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“GR8FUL” Gratitude Journal Project

Celebrate Craftober with a gratitude-inspired journal… perfect as a gift or for yourself! – Sara Naumann As we’re celebrating crafting this autumn, I thought I would look ahead to the American holiday of Thanksgiving. While it’s often associated with food, American football and Black Friday sales, it’s also a time to stop and acknowledge the things we can be thankful for. One way to do this is with a Gratitude Journal. Jotting down a few things you’re grateful for from the day before is a good way to start (or finish) a day.

  • Papercraft
  • < 1 hour
  • Beginner

You Will Need:

  • Couture By Create and Craft By Invitation Only Collection
  • Couture By Create and Craft Christmas Numbers and Letters
  • Create and Craft Pack of 50 12 x12 Topsy Turvy Card 250GSM
  • Black cardstock
  • Journal with kraft cover: Measures 8”x.5” (or 21cm x 14cm)
  • Black dye-based ink
  • Black waterbed pen
  • Load ‘N’ Fold tool
  • Black and white baker’s twine
  • Rhinestone stickers
  • Low-tack tape
  • Die-cutting machine


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  3. Scribble black marker on the Load ‘N’ Fold.

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  5. Spritz with water.

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  7. Load the water-brush with wet ink and spatter onto the blank journal. Tip: Can you use the black ink pad for this as well? You can… but I found the marker gave a darker, richer ink for spattering.

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  9. Use the black ink pad to edge the journal.

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  11. Die-cut the simple frame from orange card and the intricate frame from teal card.

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  13. Glue the two together.

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  15. Die-cut two simple corners from teal card, die-cut two intricate corners from black card, and then glue the intricate corners on top of the simple corners.

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  17. Die-cut a simple label from black card and an intricate label from orange card. Cut each one in half and glue each black half behind the orange.

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  19. Layer the die-cut elements on the journal cover as shown, with the scallop frame on top.

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  21. Cut a strip of black card. Place strips of double-sided tape on the back, then flip it over and place letter and number dies on top; run through the die-cutting machine. (Be sure to leave the liner on the tape.) The letters will be stickers.

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  23. Add the letters and number 8 to the scallop frame to spell “GR8FUL”. Add rhinestone stickers and a bow with baker’s twine. Wrap baker’s twine around the front cover of the journal.

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  25. For the bookmark: Cut a strip of black cardstock. Arrange the letters to read “thanks”, taking care to position them the way you want them to read, as you’ll be using the negative of the cardstock rather than the positive cut letters. Place low-tack tape on top to secure the dies and then run through the machine.

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  27. Mount the black strip on teal. Staple baker’s twine at one end, then mount on Kraft cardstock and ink the edges.

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