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from where i stand

8.16.2016  at 8:00 AM

On the first day of August, I saw that Lisa {remember the 52Photos project?} posted a photo on Instagram with the hashtag #fromwhereistandaugust16. I snapped a pic of where I was standing and posted it.


I just had to have one of those gold mini albums that was all the rage on social media probably a year ago. They're still not popular, but you know, it was a thing and I decided I wanted it. So I bought it. And then it sat there on my shelf, mocking me, staring at me, because I did nothing with it.

And it was this album I remembered having and knew that I should continue taking a photo each day in August, from where I was standing, and make a mini album. So I am.


  • I will print all my photos in black and white. I didn't use the same filter on each of them, but they're all black and white. I'm not sure how I feel about the lack of color now that I've done it, but I still have the originals in color on my computer, so there's that.
  • I trimmed some gold polka dot vellum from my stash into 4x4 squares.
  • And pulled out some chipboard embellishments left over from my days on the My Mind's Eye Design Team.
  • Then I searched for some design goodies from the shop.
  • The plan is to include the stories in the mini album, probably in the back. I'll have to add the date to each photo, maybe with a date stamp, so that the photos and stories coincide. 


Here are a few pages, semi-embellished while I figure out the plan. I'm just really happy to be creating and using some of my pretty papers and embellishments. 

If you're a fan of paper doilies and embellishing mini album pages, layouts and gift bags you can find some in the Embellishment Kit Collections.


I post my #fromwheremonikastands photos each day on Instagram {I'm @iloveitallshop and @monikawright_iloveitall} and tell a little story about the capture.


Registration for the September #30lists challenge is open. Read more about what 30 Days of Lists is aboutincluding posts of lists of past classes I've taken.

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DISCLAIMER | I am an affiliate of the 30 Days of Lists class and will earn a small fee if you use any of my links to purchase the class. As you can see by the number of times I've taken classes, I believe in this adventure and think you will enjoy it, too.

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what do I do with this blank page?

8.12.2016  at 8:00 AM

So you bought a mini album. Your happy mail arrives, you gingerly open the envelope so as not to disturb anything, you flip through the pages and check out the goodies in the embellishment pack and you think to yourself, "Oh gosh, it's just so cute! Now what do I do with these blank pages?"

That's when you realize that you really don't know what you're going to do with this cute collection of papers and ephemera. And you feel guilty.

Well, don't!

Let me help you let go of your creative block and get you on track to designing your first page.


Let's say this is the journal you purchased.

I've been using this same journal for a hodge podge collection of Instagram challenges having to do with lettering, quotes and bible journaling. None of them really have anything to do with one another, but I just wanted to use this journal for something, so I did.


A crafty friend sent me a happy mail package that had this paper washi tape from Simple Stories. I added some random strips to the backside of a patterned one-sided yardstick to add some color.

When dealing with a busy patterned page, it's nice to add something that brings all the colors together and also serves as a base for your journaling. Here, I've added a yellow shipping tag for a challenge to use the word strength. I've been trying to learn more about the bible recently so I chose a verse.

This time, the blue shipping tag comes as part of the album design. I practiced some hand lettering with a Flair pen and a bible verse.

This quote was journaled on a Project Life card.

I used a Sharpie marker for the verse, hoping that it would hold up well to being bold enough on this patterned background. It works. I used a fine line gel pen to add a border and the verse.

Another blank page, but this time I just journaled. No page decorations or embellishments.

More hand lettering practice, this time on a kraft bag, with another bible verse. I adore adding bags to mini albums so you can tuck photos inside, private journaling, or souvenirs from your travels. I even made a kraft bag mini album one time.

Sorry for the language on this one. The Project Life card is attached with more paper washi tape.

Can you tell I like quotes? And books. This is the opening page of the mini book and how fitting that it contains a quote on books.

Pick up a set or two of these library book check out cards, you'll be glad you did.

And there's nothing wrong with using up some letter stickers. I love the patterned paper, but am not really all that happy with my lettering. They can't all be awesome, right?

I had been seeing so many Instagrammers pulling out their watercolor sets, so I snagged the girls' set and had fun. I love the watercolor effect, I love the lettering but I don't love that when I dabbed a bit more watercolor on my page, it bled. That's a newbie learn something new every day.

I used a stencil from the Target Dollar Spot and tried to create an ombre effect with my choice of colors. I am really happy with how this page evolved.


After seeing these sample pages, do you feel better about your decision to order that mini book now? If you feel inspired to create some pages in any mini book, not specifically one from I Love It All, leave a link to your blog post, Facebook share or Instagram pic...I'd love to drop in and see what you've made.


DISCLAIMER | I am an affiliate of the 30 Days of Lists class and will earn a small fee if you use any of my links to purchase the class. As you can see by the number of times I've taken classes, I believe in this adventure and think you will enjoy it, too.

Read more about what 30 Days of Lists is aboutincluding past classes I''ve taken.

Thanks for stopping in!


thankful thursday

8.11.2016  at 8:00 AM

When I posted this photo, I was thinking of two specific people. I found the quote quite by accident but it spoke to my heart.

When I think of that same photo today, I realize that I shouldn't have been pointing a finger at anyone but myself. They don't know that I was pointing a finger at them, or maybe they do...who knows, but I know. We all deal with the curveballs life throws at us differently. I don't feel that my way is the best way, or the only way, or the right way, and I shouldn't expect any one else to feel that way either.

Today, I am thankful for time to reflect.  For me. For them. For us all.


I document my thankfulness in my Gratitude Journal on a semi-regular basis. You heard me. Sure, I miss days and you might, too. And I have learned not to let it get in my way. 

Do you journal on a daily basis?

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