Monday, November 4, 2013

Hey, everyone.  
It was a long, busy day at school today. I was excited to come home and do something crafty.  Unfortunately, my energy level didn't quite cooperate. I was pretty beat. My daughter told me I looked about a hundred years old. Nice.  I felt like it to tell the truth.  But I was determined to do something.  I headed down to my little crafting space in our basement after dinner. I've been working on a gratitude mini album/notebook inspired by Ali Edwards' Thankful Thoughts series.  I want to record one thought for each day of November leading up to Thanksgiving.   I've been using scrap paper and post it notes to record my thankful thoughts up to now!  I have a bunch of leftover designer paper from Stampin Up and had made the pages over the weekend.  I planned on getting the cover together and binding it with my Cinch tonight.  Sticking with mostly Stampin Up products, I stamped an image from the Day of Gratitude set and was happy with it for the most part. I plan on keeping the embellishments to a minimum in this album so, after some consideration about what to do for a title, I decided to simply use the sentiment from the stamp set.  Then it was time to bind the pages.  I don't use my Cinch very often and I have to reteach myself each time!  As usual I got it wrong.  I always put the covers on wrong when binding.  After a bit of a temper trantrum and a calming and therapeutic chocolate cupcake I consulted a few youtube tutorials and gave it another try.  I am basically happy about how it turned out. 

I know it will "come alive" as I add journaling and photos, but I always second guess myself at this stage in a project.  I want everything to be perfect. I have to trust the process and focus on the intention of the album which is to pay attention to the everyday blessings of my life.  Do you find that you stress about every detail of a project or can you let things develop naturally?  Do you stick with it until you get it just right or are you a walk-away-give-it-time kind of scrapper? I guess I'm a little of both.  Now, if I can find my journaling markers which my daughter hijacked yet again, I can transfer the last few days thoughts from my post its to my pages!
Have a great day tomorrow!


  1. I love it! Is this what you were cutting the envelopes for? I want to see the inside! :)

  2. Thanks, April! I will post a few pics when I get a couple pages completed with photos. Stay tuned!


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