting December and all the Christmas festivities!  

But first... I wanted to share the last few pages of my Gratitude Project. I finished these up on a quiet afternoon in my office after coming home from work with a nasty cold.  There's nothing I hate more than feeling crappy during this beautiful time of year. But, I was able to make the best of it as I turned on some Christmas tunes, sipped hot tea and worked away.  

I'm so thankful I finished this project. It was a very fun and very sweet project. I really enjoyed creating so many pages digitally and then printing and embellishing them. I will definitely be using this format again. Here, you can see Part I and Part II of this project. 

Journal card via Studio Calico Storyboard Documenter Kit. Flair from Feed Your Craft. 

Journal card via Studio Calico Storyboard Documenter Kit. Flair from Feed Your Craft. 

THE GRATITUDE PROJECT | A DIY MINIBOOK/JOURNAL DOCUMENTING THANKFULNESS IN NOVEMBER (PART III)
THE GRATITUDE PROJECT | A DIY MINIBOOK/JOURNAL DOCUMENTING THANKFULNESS IN NOVEMBER (PART III)
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Hello Autumn digital stamp from Equinox by One Little Bird. 

Hello Autumn digital stamp from Equinox by One Little Bird. 

THE GRATITUDE PROJECT | A DIY MINIBOOK/JOURNAL DOCUMENTING THANKFULNESS IN NOVEMBER (PART III)
THE GRATITUDE PROJECT | A DIY MINIBOOK/JOURNAL DOCUMENTING THANKFULNESS IN NOVEMBER (PART III)

 

... And now it is time for December! I'll be back later today with a little peak into my plans and thoughts for documenting my Christmas. 

 

The Gratitude Project | A DIY Minibook/Journal Documenting Thankfulness in November (Part II)

I can't believe how fast November has flown by!  I have some pretty big changes coming up at my "day job" and my hubby has been working a ton of overtime. As a result, our days and the couple of hours we've had had together in the evenings have really come and gone in the blink of an eye.

Life has a way of doing that. 

Which makes me ever so grateful I took the time to prep and create this gratitude project.  Taking the time to slow down and focus on all the good that has happened in the midst of a busy and stressful year has been good for my soul.

Last week, I had one evening set aside to spend time crafting with a close friend. That allowed me some extra time to work on my gratitude notebook.

Below are the pages I've completed and sources to the products used are noted.  You can see the start and first few pages of my notebook here.

 

Circle element from  Turning Leaves  collection by One Little Bird

Circle element from Turning Leaves collection by One Little Bird

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Give Thanks banner from the  Friendsgiving collection  by Paislee Press. Mini Flair from Feed Your Craft.

Give Thanks banner from the Friendsgiving collection by Paislee Press. Mini Flair from Feed Your Craft.

I plan to wrap up what is left of this project over the holiday weekend.  I also hope to film a flip through for my YouTube channel after it's complete, so I do hope you'll stay tuned for more!

Next up, I'll begin preparing for my December album, which I am already so excited about! I'm planning a hybrid album with a mix of pocket pages and 6x8 pages, contained in one three ring binder. I can't wait to share more about it really soon! In the meantime, you can read more about my December album from last year, here.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my U.S. friends! Hugs!

 

12x12 Pocket Page with 4x4 Instagram Photos featuring Turning Leaves by One Little Bird

Autumn is one of my favorite times of year. It gives way to winter which is my favorite season so I always adore that stepping stone into the magical holiday season.

Note: This blog post contains affiliate links.

Recently, Peppermint Granberg of One Little Bird Designs released the Turning Leaves collection (links below). She perfectly captured the amazing beauty of this season.  I loved working with this collection so much, I've already used it twice. You can see it pictured in the layout below as well as in my DIY Gratitude Journal

In this spread, I used a 12x12 page protector, divided into 4x4 pockets. I inserted my photos and printed the designs on 4x6 paper then trimmed them down as need. I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 to cut the elements I had printed to use as word art and embellishments. These pages are part of my 2012 album.  You can see more from that album here

If you're interested in learning more about how I've completed an entire year's worth of an album in just a few short weeks, check out my Big Picture Class here for all my tips and tricks!

Products Used:  One Little Bird Designs Turning Leaves Cards, Elements and Papers | We R Memory Keepers 12x12 Page Protector with 9 4x4 pockets.

 

The Gratitude Project | A DIY Minibook/Journal Documenting Thankfulness in November

I love the concept of documenting a daily gratitude during the month of November. There are so many things to be thankful for each day... I thought about this a lot when my friend Elise from Feed Your Craft announced her #mythankful30 project last year.  She shared a list of prompts and I tried to document something each day that I was thankful for.  However, the project quickly became too big for me to keep up with and I fell off the bandwagon after only 14 days.  Of course, I was still able to find something I was thankful for each day as the month went on, but I just couldn't find the time to document it with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season plus December Daily taking over.

So this year, when I began to consider how I wanted to document my gratitude, I really wanted to create as much of my project ahead of time to allow myself space to finish the project this time around.  

I decided first to document the things that popped into my mind immediately.  I began a Google doc and just started typing. Before long, I had a list of sixteen things I was grateful for, each with their own little paragraph.  I smiled. That was a start!

Instead of documenting something each day, I decided to take the pressure off myself and use what I had already typed as a basis for my project. That way, when I wanted to fill gaps, I could refer to Elise's prompt list as inspiration. 

I began printing my list of gratitudes on my home printer on heavy weight card stock. I then folded them in half and scored down the center.  I layered my pages and used a kraft paper card stock for the cover.  I used my brand new Cricut Explore Air 2 to cut a leaf in the bottom corner. 

The Gratitude Project | A DIY Minibook Documenting Thankfulness in November
Products shown include the  Cozy collection  from Paislee Press

Products shown include the Cozy collection from Paislee Press

Already, I loved how the project was taking shape. 

Next, I began looking through my stash to select various washi tapes, stickers and embellishments that had an autumnal feel. After that, I selected some of my favorite digital collections from One Little Bird, Paislee Press and Sahlin Studio to print and cut from.

So far, I've found three evenings after work to create simple little pages in my mini book.  I'm enjoying the project immensely this time around and I don't feel bad if I've skipped a day (or three!).  I'm using my Instax Printer to print photos here and there, like this one, from Nov. 8th when my husband and I went to vote. 

4x6 quote card from We R Memory Keepers and tiny acrylic stars from Color Cast Designs

4x6 quote card from We R Memory Keepers and tiny acrylic stars from Color Cast Designs

Products shown include the  Turning Leaves  collection from One Little Bird

Products shown include the Turning Leaves collection from One Little Bird

Products show include the  Friendsgiving collection  from Paislee Press, wood veneer from Felicity Jane. 

Products show include the Friendsgiving collection from Paislee Press, wood veneer from Felicity Jane. 

I can't wait to find more time to work on this little book. For the first time ever, I'm actually loving the feel of a book that isn't page protected.  (see my failed DIY #LittleSummerJoy traveler's notebook).  

What are your thoughts?  I'd love to hear from you and feel free to include a link to your own November projects in the comments! 

Products Used:  White Heavyweight Cardstock from Hobby Lobby | Kraft Cardstock from Hobby Lobby | Various journal cards from Project Life and We R Memory Keepers | Digital elements from Paislee Press and One Little Bird. 

 

 

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It's a beautiful day here in the mountains. We woke up to a crisp 59 degrees F. that has me feeling #allthefallfeels and digging out my boots and scarves.  I know it will be short lived but I took advantage of the weather and updated my shop with three Autumn themed sets!  Then I thought, why not share the joy a little and throw in an added shopping bonus!

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Fall theme cork stickers from Turquoise Avenue! These lay-flat stickers work great for scrapbooking, planners, art journals, Project Life pocket page, mini albums and more!
Fall theme cork stickers from Turquoise Avenue! These lay-flat stickers work great for scrapbooking, planners, art journals, Project Life pocket page, mini albums and more!
Halloween theme cork stickers from Turquoise Avenue! These lay-flat stickers work great for scrapbooking, planners, art journals, Project Life pocket page, mini albums and more!

Minimalist 9x12 Project Life Layout featuring One Little Bird and Feed Your Craft! Coupon Inside!

Happy Memory Keeping Monday, friends!

Minimalist 9x12 Project Life Layout by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue featuring designs from One Little Bird and flair from Feed Your Craft! Coupon code included!

This time of year, things start to get busier and busier. The rush of the holiday season begins and I find myself having less and less time in my scrapbook room.  When that happens, I find myself leaning more towards minimalist, clean layouts.  

Minimalist 9x12 Project Life Layout by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue featuring designs from One Little Bird and flair from Feed Your Craft! Coupon code included!

I have recently discovered a favorite new combination - pairing Peppermint Granberg's beautiful, stark designs with the eye catching, three dimensional flair from Feed Your Craft.  I keep a dish of my favorite flair right on the top of my desk so they're only a reach away and I love popping them on a layout as the perfect embellishment.  This layout features the newest collection from One Little Bird, called Honeycrisp.  In addition, I added flair buttons from the So Thankful set, available in Elise's store at Feed Your Craft on Etsy.

Minimalist 9x12 Project Life Layout by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue featuring designs from One Little Bird and flair from Feed Your Craft! Coupon code included!

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Minimalist 9x12 Project Life Layout by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue featuring designs from One Little Bird and flair from Feed Your Craft! Coupon code included!

 

What combination are you loving lately?  I'd love to hear from you!

Products Used:  Becky Higgins Page Protector | Honeycrisp by One Little Bird | So Thankful by Feed Your Craft | Feathers via the October Felicity Jane subscription box |

6x8 Digital Project Life Layout feat. Maplewood, a fall collection by Little Lamm & Co. PLUS A SPECIAL DEAL JUST FOR YOU!

Happy Friday friends! Today is the last day of my fall, digital layout mini series. I've really loved sharing these spreads and I do hope that you've gained some inspiration from them too!  If you've missed some of my shares from earlier this week, you can view them here:  Day One, Day Two, Day Three and Day Four.

Day Five:

Recently, we took advantage of a weekend off and visited the Blue Ridge Parkway to catch the autumn leaves dressed in their fall best.  I love peak season around here - it's simply amazing as the colors are so vibrant and bright. This is something I never got to enjoy growing up in Florida so I especially love this season and transition time. I created these 6x8 digital spreads in about 30 minutes one evening using the Maplewood collection in addition to some elements from the Crisp collection, both by Little Lamm & Co.

6x8 Digital Project Life Layout feat. Maplewood, a fall collection by Little Lamm & Co.
6x8 Digital Project Life Layout feat. Maplewood, a fall collection by Little Lamm & Co.
6x8 Digital Project Life Layout feat. Maplewood, a fall collection by Little Lamm & Co.

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Did you know I offer a weekly memory keeping prompt? This week's prompt is Autumn Festivities and I'll be linking this post in as a completed project. 

Want to learn more and play along? You can join in anytime and can learn more here.