First up are the supplies I'll be using. I have the Many Thanks kit that was released in the shop, patterned papers from my scrap stash that include October Afternoon, Basic Grey, Crate Paper, and a few others, and just a few new items from American Crafts.
I've got stamps from the shop (including a new one coming November 15th), from Elle's Studio and Kelly Purkey, as well as older sets from Studio Calico and Felicity Jane. I grabbed my go to Simon Says Stamp ink colors, Fog and Pale Blush Pink along with Sunkist, Stone, Apricot, and Rosie Cheeks.
Now on to my album. I thought I'd be sticking with cardstock paper cut down to make my pages that were then bound with album rings (pictured above), but once I sat down to determine the flow of my album, it didn't feel right. I wanted a little more space to allow for breathing room and I also wanted to be able to stamp and add dimensional elements without worry.
I had just gotten a pack of dot grid A5 paper that wasn't going to work for my intended use, but found it would work great for this project. I gently removed the cover I'd made and was able to put it onto my newly trimmed album cover.
Last but not least, let's talk about how my first page came together. Using the upcoming Pattern Play stamp set, I stamped on my background in shades of grey and then typed my journaling. I added gold mist droplets over the stamped areas and trimmed a 4x4 piece of patterned paper to layer under my photo. Feeling like I needed just a little something more, I used the Stitched Leaves metal die set from Lawn Fawn to cut out leaves.
Now I have a simple formula to base the rest of my album on, which is key for me when doing a daily project. I'll also be using the prompt list again, not only because I've enjoyed seeing what's changed from year to year, but also to help keep this an achievable project for me.
You might notice a small difference from my final product if you watched my video. I was feeling unsettled by my page and decided to make a change. I cut down the 4x4 teal patterned paper from 4x4 to 3x3 and arranged my leaves on top of and below the paper. I'm so much happier with how it now looks and am really ready to get more work done on my album. :)
If you'd like to use the list, you can find it here, and if you're participating in your own gratitude album or project, please let me know, I'd love to see!