Sunday, November 25, 2012

A New Tradition

Hi Everyone!  I'm here to share a Thanksgiving project that I've been working on.  Yes, I know it's past Thanksgiving but this has been a work in progress and still is!  I decided to start a new tradition this year by making a Thanksgiving memory book.  I started by making a small folder for everyone in my family.  I used the Sizzix Bigz XL Envelope/Pocket die and embossed it with the new Tim Holtz Sizzix Texture Fades Textured Leaves folder.  The pockets were distressed using TH Ranger Distress Ink in Brushed Corduroy.  The embossed area was colored using TH Distress Ink in Fired Brick, Forest Moss, and Spiced Marmalade.  Then the pockets were sprayed with Ranger Perfect Pearls in Sunflower Sparkle.  I embellished each folder with leaves, acorns and a flourish cut with the TH Sizzix Movers & Shapers Mini Tattered Leaves, Mini Acorn and Mini Flourish.  Inside each pocket I tucked a tag and a stamped index card.

The pockets were handed out and I asked each person to do two things: 1) on the tag they had to write what they were thankful for; 2) on the index card they were to write down their Christmas wish list!  Here's what I ended up with...

Everyone was very excited to do this!  Adding the card for the Christmas wish list was a last minute idea.  I figured I better get those while I had everyone together!  A couple of them weren't complete.  My mom wrote "Whatever!" and my dad wrote "Lots of Hugs" which I thought was so cute!

So this past weekend I created the memory book to hold everyone's "Thankful" tags.

The book is an Accu-cut design cut from chipboard.  I used Bo-Bunny Apple Cider and Double Dots papers along with matching stickers and chipboard die cuts.  I added die cut TH Sizzix Mini Tattered Leaves and an Idea-ology Muse token to the cover.  The stamps are Unity.  The tags were put into TH Idea-ology Kraft Glassine pockets. I cut off the top flap and punched a half-circle notch using a circle punch.  I still have to add the pictures but I'm really pleased with how it turned out!  Everyone was interested to see what we were all thankful for.  I promised to bring the finished book to our next get together.  That will be week after next since all of our birthdays are between October and December!

I'm entering this at Frilly and Funkie where the challenge is Chipboard and Metal.  I'm also entering this at Simon Says Stamp and Show where the challenge is Thank You.


  1. Loving your chipboard album, Donna! What a great idea to have the whole crowd participate. It's a beauty. Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Frilly & Funkie.

  2. Your album is so beautiful, gorgeous colours and what a fabulous idea to get people to complete the tags. What your Dad wrote is very sweet. A x

  3. Hey Donna, this project is so detailed and so sweet! Love your idea to ask what your family is thankful for. I think it's good to stop and think about that every once in a while. Life gets so busy and it's easy to forget. You put it all together beautifully as well. What a great memento for this year :) Beautiful project both visually and in intent. Thanks for sharing! ~ Ryn

  4. Donna, your Thanksgiving Memory Book is outstanding! What a wonderful idea. It certainly helps keep the meaning of that holiday in perspective, doesn't it? I love your papers you've used and your design. You will really have a treasure when you finish it. I also wanted to thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment about my Christmas heart box. So glad you liked it so much! <3 Candy

  5. So much Autumn goodness to see! I love the mini book...just a WOW!!! What a cool idea as well...thought provoking and wonderful! Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly & Funkie this fortnight!