featuring the Chevron and Smile for the Camera Dies
Thanksgiving Day “Give Thanks”
Thanksgiving Day is just around the corner have you started your menu planning yet? When you do don’t forget to make a list of photos that will capture the way you celebrate the day.
• What are your traditions?
• Where do you go, gramma’s house or are you the hostess?
• Is the whole family gathering or is it a group of friends?
• Do you watch the parades and football games on TV or
• Are you outside playing touch football?
• Are pies on your dessert list or do you serve pumpkin cheesecake?
• And are there traditional family recipes you make every year?
Every year I have good intentions to do something special with photos and I forget all too often to pick up the camera for all the pre-meal activities. Here are some of the things I wish I’d photographed:
• The dinner rolls being made by hand, going into the oven and coming out again.
• The kids helping to mix the “famous family recipe.”
• Gathering around to watch the parade or the Big Game.
• Carving the turkey.
• A slice of pie being topped with whipped cream.
• Butter melting on the corn, steam rising from the potatoes.
• The dinner table fully set and undisturbed.
• The people who were with you that day.
I’ve used two new Mosaic Moments Dies for this layout, first, the camera die and second, the chevron die, also a few additional Mosaic Moments dies to cut the various mats and journal spots. The 12×12 Mosaic Moments Grid Paper is Paprika and the cardstock papers are from the Echo Park “Fall is in the Air” Collection. The patterned plaid paper is Tawny in the Autumn Splendor Collection from We R Memories. Letters for the title were cut using the Sizzix Alphabet “Homemade.”
This time I’ve chosen Patterns #136 a mosaic pattern and #153 a row pattern for this Thanksgiving page. Because I wanted a few of my elements to be a bit more substantive I added a few layers of chipboard. The dies easily cut through the chipboard.
Our new camera die will fit a 2×4 block space on a grid. This time I’ve used it as an embellishment on a larger 3×4 block. Sometimes you just might like to try a new way to display your die cuts within the grid pattern.
The second die used was the Chevron die I wanted to build a banner on which to place my title. The papers I’ve used are double sided. The block I began with was brown and the reverse side is a darker shade than the paprika grid and once I had the colored inserts in place I decided that the way the block almost disappears with the paprika allowed the colored chevrons to really pop off the page was a better choice than the brown side. The colors are arranged so that the yellow and orange chevrons form a wave pattern across the page with the chevrons pointing up to the photos and journaling and down to the plaid border section below.
When it came to adding the title the letters weren’t exactly impressive. Because they are so narrow they seemed to just blend into the banner. I decided to add a triple layer of chipboard chevrons to the center three sections of pieces and attach the letters to this platform to get a floating effect.
Before adding the colored cardstock to each section I used a dark ink to cover the edges of the chipboard for an added shadow-like depth. After arranging the letters in the title they were attached with micro glue dots to secure them in place.
Since both patterns have rows of mosaic squares along the bottom in the pattern I thought my plaid paper would add color and interest and the lines work in with the direction of the chevrons as well.
Before the busyness of the holiday preparations are upon you, why not pull out your photos from last year and see what you have and make a trial run. Plan your photos for this year maybe even get others involved in the process taking their own to contribute! And don’t forget to take the camera with you if you are headed to someone else’s house for the day! You don’t want to miss a moment of anything going on.
Make some memories this Thanksgiving and be sure to show what you are grateful for in a layout when all the leftovers are safely tucked away and everyone else is sleeping off the big meal!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours and thank you for following along our journey with Mosaic Moments I hope you are trying out what you are seeing here each week and love what you are creating!