Happy November! Today kicks off the first day of November - a good month to reflect on all the good in your life, give thanks and let gratitude sink in. It's also a great time to keep a gratitude journal.
"A gratitude journal is a diary of things for which one is grateful. Gratitude journals are used by individuals who wish to focus their attention on the positive things in their lives. Gratitude, the feeling of appreciation or thanks, has gained a lot of attention in the field of positive psychology," according to Wikipedia.
A gratitude journal can take many forms - a simple composition notebook, a Traveler's Notebook insert you make or buy, a collection of small journal cards that you write on and stick in a SN@P! Album or similar, writing in a mini album you have created and so much more. Keep in mind if you already use a planner or bullet journal, you can easily incorporate this idea into that. Just look at the examples below!
Now that you have your Gratitude Journal, what should you fill it up with? It's an easy answer: whatever makes you feel gratitude. However, it can be a little intimidating to start. Below is a round-up of some prompts that can help inspire you to create and reflect on your gratitude.
Do you keep a gratitude journal? Have you been inspired to start one?
With it being only a couple of days until Halloween, we thought we would give you the Halloween Hook-up in today's blog post - a collection of Halloween inspired paper craft projects, a costume idea or two and links to some of the Halloween projects we shared last year. So grab that bag of candy meant for the neighborhood kids, help yourself to a treat or two and keep reading!
Do you make Halloween Treats for your family, friends, neighbors, coworkers or others? Making a quick tag is a great way to "dress up" a little treat for gift giving.
I love how they turned this tag into a ghost with the addition of some punches from black paper. If you don't have googly eyes you could make some eyes out of paper. Add a touch of Wink of Stella in clear to give the ghost a little sparkle in his eye!
These tags turned out adorable with pieces of Halloween paper and ephemera layered on them. We have Tim Holtz ephemera, gorgeous Halloween collections from Authentique and more in stock to create similar tags with.
If you need a quick and easy tag/treat idea, I love this pocket tag that was created to hold a small candy bar. So cute!
Love how the ghosts "pop" with their inked edges (use Distress Inks and a small sponge dauber to create a similar effect).
Since chances are you are a crafter if you are ready this, what about dressing up like that?! You know how it can be when you leave a Creative Weekend in the Studio or after an afternoon of crafting at home. You end up with washi tape stuck to your arm, ink and paint smudges all over, glitter in your hair, a random sequin stuck who-knows-where and more. Live your truth and recreate that look for a Halloween costume!
If paper is your thing, but glitter and paper scraps stuck everywhere isn't your thing, try one of these paper doll costumes!
A look back . . .
Looking back to our blog from last October, we shared a lot of fun, creative Halloween ideas. If you missed them last year, be sure to check them out below.
Need a little gift to give? Check out this stamped muslin bag with hand sanitizer idea. More details here.
Want to make a cool Halloween bracelet? Grab a water bottle, some Halloween paper or washi tape and gel medium - yep, you can make a bracelet out these items! Click here for more details!
There is still time to decorate your home for Halloween. Check out this cute trio of frames created to spell out BOO! More details here.
So go scare up some creativity this Halloween, and we wish everyone a fun and safe holiday!
Raise your hand if you own a We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board.
. . . several of you . . .
Raise it if you have used your Envelope Punch Board before to make envelopes.
. . . it looks like some of you are afraid to start . . . don't be - it's an awesome and easy tool to use . . .
Now raise your hand if you have used your Envelope Punch Board to make things besides envelopes.
. . . even less of you . . .
No matter what category you fall in to you are going to want to continue to check out today's post showcasing many adorable project ideas using your Envelope Punch Board and pretty paper (we all know where you can find that!). A lot of these projects are perfect as we enter the holiday season as you make and create gifts for friends, family, neighbors and more.
A look at the We R Memory Keeps Envelope Punch Board. On the left is an older version and the right is the new color scheme that WRMK introduced for all of its "punch products" this past year.
Twists on creating an envelope
Halloween and Thanksgiving Goodies
Look at these adorable treat boxes you can create using the Envelope Punch Board. Click on Source below each picture for more details.
Use the Envelope Punch Board to incorporate tabs/notches into your card and tag making.
Thankful Tag Album
These are just a few of the ways you can use a We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board in addition to making envelopes. Do you have a favorite item you like to make with your punch board. We would love to read about it below or see a picture (share on Facebook or Instagram and tag us)!
Tim Holtz creates amazing products and projects for year-round events and festivities, but the aesthetic of his Halloween stuff really fits with the vibe of the holiday. We should really start calling the holiday Holtz-oween. #amiright
Since we are in the first week of October now, that means Halloween is only 26 days away! It is time to decorate (if you haven't already) and to get busy creating Halloween, I mean Holtz-oween yumminess!
Speaking of the awesome aesthetic of Tim Holtz paper, ephemera, trinkets and more, here is a peek at just some of the Halloween themed items we have in stock in our Holiday Room.
To get your creative juices flowing, below is an eye candy gallery of Holtz-oween crafts and paper art fun!
Amazing creations! We hope to see you in the Shoppe soon, or perhaps you have signed up for this Saturday's World Card Making Day (a wide variety of 12 cards to be made throughout the day, plus lunch! Sign up here) so we will see you then. Don't forget we have added Monday and Tuesday hours for the holiday season and we will be offering a Make 'n Take this Monday, October 9 and other Mondays. More details here.
Often times our crafting is centered around celebrating (birthday cards, scrapbook layouts for graduations, anniversaries, parties and more) and remembering the good times (vacation albums and mini albums, keeping up on our planners including the day-to-day and fun events). What about crafting to memorialize a loved one that has passed though?
Unfortunately, it seems like a lot of people in my life are dealing with the loss of a loved one recently which brought this idea to my mind. I know crafting can be stress-relieving and cathartic, so working on a craft to memorialize a loved one seems like a good idea to help process the loss.
In looking around I found a lot of great inspiration and ideas that I wanted to share today.
Utilizing photos of your loved one
Using Diamond Glaze and/or gel medium (available at P&P), a PenBlade (available at P&P), along with a photocopy of a favorite photo and glass bezel set make a photo charm. You can turn the charm into a necklace, bracelet, bookmark and more.
Create a memorial shadow box that includes photos and keepsakes that remind you of your loved one. You can use cardstock or patterned paper (both available at P&P) in the background and mount your photos on additional cardstock or patterned paper if you wish. If you like the idea of adding flowers, but don't have any from your loved one or didn't save any from the funeral use some Prima paper flowers (available at P&P).
Turn a photo of your loved one into a wall hanging by doing a photo transfer onto canvas or wood. Here is a nice tutorial to get your started and the gel medium you will need as part of the process is available at P&P.
If seeing your loved one's face is still too difficult, try making a canvas focusing on just a part of them - hand, legs. etc. Or a place/location that held meaning to you both.
Don't be afraid to add some of your creativity to the photo transfer project. I'm sure your loved one enjoyed your creativity and would appreciate the incorporation in their memorial piece.
Turn the photo into a Christmas ornament. You could also make these for other family members and friends who are dealing with the loss.
Incorporate their memory into your home decor
Create a framed piece of artwork to remember them. In this example they used butterfly punches from a variety of colors of paper (available at P&P) and some letter stamps (available at P&P). In addition to the quote, you could add their name, d.o.b. and d.o.d.
Another idea is to create heart punches from paper that contains your loved one's handwriting (definitely recommend making a photo copy of the original source of handwriting so you can preserve the original as is) and mounting on patterned paper (available at P&P) for a framed piece. This idea makes the final project more subtle in its memorializing, but still keeps the loved one close at heart.
Another idea for home decor is to collage pictures and patterned paper (available at P&P) onto a metal star shape. What a great way to keep your loved one still part of your daily life and home,
Use their handwriting to keep their memory alive
If you loved one was a cook/baker and you are lucky enough to have some of their handwritten recipes, preserve the recipe card(s) and their memory by framing it.
Make a mini-album or altered book containing hand-written letters/cards by your loved one.
Create a scrapbook layout with a pocket to tuck their note/letter in. Don't feel like you have to stuff this scrapbook layout into an album either. You can showcase it in a frame or easel.
Use their trinkets
I love these collages that were made with jewelry and "trinkets". What a great way to use the little pieces that were important to our love ones to create art that can be enjoyed for years to come.
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