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5 Ways to Document Gratitude this November | Setting Up Your 30 Days of Thankful Album

Caravan Shoppe Printable 2015 Calendar insert in 30 Days of Thankful 6x8 Mini Book | 2015 Gratitude Project by Julie Gagen, How I Sustain Blog
CZ Design’s 30 Days of Thankful project gives you a chance to reflect on the people, places, and things that you’re grateful for. You can also follow along on Cathy’s Blog or follow me on Instagram to see what I’m thankful for this year. And here’s a link to my 2012 project, my 2013 Project, and my 2014 Project.

Yesterday I shared the introduction (and cover page) to my 2015 Gratitude Project: 30 Days of Thankful.

Friends, I have to say, just one day in and I’m already feeling the benefits of investing some time, energy, and emotional space in myself and my own well being.

So here we go.

5 ways to document gratitude this november | 30 Days of Thankful 6x8 Mini Book  2015 Gratitude Project by Julie Gagen, How I Sustain Blog

I always say this, but I’ll say it again: you don’t have to make the album to do the project. In fact, there are a lot of ways you can do your own 30 Days of Thankful project, without the time and energy that it takes to make a mini album. Here are a few ideas:

  1. Write something that you’re grateful for in your daily planner
  2. Use a small notebook to write down your favorite stories from each day (or your favorite memory from past years)
  3. Take a picture and use the Collect Photo App to caption that photo
  4. Use the Project Life App to snap photos, or use the journaling and filler cards to create gorgeous layouts (photos optional)
  5. Purchase a Midiori Traveler’s Notebook and get inspired with this Pinterest Board to create your own

 

Or, if you’re inspired, create a 6×8 mini album using supplies on hand and make your own mini book.

Julie’s 30 Days of Thankful | Album Set Up

To get started, I used 6×8 chipboard and 1-1/2-inch Book Rings to make my album. Using paper on hand, I cut the pages, as needed to fit my mini album. The first page (adhered to the back of the album’s front cover) a cropped picture that Max made “about Halloween”.

30 Days of Thankful 6x8 Mini Book | 2015 Gratitude Project by Julie Gagen, How I Sustain Blog

He’s only 3, so this is abstract art, for sure. I added the letter stickers to make it a little more obvious.

Caravan Shoppe Printable 2015 Calendar insert in 30 Days of Thankful 6x8 Mini Book | 2015 Gratitude Project by Julie Gagen, How I Sustain Blog

The second page is a 5-inch square print out from my Caravan Shoppe 2015 Printable Calendar. Honestly, friends, the hand written brush script quotes are just gorgeous! I use them in EVERY mini album I make.

Definition 30 Days of Thankful 6x8 Mini Book | 2015 Gratitude Project by Julie Gagen, How I Sustain Blog

On the second page I defined gratitude (source in picture). When it comes to albums with a very specific purpose, like this one, it’s nice to start with a definition. It sets the tone for the rest of the album and gives you thoughts to come back to as you build your project.

If you want to do the same, print my 8.5 x 11 Gratitude Definition page.

I also backed the square Caravan Shoppe quote page with some paper from an old kit. The colors were really fun and it suited the mood of the album.

Probably towards the end of the album, I’ll add more detail to this page like a favorite photo from the month, or maybe some brush script, or something similar.

And that’s all for now!

Tomorrow I’ll share my first entry and more thoughts on gratitude.

 

xoxo,

julie.

 

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