With a wintry 5 or 6-inch snowfall this past weekend, it was the perfect time to stay in pajamas, pour an extra cup of Joe, and play with my Thanksgiving photos. In other words, it was Sunday Scrapbooking Time.
It started out with a base template and a computer. First up, select photos:
You know, this part never causes me much stress. I took (or rather, Aidan took) around 75 shots on Thanksgiving, low by Zielske standards, but I knew that a handful or random photos would be just enough for the visual story because I had a whole other page to actually tell the story.
With the key pieces in place, it was time to send files to print. The photo page went onto a sheet of photo paper; the journaling onto a piece of white cardstock.
Now this could have sufficed. Done and done, put it into the family album. But I really wanted to cut and paste. I love scrapbooking with my computer but I also love a little bit of cut and paste. So, I cut apart all of the photos, trimming very close to the edges to preserve the sizes.
Ahhh, there they are. All ready to go.
Next up, select a background cardstock from my stash.
Sometimes I think my colored cardstock gets a bit lonely with my affinity for basic white. But I managed to select a holiday color to complement the bit of color on my journaling page. The other motivation behind the cut and paste was to try out this new Scotch Dot Roller adhesive.
For those of you who were Kokuyo fans, I have been told that Scotch bought them and that this adhesive is essentially the same thing. Honestly, it seemed like the real deal, minus 2 percent. That's my official review. In short, it's a great replacement.
And the adhering began…
After the photos were down, they looked like this.
Just a nice pop of color for a base. Simple. Clean. Done.
But then I thought, "What if I dressed up the journaling page with some stamps and paint?" In other words, why not get a little nutty and crafty?
But the problem with me getting nutty and crafty is that things sometimes end up looking like ka-ka du jour.
Stamp placement? Not part of my overall skill set. Next.
Okay, that's better… whew! I just pulled an old sheet of scalloped cardstock out from my ancient stash and it was just the right bit of scrapbooky goodness to call it done.
Try as I might, I just like simple. Simple designs, simple approaches, simple execution. It's just the thing that keeps me coming back for more. Simple is good.
JOURNALING READS: In the Zielske family proper, there are five kids and we’ve started alternating the Thanksgiving hosting duties. It actually started a number of years ago. One year will be at Joanie’s, then the next, a sibling, then Joanie, and onto the next sibling. Our first stab at hosting the holiday was back in 2006. It wasn’t the first bird I’ve ever made, but it was definitely the biggest of the batch. So this year, it was our turn to host once again. Actually, it was a toss up between us and Deb, but Dan really wanted to host, especially with our house remodeling project being completed. I think we both wanted to test out our new family room with actual family.
I started the preparations the Saturday prior, getting my 18-pound bird in time for a full fridge defrost. I really wasn’t stressed out about what had to be done, even knowing that we’d have less people bringing actual dishes to share, because Joy and John were both eating at their other families’ homes. The night before Thanksgiving, I made Sarah’s yummy cranberry chutney, and a doubled batch of sausage stuffing. We had a Lady Gaga HBO concert blaring in the background.
I always say, nothing like Lady Gaga to inspire a holiday sense of gratitude, right? I also cooked up the squash, and made sure the bird was in prime defrost mode. (Side note: at the last minute, I decided to brine the bird, until I realized you technically don’t brine self-basted, frozen turkeys. Yes, I ended up dumping all the brine after Googling whether or not I should have done it in the first place. God bless the Internet.
The day arrived (with unseasonably warm temps on tap), and after shaking off a wee bit of morning stress (and having a glass of wine at noon) everything turned out beautifully. From the most perfectly done turkey you could hope for, to breaking in our new electric knife that was a gift from my parents, our day was full of family, noise, food and gratitude. There is a reason this is my favorite holiday. It’s just about celebrating all that is good and all that we have. So glad we hosted on Sheldon Street this year.
In other news, I'm happy to announce that I'm on board to be part of Becky Higgins' creative team for Project Life in 2012. I dabbled in Project Life this past year, and am really looking forward to working with some of her new products and finding a way to make it fit into my memory keeping process. Plus, I'm honored to work along side all of these other talented women. I'll be sharing my work on Becky's site and here as well beginning in January. Thanks, Becky! Glad to be part of it all, friend.