With the Thanksgiving festivities here in the USA yesterday, I completely forgot to put up this post so I'm just adjusting the project/giveaway schedule a bit and we will go through tomorrow instead of ending my gratitude week today. ;)
Several years ago I bookmarked a layout made by my friend, Kelly Purkey, documenting the 27 things or goals she wanted to do in her 27th year of life. I loved the concept and I've had it on my "to-do" list for, well, years. And I love that Kelly kept track of how she did with her goals and posted updates a couple of times along the way. One of the things I want to do a better job of, and Project Life definitely does help me with that, is to include myself in my scrapbooking. I love recording all those memories that I don't want to forget that involve my kids and our family's travels and our day to day life but I don't want to forget to include myself and what's important to me and document who I am in the here and now. After all, it's my voice that is telling all these stories. The narrator has a story too! I think this layout is one that could make an appearance every year. And, yes, I plan to update once or twice throughout my 37th year and when we hit my 38th year, I'll show you how I did!
When I saw this awesome paper from the new Pebbles Seen & Noted collection I knew that I wanted to do some sort of a layout featuring journaling + stamping in the word bubbles. This paper was perfect for this page!
I started by grabbing a bunch of instagram photos I've taken of myself fairly recently (even one on my 37th birthday) and dropped them into this Kerri Bradford photo template (linked below). Once I had my photo collage positioned where I wanted it on my page, I grabbed some pre-made journaling pages, journaling cards and a couple of sickers and created the title above the collage, tucking the journaling card elements behind the collage and leaving just a small portion sticking out.
I stamped the title using one of Kelly Purkey's awesome new alpha stamp sets exclusive to Simon Says Stamp (linked below) and added brads, sticker phrases and a Tim Holtz decorative pin with a date sticker to the title/border.
I grabbed some of my favorite stamp sets and stamped a few phrases that would support my journaling in the word bubbles on the background paper. I purposely used a similar shade of ink to my backgorund as to not make one stamped phrase stand out from the title, journaling, etc. I wanted it to blend in with the design and not overpower my journaling. The Hero Arts Wet Cement Mid-Tone ink was perfect.
Then I typed up my 37 things on some cream/natural cardstock and punched the shapes out or cut them into strips depending on the size of the journaling and added them to the preprinted word bubbles on the patterned paper. This step took a bit of plannning and I only did a few at a time, so that I wouldn't forget which ones went where. The journaling I didn't have a word bubble for was printed out and then punched out with the EK Success Circle Caption punch (which I believe has been discontinued). I've had this punch for years. So nice to get the chance to use it again!
I finished the page by added some wood veneer hearts, gemstones and a badge randomly about the page.
SUPPLIES (click on product photos for links):
- Studio Calico Foodie Stamp Set (menu plan banner)
- Studio Calico Adventure Stamp Set (camera)
- Studio Calico "Bobby Socks" Add On Kit ("this is where I want to be..." stamp)
- Studio Calico Sock Hop Kit ("happy" badge)
- EK Success Circle Caption Punch
- Stampin' Up Large Oval Punch
- Red Gemstones from my stash
Today's giveaway includes a Hero Arts Retailer Teaching Kit (kit with stamps from several of the Studio Calico original releases) which I already own the stamps featured in this kit, a Jillibean Soup 6x6 paper pad that I have a duplicate of and a couple of Studio Calico Stamps from past kits that I've never inked up!
For a chance to win this collection of goodies, leave a comment on this blog post by Saturday, November 24, 2012, 11:59 a.m.
Be sure to check back tomorrow for another layout + video share and the last giveaway for my week of gratitude! See you then!
p.s. I'll announce all the winners from my gratitude week on Monday.