Scrapbooking your Gratitude

Jennifer Wilson

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November 22, 2011

In this post regular contributor and design team member Jean Manis shares ideas, products and page ideas for documenting your gratitude.

The Canadian and American Thanksgiving holidays are traditionally a time to remember all that for which we are thankful. It’s no surprise, then, that many scrapbookers create gratitude layouts at this time of year. While the layouts may feature family gatherings at Thanksgiving, gratitude layouts can certainly go beyond the holiday and feature everyday photos of people and things.

Tips from scrapping gratitude and Thanksgiving:

  • Focus your journaling and photos on connections between your friends and family.
  • If you’re short on journaling ideas, beyond “I am grateful for…” consider adding a quote. For example:

    “Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.” –Lionel Hampton

    Check out and for inspiration.

  • Another journaling option is to intentionally be repetitive and create a list of people, places, and things for which you are grateful. Alternatively, write a letter for your journaling.
  • In photos of an entire table of guests, inevitably, there are one or more people portrayed in an unflattering manner. Consider getting closer to your subjects and focus on groups of a few people in your photos instead.

In Scrapbooking Autumn I listed a number of traditional and digital products available in fall-appropriate colors which would work for Thanksgiving/gratitude layouts as well. Since that article was published, dozens of new digital products have been released. Below, I’ve included some highlights that would work well on Thanksgiving/gratitude layouts.

Thanksgiving Sentiments 1-embellishments by Karla Dudley

Thankful Collection by Sara Gleason

Many Blessings by Ocean Wide Designs

Be Defined #1 by Eva Kipler

Gratitude Element Clusters No. 01 by Studio Double-D

Fall Sentiment Strips Brushes and Stamps by Ali Edwards

Digital Layouts

Dearest Boys by carollee

oh forget it by wendymck

what matters most by crystalbella77

For this I am thankful by sczosnek

Family Gratitude by jcaruth910

mwbt by marnel

Traditional Layouts

Grateful by JenGallacher

Thanksgiving by add1cted

Give Thanks by Torm

thanksgiving 2010 by Laura ODonnell

Simply Thankful by justlisa

Count Your Blessings by scrapally

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1 Comment

  1. Monica

    I loved this post! I have a passion for the idea of documenting your gratitude whether it’s on a scrapbook page or even just using a smart phone app. I’ve even created two courses (one for kids and one for adults) called Gratitude Documented and Gratitude Documented for Kids. Either would be a great companion to this post!

    Hope everyone has fun creating gratitude scrapbook pages!



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