Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Making a Gratitude Journal

Hi everyone, it's Sarah here with another Hybrid Humpday.

I have been in a bit of a funk these past couple of weeks and one thing I have read is that keeping a gratitude journal can help elevate your mood. This is a place where at the end of each day you write down a few things that you are grateful for. I had a journal and some pencils that I had bought a few months ago in the Michael's dollar bins and decided to get to work on creating my gratitude journal.

I used Jennifer's I've Got a Feeling kit for all the papers and embellishments and the alpha is from In My Life by Jennifer Fox and The Design Girl. First I measured the book and then created a cover based on those measurements in my scrapbooking software. Everything was layered in the software so at the end I only had to worry about cutting out one rectangular piece. I also cropped a coordinating piece of paper to use to cover the pencil. Here are my supplies and print out (I printed on HP matte presentation paper).


Next I cut out my cover and the piece of paper for the pencil and ran them through my Xyron, you could use other adhesives but I find that the Xyron works really well for laying down a smooth consistent layer of adhesive.


To cover the pencil i lined up the edge of the paper with the bottom of the wood on the pencil and then rolled the pencil making sure the paper stayed smooth and even. I then sanded the paper to make sure the top was even with the pencil.


Here is my finished project. I love that I have such a cool and pretty journal to record all the things I'm grateful for.


Of course you could use this technique to pretty up any journal you have laying around the house. Why not create a goals journal, a fitness journal, or whatever else may suit your current needs.

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