Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Little Thoughts of Gratitude

Hello Hello
How is everyone this fine day?
Well into your work day I would assume or maybe for you it's a crafty kind-of-day...
Boy those kinda days are my favorite!
 What I have here for you is a quick peek at a few minis that I made over the weekend, they are going to be apart of my Gratitude Collection in my Etsy shop very soon.
 A few years back I made a Gratitude mini for myself and although mine is a bit larger than these guys I think the sentiment is still a very good one. In order to feel blessed one must continuously count their blessings - this mini is a perfect way to do just that...snap a few photos of people you love and particular items around your home that bring you joy, jot down a few thoughts, upload & print your photos to a 2" square and then adhere them into your Gratitude mini book.
 I think this mini is my favorite from the set and it's most likely because of his colors, I love teal and the Kraft just makes that teal come alive I think. Anyways I made 7 in total and they are 3" square envelope style minis with a hidden hinge system. The covers I did with light weight chipboard and the spine is made using grunge paper, I added a button/twine closure that wraps around the whole to keep all those tabbed spots in their place. Last but not least I used several different collections of pattern paper from my stash to cover the pages then inked up all the edges with some distress ink. In each of the pockets I added a tabbed pull-out Kraft journal spot for all those extra bits & pieces.
 There are 6 pages in six of the books and then one of the books only has four pages, my thought was that the 4 page mini would be mine for this year and also dub as my sample piece when I do my show at the end of the month here locally. But now...well...I'm thinkin' that this guy might have to be my sample.
 As for my book I can tell you that I will probably take some new photos on my phone over the next several days of random things and then friends and family as I see them, then at the end of this month I will go through what I've captured via Instagram - decide on what I want to print - then add them onto the pages and leave the pull-out journaling spots for my thoughts and maybe a few quotes from my daughters. I have found that I love keeping track of those funny little things that they say and this would be a great spot to record them. 
So there you have it...an adorable and meaningful way to be grateful this coming season as Fall begins to set in and mother nature slowly succumbs to her restorative slumber. 
I will be adding the remaining 6 mini books to my Etsy shop later this week if you are interested please take a look. Also if you have any questions please feel free to contact me, I'd be happy to hear from you.
 Hope you all have a wonderful work week and thank you so much for stopping in.
just B 

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