We are so happy to have Monika here from iloveitall with Monika Wright.  She is amazing and I love her creativity.  Not only is she sharing a great idea, she also has a giveaway for you!
A big hello to all you Crafting Chicks out there today! I’m Monika Wright and today I’m going to share a cute and quick mini album project that involves the whole family. Well, you’ll be doing the crafting, but the whole family gets a chance to record their thankful thoughts in their own handwriting. Here’s what my mini album looks like…
…and  here’s how you can create this little cutie yourself. Gather your favorite patterned papers, embellishments and washi tape, I used several collections from Indie Chic by My Mind’s Eye, download your mini album pages and trim, and also round up your favorite embellishments, adhesive and a length of twine. Your download is sized to print on a 12×12 sheet of patterned paper. If you don’t have a large format printer, you can also use this letter-sized “thankful for” download I designed.


After trimming your mini album pages, line up the bottom edge of one page {the one on top} and the top edge of another page {the page on the bottom}  and apply your washi tape so that half the tape is on the upper page and half the tape is on the lower page. Smooth the tape to adhere together and flip your page up to align another page beneath and repeat the taping technique again and again. After all pages have been joined, trim the excess washi tape from the sides of your mini album.
These close-up shots of the front cover and inside front cover show more detail. You’ll see that I embellished the twine that wrapped the inside cover with a paper doily and a chipboard sentiment for a finished look.
See how the tape joins the mini album pages together? So, so easy and these days, who doesn’t have at least a roll or two of washi tape in their crafty stash? To finish off the front and back covers, I used more washi tape going from the front over the pages and then to the back cover to form a binding. I finished it off with a floral cardstock sticker.
I hope you and your family enjoy these downloads and have a moment or two to record your thankful thoughts. When I created a similar project a few years ago, my then teenaged son even participated, which made his Mama thankful. A big thank you to the Crafting Chicks for allowing me to share my project during their Thanks A Day Gratitude Challenge.


It’s no secret to those who read my blog or have visited my Etsy shop, I Love It All, that I am a fan of being thankful. It’s amazing how being aware of that one small thing that made a difference in my day can have such an impact on me.
I am pleased to be giving away the 2013 Gratitude Journal to one lucky reader:
 and an 13×19 House and Family Rules {in your choice of 14 colors}
to another lucky reader. That’s right, there will be two winners.  Just enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.  Good luck!
{Giveaway goes from 11/6/12 until midnight EST 11/13/12. Winner will be notified via email and must respond within 48 hours or we’ll pick another winner. }

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  1. I love the house & family rules subway art as well as the family rules one.

  2. I love all the Christmas subway art! So fun!

  3. Subway art is my favorite!!!

  4. I love the subway art as well and the theme of thankfulness throughout your items.

  5. I love the gratitude journal! What a great way to start the new year.

  6. Samantha pitzen Says: November 6, 2012 at 9:20 am

    I love your book and would love to win it

  7. Stephanie Withrow Says: November 6, 2012 at 9:21 am

    I love the journal. No doubt about it. I wish I could get one for each of my family members.

  8. I love the teacher name subway art – would be a nice gift.

  9. I like the Mini Perpetual Calendar Diary the best. 🙂

  10. The subway art is great. Also, love the family trees.

  11. Dawn Cherico Says: November 6, 2012 at 9:24 am

    I love the journal. I would be a wonderful gift to win it.

  12. Beccah Larsen Says: November 6, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Love the subway art!

  13. I’m loving the gratitude journal!

  14. Beautiful! I want to make one right now!!

  15. Love journaling!! Such a great/cute idea!!

  16. I LOVE the Gratitude Journal! Being permanently disabled, unable to work or exercise is a challenge but I can ALWAYS find something to be grateful for each day God gives me!

  17. I love the subway art & journals!!

  18. I love the 10 things I love about you…. best idea ever! 🙂

  19. I love the variety of smash books. So creative!

  20. I Love all of the printables for the babies and kiddos – the alphabet prints are super cute!!

  21. ColleenB. Says: November 6, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Wonderful giveaway. Thank You for this opportunity.
    great album project and totally love your gratitude journal as well along with the house rules; of which I learned while growing up and also taught my daughters and grnadkids.

  22. I love the grateful journals!

  23. The Gratitude Journal is such a lovely idea!

  24. Brenda Melahn Says: November 6, 2012 at 9:41 am

    My VERY favorite is 365 book … second choice would be the Mixed Media Baby Brag book since I have a new granddaughter. Love your things.

  25. I love the Dream Big nursery art.

  26. I love the house and family rules!!

  27. Sara Westhead Says: November 6, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Thanks for the opportunity!!!

  28. The gratitude journal.

  29. I love the nursery birth announcement poster. I wish I had done one of these for my baby.

  30. I absolutely adore the 365 Things I Am Grateful For 2013 Gratitude Journal!

  31. Crissy Kappedal Says: November 6, 2012 at 10:13 am

    I love the journals and subway art!

  32. I love the dream big subway art. I also love your mini journals! Thanks!!

  33. A Grateful Journal is such a thoughtful gift. Wish I had that kind of talent to creat one. I’ll just cross my fingers that I win it 🙂

  34. Robyn Alexander Says: November 6, 2012 at 10:41 am

    I absolutely LOVE the gratitude journal~Such a great idea!!! 🙂

  35. Love the subway art! So thoughtful.

  36. Becky Sandusky Says: November 6, 2012 at 11:00 am

    I like the subway art. I like all of it.

  37. Miriam Prantner Says: November 6, 2012 at 11:01 am

    My favorite this is the 30 days of lists mini. Also I managed to put the wrong name in for my etsy account – it’s mprantner.

  38. Hard to choose just one…but I really like the Grateful Family Subway Art Poster

  39. Karen Caves Says: November 6, 2012 at 11:29 am

    I love the 10 Things I love about you. It’s all cute!

  40. Two great giveaways, tough choice. I love the subway art because i always tell me kids those words 🙂

  41. I am in love with the gratitude journal! Being a stay-at-home mom is a tasking job, and I often find myself dwelling on all the things that have went awry in our day rather than all the wonderful blessings we’ve experienced. This would be such a great way to remind myself to stop & think!!

  42. The subway art is awesome on this site. Thanks for sharing!

  43. I like the Dream Big House Rules.

  44. Love the gratitude journals and the mini brag books

  45. I like the gratitude journal!!

  46. While “I Love it All”! I have to say that the gratitude journal is my favorite! What a great idea, and it’s so cute!

  47. Terressa T. Says: November 6, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    I was just looking at her 2013 gratitude journal yesterday! LOVE it!!! I try to do this in my personal journal, but hers is waaay cuter 😉 Thank you!

  48. I love the subway art!

  49. I love the family rules! I actually would go for just about any of the subway art. 🙂

  50. Love, love, love!

  51. The alphabet of our love

  52. I love the 10 things I love about you…and the gratitude journal!

  53. I really like the 365 Things I Am Grateful For 2013 Gratitude Journal .

  54. I love the gratitude journal!

  55. Love your art work .. especially those subway arts. You are very talented, thanks for this fun giveaway.

  56. I love the Newborn Birth Announcement!! I’m expecting my first child in the spring and would love to hang this in the nursery!

  57. marci ross Says: November 6, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    I love the gratitude journal!

  58. Love the sweet little gratitude journal! You are mighty talented! There’s just something so cool about subway art!

  59. I really love the family rules.

  60. 30 days of lists

  61. I love the gratitude journal!!

  62. I absolutely love your shop! All the family motto prints are very cool, but if I had to pick an absolute fave it would be the thankfulness journal!

  63. I like the monthly planner. So cute!

  64. Stephanie W Says: November 7, 2012 at 7:59 am

    My favorite thing is actually the gratitude journal. I need to remember to be grateful everyday for the little things.

  65. What a beautiful gratitude journal

  66. love the grattitude journal !

  67. Hi, I love most the 30 days of lists album.

  68. Carla Hundley Says: November 7, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Really enjoyed the tutorial on this.
    Would love to win it.

    Carla from Utah

  69. Monika has done it a gain with a beautiful Gratitude Book and Subway sign.Thanks for the chance to win.

  70. I love the Notebook Kit-Smash style

  71. Jennifer M Says: November 7, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    I LOVE the 365 days book. WHat a great way to stay thankful all year, not just the 30 days of November!!

  72. I really like the Thankful family rules and Practice Kindness family rules.

  73. On the other hand, a lot of priceless art work has been discovered
    from the trash plus in garden sales, that’s not saying your corporate stamped pocket watches could be the next Patek Philippe that marketed for $11 million bucks at Sotheby’s in
    Dec 1999. The passengers not necessarily come from the nearby localitiesonly but also from distant areas as well.
    While these items maybe fewer and far between,
    they do exist.

  74. Love the grateful journal and beautiful posters!

  75. Her “365 Things I am Grateful for” journal is such a great idea! Love it.

  76. The journal and subway art are both wonderful projects. Hard to pick a favorite from Monika’s etsy shop because “I love it all.”

  77. i Love it all!!

  78. Gratitude Journal! What an awesome way to keep a great perspective on life.

  79. I love the subway art prints, especially the playroom rules words!

  80. Dear Monica:
    My favorite product is the 365 Gratitude Journal. I find it very cute and important to fix our memories.

  81. Carla Hundley Says: November 8, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Just enjoying all the great ideas to come my way.

    Carla from Utah

  82. Love that gratitude journal! …and the art journal in the shop! 🙂 thanks for a chance to win!

  83. I like the Teacher’s Rules subway art.

  84. I love the 10 Things I Love About You book!

  85. Becky Luxon Says: November 8, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    I love the idea Of a gratitude journal. I would love to fill it out in 2013 and then look at it in 2014. So cool. Can’t believe I’ve never come across anything like this before.

  86. I really love subway art!! and I like the Grateful Family Subway Art.

  87. Heather S. Says: November 9, 2012 at 8:09 am

    I really love the gratitude journal! It’s so important to remember all the things that we have to be thankful for. (Bonus – it looks really pretty 🙂 ).

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  88. Jenny Peterson Says: November 9, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    Love the journal!! What a clever idea!!!

  89. I love the subway art!

  90. I love the glassine bags !! Thanks a lot for this giveaway !

  91. I love the Mixed Media Greeting Card, but honestly with so many beautiful items, it was hard to choose just one! Thank you for the tutorial on the mini thankful album.

  92. I love your mini album and how you used the washi tape! Very clever! Thank you for the chance to win these 2 awesome gifts: the subway art (: and the super gratitude journal!!!

  93. I actually love the Gratitude Journal! It is so sweet!!

  94. The 365 gratitude journal. Thank you for the giveaway!

  95. I love the Christmas subway art

  96. I love the Gratutude Journal! What an amazing way to be thankful for all that you have even when life isn’t going the way you planned. For someone like me who who has planned out my whole life, which hasn’t gone as planned at all, it’s nice to remind myself of the many other aspects of my life that I’m thankful for. Great idea!!

  97. I love the Gratutude Journal! What an amazing way to be thankful for all that you have even when life isn’t going the way you planned. For someone like me who who has planned out my whole life, which hasn’t gone as planned at all, it’s nice to remind myself of the many other aspects of my life that I’m thankful for. Great idea!!

  98. The little mini-travel album is cute! What a great way to record your daily activities while away from home.

  99. I love all the subway art

  100. I love the thankful book, I am going to start listing things now!!!

  101. I am absolutely in love with this gratitude journal. Keeping a journal like this and reading back on it would be SO therapeutic. Fabulous idea!!!

  102. Love the gratitude journal idea! I’ve pinned that subway art. Great rules!

  103. Lisa cameron Says: November 13, 2012 at 9:33 am

    love all of Monika’s thing. SO crafty …

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