This project was originally created for a guest blog post that I wrote for Tatertots and Jello back in 2015. I was looking ahead to the 30 Days of Thanksgiving and knew that I would need a new gratitude journal.
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Supplies for Gratitude Journal
Jen Hadfield provided me with a box full of her new Home + Made collection and I was told I could make anything I wanted for my guest post. Do you know how overwhelming that is? These are the supplies I used from the Home + Made collection:
- burlap paper with white dots
- rub on transfer sheets
- kraft pocket tags
- gold metal clips
- chalkboard stickers
- Thickers: Gilded chipboard letter stickers
- papers: Hardwood, Let’s Visit, Gilded Florali, Gilded, others from the paper pack
Other supplies & tools:
- vintage book covers
- 2 book rings
- chalk ink pad
- black marker
- white pencil
- paper cutter
- assorted paper punches
- glue stick
- spray adhesive
- assorted bits of vintage lace, tulle, and string
- washi tape or any other embellishments you’d like
I started off by finishing off the inside of the book covers. They had some writing and stains on them that I didn’t want to show. I cut this floral paper from the paper pack just a bit smaller than the cover, sprayed the back with adhesive, and smoothed it down. I did the same inside the back cover.
Thickers are absolutely one of my favorite supplies so I was excited to see them and the burlap paper in my box. I cut the burlap paper 1″ smaller than my cover and glued it on, adding the title with the Thickers. I ended up gluing them on since this will get a lot of use and I wanted to make sure they stay on. Visit my blog to see more projects with Thickers!
To reinforce the holes I punched for the book rings, I added decorative eyelets. I added a few additional embellishments to the front cover, including a gold metal clip from the collection.
I cut all the pages from the double-sided paper and even recycled the cardboard insert as a page, too. (I don’t like anything to go to waste!)
I had all the supplies laid out on the table and I just started cutting and gluing them together. No plan. That’s the way I do a lot of my creating. I just tried the different papers together until I found a combination that I thought was pleasing. There are so many patterns in this collection you’re sure to find some you like.
These kraft pockets make a great place to add little notes or photos. Now I’m ready to start filling it up with my notes, lists of things I’m thankful for, Scriptures, and photos.
I hope this gratitude journal has inspired you to create one of your own. And to be grateful. Originally published October 14, 2015.