Remind yourself of all the blessings in your life by creating a 30 Days of Gratitude Project Life Scrapbook. Keep reading to learn how.
In case you haven’t heard of it, the 30 Days of Gratitude challenge is to simply write down one thing each day that makes you thankful. A lot of people are doing it right now to tie in with Thanksgiving. To help document all the things I am grateful for, I took it a step further and have been creating a 30 Days of Gratitude Project Life scrapbook.
The wonderful thing about creating a thankfulness scrapbook is that you can start one anytime – not just around Thanksgiving. Just pick a day and get started!
I hope this inspires you to start documenting all the things that you have to be thankful for in your life!
30 Says of Gratitude Project Life Scrapbook Supply List
- Project Life Scrapbook of choice (The 6×8″ Mini scrapbooks work great for this project!)
- Coordinating scrapbook papers or Project Life Card Sets
- Acid free journaling pen
- Embellishments of choice (Washi tape, Stickers, Die Cuts, Flair, Wood Veneers, etc.)
- Paper Trimmer
- Project Life Card Dies / Die Cut Machine (if you want to cut your own paper into journaling cards)
- Corner Rounder
- Paper Punches or Dies
- Canon Selphy Photo Printer (if you want to print your photos daily as you go along)
If you are unfamiliar with Project Life, it is a system of divided page protectors and journaling cards that allows you to complete scrapbook pages quickly. The journaling and filler cards fit the slots in the page protectors perfectly. Since these cards come in a variety of themes and styles, you don’t have to do much decorating on your pages so it is a much quicker process than traditional scrapbooking. It has been a great way for this busy mom to still document her family’s life while still getting to be a little creative now and then.
Although I did mine on 12×12 Project Life pages because I planned to put the pages in my family scrapbook for the year, you can also choose to keep it in its own book. The 6×8 Project Life albums would be perfect for this project!
For each of the days of the challenge, you will be documenting one thing in your life that makes you thankful. Keep a small notebook and jot down what you are grateful for each day. You will also need to take a corresponding picture.
Here are a few ideas to get you started: people you love, technology you can’t live without, favorite foods, tv shows you love, books that you re-read over and over, things that happen to you, etc.
Here are some of the things I have been thankful for over the past week:
- Having the right in this country to vote on our officials and issues.
- Being able to work from home
- Fond memories of my grandfather who passed away last year. He would have been 89 yesterday.
- The fact that it is 2 years after my back surgery and I haven’t needed a spinal fusion yet.
- The One Year Bible on my Kindle
- My husband making me Eggs Benedict because he knew it was my favorite.
- Cute Thanksgiving decorations that make me smile every time I walk into the living room.
- My middle daughter’s marching band getting a superior at state finals
- The beautiful colors of the changing leaves
- Sitting around the tv on Sunday night as a family enjoying Once Upon a Time
Assembling your 30 Days of Gratitude Project Life Scrapbook
You can do this as you go along or wait until the end after you have recorded all 30 things that make you grateful.I am choosing to assemble mine as I go.
Since I am using Project Life page protectors and cards, it just takes a few minutes each day to write down my thoughts on a journal card, take a picture, and print it with my Canon Selphy. Then all I have to do is slide the photo and card into their slots.
You can add die cuts, rubber stamping, or punched shapes if you want to jazz up the Project Life cards but it is totally optional as the cards are beautiful as they are.
For this project, I used Becky Higgins Project Life page protectors in design A. With one photo and one 3×4 card for each day, you will need 5 page protectors.
In the interest of keeping things simple, I didn’t use a ton of supplies. I used the Project Life Fall theme card pack (available from digitalprojectlife.com) which is just perfect for a gratitude album with its Autumn themed designs and rich colors. It was my first time using a digital kit but I ended up really liking it. I love that if I make a mistake on a card, I can just print another one!
If you prefer the pre-printed cards, a great option is the Project Life Seasons Core Kit.
To tie in with the Autumn colors, I used cardstock in neutral colors like cream and tan. In addition, I used a small leaf punch to help tie the photo and 3×4 cards together. The only other embellishments I used were some washi tape and some fall rubber stamps.
The first page has a little bit of a different format than the rest and only contains 2 photos. The other 4×6 slots were filled with a title card and another card where I journaled about the reason I am doing the 30 Days of Gratitude challenge. For the 2 extra 3×4 slots, I used a handmade filler card stamped with leaves and one of the Project Life fall theme pack filler cards. The sentiment on that card was just perfect for this project.
For my title card, I edited the card to add “30 Days of Gratitude” before I printed it. Then I added 4 small leaf punched shapes to add the year.
To tie together each day’s photo and journaling, I simply used a numbered leaf punch shape in the corner on both the photo and the 3×4 card.
Here is the layout for days 3 through 6. This layout is going to be typical of how I do the rest of the 30 day challenge pages. I may add a little bit of rubber stamping here and there, but basically the layout will stay the same. The 3×4 cards will go in sequence with the corresponding photo on the same side.
Yes – on day 7 I truly was thankful for prescription medicine! I suffered from a ruptured disc back in 2013 (when I initially posted this.) So I was extremely grateful for the pain relief while I was waiting to have surgery.
The nice thing about doing a 30 Days of Gratitude Scrapbook using Project Life supplies is that you can go ahead and have the cards inserted for each of the 30 days. Then all you have to do is print your picture each day and write what you are thankful for on the card.
And that’s all there is to it. I have been making a 30 Days of Gratitude Project Life scrapbook for the past several years and really enjoy looking through it and remembering all the blessings I have in my life. So tell me… Have you ever participated in the 30 days of gratitude challenge? Did you scrapbook it?