Monday, October 20, 2014

Giving Thanks Mini Album & Journal

A good Monday morning to you!
I'm along with a "Thankful" Mini Album/ Journal using the
 beautiful "Sweater Weather" Collection  by
SIMPLE STORIES
and a pumpkin shaped die by Top Dog Dies.
  My inspiration for this type of album/journal derives from the "thankful
posts that I've witnessed on Facebook!

(click all photos to enlarge)

After die-cutting the cover pages from heavy chipboard, I dressed them in 
patterned paper and then distressed around the edges with a walnut ink pad. 

I matted the journal card and added some machine stitching for an 
extra-homespun feel.  Before attaching to the front of the album, 
I added the cute brad banner embellishment.

The inside of the album can be made up of patterned papers cut to
 size, journal cards, pockets, etc.

The pockets and tags were constructed from the Kraft A2 Card Bases & Envelopes.
  The envelopes were trimmed down to a height of 3.75", leaving the width as is.  
The cards were cut in half along the crease and then to a width of 5.25". 
 I also added punched tabs to the top of each tag.

I used a ruler and fine tip black pen to add lines to the backs of the envelopes...
great spot for extra journaling!



 You may chose not to add bulky embellishments to the journal cards
 if you're planning on adding photos to that area.  On the pocket page fronts,
 I only embellished the top or bottom corner so that there is plenty of room for small pictures.


When planning the page's embellishments, keep in mind how the opposite
 page will lay against it.  A bulky embellishment placed against a page with 
a bow may cause damage to the more delicate piece.


Get input from family members and let them each have a tag to write
 what they are thankful for or their favorite Fall memory!

 Keep it simple by allowing the beautiful artwork of Simple Stories do the work!

Add even more pages if you plan on keeping a "12 Days of Thanks" or 
a "November Gratitude Journal"...you may even wish to adapt this
 idea to a SN@P! Binder...what fun!

Products Used:
Sweater Weather Collection:

DIY Christmas:

5 comments:

  1. WOW! This turned out incredible! It is seriously inspiring from cover to cover! :)

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  2. One of my absolute FAVORITE things that you create is your mini albums - If I was as good at it as you are, then I would have like hundreds around my house!! I love your style and all the special extras you add that make your mini albums so perfect!! I especially love those envelope pages and that you for all the great ideas and inspiration I have found here on this post!!!

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  3. How gorgeous!! I love it :) Great colors :)

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  4. You inspire me! I have a mini album I am working on and this gives me a great idea to match yours! TFS and inspiring as always!

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