Happy [week of] Thanksgiving! A few weeks ago I shared a super simple project for Whatever Dee Dee Wants’ series, Give Thanks, a Gratitude Journal, and I thought it would be good to post it here today. If you’re looking for a quick idea for incorporating more “thanks” into your Thanksgiving, or a last-minute hostess gift for friends or family providing you with a feast this week, this one takes just a few minutes and a few dollars. Enjoy!
It’s a super simple project, but the thoughts and memories that you’ll record inside are what makes it extra special. My plan for the journal I made is to keep it with our Thanksgiving decorations, and pull it out every year. I’ll have each member of our family record a few thoughts on what they’re thankful for that year. In a few years, we’ll have a precious keepsake with all that gratitude all recorded and preserved in one spot.
To make one, you’ll need:
-blank notebook (I used an inexpensive composition book)
-Fat quarter of fabric
-Tacky glue (not pictured)
-Fabric adhesive (or you can use glue, but this works faster-no drying)
-Fold-over elastic 1/2 inch shorter than the height of the notebook
-Cardstock (not pictured)
Use the notebook to cut out fabric enough to cover front and back with at least an inch overhanging on all sides.
Now, glue the fabric to the notebook
Fold the overhanging fabric into the front cover and glue in place.
Super simple. Like I said, my plan is to have each member of my family record a quick thought on what they are grateful for each year. Also, you could record family events that may have occurred over the year, milestones, etc. Or just use it as your own personal gratitude journal.