30 Days of Thanks

30 Days of Thanks mini book

In 2009, scrapbooker Cathy Zielske created an annual tradition she called 30 Days of Thankful: document your gratitude for 30 days.

This year I am part of a Bible study that is going through Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts study guide. In this book, Ann talks about being dared to write 1000 things she is thankful for.

So I’m making a mashup of Cathy’s 30 Days of Thankful project and Ann’s One Thousand Gifts challenge. Here’s a glimpse into my 30 Days of Thanks mini book:

30 Days of Thanks mini book challenge

30 Days of Thanks Mini Book

I made a mini book to write 1000 things I’m thankful for during the month of November. I’m planning to use a basic date stamp to start each day and hand-write my lists onto the kraft cardstock. If I miss a day I will simply carry on.

For this mini book, I paired 4×6 photos and 4×6 kraft cardstock. I used a desktop hole punch to make two holes in each page, after taping each photo to a piece of cardstock with my fancy new tape runner (it’s like white out correction tape, only it’s clear and sticky). I used 1-inch book rings.

I designed the title page (30 Days of Thanks) in Indesign, and printed it with the rest of the photos at Costco.

I used some of my favourite fall photos (taken with my Canon 5D) to pair with my handwritten list of things I’m thankful for. Here is a small sampling of the photos I printed for this project (the full book includes 38 pages, since I’m not sure how many pages I will need). See the photos I included in this mini book.

It’s hard to tell in the following photo, but I trimmed a piece of clear plastic for the cover (it’s a Tim Holtz clear frosted sheet, and it’s awesome!)

30 Days of Thanks minibook cover

30 Days of Thanks minibook page 1 30 Days of Thanks minibook page 2 30 Days of Thanks minibook page 3  30 Days of Thanks minibook page 530 Days of Thanks minibook page 4 30 Days of Thanks minibook page 6

Have you ever used a gratitude journal? Or tried Ann Voskamps’ One Thousand Gifts challenge? 

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Art Journaling

I am participating in the 31 Days, which is a blogging challenge in October organized by The Nester. I have chosen to (attempt) to write Monday-Friday during October on the topic of art journaling.

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By | 2017-01-20T21:07:27+00:00 October 27th, 2014|Mini Books|4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Nancy Ranbk October 27, 2014 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    Oh my gosh love your pics. Your way beyond me in photograph expertise. But..I know that’s not the point of all this;. Its just to see all the blessings big and small that we have.
    I’m excited to begin my own first effort at a mini thankful album. Thanks for your inspiring photos.

  2. Julie October 28, 2014 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    Your album so far is beautiful and inspiring. I’m sure you won’t have any trouble finding 1000 things to be thankful for. Thanks for sharing on the CZ Facebook page.

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