Pretty Paper Studio Fifth Birthday Blog Hop…

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Pretty Paper Studio turned FIVE this month and they are celebrating via a Blog Hop with some of the best bloggers in town! I am humbled to be included in the list and showcase my creativity to you, whilst giving you the chance to win an Amazing Prize worth AED 1,250! Read on to find out how…

Gratitude Project by Mummy On My Mind

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So here it is! My Gratitude Project for the Pretty Paper Studio Blog Hop. The theme given: Gratitude, was very apt since I monthly brainstorm a list of things I am grateful for on my blog, titled “Things I said Alhumdulillah for”, and I truly believe that being grateful is the key to happiness.

Alhumdulillah means “All Praise is due to God” and are the words uttered by a Muslim when he/she is expressing gratitude to Allah. I find myself saying this numerous times a day and so for this project, I decided to state Five things that I am grateful for, which is rather difficult to pinpoint!(Try it yourself.) Also, I chose five rather than any other number since PPS is turning 5!

Covering the lid of a cardboard box with water colour paper, which I painted in hues of blue and green, whilst adding salt to enrich the texture, my base of this project was ready. I used the materials from the Pretty Paper Studio, including sequins, 3D Flowers, 3D Letter Stickers and coloured card. As soon as I saw the colours and the sequins, a peacock was formed in my mind (I think I even mentioned it on my InstaStories whilst unboxing the supplies!), and after drafting out ideas, I decided to have the five things I was grateful for as individual peacock feathers, whilst the peacock body would be created out of shimmering green and blue sequins.

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Alhumdulillah For:

1. Family

Family is everything. I am thankful for my two boys , Mr Z and Master Z, every single day. Apart from these two special people, I am also very grateful for my extended family and their support.

2. Cuddles

Who doesn’t love them? Master Z’s cuddles especially are the softest and full of love. Even if I have to pry them out of him sometimes!

3. Knowledge

Knowledge is power. I am thankful for the knowledge that I have been given, through the education I have had, and I am always on the hunt for more. In my understanding, the more knowledge you have, the better informed you are to make wiser decisions, whether this knowledge is acquired through experiences or books.

4. Health

Without this, we would be paralysed indeed. I am thankful to wake up each morning with my health intact, especially knowing that many people are often not so fortunate and thus have many limitations in what they can do. Good health is truly such a huge blessing.

5. Faith

I am thankful for having the belief that I have in God. Faith will take you places, and we all know the wonders one can do if you simply believe in yourself. Believing that you can do better. Believing that you can accomplish your tasks. Believing that you will succeed.

So, there’s my interpretation of the Gratitude Project using the wonderful craft supplies from Pretty Paper Studio. Let me know what you think of it!

Here’s a little Process Video I made of creating the Gratitude Project…

So, how does this Blog Hop work?

Grab a cup of coffee as this is going to take some time. With the Pretty Paper Studio blog hop post as a starting point, visit every blog listed below and leave a genuine comment on each of them. Do not forget to leave a comment everywhere! The PPS Design Team and Guest Bloggers have put in a lot of effort this month, you got to leave some love.

The next step is to follow the Guest Bloggers on Instagram (links below), like Pretty Paper Studio on their Facebook Page, follow them on Instagram and Pinterest, subscribe to their YouTube Channel, and join their Facebook Group. Once you are done, simply leave a comment on the original PPS Blog Hop Post to let them know that you have followed the instructions.

Blog Hop Prize

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One winner will be picked randomly and will receive a Silhouette Cameo 3 Electronic Cutting Machine worth AED 1250. Simple. International entries are welcome too! You got to follow all the instructions to stand a chance though – that’s the only condition.

Blog Hop Winner Announcement

Blog Hop ends on May 1st, 2017 and a winner will be announced here on May 5th, 2017. In sha Allah. Alright then, hop on!

Pretty Paper Studio

Cuddles And Crumbs (Abigail Caidoy)

Designs By Donna Espiritu (Donna Espiritu)

Explore With Mafaza (Mafaza Haleem)

Handmade With Love (Ujjwal Gupta) 

You Are Here —> Mummy On My Mind (Zeyna Sanjania)

Papermade by Ing (Ingrid Lim)

Quill And Punch Works (Hussena Calcuttwala)

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Pretty Paper Studio reserves the right to final decision regarding the judgment method and winning Entries. This contest is not sponsored by or affiliated with Silhouette America.


  • Karen al debs April 29, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    never thought of using sequins, and look so fantastic and it’s a great inspiration and I can’t agree more that those are also the 5 things I’m thankful as well. And your project thought me that salt can entensify color aside from the other uses that I know. I’m grateful too to know your blog 😊😊😊

  • Fozia April 29, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    Happy 5th anniversary to PPS.

    This is just WOW. Totally loved the idea. In fact I can easily say this is the best gratitude. The layout, color scheme, flowers and embellishments are love. Above all the key factors of Alhamdulilah. Keep inspiring us.

  • Akansha goel April 30, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Loved the way how you used the sequins to create such a beautiful project..this month theme and your project does make me thankful so many things in my life..:)

  • Harkee - AS they grow April 30, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    Love everything about this Zeyna!! The colours, the concept, the use of materials!! I’ve never worked with sequins in a paper project but I love the effect you managed to achieve. Really hoping to win the blog hop prize so incan create and share some awesome projects too!!

  • parveen April 30, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    Zeynaaaa..Thats such a thoughtful gratitude..So much effort u hv put into this right from the concept to executing this masterpiece..Its so lovely..And i wanted to see the full picture and heres the beauty..Im sure Neelu wud hav been super dupee happy to see this..Alhamdulillah..All the best

    • Zeyna S. June 21, 2017 at 2:42 pm

      Thank you for the kind words! 🙂

  • Zarine April 30, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Loved your project and the thought that has gone into it . The colour combination is beautiful. The five listed topics are definitely ones to be thankful for.

  • greatthingsinuae April 30, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    This is surely an English version of Alhamdulillah for series….great to know that they have it too!

  • diorellajoy May 1, 2017 at 11:01 am

    This is great, Zeyna 🙂 you have that intrinsic artistic skills! This inspired to start crafting and decorating pieces at home!

    • Zeyna S. June 21, 2017 at 2:40 pm

      Thank you for the kind words! 🙂

  • assia kouider May 1, 2017 at 11:23 am

    This is a very special hand craft

  • thewanderingbedouin May 1, 2017 at 11:45 am

    Unique project and a nice way to involve my son in crafts. Thank you for this project! 🙂

  • Shiela Rizza May 1, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    SO so beautiful 😍 I love the design, and how creative you’ve done it keep it up! Love it!

  • safiyaaj May 1, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    That’s a wonderful piece of work!

  • Nazmira May 1, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    Really love this Zeyna and you’ve have inspired me to start a gratitude journal so I’m saying Alhamdullilah for your posts! This is so beautiful 💗

    • Zeyna S. June 21, 2017 at 2:39 pm

      Aww, thank you for the love! 🙂

  • Tarana Khan May 1, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    This is so beautiful! And it is a wonderful topic for a blog hop. Gratitude is something we should never let go of.

    • Zeyna S. June 21, 2017 at 2:39 pm

      Thank you, and yes agreed!

  • Pinky Rao May 1, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    Simply amazing 😍😍


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