Happy Thanksgiving!

So, it is Thanksgiving here in Canada today!  The days are getting shorter, the weather is getting cooler, and you can definitely tell that snow is not far away (in fact, we can already see it out on the Rockies)!  It really is a neat time to think about the things that we are thankful for.  For me, my adorable and healthy family and extended family, a beautiful home, a job I love.

In celebration this day, I thought I would just take a quick minute to share with you a layout I created recently!  I used to work in a historical village, and we would pass the time between visitors to our house by learning traditional crafts.  My favourite house was a little sandstone building where I could sit by the old piano and learn how to hand quilt!  This little layout of my second daughter was inspired by those days in the sandstone house:

This paper just reminded me of beautiful fabric!

It’s a beautiful and simple “log cabin” design inspired by the quilting world!  Using some beautiful BasicGrey Origins paper, I created a 5X5″ design that I could use on a 12X12 sheet of paper.  It’s a great pattern you can try too!

Simply start by cutting some patterned paper into 1″ strips.  Choose your centre pattern, take one of your strips of paper and cut a 1″ square.  You now need to create the following strips in different patterns:

And a beautiful flower had to find a place on this page

  • 3 – 1″X2″ strips
  • 2 – 1″X3″ strips
  • 3- 1″X4″ strips

Simply start from your center square and rotate your way around it using the next longest length.  When you finish, you will have a 5″X5″ square panel that you can add to a layout.  This could make a great pattern for a “baby” themed layout or card as well!  Hmmmm…maybe I need to check out a few more of the quilting patterns! :)

So, even if you are not celebrating Thanksgiving in your country today, remember to take some time to think about the blessings in your life!  Thanks for stopping by today and I would love to hear about the things in your life that you give thanks for!  Leave me a comment if you have a moment!

p.s. – I was playing with my circle punch and some scrap paper last night and created a bunch of different paper flowers!  Can’t wait to share them with you!  Stay tuned!