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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Guest Designer at 'Her Craftiness' -- "A Journal of Days" and Giveaway!! :)

Happy Terrific Tuesday everyone!!  It's another fantastic and beautiful day today -- A little on the humid side, but with the sun shining and the birds singing, it really makes it all worth it!! :)

Today, I have the distinct pleasure of being a Guest Designer for Lynne over at "Her Craftiness"...  I 'met' Lynne through another blogger (Kari) a short while ago, but have already become very fond of my sweet new friend!!  I hope you'll take a moment to hop over and visit Lynne and check out all of her wonderful creations...  I think you'll see that she's a person worth knowing - She's kind and caring and loves to share 'her craftiness'!! :)
Lynne asked me to share something with you with a "God Bless the USA" theme...  For my regular followers, I'm fairly certain that you know that isn't too difficult for me!! :)  I love anything patriotic, Americana, and red, white, and blue!!  And so...  With that in mind, I created a quick project that also gives me the opportunity to journal about some things I'm thankful for...
My mom once gave me a book called "A Journal of Days"...  It had dates throughout the book, but not a year, so you could jot things down on different dates and then look back at different events from year-to-year.  Similar to a diary, but more of a way to compare...  Since I think it's important to have a place to jot down things that you are thankful for -- answered prayers, praises, fun events, moments with friends -- I've wanted to create a journal for this for some time.  Lynne's invitation to be a guest designer and design something with the "God Bless the USA" theme was a perfect chance to do this.

The journal itself measures only 6"x6".  I used two pieces of chipboard for the base and covered it with some handmade red paper.  I then tore wavy strips for the flag stripes using my Creative Memories Wavy Tearing Tool and distressed the edges with caramel ink.
I cut a 3"x3" square of blue handmade paper and tore the edges before adhering it to the top left corner of the journal.  The stars were cut from the Plantin SchoolBook Cricut Cartridge (both at 1.75", blue with base feature, white with shadow feature), distressed and inked, and adhered with a pot dot.  My 'found' red button matched the red paper perfectly, so I tied some variegated tan hemp cord in a bow and adhered that to the stars with a glue dot.  The stitching was added with my metallic copper pen from Creative Memories.  I love how the copper matches the 'antique' look of the journal...
The "God Bless the USA" stamp is from the K Andrew Designs Stamp Art Set called "Freedom Isn't Free"...  Kristal has designed each stamp set with card-makers and crafters in mind -- Every set is perfectly themed for a large variety of cards and projects.  Additionally, each stamp set benefits charity!!  At least $1 from the sale of each stamp set is given to one of the charities carefully selected by Kristal.  If you are not yet familiar with Kristal's stamps, please take a moment to visit K Andrew Designs -- While you're there, do something nice for yourself AND for charity and pick up one of her AWESOME stamp sets!!  You'll be SO glad you did!! :)  **I am often asked how I get the 'wavy' effect of the stamp since this stamp is completely straight on the packaging...  Because the quality of these stamps is so wonderful -- nice and thick with fantastic 'stick' -- I simply place the stamp on my acrylic block in the wavy pattern that I want it to stamp.  When I take the stamp off the block, it goes right back to being straight!!**
Tying the ribbons onto the binder clips gives the journal a finished look...  I added some 5.75"x5.75" cardstock to the inside of the journal after distressing the edges with caramel ink, and my journal is ready to go!! :)
I hope you have enjoyed my "Journal of Days" today...  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments and I will get back to you (please be sure to leave your blog address or a way for me to contact you)...  Now, there's a little surprise GIVEAWAY for one lucky follower today!!  There are a few "rules", so to be eligible, please do this:
  • Of course, I'd love for you to be a follower of my blog!!  If YOU have a blog, I'd love for you to add my blinkie -- If you do, be sure to let me know, so that I can add yours as well!!  :)
  • Hop over to Lynne's blog, "Her Craftiness" and leave a comment on my Guest Designer post there -- Be sure to mention that I sent ya...  :)  I'd love for you to follow Lynne as well!!
  • Leave me a comment on this post telling me something YOU would write in this journal (something you're thankful for, something that makes you happy, something you want to share)... ***CLICK HERE TO LEAVE A COMMENT***
Would you like to know what someone will win???  I'd like to send the winner one of these journals!!  I'll even let you pick the theme (especially if you are one of my friends from outside the USA)!!  OR...  If you're all about making one yourself, I'll be happy to send you enough supplies to create one of these yourself!!  Be sure to leave a way for me to contact you (your blog address or email address -- in safe 'scrapbookingwithamy at gmail dot com' format!!) or check back next MONDAY, July 18th to see who the winner is).  Thanks for stopping by!!  Now hop over to see Lynne by clicking on her button below:

Her Craftness

Want to learn more about Kristal's stamps?  Click on her blinkie for more information about her stamps and charities that benefit from your purchase...

Until next time...


Patti B said...

Great journal. I would use it to record events of my daughter twins. That are due next month. I am thankful for God, my family, and
my freedom

L.B. said...

A wonderful project. Love the red white and blue

OmaGloria said...

Beautiful journal. That is such a terrific idea. The handmade papers look kind of vintage and very pretty.

I am very Thankful that the Lord has blessed me with my 3 grand babies. I could fill a whole journal up wtih the things they do and say. Sometimes they just crack me up with things they come up with. :-)

Precious Hugs

Vicki said...

The journal is great! The colors always make my spirit lift.. If I had the journal I would record answers to prayer..I think it is such a positive thing to be able to look back and see how God has answered prayer for people that you love or even have only met on the internet..It's a good thing and looking at your journal brings the word "joyful" to my head..

Indy said...

Great journal--I'm thankful to live in a country with so many freedoms!

Tami B. said...

You almost sneaked this one past me, but I was out on "Button Patrol" like I told you I would be.
Sending you an email--too much to write here.
Duh, I forgot to tell you how much I love the journal, but you already knew that.

Jessica said...

Amy, first congrats on your GD spot with Lynne and I will head over there as soon as I leave you some bloggy love! I am a follower (love your blog and all your inspirational talent, but you already knew that...LOL)! I have your blinkie and would love you to display mine, if you wish. I am thankful for so many things, but to sum it all up, I am thankful that I am surrounded by Love in many aspects (God, family and friends) of my life; that we are blessed to have the things we NEED to be happy; and that my children will cherish things later in life because we are living the simple life now.
Thanks again for sharing an awesome journal and I think that is a fabulous idea to compare day to day!
jessicascraftshaque dot blogspot dot com
strgazrblueyes22477 at yahoo dot com

SueNJ said...

Thank you for sharing this journal. I remember keeping one as a child and I would like to keep one now. I would begin to document all the places I wish to visit and the write about my experiences. There is so much to see and do in this world and to appreciate the beauty in it :)

I am a follower of both blogs and looking forward to more inspiration.

Happy Scrappin'

Sue B
Suenj99 at yahoo dot com

MyCuriousCrafts said...

Hi Amy, what an adorable project, love the Patriotic theme. Congrats on being the "Guest Designer." ~Shen

Amy said...

Amy this is fabulous! This is such a nice project and I am thankful for my wonderful supportive husband! :)Amy

sweetlilscrapper said...

already a follower! :)
i'd prob write how thankful i am for my friends and family.. especially my beautiful niece, bella!
sweetlilscrapper at hotmail dot ca

Rhonda Emery said...

beautiful amy it is so pretty.

scrapinmamaof2 said...

Great project. Love the journal. Thanks for sharing Amy!!!

Pam said...

Lets see Sweetie, I am a follower already!! I have your blinkie up on my blog too!! Your journal is beautiful, just like you. I love that you are so patriotic. I journal all the time. I have several. I keep separate journals for each of my girls, grand-kiddos, hubbie, and a couple of very close friends. A few years ago my BFF lost her husband to cancer at the age of 49. She looked every where to see if he had left her a note, but he had not. I started then to write in journals, so my family would have my words left to them. I am thankful for my loving, caring husband and family, but most of all I am thankful for being saved, and for having a living savior that I can have a relationship with. Hugs, Pam at

jjocarlson said...

Wow what a wonderful and beautiful Journal! I am thankful for my freedom and that I live in the United States! I am most thankful for the Men and Women that are fighting for our freedom God Bless them one and all!

Lisa said...

I absolutely LOVE this, Amy! Wow, it is just spectacular! I love how you curved the stamp to match the wavy stripes! Genius! I am so thankful for my wonderful family and all of my wonderful friends, both in "real" life and blogland!!


Amy said...

This is so beautiful! I am thankful for my friend and family! :)

shersl84bed said...

Beautiful journal. This would make great gift ideas.
Since my mom is American and my father is Canadian, and I have lived in the US my whole life, I would make the book about the things that I am lucky to have in my life because I live here. My citizenship was in turmoil for awhile, and I am very grateful to be an American. I would dedicate my journal to that.

Smiles Sher

Kelly S said...

Your journal is amazing! You do such great work. I would journal about all the cute things my 19-month-old son does. I am thankful for him everyday. :)

I have an award for you on my blog.


Anonymous said...

I absolutely L O V E this!!!!
This is something I would love to make! I love anything red, white, and blue! You are sooooo talented and I love all your projects. I am always excited to see what you come up with next! Not only do I get to see it online but I get to hold it in my hands. :)

From your BFF

Dee Burns said...

Love anything Patriotic. Your Journal is beautiful and you did an outstanding job creating it.
If I would win, I would ask you to send it to someone in the Military or their spouse.
Thanks for all you do. I am heading over to Her Craftiness now. I am already a follower and will now add your Blinkie to my little Blog.
Dee B

DIANA L. said...

What a beautiful project you did a great job- so many things to be thankful for, but mostly people

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Great journal! I was married on the 4th Of July so I would write how grateful I am for my Husband!

Beverly Jordan said...

Beautiful Journal!!! I am really thankful to all those in the armed service who are keeping watch and fighting on all the borders across this vast world! Thank you God for giving a free country, and all our blessings!

Beverly Jordan said...

Beautiful Journal!!! I am really thankful to all those in the armed service who are keeping watch and fighting on all the borders across this vast world! Thank you God for giving a free country, and all our blessings!

Just A Pac Rat said...

Wonderful journal, TFS!

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