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Mini Thankful Album:: Guest Post and Giveaway with iloveitall with Monika Wright

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 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 🙂

  5. 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.

  6. 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!!

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

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

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

  11. 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!

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

  13. 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.

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

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

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

  18. 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.

  19. 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!!

  20. 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!!

  21. 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!!!

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