Some of you may have seen "The Grateful Table" album on the homepage of The Angel Company website. I so enjoyed contemplating what this Thanksgiving will 'look like' and working with serene greens and browns. However, that particular 6 x 6 album is no longer available. So, my next assignment was to re-create it with the smaller Tea Break Chipboard Book (V-842) that we carry. The cost: $3.50. What made it even better is that I cut the book apart – giving me two 'books', 5 pages each for $1.75 each! A recent gathering of Bethany College kids at our home, prompted 6 of the girls to ask me if I could make a gratitude book for them! At $1.75 each and a die cut for the pages that I can roll, it becomes an inexpensive and relatively easy but very meaningful gift that I can give them. I may even add cardstock pages inbetween the chipboard ones to give them more room to write/journal. College kids wanting to keep track of their gratitude?! Yep, I'm happy to be a part of THAT!
I used the Penelope (V-845) paper for this little book. Feels like Fall… Thanksgiving… even Christmas! I'm grateful for pretty papers! This is the book the girls saw that they want. I will do theirs a bit different to accomodate more gratitude lists than photos. This first spread is designed to be matting for photos. You will notice that throughout I stamped with VersaMark using Autumn Leaves (T-3311) on the left side of each spread, rather than covering every page with paper. Give yourself permission to keep it simple!
The next double page layout has tags available to write down a few of the things for which we are Happily Grateful.
On the following layout I left room for another photo on the left side and made a pocket with a shipping tag on the right side. In that pocket I have additional tags that finish the sentence, "This is what makes Thanksgiving!"
The final layout has a decorative flap that covers up an area for a list of those I especially want to thank this holiday season on the left side. On the right side where you see the tag that states "grace is at hand" there is room to write. In The Grateful Table I added the words "notice," "accept" and "enjoy" as a reminder to myself to take note of God's grace in my life. For that I am truly grateful!
I hope you enjoyed this smaller version of The Grateful Table. It is an inexpensive and simple way to encourage those around us to offer thanks.
Choosing to be Happily Grateful With You,