As you have probably seen, a lot of scrapbookers are taking part in the 30 Days of Gratitude challenge for the month of November. Each day of the month, they will be documenting one thing that makes them thankful. Most people are making mini albums. However, I wanted to incorporate it into my 2013 family Project Life scrapbook.
Given that I am currently stuck in bed with a ruptured disc, I knew I needed to keep this project simple. Doing a bit of scrapbooking each day is helping to keep me from going totally crazy, but I knew I wouldn’t be able to keep up with it if I made it too elaborate.
For this project, I used Becky Higgins Project Life page protectors in design A. With one photo and one 3×4 card for each day, you will need 5 page protectors.
In the interest of keeping things simple, I didn’t use a ton of supplies. I used the Project Life Fall theme card pack which is just perfect for a gratitude album. I just love the rich colors and prints in this pack. Since I can’t currently get out to the store to buy the printed ones, I used the digital version (from digitalprojectlife.com) and printed my own. It was my first time using a digital kit but I ended up really liking it. I love that if I make a mistake on a card, I can just print another one!
I also used cardstock in neutral colors like cream and tan. In addition, I used a small leaf punch to help tie the photo and 3×4 cards together. The only other embellishments I used were some washi tape and some fall rubber stamps.
The first page has a little bit of a different format than the rest and only contains 2 photos. The other 4×6 slots were filled with a title card and another card where I journaled about the reason I am doing the 30 Days of Gratitude challenge. For the 2 extra 3×4 slots, I used a handmade filler card stamped with leaves and one of the Project Life fall theme pack filler cards. The sentiment on that card was just perfect for this project.
For my title card, I edited the card to add “30 Days of Gratitude” before I printed it. Then I added 4 small leaf punched shapes to add the year.
To tie together each day’s photo and journaling, I simply used a numbered leaf punch shape in the corner on both the photo and the 3×4 card.
Here is the layout for days 3 through 6. This layout is going to be typical of how I do the rest of the 30 day challenge pages. I may add a little bit of rubber stamping here and there, but basically the layout will stay the same. The 3×4 cards will go in sequence with the corresponding photo on the same side.
I already have the cards inserted for the rest of the days and I am going to print pictures weekly. I have been doing the journal cards daily to keep up.
So tell me… Are you doing a 30 Days of Gratitude scrapbook this year?