Thanksgiving Chalkboard

While I'm sitting here waiting for our immigration paperwork (yes, it seems like it's taking forever), I thought I would share a little something I made for Thanksgiving on my DIY chalkboard. A couple of weeks ago I wrote out Be Thankful on my board, and each week the family has been writing what we are thankful for on it. By Thanksgiving, it will be so full of things we are thankful for. I know I'm going to love reading back over it with the family around the dinner table. I think I'm even going to scrap a page with the list of things that are written on the board. Wouldn't that be a cool thing to do each year?


*Note for next year: No one is allowed to write something already written on the board.
I think that will allow for more creative thinking and thankfulness. 

I Love Matthew

Double Monthly Challenge Templates by Scrapping with Liz
Thankful by mle Card and Tracie Stroud Designs
Journaling: Kyla has written this sign out multiple times in the last few days...all on her own. She’s so proud that she can write his name without any help....but mostly, I think she’s proud that she has a little brother.

We are still just sitting here waiting for immigration approval. In the meantime, I'm just taking photos and scrapping pages for him.


Gifts with Photos

I don't know if it's the digital scrapbook in me but I love making gifts that include photos. Since it's almost that time of year I thought I would share a few ideas for photo gifts.

I saw this on the Persnickety Blog a couple of weeks ago, and I instantly fell in love (no pun intended...well, maybe). These would make such a fun gift. There's even a free download for the template. Just put in your photos and order your calendar!
I just received a little Shutterfly flyer in the mail this week, and I browsed through it to see if there might be any gifts I could make for family members. The notebook, I-phone cases and little note pad stood out to me. I'm tempted to get the notebook myself. They have a lot of other photo gifts but those were my faves. 

 Isn't the notepad so cute?
This is actually a gift I made last year (with the help of my SIL and sister). My SIL had seen this idea on Pinterest, and we thought it would be perfect for Grandma. Make a t-shirt with a number for each of the grandchildren (each color represents one family), line them up and take a picture. It sounds so simple, doesn't it? Well, with 11 kids you can imagine how much work it took to get this photo! I also took individual pics of each of the sets of grandchildren, and then I framed those along with this shot. It ended up being really cute, and my mom loved it.

Two years ago I made some poster prints for a few family members. Here's one of the posters. Click the photo to read more about how I made them.

Here is the template set I made to make the above poster. Make sure you check out my store to see the other poster templates I offer.

Hopefully, this will give you some ideas for Christmas this year.

1 Photo - Multiple Photo Spots

There are so many tricks to using a template. Today I'm going to show you how to use one photo in multiple photo spots. I have a tutorial here showing you how to combine photo layers to make one big photo mat. That works most of the time, but sometimes you want to use one photo, have the freedom to move it around, and re-size each photo layer around individually. When you combine the layers you can't do that.'s another way to easily use one photo on multiple layers (using Photoshop CS3). Oh, and you'll also get a quick tip on how to flip a template!

 Here's my finished page.
Wavy Templates 1
Storytime by Kristin Aagard Designs

Since I also have a lot of SBC Creative Memories, Leslie and Lori (thanks girls!) are going to share a quick tip on how to accomplish this same technique in the Creative Memories software:
Easy way: insert the photo into each of the spots and eyeball it for zoom and location.
More precise but more difficult way: 1) Flatten the photo spots you want to put your photo into across multiple photo spots. 2) Insert a new photo spot and size it to match the grouped photo spots by using the SBC resizing tools. 3) Insert your picture into the empty photo frame that you just made. 4) Manipulate and zoom the photo as desired. 5) Save the photo using Right Mouse - Save Selection - Export to Image File as a jpg and highest quality. Save the photo into a location you can find easily in the next step. 6) Now go to Photos - Get Photos and navigate to the location new photo was saved. 7) Select the photo spots you flattened in step #1. Fill this with your photo by going to Photos - Right Mouse - Fill the Selected Element with this Photo. 8)Delete or hide the photo spot you made in step #2.
Here is some inspiration from my team on how to use multiple photo spots for one photo. They have used both techniques (combining layers and copying photos).

Double Monthly Challenge Templates 3
Mother is a Verb by Krystal Hartley
Lions, Tigers and Bears Alpha - Sugarplum Paperie

Recyclables 25 by Scrapping with Liz
Great Escape: Alaska - The Kit by WM Squared

A Piece of Me Templates
Good Morning Love by Amanda Heimann

I hope that helps a bit and you get a little bit of inspiration from the pages.

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Maira Gall