The 10 Days of November: Day 3 - Handmade Journaling Cards

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Hi, I'm glad you stopped by.  This is the third post in my series, The 10 Days of November. 
You can access previous posts here, and here.

As I was planning this series, I knew I wanted to include a few handmade journaling and filler cards.

For these cards, I primarily used  Papertrey Ink stamps and dies.  I love the new Monthly Moments-November stamp set.  I might have to go back and take another look at previous Monthly Moments stamp sets! 

I made 4 of the journaling card below, and will place them at each place setting on our Thanksgiving table.  Every year as we lounge around the table, we take turns sharing what we are thankful for.  This year, I decided to have those thoughts documented (in their own handwriting), and include them in The 10 Days of November album.

Tomorrow, I'll share the foundation pages for The 10 Days of November. 

One-Layer Simplicity Challenge #11

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

This month the One-Layer Simplicity challenge is Home, Sweet Home.  I decided to use Stampin' Up's new Wondrous Wreath set.  Many of the cards I've seen around blogland using this set are done in the various shades greens with red berries.  I thought fall colors would a pretty. 

You can link your card to the One-Layer Simplicity blog.  You still have a few more days to play.

Supplies: Stamps - Wondrous Wreath, Stampin' Up & Thinking of You (sentiment), Papertrey Ink Ink- Harvest Gold, Orange Zest, Tettacotta Tile, Papertrey Ink  Twine 

The 10 Days of Thanksgiving: Day 2

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Today is Day 2 in my series, The 10 days of Thanksgiving.  You can find Day 1 here.   I thought I would share my process when starting a new scrapbook project.

First, I choose the album.  What size do I need for my project?  What color or material (cover) do I want?   Then, I decide on the card stock and patterned paper.  What's my theme?  How much paper do I need?  Did I really say that?  One can never have too much paper, right?  With all the collection packs and pads available today, it's easy to find exactly what you are looking for.  And, with many of the collections you will find alphabet stickers, journaling cards, and element stickers included. 

For this project I'm using Carta Bella's, A Perfect Autumn collection and Simple Stories - Snap Studios, 6 x 8 faux leather album in brown.  I wanted a smaller album (not the standard 12 x 12) because I'm only documenting 10 days each year.  This will be the featured coffee table display book during the month of November, so I need a practical size.  


Next, I shop my stash looking for embellishments that coordinate with my theme and color palette. Below are some of the items I plan to use.  I know I'll be adding to this assortment with die cuts, stamps, and I'm sure, more embellishments.  Embellish until you're heart's content, right?

I would love to hear what your creative process is when starting a new project! 

Look for more posts in my series, The 10 Days of Thanksgiving.  I'll share my thoughts on "must have" tools, handmade journaling cards ideas, foundations pages, and of course, the end result.

The 10 Days of November: Day 1

Monday, November 10, 2014

Welcome to the 10 Days of November.  This project is a November Daily, if you will.   Let me explain.  The 10 days represent the Friday before Thanksgiving and continues through the week of Thanksgiving, ending on Sunday. This year the dates are Friday, November 21 – November 30, 2014.  To me, this is Thanksgiving!  It's when family and friends come together, traveling across the country or across town.  It’s about the love and traditions we share.  And, it's about the stories and memories we remember.

I’ve been considering a project like this for some time, and out of sheer frustration, I decided it was time to make it happen!   Thanksgiving is not just a day sandwiched between Halloween and Christmas!  It's a special holiday and it needs to be spotlighted. 

I know you are all familiar with the December Daily concept.  It’s a wonderful project highlighting all those special moments during the month of December. I needed create a small version (fewer days) for documenting those same special memories during Thanksgiving.  Of course, I could incorporate my 10 Days of November into Project Life each year, but by doing that, my project didn’t seem to have the importance I was looking for.  I love the idea of a separate, smaller album just for Thanksgiving.  This is something I plan to add to each year, and display during the Thanksgiving holiday.

As I was planning my 10 days of November, I made a list of things I wanted to include and photograph.  I thought some of these ideas might help you.  Of course, this is not my original list.  You probably couldn’t read it.  Thank goodness my daughter Katelyn, came to my rescue and put together this beautiful list.  Thanks Kate!

I hope you’ll join me in documenting your 10 days of November, however please feel free to fine-tune your November album with any time period that works for you.  You may feel the 7 Days of November is a better fit!  Do I hear 5 days?  I would love to hear what you are doing.

Please stop back by this week for additional posts of my 10 Days of November series.    

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