Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Gratitude Journal - Frogs

Hi, everybody! Before I get started, I would like to welcome my newest followers - Margreet Burger, Chandhini Swaminathan, Shartl H., and Mia; and on Bloglovin', Katie Baird - thank you for joining me!

I usually share only my cards, but lately I have shared a gratitude journal and today I'm sharing another one!  I made it as a gift for my Dad; he has always had a fondness for frogs.  He loves the journal and uses it every day - I knew he would!  If you missed the hummingbird gratitude journal I made for my Mom, you can see it here.  

I love mixing vintage images with modern and that's what I've done here.  Since this is a journal meant for writing, I added a lot of blank pages (which I haven't shared here).  Each blank lined page was stamped with either a frog or gratitude sentiment.  I also made a coordinating gift envelope, shown towards the bottom of this post.  There are a lot of photos in this blog post.  Feel free to click on the photos to enlarge and scroll through.

The first photo below shows the cover. The patterned paper used on the cover and throughout the journal is from K and Company.  The frog image is from Beccy's Place - Frog Hop.  The cattails and dragonflies are Impression Obsession, and I used some word dies and stitched ovals from my stash.

On the inside front cover I created a pocket to hold gratitude prompts, a 2019 calendar, and a personalized frog bookmark (closer look below).  The image on the pocket is from Frog Fun Printable Vintage Junk Journal from TlcCreatesVintage.  The sentiment on the pocket is from Naz Beheshi.  On the right-hand page, I used another cute frog from Beccy's Place - Frog Hop, and the sentiment is from TLC Creations.

Below are the gratitude prompts, bookmark, and calendar. The gratitude prompts came from MayMay Made It but I changed a few to make them my own. I also stamped a frog from Colorbok Friendly Forest (received in happy mail from Lisa Lynn, thank you!).  I found the calendar and personalized frog bookmark image through a Google search.  The digital sentiment added to the frog bookmark is from TLC Creations and was a freebie at one time.

On the page below, and throughout the journal, I used a printable journal kit called Frog Fun from TlcCreatesVintage.  I also added a strip of washi tape.  On the lined page, I stamped a sentiment from Pink and Main - Fall Bouquets.

The frog image below is a freebie from Graphics Fairy, which I adhered to a die-cut scalloped oval (Gina Marie Designs). The digital sentiment under the frog is from Imagine That Digistamp Pumpkin Kitties, and I did some inking around the edges with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.  The tiny dragonfly that has captured this frog's attention is from Cheery Lynn Tiny Things with Wings die set.

Below is another page from the printable journal kit called Frog Fun from TlcCreatesVintage.

Below, the funny musical frog is from Sweetly Scrapped, and the digital sentiment is from Craftin' Desert Divas.

Below is another page from the printable journal kit called Frog Fun from TlcCreatesVintage.  

On the right-hand page below, I used another cute frog from Beccy's Place - Frog Hop.  The scripture word art is from Fred She Said - Sunflowers and Thankfulness Pre-coloured Set, and the dragonfly is from Impression Obsession.

Below is another page from the printable journal kit called Frog Fun from TlcCreatesVintage.  I used baker's twine to bind the journal.

The funny frog below is another one from Beccy's Place - Frog Hop, and the sentiment is from TLC Creations.  The circle sentiment is from Digital Delights, and I coloured the leaves with markers. The dragonfly is from Cheery Lynn Tiny Things with Wings die set.

Below is another page from the printable journal kit called Frog Fun from TlcCreatesVintage.  The frog stamped at the bottom is from Colorbok Friendly Forest, and the sentiment stamp on the blank page is Clearly Besotted Butterfly Wishes.

Below I used a fun frog image from Little Scraps of Heaven, and the sentiment is from TLC Creations. Both were freebies at one point.

Below is another page from the printable journal kit called Frog Fun from TlcCreatesVintage, and I stamped a frog from Colorbok Friendly Forest at the bottom.

The frog image below is from Doodle Pantry; sadly this company is no longer in business.  I added a dragonfly die-cut from Impression Obsession, and the word art was found in a Google search.

Below is another page from the printable journal kit called Frog Fun from TlcCreatesVintage, and I stamped a frog from Colorbok Friendly Forest at the bottom. 

Below is the inside back cover, and I made a pocket on the right-hand side.  The frog on the pocket is from TLC Creations (a freebie at one time) and I doodled around the edges and added a scalloped border (Spellbinders).  Inside the pocket are some altered paper clips and more personalized frog bookmarks like I shared above, but with different gratitude sentiments.  The sentiment on the left-hand page was found in a Google search and die-cut with a stitched circle.

The frog images on the altered paper clips are from Beccy's Place - Frog Hop. I used a 1" circle punch to cut the images and placed epoxy circle stickers over them. Then I adhered them to paper clips with wet glue, adding a punched circle on the back to hide the glue. To hold the paper clips, I used a My Creative Time tag die and stamped a sentiment.

I mentioned at the start of my blog post that I made a coordinating gift envelope for the journal. Below are two photos. On the front I used a frog and sentiment from Beccy's Place - Frog Hop, along with some doilies from my stash and more of the Impression Obsession Dragonflies.  On the back of the envelope, I added a frog sticker and stamped my custom stamp from Joy Clair.

Below is a photo showing the gift envelope and journal together as a set.

I would like to support the following challenges: A Gem of a Challenge AG 3/3; Beccy's Place March UE; Crafty Creations AG 2/2; Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper March UE; DL.ART March Linky UE 1/d; DL.ART Thankful Thursday Always Thankful 1/2 wk3; Get Creative AG Optional Anything But a Card 2/3; Incy Wincy For the Men and Boys 1/5; Mini Album Makers Challenge March 2/3; Simon Says Stamp Wednesday AG 1/5; Wednesday's Creative Inspirations Spring Greens 2/3; Word Art Wednesday AG w Uplifting Sentiment 1/5 wk1

Thank you for looking at my journal!  Wishing you a joyful day!


Fikreta said...

another beautiful project!
love it!

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Awww... Your gratitude journal for your Dad is amazing as well those you have done for your mother!!! Wowzer!!! :D Not only it's a fabulous idea for a personalized gift, but your mix of modern and vintage looks so unique and beautiful!!
A lot of beautiful details on any page and such amazing paper clips with the epoxy circle stickers on the tag and the gift envelopes!!!
Love so much the cover of the journal and the fun bookmark!
This is a wonderful masculine journal, and surely he will love it!!
Your talent always shine in any project yo do!! Well done!

Anonymous said...

I love the idea of a personalized, handmade gratitude journal. I have kept gratitude lists and written prayers at different times in the past, but usually just in an inexpensive store bought journal or a simple composition notebook. (Of course, this was before I became obsessed with all things paper!) I am going to make a few of these as gifts, and one for myself! I also looked at the one you did for your mom, and it is beautiful! Love those hummingbirds and floral images!

Elizabeth Hart said...

LOVE this journal. This is so creative and fabuylous - plus love those wacky frogs. Thanks so much for joining us this time at the Crafty Creations Challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

Scrapper69 said...

Ooh, WOW! What a Fantastic Journal! I adore frogs as well so it was fun to see the different ones you added to the pages! Those Paper clips are awesome too! What a terrific gift for your dad! How special to design it just for him!


Gail said...

Bravo for you on this Hopping great journal! Your dad must being have a joyful time recording in this beauty - TFS - I am proud of you! Fab artwork!

Chandhini said...

Wonderful gratitude journal, lovely envelope too. Love the way you decorated all the pages, made the altered paper clips, bookmarks and all the tiny details. Makes a great gift.
Have a great day.

New Creations said...

Eeeek! Just stunning work for Gratitude Journal Kitty! I love every bit of it! Lots of hard work and efforts put on it! Love each detailings! Love it to core!

Michelle said...

Your Gratitude journals are outstanding Kitty! So much work and details in these and that frog on the cover is my favourite he's FABULOUS!!!! Michelle x

Beccy said...

What a wonderful gift for your Dad, Kitty, it was lovely of you to make it for him. You did a fabulous job of collecting all the different frog images, I love the mix of styles through the journal. The papers and embellishments coordinate beautifully with everything else. It will be a wonderful family treasure for generations to come.

Bunny said...

What a loving journal you made for your Dad. I love all the pages and the fact that he uses it. The frog's are so cute and funny. Great job. [Bunny]

Lisa Lynn said...

Kitty, this is amazing. Love the creativity. You found some wonderful images.

cotnob said...

This is fabulous, lots of super details - I love the fun frogs.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Maria Lillepruun said...

Wonderful journal! Looove all the frogs :) Thank you for sharing with us at Mini Album Makers!

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Another beautiful journal, those matching envelopes really are a fabulous idea. Thank you for joining in the challenge over at Mini Album Makers.
Creative Wishes Tracey (DT)

Redanne said...

I am not surprised that your Dad uses this every day, it is fantastic. I love frogs too and the images really did make me smile. I love this journal!

Thanks so much for joining in with us at Mini Album Makers. Anne xx