Friday, December 2, 2011

My First Gratitude Journal

Hello, friends!

No, not another Christmas card post, heehee!  Will be taking a break from Christmas-posting for a bit, although there are a few more :) 

Today, it's about Gratitude Journal.  Have been wanting to do this for a while now.  In today's mostly material world, what with all the gadgets swimming around and changing at a very fast pace, it seems that most people would want to keep up, would want to have what another person has.  Even when i log in to Facebook and i see what  my friends have been posting, there are times when i feel a bit envious why they can have such stuff or how they can go to places for a vacation.  It's leaves me with not such a good feeling, and it's just as bad to feel that way. 

Most of the time, we tend to forget that other people in other parts of the world are not even aware of these modernities.  They are not even concerned.  What is most important to them are the basics of daily life - food, water, clothing, houses or even just roofs, and people who care about them.  Most of the time, us living in such a modern, fast-paced environment lose sight of the basic stuff.  Sometimes, we take them for granted.  I wanted to take stock of what i have been blessed with everyday - small and big stuff alike.  To keep me grounded.  To be reminded that we can still help other people in need.  And i believe having a Gratitude Journal would help a lot.

Had been searching the net for some samples when i came across those done with Papertrey Ink's Gratitude Journal stamp set.  This was in August and i didn't know that it was one of the new releases in that month.  Had debated about the shipping cost and what it would do to my monthly crafting project.  In the end, i took the plunge.  It was the first stamp set i ordered from PTI.  I've been in-love ever since! LOL!

I did not use it right away, though.  By the time it arrived, i had started on my paper rosette Christmas shadowbox project.  After that, it was cards and tags, until the pile was high enough.  I wanted to take a break from Christmas crafts.  It's a chance to break in the Gratitude Journal stamp set!

Okay, long narrative over, time for some photos :)

The front.  Wanted to keep it simple.  Used PTI dies (Limitless Layers 1.75" and Journal Tabs).  Embelly (sorry, how they are called escapes me at the moment) at the bottom are 7Gypsies from SC kit.

The following are the inside pages.  Have done them by month.  The pages are actually small envelopes covered with PPs.  Have inked the paper edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Tea Dye. Sentiments are mostly stamped with Versafine and Memento.  Did only simple labeling and did not pile on embellies on the pages as i wanted them to be flat when writing in them :)  Have stamped on some pages using Versamark "Cement" ink.

This one shows the (top right) back cover, a (bottom left) close-up of the front and (bottom right) the inside of the back cover (i love how the "Grateful" stamp is among the concentric circles there).

These are some of the inserts.  Have stamped "So Blessed Because" sentiment on both sides, together with the journalling lines, the scalloped border and encircled numbers.

Supply list:  Cream envelopes; patterned papers, cardstock and embellishments from Studio Calico July kit; ink - Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Versafine, Memento; adhesives - Helmar; Zutter Bind-It-All; stamps - Papertrey Ink Gratitude Journal, Studio Calico Mini Months Stamp Set; dies - PTI Journal Tabs.

Such a long post, wheew! 

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit!



carol (krillsister) said...

Just beautiful. Love all the different pattern papers you used. The journal seems to be a nice size too.

Joyce said...

What an awesome journal. And, just think how wonderful it will be when it is all filled in. You have used such a nice selection of patterned papers and stamping.

Suzie said...

Great job on the journal, Mayol! I LOVE it! :)