Welcome back to day "3" of Creative Weekly! It's Crate's special week of "Gratitude" as the design team introduces beautiful creations centered on those things that bring about great meaning in their lives, and happiness. If your interested in finding out more about it, and this week's challenge, visit HERE. The prize is Acorn Avenue, embellishments + papers. Don't forget, entries are due November 18th, 2012.
I'm always truly thankful for my family. I'm a part time worker, so my daughters help me everyday. They scrub the bathtub, hang out the laundry and iron clothes for me. When I'm tired and return home from work, they help me to relax and tell me about their day. When they do, they're always so happy and to see them that way makes me just as happy, if not more so. Recently, my oldest daughter has entered a rebellious phase. I often have to quarrel with her, but as soon as she smiles, the frustration quickly subsides. I feel myself compelled to forgive her all the time. Much of my life is great because of "family" - I have the best time scrapbooking about them, especially my girls.
It's amazing how fast the year has gone by, in just a few more weeks it'll already be the new year. As I look back on this year, so many things have happened - from a crazy work year of traveling every month, to having the opportunity to travel and teach scrapbooking classes, making new friends and to saying goodbye to old things. There's so much to be thankful for and I wanted to capture this in a series of cards for my box of Thankfulness.
For this week's theme, Be Grateful, I made a thankful banner, and wanted to involve the whole family in the project.
I rough cut some burlap triangles..the best part was I wasn't obsessed with it being "perfect" so my daughter Ellie helped me..and she loved it!
Then, we selected patterned paper from Crate's Fall collection, "Acorn Avenue", and cut them in slightly smaller triangles. I made a template, and once again, my daughter helped cut them out. While she was doing that, I chose several pieces of coordinating cardstock and patterned paper to cut leaves out with my Silhouette. Crate came out with these adorable patterned clothespins to match their collections and I knew I was going to adhere multiple leaves to each one and hang those between the banner pieces. On the back of each leaf, for one day in November, each family member will write something we are thankful for. We can keep the leaves after we're done, and come next year, add new ones! I really love the concept of teaching my children to be thankful for both the big and small things in our lives. My oldest daughter wrote that she is thankful for our dog, Winnifred.
I wrote the word "thankful" with these gorgeous new gold foil Thickers that American Crafts produced to for Crate's "On Trend" line. They packed the perfect punch to glam up the banner a bit..and I like the results! I strung the banner and leaves on burlap twine that you can pick up anywhere. Hope this inspires you to create something that reflects your gratefullness this season!