Saturday, August 13, 2011

attitude of gratitude...

Hello! The Papertrey Ink team is back again to share with you a new stamp set called Gratitude Journal designed by Dawn McVey. Perfect for this time of year, to reflect on all that we're grateful for! I wanted to make a little mini book that I can add pages on to, and I really wanted to try an unusual color scheme - something other than the traditional "fall" look. I chose to use Pink Paislee's Nantucket line of papers!


Here you can see I've used some new Pink Paislee wooden alphas and stamped "life is beautiful" across them with the Gratitude stamps. One of my favorite things Pink Paislee came out with this month is these beautiful Vintage Vogue Spool Buttons, so I couldn't wait to try them on a project (the black wooden circle). I added a tab to the front that is cut from one of the patterned papers and stamped with, "gratitude, a journal".
The tabs were cut with a new set of dies called Journal Tabs, then I stamped on them and stitched the bottoms of the tabs for an extra detail.
Page 1: I used a sheet of vellum for journaling and layered it over a large photo of my daughter Taylor. I had a lot to say, so I decided this would be a good way to fit a lot of journaling without blocking the photo all together.


Page 2: My girls are getting so close now that they are getting older. They are 11 (almost 12) and 6 years old. I love how well they play together sometimes, and this photo really captures that! I'm grateful for all of the little happy moments we have together.
On this page, I stamped the "Give Thanks" twice - once in a lighter brown and once in a darker brown, then layered them on top of each other. The doilies are just purchased from the craft store in the baking supply section.
Page 3: Here I stamped onto the envelope and sprinkled white paint over the top. There is a little note (journaling) tucked into the envelope. Watching my girls dancing in the rain makes me so happy!
More of the Vintage Vogue wooden spools and a Papertrey Ink button and twine! I stamped "treasure" 3 times, stitched and then shabbied it up with paint. LOVE the chevron paper that Pink Paislee came out with! I could use it on everything!


The last page is one of my favorites, because I really love the mix of patterns and colors here, sort of an eclectic feel. I used a vintage book paper for my journaling and folded it up 3 ways, then punched a hole and tucked it into my book. The brown polkadot paper is a paper by October Afternoon, floral button is Crate Paper and sticker/twine/other papers are Pink Paislee. Ribbon is Papertrey Ink.

One of my favorite things when creating mini albums is making little "fun finds" inside, little surprises like this folded page of vintage book paper that I journaled inside.
Love repeating a stamp on a background. I left the bottom open for journaling. I think I'm going to add more open pages that are ready for journaling, so I can add MANY more pages to my book this month! There is so much to be grateful for!
When finished, I tied the book together with embroidery floss, an inexpensive way to bind your own books.
 Gratitude Journal:
STAMPS: Gratitude Journal, Simple Circles
(star on front cover) by Papertrey Ink
INK: True Black/ Dark Chocolate by PTI, light brown by Ranger,
pink is Chewing Gum by Jenni Bowlin
PAPER: Nantucket line by Pink Paislee, (brown polkadot) October Afternoon
DIES: Journal Tabs by Papertrey Ink
OTHER: ribbon/twine/buttons by Papertrey Ink,white floss, doilies, Vintage Vogue wooden spools by Pink Paislee, white flower by Pebbles, envelope by Maya Road, seam binding.

Thank you for visiting! Please visit the other ladies to see what they have made with the Gratitude Journal stamps and dies!

22 comments:

Julie Campbell said...

This is GORGEOUS! I am always in awe of what you come up with. All of your details are so fun to look at! -- and your girls are so cute! Be very thankful that your kids get along! My boys are 4 years apart and fight like cats & dogs. ;)

Sarah Jacqueline said...

I love everything about this! Just so beautiful, Danielle! And I love the idea of the gratitude journal :)

chris'scrap said...

absolument ma-gni-fi-que !!!!

thestampingbug said...

Beautiful book. Love all the sweet colors and the mish mash of fabulous embellishments...perfectly grateful! Kerry

Moonie said...

what absolutely stunning yummy to die for gorgeous work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chiknana said...

rhalalalala, c'est superbe!!

Stella said...

This is jaw dropping gorgeous!

Maria Doricheva said...

What a fun album. Beautifully done!

Maria Therese said...

Gorgeous ♥♥♥♥♥

Jill said...

This is jaw-droppingly lovely!

Kathy Martin said...

Gorgeous! Amazing! Love it!

Kathy said...

Such a beautiful little book, Danielle. I love the photos with the vellum journaling. Love all the sentiments, stamped through out!

Laura B. said...

lovely, gorgeousness!!

Gisele Pasquini Cavassin said...

I love all... and I love the colors of your job always!

Lynn said...

gorgeous mini! I just love your style. You have inspired me to be more "free" in my creations, putting things together that may not be obvious choices. Thanks for sharing your projects!

Brenda Johnston said...

This is beautiful! I love the soft colors! Thanks for sharing.

Wendy ten Hove said...

Love all the details and colors!! So pretty!!!
Hugs, Wendy

Dri Noleto said...

Your work is simply perfect! Loved the different colors you've used!
I'll visit the other girls too!
hugs

Diana L said...

Your Gratitude Journal is amazing -- I love it. Is there a chance you may be putting together a "kit" for this journal??

Renee VanEpps said...

SOOOOOOOOO cute, so You! thanks for continuing to inspire me!

Ania said...

Such a gorgeous mini - I don't get how you manage to "do it all" but I am glad you do :D

lynn said...

beautiful work, danielle:)