I am a firm believer in celebrating each holiday by itself (even though I started Christmas shopping months ago) and this year I wanted to start a Thanksgiving gratitude journal for our family to write down what they are thankful for. We are celebrating with my side of the family of which I am the oldest of 10 children. If everyone comes, which there will be a few going elsewhere, there is almost 60 of us so far and counting. I thought it would be fun to pass the journal around and see what kind of response there is. Some of my brothers are pretty corny so it could be interesting, but fun.
I started out with a simple $1.00 notebook that you can find just about anywhere. I used 2 sheets of double sided pattern paper and some card stock scraps. My colors don’t match perfectly, but if you look outside this time of year, neither do the colors in nature, right? Besides, by the time I get it back after being passed around, there might be additional gravy and pie stains adorning it as well. No biggie!
I inked around the leaves, covered them with Glimmer Glaze to give them some sheen and stiffen them up a bit. Once dry, I crinkled them to give them a more realistic look and some dimension as well. I also ran my fingernail along the edges to curl and tear them up a bit. Real dead leaves are not pristine, so mine shouldn’t be either.
I placed a few foam adhesive squares in places to raise parts of the leaves off the cover and cut up a paper doily and placed a few sections under a couple of the leaves.
On the background of leaves and sentiment I inked the embossing folder used to give it a letterpress effect, but its hard to see in the picture. If you want a bookmark like I did, cut your ribbon a little longer than double the length of the front. That way it is decorative and useful. Everything else is pretty self explanatory.
Bo Bunny Back to Basics The Avenues Collection
656927 Sizzix Tim Holtz Bigz Tattered Leaves
CCE-065 Cottage Cutz Elegant Harvest Leaf
1218-33 Darice Full Leaf Background
S6-006 Spellbinders 5×7 Branching Out
AG-04565 JustRite Stampers Mix and Match Sentiments
7501 Want2Scrap Swirls Rhinestones Black
2054 Want2Scrap Rhinestones 72 Black
Tim Holtz Distress Inks Tea Dye and Black Soot
4500546 Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Key Holes
4500545 Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Keys
Tattered Angel Glimmer Glaze
Martha Stewart Border Punch (can’t remember the name)
Maybe all of you have something you jot down your gratitude thoughts in like my journal. If not, there is no better time to start than the present. For starters-I am thankful at this time for my wonderful family, a great job and sweaters!(I am freezing now that its turned off cold!)
Thanks & Happy Scrappin’!