I cannot believe it's December already. Our house is still sporting pilgrims, pumpkins and all things Thanksgiving as I'm trying to recover from one CRAZY Thanksgiving weekend. I cooked 3 birds in 4 days and hosted two large gatherings. How was yours? Mine was definitely worth it, but typically I have a solid week in between to get into Christmas mode...but this year the calendar is so tight!
This week is birthday week for my Mr. Mister you know! We are both turning the big (dare I say it) three-oh this month. Craziness! So I thought I'd share this layout from 2011, remembering the good ol' days (lol) of 27!
My Kiss Me collection (valentines themed-Bella Blvd) is one of my favorites, naturally because it's full of pink, pink and more pink!
Makes me happy to see "boyfriend" on this layout. I'm so thankful I am done calling him that, and he's been promoted to hubby, hubster, Mr. Mister. Much more grown-up, don't you think!?
I'm excited to be starting my December Daily as well. My journaling and photographing has begun and I intend to share with you on a weekly basis my progress. While we talking about mini albums and christmas, have you seen what the amazingly talented Julie Johnson has designed over at her kit club, Paisleys And Polkadots?
Julie used my Christmas Countdown collection for the kit! I'm sure she was inspired by all the Elf on the Shelf craze when she created this mini album. Check out the darling elf shoes with jingle bells, poinsettias, twine, ribbons and more! Isn't it beautiful? The kits are for sale now on her website, and considering at Bella Blvd several items from the Christmas Countdown collection are sold out, I'd venture to say supplies are limited! Be sure to get yours today!
Happy thanksgiving. We hope today you've had the opportunity to reflect on all the wonderful blessings in your life, and tell your family and closest friends how much you love and are thankful for them. We've had such a wonderful year and it's not over yet, so let's make the most of what's to come in 2013. A big shout out to all the military men and women as well that are missing their families today because they are defending our freedom. We are grateful for you.
Thank you for visiting today,
I have an *AWESOME* something special for you today :)I can't tell you how many times, SO MANY TIMES, I've been asked, "are you going to make another Thanksgiving album printable like the one back in 2011?" (see 2011 Thanksgiving Album Printables here) It honestly surprised me how many people actually downloaded the designs and created the album for their Thanksgiving gathering. The power of the internet sure is amazing, and I was so grateful to hear that everyone loved them! So...do you want to make this album?! I must confess this is my album from last year (2012-hence the cover). My process is such that each year I turn the previous year's personal project into a public tutorial for you :)
Well, well, well.....today I have a Thanksgiving gift for you! NEW printables PLUS bonus table place-cards too :) So, why a digital album you ask...because it takes less time (for you!) and this way you can have the ENTIRE album prepped and ready for Thanksgiving Day!
Here is my finished album. I'm giving you the digital printables inside pages for FREE today so you can make your Thanksgiving 2013 Album this weekend! You're going to love it! The finished album is 6x6" in size.
I'm going to walk you through the tutorial. If you'd like you can skip to the bottom and begin downloading the FREE PRINTABLES so that you can get started.
You'll need: Pen & paper for your list/planning, a printer, cardstock or photo paper to print digital printables, a scissors or paper trimmer, some chipboard for the base of your pages, adhesive, hole punch to bind the album, and some key rings to bind the albums.
First, you'll need to make a sketch of your book, for planning purposes. The sketch will show your album in it's finished order (assign one page to each guest/family member), and include the front and back covers. Here's mine.
Ready? Here we go...
Everyone at my Thanksgiving Day celebration will have one page (one side) in the mini book. Start by making a list of all the people that will participate int he mini album. In my case it's 21+ front cover + back cover = 23 pages. Then divide this number by 2 because you'll be adhering printables back-to-back onto chipboard. 23/2=11.5 I'm going to round up and prepare 12 pages for my album. By creating a quick sketch (like mine above) you will establish a plan/an order for the mini album. This will help you later when adhering your printables and assembling your mini album.
Now, you'll need to click & download *also save if you'd like, the free printables (scroll down) at the end of today's post. THere are 5 total pdfs sized for 8.5x11" paper (this does not include the bonus place-cards download). You'll need to select some cardstock or photo printing paper and print out the pages you want. You can mix and match them, or you can make all the pages identical. Whatever you like best :) Most likely you'll print duplicates/multiples, depending on how many people will be participating in your mini album.
Using a trimmer (or scissors), trim all your printables along the thin gray line. The final book size will be exactly 6x6".
You'll notice here on my pages in the lower corner I've customized them for my family, with each person's name (ie. "Nicky" on the bottom). Your version of the printables has an empty office tab along the bottom of the page for you to customize it in your own way.
Once you have all your printable pages trimmed stack them up nice & pretty :) Are you excited?
Next you'll need to purchase or locate several sheets of thin chipboard-this will make the album sturdy. These will be the base of your mini album. Trim chipboard to 6x6" pieces, cutting enough according to your album sketch that you made in the very beginning. (ie. I needed 12 pieces of chipboard).
Now you have all your printables and all your chipboard pages trimmed. It's time to assemble your pages. Using chipboard as the base, and referring to your album sketch, adhere in order: BE SURE TO LEAVE FRONT COVER AS BLANK CHIPBOARD for you to DESIGN later! Flip over and adhere next page. Continue through all participants (be sure to follow your sketch), finished again leaving the BACK COVER BLANK for you to design.
Now all your pages are mounted. Put all pages in order. Now you're ready to bind the album using a hole punch or CropADile. Punch holes in exact spot on all pages, and add two 1" key rings to secure. Now it's time for you to get crafty! This year's album printable does not include front or back cover designs, because let's be honest :) we're all a little creative, right?! So, scrapbook and design your own! Here's mine...
I used burlap paper and adhered it to my front and back chipboard covers. Then embellished with my Bella Blvd Feathers, Chipboard alphabets, stickers #s for the year, a wooden button and a flag (all Bella Blvd) You can purchase some of my Thankful collection online here. Keep it simple, remember plenty of people will be handling and touching it. Here are the insides of my front and back covers.
I used patterned papers from my Thankful collection-they will coordinate perfectly. Depending on the amount of printables you are using, you can adhere the first of last page to the inside front cover. My Aunt Chaya was on the back inside cover of this album.
I would suggest to prep everything before Thanksgiving, then take the book completely apart on Thanksgiving and place the chipboard pages in a cute basket with some nice fine point pens and remind everyone to fill out their page. REMEMBER to take photos this thanksgiving because this year's album has a space on each persons page for a photograph-and be sure to pay attention to photo orientation!!
Then, after the party's over I'll re-assemble the book and add my photos and it will be done!! Each year I display the past year's worth of mini albums/projects like this. It's fun as kids grow up, and our lives change that we can reflect on each year's blessings.
I really hope you'll tackle this project this week. The tutorial includes a lot of detail and might seem overwhelming but it's actually really easy! I've done all the work for you already :)
And here they are! Just click the links below each image, to begin downloading.
Consider this your Thanksgiving challenge, and a gift from gratitude from me to you :) Hope you have a wonderful and beautiful Thanksgiving, and that this project makes it much more memorable. Be sure to share the links and printables with your friends!
Okay, yes I'm a bit behind...scrapbooking Carson's 5th birthday and he just turned 7....but oh, well, right!? It's a simple, color blocking layout using my Birthday Boy product collection.
I missed Carson's actual birthday that year because I had a girls weekend getaway planned, so I stopped by one morning just to delivery his gifts :) Still in his jammies, he was so excited about the baseball set and other goodies like the football alarm clock :)
Coming tomorrow will be the reveal of this year's Thanksgiving Mini Album printables, free for all! Make sure you stop by for the full step-by-step and digi download links. The project is a great way to capture this year's gratitude with each member at your Thanksgiving table.