Friday, November 02, 2012

Gratitude Mini Album - Day 1 Review

Come join us over at the Sweet Shoppe here to join in the conversations about creating a mini Gratitude album.  Here are some great first day pages and covers that are being shared in the thread.

This cover by Heather is really fun and I love the texture to it!

This is Monica's first day - I love that she is using Janet Phillip's templates - I'm thinking I might have to find a way to mix these in to my own album!

This is Jessica's day one page - I love the dark background with the bright pops of color!

I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am that all of you are playing along!  Come chat with us at the Sweet Shoppe (even if you aren't using all Sweet Shoppe supplies)!!!!

Here is my day 2 page -

 I'm thankful that my daughters each have their own activities that fit their personalities.  My oldest is 13 and she is part of the YMCA Teen Leadership group.  She's actually the Treasurer for the group, which blows my mind since the kids are 12-18.  I think it shows her leadership potential!   My youngest is 10 and she plays flag footbal at the YMCA. She is the team captain and has really blossomed as a leader this year on the field.   It makes this mom's heart happy!

Looking forward to days 3 and 4 which will be posted on Sunday! Come back and visit again.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Gratitude Mini Album Project

The last few years I've taken the time to post on Facebook each day in November something I'm thankful for.  Some days it's something trivial, other days it's something deep and meaningful.  I decided this year I want to better document the things I am thankful for so I'm creating my own mini Gratitude Album.  I want you to come play along!!!!

I have learned that the more simple I keep my project the more likely I am to get it done.  If I didn't have a plan there is no way I'd finish a 30 day album.  To keep it easy, I decided to go the route of using a template.  I grabbed Meghan Mullens' and Darcy Baldwins' Count Your Blessings Template Album to use for my 30 day album as well as Meghan Mullens' Count Your Blessing kit so I can add matching elements to keep each page looking fresh. The template provides you with some photo pages and journaling only pages which you can switch up to make the album the way you like it. 

I am creating each page digitally and then printing it out on my laser printer on to glossy laser paper.  I then trim and mount to cardstock.  I'll bind it with book ring.  It's going to get thick so I think I'll go front and back once I get past day one.

Here is what my title page and first page look like.


I've been asking my kids to help me think of ideas ahead of time so I have some working ideas in case I can't think of what to scrap each day.  I'm also giving myself the permission to scrap a few days ahead so that I am sure I'll finish the project.  If I end up with more than 30 things I'm grateful for then that's a bonus for me!

Here are some other ideas of how to make a hybrid graditute mini album -
  • Use a pre-bound journal and decorate the front cover.  Then write a little bit each day about what you are thankful for.
  • Use a Smashbook and create a collage every few days to show what you are thankful for.
  • Make 4 x 6 sized pages and send them out to a traditional photo print shop (Walgreens, Shutterfly, etc) and then bind them using a book binding ring.
  • Use pre-made templates to scrap your gratitude and then send them all to a company to get a photobook made. 
  • You could create art journal pages and then print and put in a pre-purchased 8 x 8 or 12 x 12 album.
If you are looking for another great template Janet Phillip's 30 Days of Thanks templates came out for DSD and they are great! - she gives you a cute way to document the whole month of November in a simple, easy way!

I hope this inspires you to play along with me.  Come over to the Sweet Shoppe forum here and link me up to your Gratitude mini album as you make it.  I'd love to inspire and encourage each other so we all get this projected completed before December is knocking on our door!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Everyday I'm Shufflin...

I went on a digi scrapping streak this past week.  Look at what I've been up to. :)

For the Lillypad BYOC Challenge - I just love Shawna Clingerman's Bliss kit and Kim Jensen's Cardboard Alphabet!

This little Boo box is the perfect size to put in a handful of treats to give to a teacher or co-worker!  I made this with In Your Nightmares digital kit by Traci Reed and Jady Day Studios (sweet shoppe) and Kelleigh Ratzlaff's Top Heavy Box template (digichick) which is one of my all time favorite box templates!

This cute little hedgehog box was made for Kelleigh Ratzlaff's online class about papercrafting.  It uses her Soap Box template (digichick) and Rotten to the Core by Julie Billingsley and Meghan Mullens (sweet shoppe)

Another fun layout with pics from Hannah's 10th birthday at Disney Quest.  I used Zoe Pearn's Live Out Loud kit (sweet shoppe) which is a great mix of neutral/white papers and bright pops of color elements for the perfect mix of traditional Zoe and art journaling.

This very simple layout features a pic from our recent visit to the Mojave Desert.  Yeah - it was only 48 degrees in the desert much to our surprise!  I used Homemade Memories by Caroline S, Valorie Brown and Flutter Expressions (one story down). 

I'm not big on multi-photo layouts, but for the Lillypad Product challenge I couldn't resist.  I used Boo-tiful Night digital kit by Erica Zane and Kaye Wineicki (sweet shoppe and lillypad). 

This has to be my favorite layout I've made this year!!!  This layout features Studio's Basic's Addicted to Lists kits that is free with a $10 purchase at Sweet Shoppe through the end of October 2012.  This is my attempt at art journaling and list making thrown together.  I think it's a neat way to document what it takes to go out of town on a whirlwind trip.

Finally I have my first page in Hannah's flag football album for this season.  Loving the Project Life format - makes it so easy!  Now if I can just keep it going.  I used lots of goodies from Michelle Godin (Teenage Boy Papers, Varsity Alpha, Handcarved Stamps) plus some pocket pages by Valorie at the Lillypad. 

Monday, September 10, 2012

Disney Quest Birthday Party

We hosted my daughter's 10th birthday at Disney Quest at Downtown Disney (part of Walt Disney World) in Orlando over the weekend. Here's a link to the whole story and some additional pictures from the event :  SSD Blog.  My daughter declared that it was her best birthday ever - so I will chalk that up to a huge success!
Here are a few of the things I made that helped make this birthday party such a success. 
Invitation using Be Our Guest digital scrapbook kit by Libby Pritchett and Dream Come True by Julie Billingsley (both at Sweet Shoppe Designs)

Personalized key chains  for the girls to hang on their backpacks.
Party favor buckets (from the Dollar Tree) that we decorated with Mickey Mouse heads cut by the Cricut and personalized with Cricut cut letters.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Blog Hop - Back To School Style!

Welcome to Kelleigh Ratzlaff's Creative Team Back To School Blog Hop

Here's my project.  I used Kelleigh's Gable Box template which is being re-released at the Digichick on Friday.  I dressed it up digitally with Got Chemistry by Jady Day Studio and Meghan Mullens.  Then simply printed on my laser printer, trimmed, and assembled.  Easy, peasy and I look like an amazing mom.   What a fun little box to give to your child's science teacher!

Want more back to school inspiration? Visit these blogs for more awesome projects!

Donna -

Be sure to leave a comment on each of the blogs! Kelleigh will choose one random comment from one random blog to win $10 to her store!

AND, leave a comment on Kelleigh's blog telling her which of the projects was your favorite! One random commenter will be chosen to win $10 to my store!

Winners will be announced on Monday morning! Have fun hopping! And enjoy going back-to-school!

Back To School Owl Box

I love the variety of back to school kits available this year.  Especially the number of them with owls included!!!  I do love me some owls.  This is a super easy project that is perfect for the first day of school.  I simply decorated a digital template using a digital scrapbook kit and then printed and assembled - easy as pie!

Here are the supplies I used -
School Rules by Mari Koelegenberg (Sweet Shoppe)
DIY Popcorn Box template - Heather Roselli (Sweet Shoppe)
White cardstock
Laser Printer
Scoring tool
Double Stick Tape

All the directions you need are included in the Heather's Popcorn Box templates available at the Sweet Shoppe.  Now all I have to do is decide what to put inside!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Project Life: Vacation Style

I've been working on our vacation album using the Project Life style layouts.  I thought this would be a fun way to document our trip.  I'm loving the results, however, it's definitely a labor of love!!! 
Here is what I have done so far - this is all done using digital scrapbook supplies.  I hope to scan in some of our memoriabilia to add in the digital album.  My daughter Katie and I are also working on Smash books with some of the cool stuff we brought home.

Day 1 Left & Right

First Day - Night - Left

I'm hoping to get a few more pages done each week so check back.  I'd love to hear your comments on how you think this album is coming along!!!  If you are looking for a list of supplies for this just let me know - the list is about a mile long at this point. 

Friday, September 23, 2011

Halloween Hybrid Boo Package

Yeah for the first day of Fall!!!! It's my favorite time of year!  To celebrate I put together a little Boo package to give to a co-worker to kick of the annual giving of a little Boo gift around the office (works great in neighborhoods too!)

This project was very simple to create!  I used Lliella's Designs Halloween Doodles digital kit to create the card on the top of the box and the "I've been Booed" sheet inside.  Using Photoshop Elements I created the outside and inside card panels which were affixed to a orange cardstock card on the top.  I create the "I've been Booed" sheet on the same print sheet (also in Elements) so I only needed to print one time.  Here's what my print sheet looked like:
After printing I trimmed, mounted and was ready to fill my recycled product box.  Inside the box I tucked a bag of the Brach's Autumn mix (a classic Fall treat in my book) and some homemade ginger cookies tied with white sheer ribbon.  To tie the box closed I cut two slits in the front of the box and slid the ribbon through the holes and tied.  The black ribbon and button were hot glued on.

Here's some more pics of this fun project.  I hope you will give it a try!!!