Mother’s Day evokes so much emotion. Doesn’t it? In moms. In kids. Those emotions may be positive. They may be negative. They can just run the gamut, can’t they? We women. We may not be moms. We may not have kids. We may not have a great relationship with our moms. Our mothering may be with some serious hurts and pains. Even with all that in mind, no matter the situation, what we women are above all?
We are life givers.
My experience with women in my life? They are life givers. Whether or not they are moms. It’s sort of this innate thing we possess. The ability to give life to people, our homes, our speech, our relationships, our vocations. I want to celebrate THAT this coming Mother’s Day weekend. More importantly I want you to know YOU are a life giver. No matter your station in life.
One way I know I exercise my life giving ability is through my creativity. Many around me absolutely love the gift of photos. Words. and albums. It continues to make such a deep impression on my heart my ability to give (and in this instance to my Mom) a gift of an album filled with photos of her people and words about her people. And then to watch her receive it with so much love and appreciation. It just gets me every time.
Let me share with you what I put together for this year’s gift.
I call this Storyline meets Hawthorne. Wanting to create a mini album from last winter’s family photo shoot, I gathered and printed the photos.
I gathered a Storyline album exclusive to and available at JoAnn Stores. This album is about 8×6-inches and is spiral bound. It’s a lovely size for a ‘brag’ book sort of album.
And to fill the inside? Hawthorne collection is the focus of this album. This beautiful collection was all I needed to create the book I had in mind. To start, I covered the inside pages with Hawthorne pattern paper. This gave it the vibe it needed as one opens the book
The Storyline album begins with a vellum page. Under that page is the ‘title’ page to the album. I used the Letter Foam Stickers for the year. These letters are double adhesive sided. Remove the top paper to reveal a sticky surface. Then foil, glitter or foil flake the surface. For the foam stickers in this album I am using the Minc Champagne foil. See the video below for a how-to with these fun and innovative foam stickers.
Included in today’s post is a video walk through of the album. In it I talk about how to keep a mini album cohesive.
The video will discuss further the Foam Words and Letters and how versatile they are for any project.
I will show you how to cover up some mistakes. And also how great a tool the WeRMemoryKeepers Planner Punch Board is for this album and the spiral binding.
In the video you will see how to keep embellishments to a minimum to aid that always desired WOW factor.
One of my favorite ways to create a mini album is discussed. And that is by repeating elements and sketches.
Oh. And. I’ll show you a fun way I just went and changed up pages to make them work for me in this album.
And that’s this years mini album to my ultimate life giver. My mom.
I hope and pray this post today inspired you to not only create an album for a special woman in your life. But to think of her as well as yourself in a bit of a different light. And that is of a Life Giver. We have the power to give or take away. Let’s give this weekend with all our hearts.