Gratitude is one of my favorite current themes. I think it is so important to be thankful, and to show gratefulness at every opportunity. It is key to one’s happiness to give thanks first. To find the beauty in everyday simplicities. So when we were given the assignment with ‘gratitude’ as a theme, my mind immediately went to work.
The opportunity to combine memory keeping with gratitude is really at the center of what fuels me to document my family’s life. With Heidi’s beautiful Gratitude kit and cutting files, and Vintage Chic collection, I went to work to do just that. The cutting files, as you will see, are thematic throughout this mini. These cuts are what begin each little story within the larger story of the album.
So to start, I knew I wanted vellum pockets to showcase each file cut. I love how the transparency of the vellum highlights the die cut word and allows the other page to peek through. There is a tutorial on my blog sharing how these pockets were made. The die cut word was misted with an aquamarine and gold mist, then adhered to each vellum pocket. And because I wanted this mini album to be very interactive, each pocket is unique, as you will see. The first one holds a die cut with journaling that explains the reason for this book. I wanted lots of journaling opportunities for this gratitude book of blessings, so you will find lots of tags and journaling cards tucked away here and there.
After each vellum pocket page, there is a photo page. The event of my son’s two year old birthday, and the photos taken, gave me opportunity to really observe gratitude, and how this time together with family helped to really highlighted that theme. So each page has plenty of tags to do just that, to journal my gratitude.
With this in mind, I created pockets on each page. There is a shipping tag, or a Vintage Chic Note card tucked in another vellum pocket behind the photo. This adds to the interactiveness of this book, plus gives me plenty of ways to really focus on gratitude through words and pictures.
Another way I used the vellum pocket page, was by tucking in a Vintage Note card with one of Heidi’s gratitude quotes printed on the card.
One of my favorite quotes, and I think even a birthday party is an occasion to celebrate the fact that we have enough to share.
And part of a birthday celebration is just that…sharing what we have. We really enjoy having family over and I am always thankful that there is plenty for all to have and enjoy. This might seem like a simple thing, but I don’t want it to fly past me that I can easily feed a party of 13+ and even have leftovers. And I love being able to share such a simple blessing of enough in a mini album like this.
Magical was another of Heidi’s cutting files. And I loved how it fit perfectly with the photos I chose for that word…
..my mother and my 2 year old sharing a little moment together. It was a magical moment that I took as a personal gift to see them together in such a sweet way.
This page is interactive in an additional way. A little extra place was created for another photo that my Dad captured. I love how he looks like he is totally ‘getting’ Grandma’s camera. And I love finding ways to add more photos to a page.
Another way I had fun with the vellum pocket pages was by using extra die cuts, misting them, and placing them in the pocket. The photo does not give it justice, but it is a fun element to have those hearts shining through the vellum like so.
The ‘gift’ die cut was perfect for the gifts page. I trimmed an ‘s’ from another word to make it actually say ‘gifts’. There were several sweet little shots taken of the baby opening his presents…so this page needed a flip book to add a few more photos.
There are actually three photos, with room for another on this page. But you could make the flip book with as many pages as you needed to be home to those extra pictures.
Ah…one of my favorite pages…’heaven’ was such a great word in the Gratitude kit. And this time, gold and silver sequins were placed in the vellum pocket, as the cupcake page shines through. Now, why would I put cupcakes in a book titled “blessings’? Well…that would be because my 13 year daughter has been baking for about a year and a half now, with great ambition to be a baker. I don’t want to ever forget these raspberry cupcakes with to die for raspberry frosting. They were indeed a little piece of heaven, and something I for one was very thankful to receive.
‘Joy’ perfectly fits this page. A Vintage Chic Note Card has the ‘joy’ quote from the kit printed on it. The back of the card is still blank, but it provides more opportunity for more journaling. And remember, I want this book to be full of words of gratitude, so I will be taking advantage of all the extra cards and tags to do just that.
Having two photos for this page, I went ahead and mounted the second just tucked a little behind the vellum pocket, which also has a Vintage Chic Note Card. And as you saw before, the picture even peeks above the page a little. I love how that worked out. And what fun the Vintage Chic Mini Tags are…one of my favorite products from this new collection. His ‘status’ is indeed ‘little’, another cutting file from the kit, and it perfectly suits this page.
I really like making my die cuts on white textured cardstock. I often cut several since I am not always sure exactly what I am going to use. By cutting them on the white, I can mist them to whatever color I need, making them very versatile.
By way of conclusion, all the photo pages were created using several layers of the Vintage Chic pattern paper, sticking as close to the yellow hues as much as possible, with pops of the teal. The Mini File Folder labels were cut in half and used as layering elements too. Each page has either a Definition or Sentiment sticker. It is so easy to find a perfect saying to fit any photo using those stickers. And as with most of my mini albums, following a sketch for each page really makes a mini album come together quickly.
Hope you find that any occasion is cause for gratitude, and that you find gratitude in the everyday.
There is so much that I love about this project:
1. love that she bound it with book rings so that it can grow!
2. Love that she cuts the words from white cardstock to customize on the fly with Color Shine!
3. The vellum pockets are stunning!
4. I just love the exposed layers and tabs…
5. Every page has more than meets the eye!
I admire Jamie’s creative genius… but I love her spirit! She has a sweetness about her that just shines through as she shares these details about her life, and the things she is grateful for! I admire the authenticity of this project, and it truly inspires me and energizes me to create!
As you can see… Jamie utilized a bunch of the different elements of the Gratitude kit that is now available in my digi shop… there are 27 png files and lots of brushes… I wanted to remind you Silhouette owners how to convert a png file into a cutting file—I created this tutorial… so check it OUT! You will be amazed at the JOY that comes from some silhouette cutting!
Jamie, you knocked this one out of the park! Fantastic! you can see more info about this project HERE …note: she has created a tutorial for these amazing vellum pockets on her blog! it’s SO awesome, so make sure you take a look!