We actually don’t do much to celebrate holidays in our family. Too many years abroad and too many years too broke to afford anything but a bottle of wine and pizza have made us, well, skeptical of holidays that seem designed only to pull money from our wallets. A perfect holiday doesn’t require anything but friends, family, and love. And I am continually amazed at how well we manage to accomplish that, even as we add children and disposable income to our loves.
This year’s early start to the Christmas season has freaked me out. Growing up, trees and lights and advertising for Christmas began the day after Thanksgiving. Sometime in the last decade or so, the timeline shifted, and now the advertising begins the day after Halloween. I’m grateful, so grateful, that my husband shares my indifference to it all.
To celebrate Thanksgiving, we’re doing 30 days of gratitude. Every day, Bertrand and I are going to talk about something we’re grateful for, and I’m going to document it in a cute mini-album. The watchword for this album is SIMPLE. I was going to skip the project entirely, but a fellow scrapbooker mentioned doing a gratitude smash book, and I said to myself, “I can do that!” The base is a Kraft pocket-sized Moleskine. It’s got 64 pages, so I can do 32 spreads, or a title page, 30 gratitudes, and a closer.
I designed all of the die cuts myself, and cut them out with the Cameo. In addition to the cover and title page (below), I cut out numbers 1-30 for the days, and some tags for each day (you can see “JOY” on the first page, also below).
For each of my pages, I intend to glue on a number, add a few embellishments, then journal. There may be a few pictures (particularly of our daughters!), but I want to keep this book focused on gratitude, not scrapbooking.
And finally, the kit! Patterned paper, glitter paper, SN@P alphabets, washi, and a few embellishments.
Again, I wanted to make this album as stress-free as possible. I wanted everything to fit into a 6×4″ Iris photo case, and miraculously, I was able to do so!
I’m really looking forward to this project. I’ve already written down what Bertrand and I are grateful for today. Unsurprisingly, we are grateful for our wonderful daughters. Jasmine and Grace are indeed blessings, and we are grateful to have them in our lives.