This month’s bonus post is a Thanksgiving scrapbook page process! This one’s going to be image-heavy, please bear with me!
I took the photo of our dinner table with my cell phone, so the image quality isn’t that great. Why my cell phone? Because my DSLR is set-up to take photos in my craft space, sillies! Sometimes, my phone takes great photos, sometimes, it phones-in the performance. I crack myself up!
I did something a little differently, this time – I took photos as I was going along. Initially, my instinct was to hide my dirty craft mat, but let’s be honest. If your craft mat isn’t dirty, you’re not crafting enough! In the interest of keeping it real, you get to see my craft mat in all its stained, caked-on media glory.
So, seriously, on to the supply list!
Supplies for my Thanksgiving scrapbook page
- Cardstock in black, brown and cream – any cardstock will do
- An orange patterned paper with a faint floral print – this one’s a freebie from a scrapbooking magazine I picked-up a few months ago
- Yellow patterned paper with a simple pattern (not too busy) (mine is the reverse of the orange floral paper)
- Rust-colored paper
- Prima Nature Garden 6×6 papers – you’ll need the one with a graph pattern, and the one with the post cards
- Yellow vellum
- A 1.5-2″ doily stamp (Art-C Doilies and Lace)
- Anti-static tool (EK Success Powder Tool)
- Embossing Ink (Distress Clear Embossing Ink)
- Super fine detail gold embossing powder (Ranger)
- Heat gun (Ranger Heat-It Craft Tool)
- Leaf dies (Spellbinders D-Lites Leaves)
- Die-cutting system (Spellbinders Platinum 6)
- Distressing tool (or scissors)
- Corner rounder (Fiskars)
- Distress Ink – Pine Needles (and blending tool and foam)
- Tape runner (Scotch ATG)
- Foam or pop dots (Dollar Tree)
- 1″ Alpha stamps (Ms Sparkle and Co)
- Brown archival ink (Ranger Potting Soil)
- Orange spray (Wild Honey Distress Stain)
- Gold spray (Heidi Swapp Color Shine Gold)
- Green spray (Lucky Clover Distress Stain)
- Copper spray (Lindy’s Stamp Gang Cattail Copper Brown)
My process to scrapbook Thanksgiving
First, set-up the background papers
First, you need to know that I scrapbook at 8×8″, but you could easily increase this to 12×12″ by adding half again to the dimensions. I left the black cardstock at 8×8″. Then, I trimmed the orange floral to 7.5×7.5″ (11.25-11.5″). I also cut out the center, making sure to leave a 1″ border all around – I knew I’d need it later. Next, I trimmed the brown cardstock to 6.5×6.5″ (9.75-10.5″). My reasoning for trimming it that small was that I wanted to see more of the floral print, and I didn’t want the Prima paper dominated by the brown, but I did need a darker paper between the two.
Before I adhered the Prima paper, I wanted to do one more thing. I wanted to add a dark green to match the platter in the photo. With that in mind, I distressed the edges of the Prima paper and inked them with Distress Ink in Pine Needles using my blending tool. If you’re scrapbooking at 12×12″, you’ll want to start with the 12×12″ sheet and trim it down to about a half-inch smaller than the brown paper, in both directions.
Then, I taped it all down. Background complete.
Next, stick your photo(s) down
First, I taped the photo down to some cream cardstock and trimmed around it. You could use your trimmer, but if I know I’m going to distress the edges, I don’t worry about how straight they are. You can hide a lot of oopsies by roughing-up those edges.
Obviously, I distressed the edges of the mat next, and inked them with Pine Needles. Using the same ink can help enhance the unity of your project. I added a rectangle of foam to the back of the photo and went ahead and taped the whole thing to the background. I don’t usually add the photo this early in the process, but I knew it was going there, and the foam gave me a gap to stick embellishments behind it.
Now, start your embellishment clusters
The very first thing I did was create those medallions. I’ve seen a lot of YouTubers making embellishments by heat embossing a stamped image on vellum, and I wanted to give it a try. So, I went over a section of my vellum with my powder tool, and stamped the medallion (or doily) three times with clear embossing ink. Then, I dusted it with gold super fine detail embossing powder, and tapped the excess into a coffee filter that I use to keep everything clean and return the powder to the jar.
I melted the powder with my heat tool. Then, I took a pair of detail scissors and fussy-cut around the edges. If you have this stamp set, you know it comes with a die, but the die is bigger than the stamp – by a LOT. That’s why I didn’t bother with this die.
Then, I cut-out some of the post card images from the Nature Garden collection, and used my corner rounder on most of the corners. I think they look more finished with rounded corners, byt YMMV. Then I inked the edges with Pine Needles. Nope, I didn’t distress the edges, just inked ’em up.
Next, make a whole bunch of die-cut leaves
I chose the maple leaf, and the long, thin leaf. Using my Platinum 6, I cut them both out of the rust-colored paper three times, then I cut the maple leaf out of the yellow patterned paper three times. I cut the long, thin leaf out of a piece of the brown cardstock three times.
When I had all my leaves cut, I began sticking them in my embellishment clusters. Because I had six of each, I had enough for two in each cluster, and I made sure that I got one of each paper/leaf combination per cluster. Then, I started taping my embellishments down – except for the large post card bit. I did tape down a bit of foam where the post card would go, but I needed to hold-off a bit to do my journaling.
THEN I do the journaling…
I used a green gel pen that I keep for my planner to add some information about the food. It turned out to be a REALLY good meal. Our daughter’s boyfriend has a discerning palette (a nice way of saying that he’s a picky eater) and he ate a full meal. Mr. Plan2Scrap makes his dressing from -almost- scratch (he toasts the bread crumbs, but doesn’t bake the bread), and it’s kinda legendary around here.
… and the title!
This was real simple. One word. One-inch block alphas. Seriously, if you spot Ms Sparkle and Co alphas in your local Joann Crafts, buy them. Best $1.99 I’ve spent on scrapbooking.
I stamped them out in Ranger Archival Ink in Potting Soil.
No Thanksgiving scrapbook page is complete without…
I used my stamp block (the medium one) to cover my photo. Starting from the lower right and moving to the upper left, I splattered Distress Ink Wild Honey, Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine, Distress Ink Lucky Clover, and Lindy’s Stamp Gang Cattail Copper Brown.
Have you got your Thanksgiving scrapbook page done?
What tools and techniques did you use?
Also, what did you think of me adding the in-process photos? Need more detail? Too many photos? Or was it just right?