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A photo a day. You’ve likely read about these kinds of challenges. You may even have participated in one. Last November, I tackled a photo-a-day project of my own, with a twist. I set out to take a photo a day during the month . . . and, given that it was November, I challenged myself to make each photo represent something I was thankful for that day. I wanted to go beyond a simple list scribbled on Thanksgiving Day.
Daily Thanks by Amanda Probst. Supplies: Cardstock: Prism Papers; Patterned paper: Making Memories and SEI; Month flashcard: 7gypsies; Velvet ribbon: Making Memories; Brads: Creative Impressions; Transparency leaves: My Mind’s Eye; Fonts: Century Gothic and Impact, Microsoft; Fling LET, www.fonts101.com.
As I was taking these photos, I found myself approaching each day with an extra bounce in my step, eagerly awaiting some blessing to be thankful for. This isn’t to say that my November was all happiness and easy living. It wasn’t. But simply by being on the lookout for something special, I was reminded of how truly blessed I am.
I found that my daily photographs represented things as essential as my family and as seemingly inconsequential as children’s cold medicine. And in the end, I was overjoyed at how simply these photos told the story of my November.
If remembering to take a photo a day is a bit too intimidating, here are some other ways to record daily gratitudes:
* Jot notes directly on your calendar.
* Ask your kids to keep a list.
* Tape a sheet of paper or a calendar page to the mirror in your bathroom to write on.
* Alter a fun little box and make yourself 30 note cards; fill one out each day and drop it in the box.
* Set your phone or computer to remind you to stop and think of something at the same time each day.
* Create a special journal to place by your bedside to reflect on gratitudes at the end of each day.
Scrapbook Layout How-To
To create this scrapbook layout, simply follow these steps:
1. Print and trim thirty 2" x 2" photos and one 4" x 4" photo. (To create the 2" x 2" photos, you can simply punch and cut standard prints, print your own photos to size, or arrange six photos on a 4" x 6" print in photo-editing software and then have them printed as “one photo.”)
2. Select and trim three different pieces of patterned paper. Cut two pieces to 2" x 2" and one to 2" x 4". (Feel free to substitute patterned paper for more photos or vice versa!)
3. Print the title block on cardstock and trim to 10" x 3". (I’ve included a dashed line larger than the intended title block to assist with trimming. Just trim to the inside of the dashed line.)
4. Trim two strips of cardstock to 12" x 0.5" to go beneath the top row of photos. Trim another strip of differently colored cardstock to 10" x 1" to go beneath the title block. (You can easily use patterned paper or ribbon or buttons for these as well.)
5. Arrange everything on the background papers, with the top edge of the photos being roughly 1.5" from the top of the pages.
6. Add ribbon and brads to the cardstock strips between the first and second rows of photos.
7. Staple transparency leaves to a 4" x 2" flashcard with “November” printed on it. Adhere it to the layout as shown, slightly below and to the left of the title block. Round the corners of the layout if desired.
For a little variation on your layout (or to create even more pages in your album!), you can try one of these alternate sketches.
You can download my title block here.
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