I am so excited to share with you today my new gratitude journal. I created this journal using a Tim Holtz Worn Cover and Eclectic Elements Fabric. I shared the full tutorial for how to create the cover on Tim’s blog today. You can find it here: Eclectic Elements Gratitude Journal.
I wanted to share some peeks inside my journal with you here on my blog along with a few tips for working with pocket binders for this type of project.
The first page in my journal is a tag pocket. I placed the tag I shared in the tutorial last Tuesday in the pocket. I am using it as an intro page. You can find the tutorial for this tag at: I am Thankful Tag Tutorial.
On the backside of the tag, I cut a piece of pattern paper to fit the pocket. I embellished the pocket with scraps of pattern paper, Tissue Tape, and a Vial Label. I am using pattern paper from the Tim Holtz 8×8 collage paper pad. I am also using scraps of stamping projects and other things from my scrap bin.
You can see how I created the woodgrain background in my With Love Card Tutorial on the Ranger Ink blog for World Card Making Day. This is the piece I created by printing with the inky stencil.
For this book, I plan to use photos of random moments and things that I snapped with my phone. I am printing all the photos with my Zink Happy Printer. I am also making a point to add my handwriting as well. I have nice handwriting but I never use it on projects. I am not sure why! I think handwriting adds a really personal touch to a project. Since this project is a very personal project, I think using your own handwriting is a must.
I plan to keep the book cohesive by using the same paper pad and the same embellishments recurring throughout. I preplanned several pages by filling the pockets with a cardstock or manila base, a piece of pattern paper, and a piece of ephemera. Once I have the photo I will be able to add even more embellishments to accent and label the photo. On the page on the right, I plan to have a photo of each of my 3 kids. I think that creating essentially the same insert for the three pockets makes it feel like a full page instead of the separate blocks.
I also inserted some ephemera pieces into pockets that I really liked layered together. For photos that I printed but haven’t used in a pocket yet, I have slipped them into pockets to play around with layering combinations.
I am a big fan of templates for things like pockets. Since I will be cutting a lot of inserts for pockets, I decided to create templates for each pocket-size. I created my templates from the heavy paper on product packages. to keep them handy for this project, I have slipped them into my book under the back cover flap. Now they are right with my book and ready to use when I have a moment to work on a new insert for the book.
I plan on trying to add lots of inserts to my book this month. I want it to be an ongoing project but I especially want to focus on it this month and around Thanksgiving. Too often I feel like Thanksgiving gets lost in the hustle between Halloween and Thanksgiving. This year I want to make a point to pause a bit and think about thankfulness in a creative way.
I hope you will click on over to Tim’s blog and check out the tutorial for creating the book and I hope you enjoyed peeking inside. I really love the idea of this book. I hope it inspires your own gratitude project as well!
Please see the tutorial on Tim’s blog for the supplies for the cover and book structure. These supplies are for the inner pages only.