Wednesday, November 17, 2010

CJToo Design Team Wednesday: I Am Thankful For...

Welcome to another Craft Junkie Too Design Team Wednesday!  This week, our theme was "I Am Thankful For".  Before I explain my project, I have to thank Tracy over at CJToo for coming up with this theme and letting us have free reign.

Have you ever made a project, and the process of constructing it was totally therapeutic?  That's what this project was for me.  Before I started, I sat down and thought of everything and everyone I'm thankful for in my life, which lead me on the long journey to the completion of this project.

As most of my close friends know, I've been having a really rough time lately.  The stress of unemployment and a constant job search that seems to lead nowhere, coupled with ongoing personal issues have made the past few months difficult for me.  I have amazing family and incredibly supportive friends (plus my awesome bloggy companions) that have made things a little better for me, but there are two very special little "people" who have kept me going, even when I didn't want to continue.

My dogs.

That statement might sound strange to anyone who is not a pet owner, but Bella and Dixie have been my anchor for the past few months.  They love me unconditionally, and the sight of me is always the highlight of their day, whether I've been gone 30 minutes or 3 hours.  There were times when I honestly didn't want to get out of bed, but I had to in order to give them the care they need.  I could be having the absolute worst day ever, and all they have to do is come curl up in my lap and stare up at me with those adorable eyes, and I can't help but smile.

They are actually doing that as I type this :)

So, I really wanted to make a project dedicated to my dogs.  I came up with the idea of doing a paper bag mini album, so I could have a book full of pictures to look at whenever I felt down.  I had never made a paper bag mini before, so I found instructions on YouTube and gave it a go.

Here's the final result:

I tried to list everything I used in the video, because I used a lot of different cartridges and inks.  Hopefully I remembered them all :)

 I hope you truly enjoyed this mini album, as I had a BLAST making it.  Make you you hop over to and see all of Design Team 2's projects today!

Have a great Wednesday everyone!


scrapperbecka said...

Cute Mini Album, I don't have any pets but I could alter this into a childrens mini.

Vicky said...

BEAUTIFUL, LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU DID A AWESOME JOB!!!! A WONDERFUL WAY TO SHOW YOUR LOVE FOR YOUR DOGS. LOVE THE COLLAR ON THE FRONT OF THE BOOK. I am a dog lover I have have 2 yorkies and they are my babies I can understand how you feel about them. I feel guilty for leaving them to go to work or run errands. Our pets love us unconditionally.
I love your album.
you can see my dogs if you like at
Thanks for sharing your album and your dogs are precious

Helen said...

Love it!! And your babies are so sweet :)

Mari AKA Momo said...

This is so stinkin adorable! Love love it! Maybe I willmake one for my hero!

Monica said...

This is so great! TFS! I love it.

Became a follower!

GlendaLea said...

I am now a new follower! Wow I LOVE the album! I hope you will become a follower of mine! Happy New Year!
PS Saw your name on Momo's blog!

girlia said...

nice job

DEBBIE ORR said...

Really cute Mini album You used some really great ideas love the dog collar idea I need to make one of these of my cats thanks for sharing

Carina said...

I really Love this
I am now a Follower, please come check out my blog

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