My first thoughts when I set my eyes on this beautiful collection, released on the one-year anniversary of lockdown in South Africa, was that the paper pack is not only perfect for helping us reflect on just how much we have had to be grateful for during these challenging times, but the beauty thereof can carry us into the future with a gratitude journal.
This is my first dedicated gratitude journal, and to help myself get going on it, I designed a couple of journaling cards and prompts that can be printed and added to the journal, as I wish to record what I am grateful for. The journaling cards that are available for free for personal use, also contain a few tips on starting and keeping a gratitude journal.
For this project you will need:
- Fabscraps C129 Grateful heart paper collection
- Fabscraps metal charm embellishments
- Fabscraps chipboard alphabet letters that spell the word “Journal” (or use the Fabscraps alphabet stamps to stamp the word “Journal” on the cover)
- Fabscraps stencil DS129-02
- Fabscraps white craft glue
- 20x20cm spiral-bound chipboard album
- Crackle texture paste
- Spatula or plastic card for applying texture paste
- Pink mother of pearl acrylic paint
- Gratitude journaling cards by The Purple Magnolia (free for personal use at https://www.purplemagnolia.co.za/products/gratitude-journalling-cards?_pos=1&_sid=366ad3ae7&_ss=r)
- Template for envelopes, OR WRM envelope punch board OR Fabscraps envelope template OR bought envelopes
- Metal ruler and craft knife
- Pages in the chipboard album are covered by gluing down a piece of printed paper 19cm wide x 19.5cm wide. The rest of the printed sheet is referred to as “off-cuts”. These are cut into strips so that a page in the album can be covered with two pieces.
- Journaling can be organised by date, or some with the same theme can be inserted into a tag pocket, envelope, or little booklet.
- Fussy cut all the elements on two fussy-cutting sheets and the sentiments sheet.
- Paint the chipboard alphabet letters for the word “journal” with pink mother-of-pearl paint.
- Glue a piece of printer paper 19cm wide x 19.5cm high to the cover.
- Stencil some leaves with crackle texture paste on the right-hand of the cover page. Allow to dry naturally and let the cracks develop.
- Glue the alphabet letters to the left-hand side of the cover, as shown.
- Add a sentiment block (for example, Start each day with a grateful heart) to the cover and complete the cover by adding fussy-cut flowers, birds, metal charms, etc., to your taste.
- Print or write out journalling cards or prompts to use later. It is recommended that you keep these ready and only use them in the journal as you need them according to what you want to record on a particular day.
- Add printed papers to the inside pages of the album. Some examples are given in the pictures that follow.
- Prepare envelopes (or used bought envelopes), tag pockets and little booklets that you can add to the journal as you need them.
- When you journal, use the journaling cards, journaling prompts, envelopes, pockets, etc. that are appropriate to your journaling for the day.
- The manner in which I designed the journal, allows me to journal by date, or to place a collection of journaling cards with the same theme, such as “What helped me stay positive” in an envelope or booklet.
Below are examples of pages you can create, with notes below them.
Pages 1 and 2
- On the left-hand page, two “leftover” pieces were used. One piece was adhered to the right-hand side of the page. Another piece was then glued ONLY at the top, left and bottom, to create a pocket into which you can insert journaling cards, photos and memorabilia.
- For the right-hand page, two slits were cut into the printed paper, for slotting in journaling cards. To do this, use a metal ruler and a craft knife. Apply glue to the four sides at the back of the printed paper, and also horizontally, about 4 cm below the top slit. This will help prevent that journaling cards placed into the top slit slide down. I added journaling cards with prompts including “Today I was grateful for”, “How we lived simpler”, “Things I reflected on”, and “How I overcame challenges”.
Pages 3 and 4
- An 11x14cm envelope was made, using the WRM envelope punch board. You may use the Fabscraps envelope template to make envelopes, or you may use bought envelopes. The envelope is closed by adhering two Fabscraps metal charms with foam tape blocks (to add height around which the twine is wound).
- Two left-over pieces of printed paper were used to cover the journal page on the right-hand.
Pages 5 and 6
- Two left-over pieces of printed paper were used to cover the left-hand page of the journal. A fussy-cut flower embellishes the page.
- A tag pocket was made for the left-hand page, simply by folding a piece of paper double (it must be large enough for your journaling cards), gluing it at the open side and the bottom, and punching a tab at the top with a small circle punch.
- The pocket on the right-hand page is adhered at the top, left and bottom. A stripe of glue was also applied about halfway from the top to the bottom, to prevent journaling cards from sliding in too far to the left.
- I added a journaling prompt “What helped me stay positive” to the tag pocket on the left-hand page.
Page 7 and 8
- A booklet was created for the left-hand page by cutting three pieces of printer paper 18x9cm. They were folded in half. A piece of printed paper 20cmx10cm was folded in half to create the cover. All of these were stapled together along the fold in the centre. If your stapler does not reach that far, you may poke two holes in the fold and thread a piece of thin string through the holes. Tie a bow on this spine.
- I added a journaling prompt “Blessings in disguise” to the booklet cover. A piece of twine - glued to the back of the booklet and tied into a bow – keeps the booklet closed.
- Fussy-cut elements embellish the booklet cover.