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Word of the Year 2016 Project

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Happy Weekend, My Lovelies!  I hope you are having a great one.....I know I am!

This post is about my word of the year.  Can you see it?

Let's take a closer look, shall we???

Yep!  It's gratitude!

I am grateful to be a part of the Canvas Corp Brands Creative Crew, and I just received my first shipment of lovely art supplies to play with this weekend.

Look at all the lovely products, mostly from the 7 Gypsies line:

I love the vintage photo crate in white and I decided to make a memory crate for the entire family. It will hold all the little blessings, happy memories, and kindnesses of 2016 organized by month. During Christmas, we will dedicate time to sit down together and read all of them.

Here's how I made the little crate.  I cut out papers form the 7 Gypsies Ordre Du Jour Collection (12 X 12 papers) and decoupaged them onto the crate.  Then I embellished the crate with a Red Ticking Flower,  Bi-Color 7Gypsies Frame,  7 Gypsies Antique Silver Pins, 7 Gypsies Flea Market Findings Charm, a 7 Gypsies Moments Charm, and tea-stained seam binding.

I used velcro buttons to adhere the flower to the crate.

I am in love with the reds, pinks, and aquas in this collection!

For each month, I'm using a 7 Gypsies 4 X 6 Manilla File Folder.  I embellished each one with 7 Gypsies Ordre Du Jour 8 X 8 Pad Paper and Calendar Tickets.

I ordered an adorable Double Drawstring Ticking Bag   to store the super-cute 7 Gypsies Gypsy Moments Happiness Cards and Gypsy Moments Just Thankful Cards.  Whenever we want to record our grateful moments it will be easy for us to reach in and grab the appropriate card and journal away! 

The little crate will live on the desk in our kitchen so everyone can contribute to the gratefulness project.  I'm even sending a few cards to big sister at college so she can play along, too!

This was a super-easy project, and I hope you'll embellish a memories crate of your own!

Please email me or leave a comment should you have any questions about this project.

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. This is such an adorable idea! It's all pretty and organized, and very, very Pin-worthy! I want stuff sent to me by The Canvas Corp. *grumbles* So cute!!! :)

  2. Wow Ricki, this is fabulous!! As a fellow newbie on the CCB team, I am so impressed with your very first project! I love the addition of the ticking flower, and your decoupage 7 Gypsie papers create a wonderful vintage feel!! I think you have inspired me to start my first project too! Happy weekend :)

  3. That is a GREAT word and your presentation of it is wonderful. Reading The Appearance of Annie Van Sinderen that you recommended. So far, so good-Started earlier today and about 1/2 through it. It was a good diversion today. xo Diana

  4. Fabulous Ricki, wonderful for your first project and great blog write your detail happy to be apart of this fabulous team with you....can't wait to see more of your artwork!

  5. Great word for the year. Adorable idea and wonderful project. Your crate is so cute!

  6. That crate is too cute for words! Now I want one for my tear sheets I am always ripping out of magazines and catalogs. I have a few little projects laid out on my work table, and I hope to get to a couple of them next week. I am emailing you a photo I saw that reminds me of your style!

  7. a wonderful choice for your word ... a beautiful little crate ... a fun project for the year!

  8. Gratitude is a very powerful word. The memory crate you created is just darling. Looks like you have the workings of many fun projects ahead.

  9. Ricki, I like your word for this year. I hope you plan on showing all of us the things you will be making this year. Blessings to you and yours, xoxo,Susie

  10. beautiful project, gratitude is a wonderful word for the year, I chose explore and will have a journal post on it later in the month

    Barb Housner

  11. Fun project. I love the word for 2016 ~ Gratitude ~ perfect. :-))
    I am still thinking of one...I have never been able to pick one word.
    Have a great weekend,

  12. This is an adorable project - how fun was that to make!! Great word of the year, too!

  13. So sweet. It sounds like the perfect project for you. Gratitude is a great word. If we are grateful, it is easier to be a happy person. xoox Su

  14. How very lovely. Everything about this project is so wonderful.
    What fun you will have adding things every month.

  15. This is so wonderful. exceptionally beautiful. You will enjoy this for a long time


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