Monday, November 7, 2016

I AM THANKFUL! November Challenge YOUrself Blog Inspiration

Happy November everyone!   It is time for this month's challenge over at the Challenge YOUrself Blog.  With this month being the month we celebrate Thanksgiving, your inspiration is the word "THANKFUL."  
As an added challenge, you must use a banner somewhere on your page, and as always, one of the photos on your layout must be of YOU!

Here is my take on the challenge.  I decided to scrap "Someone" and "Something" I am so THANKFUL for!  This photo was taken of my husband and I on the Disney Panama Canal cruise we took together this past May.  

The "Someone" I am THANKFUL for is my husband, best friend, and love of my life - Phil.  We were high school sweethearts and celebrated being together for 40 years while on the cruise! (How is that even possible??!!)

The "Something" I am THANKFUL for are the many adventures we have been blessed to share together, the amazing places we have visited, and the wonderful friendships we have made with people from all over the country and all over the world, while sailing on Disney Cruise Line.  This was our 9th Disney cruise, since our first one in 2001, and I look forward to continuing to make more memories aboard our favorite ships together.

I love how this layout turned out!  Scrapping a large 8x10" photo can be challenging for me, since it takes up so much of the page. I do love a good challenge though! 
I added the button with the starfish as I think it kind of brings in the cruising theme.  The flower was white - I sprayed it with Gold and Black Glimmer Mist.

Here is the banner I made with scraps of papers I had on hand, that I stapled to gold embroidery floss and added with foam dots to the top of the layout.

Love this grouping of flowers, brads, buttons and bling! 

This was a plain chipboard flourish.  I painted it with Ranger Tarnished Brass distress paint, then added some gold stickles and then black enamel paint as well.  I really like how it came out!

I love create little pockets on my layouts to hold a journaling card.  This is the front of the one I tucked under the bottom right corner of the photo.

Here is the side of the tag with the journaling.

Thanks for stopping by!  I really hope you will play along with us at the Challenge YOUrself Blog this month, and tell us what YOU are thankful for!  Check out all the details and PRIZE info "HERE!"

I used lots of product on this layout!!

Bella Blvd - Just Add Color # 1036 Passcode
Doodle Bug Designs - #4104 Gold Sugarcoat
Simple Stories - Story of Us - Snapcuts - Tag
Theresa Collins - Wanderlust Decorative Brads
Prima "Say it in Crystals"
Creative Embellishments - Flourish -Set 15
Bazzill paper flowers
Petaloo -  Premier - Pennylane Garden Collection
              - Forget me nots - Black
              - Mini Daisys - Antique Beige
Epiphany Crafts Circle punch and epoxy circle
Ranger Distress Stains: Tarnished Brass and Black Soot
Ranger Distress Paint: Tarnished Brass
Ranger Enamel Accents - Black
Gold Stickles
Glitter Dots
Gold and Black Bling