Similar to the December Daily/25 Days of Christmas, I wanted to create a daily album recording 30 things I'm thankful for this month. I've seen other people do this, but Cathy Zielske is one of the main people I've seen. So I decided to get started with it yesterday and my goal is to record a picture and and why I'm thankful each day throughout the month.
When I started figuring out how I wanted to put it together I decided that it couldn't be too complicated or I'd never keep up with it. So I settled on a 4x6 photo for each day with a digital file overlay from Ali Edwards called "Thankful Thought" that I will add to each picture and change the date in the bottom right. Then I will print the picture and journaling and attach it to some background paper and maybe add a few extra embellishments. So we'll see how it goes!
We had a fabulous day in Catalina last Wednesday. The weather was perfect, the views were spectacular and the crowds were small...PERFECT DAY! I'm usually not this quick with scrapbooking my pictures, but I wanted to get right to these pictures. Here's an overview video.
Getting ready to go to Catalina this week so I pulled out a couple of last year's pictures to make this layout. I started with a large anchor I cut with my Cameo, backed with navy star paper and then stitched all around it with red thread. I also stitched the top of the waves. When I worked on placement for my photos, I wanted the larger photo to go over the anchor but not to cover it, so I ran the picture through my Cameo to cut out the parts of the anchor that it overlapped. Because of the stitching, I needed to offset my cut by .02 and then it fit perfectly and it looks like the picture fits behind the anchor. I cut the title in red glitter paper and the offset in white card stock. I decided not to add journaling because I liked the way it looked without it and I already have the story down in my Project Life.
I am enjoying stitching on my layouts lately. I took an online course from Ashley Horton and then I created a stitching template for my Silhouette Cameo. I repeated the words LAGUNA BEACH within a circle and then used embroidery floss to stitch each of the letters.
I used an overlay "It's A Beautiful Day" and raised it up off the picture (with some puffy water droplet sticker on each corner) to create a shadow.
In the midst of creating my December Daily Christmas book, I had the urge to create a 12x12 layout of the pictures from my last post of the Haunted Mansion at Disney. Those pictures at the end of that post had to do with the fact that the Haunted Mansion was closed for "decking the halls". I really wanted to scrap those pictures…so here it is...
The bottom horizontal picture on the layout flips up to show pictures from the next month after the Haunted Mansion re-opened.
We love the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland and we look forward to the changes they make for the Halloween and Christmas Season. When we were at the park Aug. 30th, the ride was closed so they could decorate it. I took some pictures that I will share at the end of this post. I think they might make it on to another layout!
Jump ahead to September 27th and the ride was open again! So the girls and I went on it together and at the end of the ride, as we were leaving, we snapped some pictures at a special photo spot they have for the 60th Anniversary of the park. This is what I wanted to get on a layout. I altered the picture in Photoshop to make our faces black and white to add to the spooky/creepy feeling I wanted to convey.
I've created a video overview on YouTube to give you an overview of the layout.
This layout started out with a vellum cut file I made of a world map a while ago. I laid the vellum over a gold foil background and I was going to use it in my Project Life book, but later decided to make a layout with it. I had no idea the direction I was going to go with the layout or what pictures I would use. But one thing led to another and eventually it all came together. I recorded part of my process and my thoughts as I was putting this layout together. If you would like to see my process and various scrapbook products I considered while making it, you can check out my YouTube video here.
Here's the finished layout...
Gold foil is so hard to photograph because of the reflections, so here's a less shiny photo...