Friday, January 13, 2017

One Little Word - January

This week I've enjoyed working on the January prompts in the One Little Word class as I contemplate my ACTIVE year! I especially appreciate Ali's reminders that it takes time to develop a relationship with our words and that just having a word will not change our lives. It's up to us to put in the work to engage with our word throughout the year.

One of my goals this year is to ACTIVELY use my stash, so I chose an 8 1/2 x 11 binder (similar to the ones I used for FUN and INSPIRATION in previous years) to hold the materials and prompts from this year's class. (The binder is actually quite purple with pink & white flowers, but shows up bluish in the photo.)

I grabbed a 6x6 page protector for my first page in the album. The photo I chose to use is actually from December, but it was taken around the time that I decided on my word - an ACTIVE day of baking, cooking, entertaining a guest in our home, and hosting a dinner party for family. It was a FUN day and this photo reminds me of the good feelings I want to pursue during this ACTIVE year. Since I'm using purple and pink papers in this album, I printed the photo in black and white.

For the back of that page protector, I chose a pink patterned papers, purple letter stickers, and words from a Tim Holtz Ideaology sticker pad.

Luckily, Ali is provided materials in both a 6x8 format (to match the album she's using) and an 8 1/2x11 format (although this is the last year she'll provide that size). I printed the eight January prompt cards and cut them to fit in a 9-pocket page protector. I found a tag in my stash that I cut apart and used for the extra pocket. I added journaling and embellishments and really like the way this page turned out.

I don't have anything on the back of that 9-pocket page yet, but I'm sure there will be another prompt in the coming months that will work there.

I printed The Year Ahead and Intentions pages on pink paper and added my journaling with purple ink. I slipped this page into an 8 1/2x11 page protector.

Here's a peek at how everything looks when the album is open.

I'm pleased with the start to my ACTIVE year and album and excited about the year ahead!

I'm also excited that my sister Brenda is joining me in the One Little Word class this year. She's also started a new blog - be sure to click over and check out the cute photo she took to introduce her year of BALANCE!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Custom Wedding Album Video

The second custom wedding album I completed last month contained 46 pages filled with photos and memorabilia from the engagement through the wedding reception. I have a quick video walk-through of the album to share with y'all today. [If you're reading this in email, click over to the blog to view the video.]

A huge thanks goes to my Pun'kin niece Natashia who helped me record this video during her visit in December. Thanks for watching!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday #2

Last week, my first time to participate in What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday, Julia commented...your desk is very this because of the staging, or is that how you work? That photo was staged, however I typically keep my table fairly neat. It does get messy when I'm in the midst of a big project, however I always clean up between projects.

Here's an overhead shot of my craft table today, which actually holds three projects.

On the left of the table is my 2016 Gratitude Journal, which I completed a few days ago. I haven't moved it to our Memories Shelf yet because I want to read back through it first. It's so much FUN to take time to enjoy finished projects, isn't it!

In the middle of the table, I'm working on the January prompts in the One Little Word class. I've chosen a binder, added a few page protectors, and printed the handout and other elements. I'm hoping to add my journaling, a photo and some embellishments later today.

On the right side of the table, I have my 50 Things To Do Before I'm 50 mini-album and two photos that need to be added to it. This album has a page for each of the 50 items, and once I complete an item, I add a photo, the date, and two lines of journaling to the page. I need to complete the pages for my trip to the top of the Empire State Building and completion of the Gratitude Journal.

I'm hoping to have all three of these projects off my table in the  next day or two, then I'm planning to create some layouts!

Head over to Julia's Stamping Ground to see what's on other workdesks around the world this week!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Monday's Mail Memo . . . on Tuesday

Joining in today with Sian's new Monday post idea to share our "favourite piece of post from the previous week." I think it will definitely be interesting to see what bloggers around the world find in their mailboxes each week.

In the mail last week, I was delighted to receive two holiday/new year's cards - one from Rinda and a small one with a lovely note from Alexa.

As I'm striving to be more ACTIVE this year, I plan to create and send more cards and happy mail. I began last week by sending two handmade cards - a birthday card (which I forgot to photograph before mailing) and a Happy New Year thank you card.

Waving to the other Mondayers a little late this week, but hoping to join in often this year! Did you find any happy mail in your box last week?

Monday, January 9, 2017

50 Things To Do Before I'm 50 - Gratitude Journal

Today I'm marking another item DONE on my 50 Things To Do Before I'm 50 List - #30 Keep a daily diary/gratitude journal for one year. Each day of 2016, I recorded something I was grateful for in my Gratitude Journal.

I had hoped to complete the additional pages in the journal at the end of each month, however I occasionally had to complete several months at one time. I've shared the first eight months' pages in previous posts (January, February, March, April/May/June, July, August). This past weekend I completed the pages for the final four months of the year.

I added some collage elements, including the front of one of our anniversary cards this year, to the final page and inside back cover to complete this project.

I truly enjoyed the daily recording process as well as putting together the additional pages in this album each month. It was so much FUN recording all these little bits & pieces of our lives, and I'm excited to have another items checked off my list!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Pray Until You Believe

Prayer has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. There have been times in my life when I was sure that God would answer my prayers, and other times when I've wondered if my prayers were even being heard. Yet, the Word says He hears and will answer our prayers.

In Mark 11:24, Jesus speaks to his disciples about faith and believing in prayer.

Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

When we pray, do we truly believe He will answer our prayer? Do we believe enough to thank Him for the answer? My devotional reading one day this past week encouraged us to pray until we believe. As I took time to meditate on this thought, I recorded it in my journaling Bible.

(On this page, I used a variety of letter stickers and Micron pens to record the main point, then added in little bits & pieces - small punched hearts and various other stickers from my stash.)

Sometimes we see the answer to our prayer immediately, other times it takes much longer, and in some instances we will not see the answer in our lifetime. As I contemplated these ideas this week, I had the words to an old hymn running through my head (and I might have sang them out loud a few times, too). I used the words to that hymn in the margin of my journaling Bible next to Hebrews 10.

(I used a sponge dauber to add the yellow Gelato background and highlighting, a Micron pen to add my journaling, some letter stickers and music themed stickers and washi tape to complete this page.)

I pray that your faith in the Lord will allow you to believe that He hears and will answer your prayers!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Pop-Up Leftovers

Earlier this year, I created a set of four cards using the Queen & Co Circle Pop Ups Embellishment Kit. I ended up with a few leftover pieces from the set and decided to use them on a layout about attending the Great American Scrapbook Convention.

I started with the large circle, but rather than creating a shaker, I added glitter to the circle and placed it over a photo collage of INSPIRATION and products at the show.

The layout design itself is very simple with a few strips of paper, two photos, and bits & pieces from my stash. I added my journaling right on the background cardstock.

I even used the small circle piece, cut in half and covered with glitter, in my embellishment clusters.

I really like how these FUN embellishments add dimension and (with the addition of the glitter) sparkle to this  layout . . . and I didn't waste any of the pieces from the Pop Ups kit!

Have you used the Queen & Co Pop Ups Embellishments? Which shape is your favorite?