Thanksgiving is less than a week away? Why do the holidays always hit me like a moving bus?! Although it’s come a little too fast for me, I simply love Thanksgiving traditions. Beyond the food and family, I look forward to taking that moment to figure out what I’m most thankful for. This year, I decided to emphasize the meaning of “Thanks-giving” by creating “Gratitude Journals” for my loved ones. I think this would be an adorable gift to put on your guests’ place-settings or to send them home with. It’s a sweet way to encourage your family and friends to reflect on what they’re most thankful for by writing it down. See how I created these personalized “Gratitude Journals” below.
What I used:
Plain Journals (Moleskin Ruled Cahier Journal Kraft Pocket)
Decorative Stamps (“Thanks,” “Handmade by,” & wood pattern)
Inkpads – red & brown
Ballpoint pen – black
DecoColor Opaque Paint Marker – red
Ribbon – red
1. Choose your tools. I first had the joy of digging through Rachel’s stamp collection and deciding what stamps to use. I wanted these notebooks to be simple so I chose 2 colors and 3 stamps. Once I had my stamps decided, it was a decision of how to configure them.
2. Have a brainstorming session. I traced the shape of the notebook twice on a piece of paper to use as my template for both the front and back. If possible, use similarly colored paper as the notebook so you can see how the final product will look.
3. Layer the stamps. Next I laid my notebook open and got started on layering the stamps. Here’s how I layered them:
4. Add writing. Next I added a bit of personalization with a simple black ballpoint pen. I first wrote “Give” on the front cover and “Mesick” on the back cover to tie the sentiment together.
5. Add detail. Adding a red stripe to outline the wood pattern gives the notebook a finished and clean look. I recommend using a ruler to draw two lines and coloring them in to create a thick ribbon of color on the top and bottom of the wood pattern.
6. Show them how it’s done. Write a personalized note to the person you’ll be giving it to. This shows them an example of what the notebook is meant for and also tells them how special they are. Here’s a note to my mom:
7. Tie it up. Add a special bow and add what I didn’t – any guesses? A small pencil would look so adorable stuck in that bow!
I hope you have the time to create this simple gift for this Thanksgiving. I think the gesture will go a long way.