Happy Birthday Grandma!

Today is my Grandma’s 86th birthday.  I’ve known since Friday night that Mom and I were going to go take her out for lunch today, but it wasn’t until this morning that I had a brainstorm about what I could make and take to her as a surprise.

Last week, one of the daily challenges from my Photoshop class was to make a mini-album.  I…didn’t actually do it that day, but I standing in the shower this morning I realized that the project would be perfect for a small album of Great-Grandchildren.

I pretty much knew exactly what photos I was going to use — and I was going to make them all Sepia toned and do the selective recoloring I learned last week.  Which meant that I already had one photo done (my nephew Colin…)

So, this morning I hurried up and recolored the rest of the photos, printed everything out, cut it all out and glued the album pieces together.  The album consists of the cover, the journaling pages, cardstock for the pages and chipboard for the covers.  Oh, and your pictures.  Everything prints out at 4 by 6.


The instructions called for a different binding method, I decided to just punch everything and bind it with rings.


On most of the layouts I chose to highlight the kids’ eyes, like this one of Gage, but Maddux’s light saber seemed like a pretty obvious choice for his page.


It’s not perfect, but it’s done.  I struggle with cutting paper cleanly.  And I struggle with glue.  I’m such a messy gluer.

It has all 8 great-grandchildren.  I hope she likes it.  I think she will.

You can make your own So Thankful album, too — the instructions and a link to the files for the covers and journaling pages can be found on Jessica Sprague’s blog.

Have I mentioned lately how much I love Photoshop?  And my computer?

Have a great Sunday!



  1. Heather says:

    This is sooooooo beautiful. I have yet to do mine, but now I feel extremely inspired to make one. Thanks for sharing! I bet your grandmother will be overjoyed to receive such a gift.

  2. Mary Ann (mom) says:

    She will love it!!! I can’t wait to see the real thing in approximately 70 minutes or so. 🙂 I can’t believe that you could do this all in one short morning. The lady has 8 great-grandchildren for goodness sakes!

  3. Laura says:

    I’ve not done mine yet either, but you’ve inspired me! Those recolors are great, and since you put together in a morning I could probably do it too. I bet she just loves it!

  4. tracey c says:

    Hi I am in your NWR cousre love your mini album – you havae inspired me my mum would love one of my children. Thnaks have a great day:)

  5. Anke says:

    This is so pretty and such a great idea! I love what you did with it, the recoloring is wonderful (especially with those eyes) She will be so excited!

  6. LivE says:

    wonderful work with your album, suzanne!!! i loooove that yoda page! 🙂 like the rest, i’m inspired to get this album done soon… if only there were 48 hours in a day! great job!

  7. Yvonne says:

    Great idea for a gift! I came on over from your post on the Jessica Sprague class board. I like your website and I am a beginning quilter also.

  8. Mary says:

    This is such a wonderful idea. Thanks for providing the link. I’ve loved watching you create all your scrapbook pages and have been thinking about taking an online class myself. I also love the selective recoloring – I wonder if that’s an option in Photoshop Elements.

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