.... Good evening - I'm late today with my post, but that's because we went shopping this morning for new winter coats. Ones that will be just right for winters in Michigan where temperatures can get really low; averages of between 2° to -5°C in December to 0° to -7°C in January and February. However, there have been record lows of -30°C in January!!!!! And that's COLD.
When I got home I realised that I hadn't made anything for this month's Blog Party over at Waltzingmouse Stamps. The theme for this month's Blog Party is GRATITUDE. I opted to do something COMPLETELY different to my usual - I've done a scrapbook layout!!! I used the layout from the new scrapbook challenge at My Favourite Things.
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Pic Nic Patterns, North Shore, My Island, Yonder Star Background, Playful Pinwheels, Blessed by You; My Favourite Things - Document Days & Dates
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Primrose Petals; Memento - Grey Flannel; Stazon - Jet Black
Dies: Die-namics - Jumbo Fishtail Banner STAX
Accessories: SU Card - Basic Grey, Primrose Petals, Whisper White; Bo Bunn7 - Vicki B Fabuloso; SU Ribbon - Raspberry Ripple; Stickers from stash; Image from Internet
I must apologise for the quality of the photos - it's dark now and I've had to take photos under my daylight bulb - I'll try to replace them tomorrow! Why is this layout suitable for a theme of Gratitude? Well, I'm thankful for my family, for the time we get to spend together, for the wonderful holiday we had in California this year, for the love and support of my wonderful husband Jonathan. The photos show Jonathan and Kathryn having a fabulous time in the sun and at play, and I had lots of fun putting together this layout. The purple border is not part of the layout - it's simply my foam stamping pad!!
I've taken a few close up shots of the photos and the tag which comes out from behind the photo! I stamped the panel behind the photos with Yonder Star - seemed appropriate for a California layout
That's all for now - I'm off to get dinner for us all. I'll be back later to join in the Blog Party. It's the last one this year and it's a super theme to finish on. Thanks to all the team at Waltzingmouse for hosting the Blog Party and to Claire for designing such super stamps! See you soon.
Hope you got some nice warm coats today Deborah! What a nice page for what looks like a really fun day to remember in CA!
Fantastic layout Deborah, what a lovely tribute to those you love.
Deborah it's fabulous!!
Looks as though y'all had such a wonderful time...
and what a great way to preserve the memories!!
I've been in Michigan with a couple feet of snow at Thanksgiving...
must be running late this year...
but oh yes!!
It's too cold for this Southern girl...
that's why we settled in the South...
and hubby complains the whole time how there's never enough snow! :)
love your take of the sketch!!
When you have a nice family, than you can be thankful indeed.
All together with a nice dinner that's what I like too.
I know it can be cold in USA, I was there in 1996 and it was -25.
Love from Holland.
So lovely to see a scrapbook page using the stamps Deborah..I didn't know you were a scrapper as well! The stamps really make the page without overpowering it - I almost thought they were part of the patterned paper!
Deborah this is a FABULOUS gratitude project! It actually made me get goosebumps :) Just love those sweet pictures of your family and I never tire of seeing some summery stamps now that it's cold here, too! Love the Yonder Star background as a border around the photos.
I remember returning to upstate NY (from far off NJ, LOL) for college...and the only thing I wanted for Christmas from my sisters was a new down coat! Best gift I ever got...it was COLD walking to those classes :) And it was purple and my friends could always "find" me walking home on a windy snowy day, hee! Happy Thanksgiving to you!
BEAUTIFUL layout Deborah. The way you used the surfer stamp as a background is cool. the pocket is so sweet~definitely a treasure for the years to come.
Great layout and such fun pictures... Love the way you used your stamps for this page.......
Sounds very cold,try to stay warm Deborah.
Terrific layout Deb! Love how you featured so many wonderful photos! Thanks for joining along with MFT :)
Hi Deborah! This is such a sweet layout, sure looks like everyone had fun in LA :) The tag with the journaling is such a clever idea. Wonderful job!!
Fabulous! Absolutely wonderful LO - always wish I could scrapbook like this!
Sorry for being so late waltzing but we've had guests. Have a wonderful Sunday evening, hugs, Karin
This is a beautiful LO. You did a great job with the sketch. What great memories. So glad to see a scrap LO on the blog hop.
Fabulous layout and great use of that sketch! Sure wish scrapbooking was on my radar again!
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