15 Days of Gratitude: Part 3

Hello, and Happy Thanksgiving to our U.S. friends! It’s Aly here with you today to share the last week of pages in my 15 Days of Gratitude journal. If you missed the first two parts of this three part series, you can check them out HERE and HERE. I enjoy this project so much, and am always glad for the chance to focus on the good things in life this time of year.



Today, along with the completed pages, I wanted to share a few tips with you. First, I find it easier to gather all of the supplies that I plan to use for the entire journal and keep them in a basket or bag out on my work surface. That way when I have time to work on it I don’t have to go fishing around for my supplies.


I also used a couple of paper pads from the Typecast Mint collection. Using coordinating paper pads made it easy since no matter what papers I chose, they worked nicely together. I also used a few packs of coordinating stickers, tags, and labels to use as accents and layers.


I found a few rolls of washi tape that match my papers and kept those on hand, using some on each page. For this album I journaled with my Typecast typewriter and a Heidi Swapp date stamp.


Another tip is that I always like to add some texture with different materials such as metal, fibers, or ribbon. For this project I pulled in some metal shaped paper clips and some jute twine.


When designing my pages, I start by selecting at least three patterned papers that I can layer as a base. Then I add my photo or journaling card on top of the papers, and finish off with the bits and pieces like washi tape, paper clips, staples, and smaller stickers, labels and tags.


I hope you’ve enjoyed this gratitude journal inspiration. This project is only one way to record your blessings this time of year, but you can do it many other ways as well. The important thing is to get your thoughts down, and to focus on your blessings and all the good things in your life.


Typecast Typewriter–black
Typecast Paper Collection
Oh Goodie  Shaped Paper Clips
Staple Board
Animal Washi Tape Dispenser–Scottie Dog

15 Days of Gratitude: Part 2

Happy Friday friends! I’m back to share the first week of my 15 Days of Gratitude journal/mini album. If you missed my post last week, you can CLICK HERE to see my cover page and for more details about this yearly project.


I love these Typecast Notebooks–they’re perfect for art journals, memory keeping, mini albums, and smash-style journals.


I added my Instax mini photos and some papers, journaling cards, tags, and labels from the Typecast Mint paper collection.


I kept the dimension on my pages to a minimum so that my journal will close and not be too bulky.


I stamped the date for each day with a Heidi Swapp roller stamp, and I typed my journaling on the Typecast cards and papers.



Some of the notebook pages have pockets with inserts where I journaled about the one thing I chose to be grateful for each day.


I used some washi tape from the Scotty Dog dispenser, and some shaped paper clips from the Oh Goodie collection.


I also included a few rub-ons from the new Photo Lights collection. I’m usually not a fan of rub-ons because they can be hard to work with, but these rub-ons went on so smoothly and easily.



Each page design is a bit different, but includes similar elements to maintain some continuity throughout the album.




It’s been awesome to focus on one thing I’m grateful for each day and write my feelings about it.


I look forward to continuing this project through Thanksgiving Day next week when I’ll be back with the rest of my album. See you then!



Typecast Typewriter and Paper Collection
Oh Goodie Shaped Paper Clips
Animal Washi Tape Dispenser–Scotty Dog
Heidi Swapp Roller Date Stamp


Gratitude Journal: Part 5

Happy Thanksgiving to all our US fans!! We hope you’re enjoying a day full of good food, family, and fun. Today I’d like to share the second half of my filled in gratitude journal pages. I have truly loved this project and am grateful to share it with you.

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I was able to either take or find a photograph for almost everything, though some things I chose not to represent with a photograph. I figured words would be just fine. For the page below I used the fun panorama feature on my iPhone camera to capture my parents, kids, and hubby sitting at a creamery booth. It was a fun and different way to capture that blessing.

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Most days it wasn’t hard to think of five things to be thankful for, but I’ll be honest and say (as I shared in my project summary) that on a few days it took me longer than others. A few days that were rough ones caused me to take more time to meditate and re-focus my mind to come up with some truthful feelings about gratitude. But you know what? That’s what I love about this project–that on the hard days it makes me reflect a little deeper and change my perspective. Because I truly believe that even though this project was about listing things to be grateful for, true joy comes from being grateful no matter what.

I’ll leave you with an awesome and very significant quote that I truly believe. Hope you enjoy this day of gratitude, and strive to make every one after a day of gratitude as well.



Gratitude Journal: Part 4

It’s now officially been one week since I started recording five things I’m thankful for each day in my gratitude journal. So far it’s been such a great way for me to stay focused on the positive. I truly believe that when we’re counting our blessings we feel happier–even during the hard times.

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I added some mini alpha stickers to the page tabs to designate the number of the day. I also added a date stamp on a tab on each page.

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Some of the things on my daily lists are deep and big, and some are fun and frivolous. I think it’s important to appreciate everything–loved ones, faith, and even iPhones and Mega M&M’s! =) Most of the items on my lists have to do with things that happened during that day. That way I’m also including a bit of a daily record in the process of counting my blessings.

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As I explained in another post in this series, I’ve used some of my own photos and I’ve found some online. Here are a few tips for finding and using internet photos in your scrapbooks:

  • search on Google images (my personal fav) with “creative commons” included in your search term
  • click on “search tools”, then “size” to find large hi-res images (better for printing)
  • be sure to only use those images you find for personal reasons

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Most of my photos are 4×6 collages which I created in Picasa–a free Google photo editing software that you can download HERE. A few of my photos are cropped 4×6 prints because I wasn’t able to fit the full 4×6 size on the page. I converted all of my photos to black and white prior to printing so I didn’t have to worry about trying to match so many photos to the colors in my journal.

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Thanks so much for letting me share this journal with you. It’s one of my very favorite projects! I’ll share one more post next week on Thanksgiving day with the rest of my photos and journaling filled in. Have a great weekend!


Shine 12×12 Paper Pad
Shine 6×6 Paper Pad
Shine Journaling Cards
Shine Cork Stickers
Shine Acrylic Shapes
Enamel Shapes–Neutral
Washi Tape–Multi-Color Pack, Metallic Gold
Tap Punch–File
Envelope Punch Board
Feather Shape Die
Evolution Advanced
Cinch Chipboard–8×8
Cinch Binding Wire–Black 1 1/4″
Cinch Wire Cutters
The Cinch

Gratitude Journal

Each year I keep a gratitude journal in November where I record things I’m grateful for regularly leading up to Thanksgiving day.  On Thanksgiving Day I read through the journal and then record my feelings, thoughts, or how my perspective changed during the whole project.  Here’s my journal for this year:

I used the beautiful new Harvest collection and made a 4×6 Cinch book with chipboard for the covers and silver binding wires.  I used the Envelope Punch Board to make the envelope at the end of the journal, and I added some die cut accents cut with my Evolution and Leaf Punches Die.  Watch the video below for some tips on how I created this journal.

I’ll be sharing my journal on my personal blog as I fill it out each week, so if you’d like to follow along be sure to visit me every Friday this month at It Happened Like This.  Let us know if you create your own gratitude journal–we’d love to see them!


Supplies used:

6×6 Chipboard

Silver 3/4 inch Binding Wire

Cinch Machine

Harvest Paper Pack and Journaling Cards

Grid Journaling Cards

Envelope Punch Board

Corner Chomper–3/8 inch

Tab Punch–File

Tab Punch Labels–Black Typewriter

Evolution and Genius Platform

Leaf Punches Die

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