Friday, January 24, 2014

Documenting #30DaysofThankful using Basic Grey Persimmon

Can you believe it is already Friday? Wow! Where has this week gone? I am finishing up this blog post this morning and boy is it freezing here. I realize this is all relative, depending upon where in the world you are as you read this blog post, but North Carolina is never this cold. Never. This. Cold. How cold is it? Well at 6:30 am it was 14 degrees. It's so cold that my dogs will not move off of their dog beds in the family room. They keep looking at the fireplace, back at me, at the fireplace, back at me, I think they might be trying to give me a hint or something.

Did any of you play along with the #30DaysofThankful hashtag? I did and I just love it, I love focusing on what we are thankful for. This is something I work on and pay attention to everyday, but in November, it is so great to see so many others doing this as well. This is the third year that I have documented something to be grateful for in the month of November with photographs, but this is the first time I found a good way to put it all together on a scrapbook page. I really like how it turned out, and I hope you do to.

I have a layout to share with you today. I challenged myself to come up with a different way to display all of the photos I took on my I-phone this past November. I did not want to make a mini book, but instead wanted to somehow come up with a layout that could hold all of these photos. I managed to fit 29 photos on this layout, a new personal record for me!



This layout went together very quickly once the photos were printed. I do not have a large format printer. So I printed them in two groups of images sized 6 inches by 6 inches using my small Epson printer and some help from Photoshop Elements.  Once the photos were printed, I just stuck them down on the left side my dark woodgrain background page using my trusty American Crafts dot runner adhesive. The photo collage (in it's entirety measures 6 inches wide by 12 inches tall, if you were wondering.) Next, I stuck down the Basic Grey Persimmon letter stickers. Then I added the Basic Grey Persimmon envelope, banner, and subtitle stickers. I decided I wanted some more stitching, so I hand-stitched the letter stickers down. I wanted to make sure to include a lot of journaling and to document all of the different things I am thankful for at this time in my life. I decided not to use the journaling card that came with this envelope because it was very cream in color, and the photos are so bright white that it just didn't jive, if you know what I mean. I will use it for journaling at a later date instead. My handmade journaling card is not very fancy, just a piece of scrap white card stock cut to fit and folded in half. It opens up like a book with writing on the front, inside, and back. Sorry I don't have a photo of it here on the blog. I think it got deleted somehow. My last steps were to use a date stamp at the top of the journaling card, a couple yellow enamel dots, a wood heart, and a little splash of Heidi Swapp Gold Lame Mist.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I appreciate you being here. I hope you are warm wherever you are located and that this Polar Vortex leaves and never comes back. I will be back next week with five blog posts with all kinds of goodness to share. I hope to see you back at life, scrapbook, repeat very soon. Have a safe and fabulous weekend ahead!

Happy Scrappin'

xoxox

Toni

14 comments:

  1. Awesome layout, Toni, love the collage you created and your overall page design! I used Persimmon for my Thankful album, love that line! :)

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    1. Thank so much Elise, I will have to check our your thankful album. I bet it is gorgeous!

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  2. Love how you incorporated 29 (?!?!!) photos onto one page. Looks great!

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    1. LOL, you noticed…yup only 29. Two things I was thankful for had to do with Project LIfe, so I just used one large PL image, it worked better for formatting to only use 29. Very observant, and thanks for the comment.

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  3. What a great layout. Love the stitching and banner.

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    1. What a lovely compliment, thank you Leslie.

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  4. Awesome layout, love how you added all the photos :)

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  5. Really cool layout - this paper collection is one of my favorites!! I've been a BG fan for many years :)

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    1. It really is a lovely collection by BG, thanks Emily.

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  6. This is REALLY cool! It is so hard to do so many pictures on a page and still make it look really cute. Great job. You've inspired me to try some shennanigans with my PS Elements! Never thought to do it this way.

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    1. I am so glad that you found this inspirational, thanks for the compliment.

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