This is the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Master Forger gratitude blog hop.
A couple of times a year, we try to do a little behind the scenes activity to keep the conversation going, add a little inspiration into the mix and encourage us to share. Well, while I was busy pinning (like you do) I came across some fabulous free printables featuring wonderful artwork about thankfulness and gratitude. I popped over to see the linked blog and immediately knew this would be perfect for our autumn team activity - right before Thanksgiving and around Harvest Festival time here in Europe.
The creator of these wonderful creations is Allison Kimball (http://www.allison.kimball.com) and she has two incredible sets of images for you to download and print out for your own personal use. She kindly agreed that we use her art for our team activity.
Find the downloads here (go to the bottom of the post to see her own creations) and here.
The activity I set the team was to use one or more of these images in a creation of their own and I am really excited to see what they have made.
So... If you have landed here direct, you can go back to the Counterfeit blog to start at the beginning of the hop and the full list is at the end of my post. I'm right at the end so when you are done here, make sure you head over to Allison's site to download your own set and get creating.
AND it's not too late to sign up for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge member blog hop on 24th. Send your "I'm in" mail to firstname.lastname@example.org today and you are good to go!
Anyway, here's what I made...
As always, I was late making my page but somehow the timing made my layout all the more poignant, matching up a photo from a trip to Paris a few years ago with two of the printables to write a few words about how grateful I am for my life. Right here. Right now.
I used my November Remembrance kit and picked out the softer colours to support the calm photo and the thoughtful journalling.
I used the "Count Your Blessings" image to list out all the people - or at least 32 of them - who are important in my life. I printed out the image much smaller than the original and knew that I wouldn't be able to fit names into each of the small boxes. So, I just listed their first name initials and added all the names on the back of the page so that I know exactly who I mean with all those letters!
On the other side of the photo, I printed out the globe image in the same size and then squeezed my journalling into the centre.
We'd love you to join in this extra challenge this month. Head over to Allison's blog (don't forget to let her know we sent you!), download the files and get creating! Make sure you link up your creation so we can come on over and see what you are thankful for right now.
Here's the full blog hop list in case you've got lost along the way.
Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog http://www.counterfeitkitchallenge.blogspot.com