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Friday, November 23, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Today the United States celebrates Thanksgiving.  This is a time for us to reflect on the blessings in our lives, and a time for us to give thanks.  I for one am thankful and blessed for so many reasons personal, professional, and in my hobby.  As you move about your day today I hope you stop to think about the little things as well as the big. 
One of my biggest blessings is the friendships I have made in the crafty community. I have been a follower of Marion since before Brooke was born. I had the chance to take one of her classes a few years ago, and since then our relationship has blossomed. It is awesome to now call a mentor friend.  I recently had the opportunity to meet with Marion and her family at the Arsty Escape. I wanted to create a layout of the two of us together. 
A few days ago Marion announced her latest printable the Grand Mini Album collection. I fell in love the second it was downloaded.  The patterns are in rich turquoises, teals, tans, yellows, greens and blacks with chevrons, news ads, damasks, and her signature distressed vintage style. 
I couldn't wait to make something with it.  This layout uses 2 sheets of the patterned paper, the note cards, and an envelope.  I used my punches, dies, and Spellbinders to give the individual pages interesting edges.  In the background I distressed the card stock and added some paint to match the colors in the mini. Then drew a grid on the paper leaving some of the grid unfinished for interest.  The scraps were punched with label punches and butterflies.  I collaged the pieces and made this 12x12 layout from mostly 5x7 designs.  To draw you eye to the center. I cut the Chevron strips and made the flags/arrows pointing to the photo.  The photo was an Instagram photo that I cropped to look like an old Polaroid.  I then painted some Prima Pillar White flowers to match the flowers in Marion's designs. 
I love the look of this layout, it was so fun playing with these patterns. I'm in the process of making a mini album now, that I can't wait to share with you. 

I hope you guys have a fantastic day with family today, and take sometime for yourself.
Thanks for stopping in today,
Tonya Gibbs
Marion Smith Designs: Grand Mini Album Printable
Prima: Flowers, and Leaves, Distress Tool, and Song Bird Ticket stamp, Romance Novel Washi Tape
Hampton Arts: Remember This Background stamp 
Spellbinders: Large Square Nestabilities, Grand Nestabilities Labels 4 Die
Sizzix: Tim Holtz dies: Butterflies, On the Edge File Tabs,  Type Set Alpha die.
EK Success: Label Punch, corner rounder
We Are Memory Keepers: Curly Bracket Tab punch
Golden Gesso
Liquitex Gold Ink
Martha Stewart Paint: Pool, Butterfly Punch
Ranger/Tim Holtz: Archival Ink Sepia, Distress Ink Gathered Twigs, Tiny Attacher, Tissue Tape - Definitions

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