Tuesday, November 7, 2017

My Thankful 30 {2017} Days 1, 3 and 4

I've already fallen a few days behind, but I think a part of me was expecting that would happen. I was pleased to remember that I had a frosted notebook that is now serving as my album and the sun came out just long enough for me to be able to record a video sharing how my pages for November 3rd and 4th came together. You can view the video here or continue on reading about how those pages came together.

If you haven't yet seen it, here's my page for day 1. Using a Distress Marker, I colored onto a piece of plastic and then added water to the ink with a water brush. Then I laid my paper into the liquid in a couple of places. Once it was dry, I typed my journaling, added stamping, embellishments, and my photo. (The Pattern Play stamp set used here and below on day 4 is coming to the shop November 15th.)

For day 3, I went bold by printing a design I created on transparency film and adhering my photo to it. I didn't want the transparency to stick out like a sore thumb in my album, so I decided that the best way to work with it would be to have the page layered over the A5 graph paper I was using as my foundation pages. I'll also make sure to bring transparency back into my album at least one more time to maintain a cohesiveness in my album.

I used a stencil with texture paste that I tinted with Distress Ink in a few areas on my page and of course realized after the fact that I should have typed my journaling first. I covered the dried texture paste with Post-It notes just in case and then ran it through my typewriter. I added gold mist droplets around the stenciled areas and then adhered some little word stickers with foam adhesive and called my pages done.

For the last page, I went with a simple grid design after the boldness of November 3rd. I trimmed down one of the cards from the Many Thanks kit so that it was the same size as my photos, and then added a couple of chipboard shapes to a tag that I stamped the date on. Needing just a little something more, I added a stamped image in a couple of places and that was that.

None of the photos I used for the 3rd or the 4th were taken on those days, which is uncommon for me when I work on a daily project, but time restraints have meant that I need to be a little more flexible. The important thing to me is that I'm able to take the time to really appreciate a person or a place by recording each story or memory in my album.

And as a little thank you, you can download the design I created to add to your own projects, whether you're working on an album of thanks or something else. It's a unique size so that it can be trimmed to either A5 or 6x8. (If printing on transparency film, make sure you purchase the appropriate style for your printer and adjust your printer's media settings to the correct type.)

daily supplies - A5 6-ring binder, A5 dot grid paper, Dated Stamp - Elle's Studio, WRMK Typecast typewriter, Fog and Stone Inks - Simon Says Stamp
day 1 - Wild Honey Distress Marker - Tim Holtz, Maggie Holmes die cuts - Crate Paper, Pattern Play stamp - Feed Your Craft, Dated Stamp - Elle's Studio, foam adhesive
day 3 - Apollo Transparency Film, Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink and Texture Paste - Tim Holtz, Scattered Bars stencil - My Favorite Things, word stickers - Gossamer Blue, gold mist - Heidi Swapp, foam adhesive
day 4 - Many Thanks card and chipboard shapes and Pattern Play stamp - Feed Your Craft, white tag


  1. Beautiful, Elise! You remind me of techniques I need to check out. Thank you for sharing your beautiful, thoughtful work. Michelle t

    1. Thank you so much, Michelle! Definitely look into trying different techniques, it can be a lot of fun! :)


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