The Thankfulness Journal

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Thanksgiving is coming up, and that’s always a good time to count your blessings.  It’s also good to take gratitude beyond that one day into the landscape of daily life.

Some time ago, my husband and I noticed that we were all getting pretty negative even though we had a lot to be thankful for.

That’s when The Thankfulness Journal was born.

Thankfulness journal

A friend had given me a journal and I wasn’t sure what to use it for, so it was all ready and waiting when we decided to start writing down our blessings.  We don’t do it every day, but if we find we are slipping down into negativity (or, more positively, when we’ve had a really good day) we break it out.  Everyone has to say at least one thing they are thankful for.  We’ve had some pretty funny entries over the years, and some more serious ones.  In many ways, the journal has become a record of our lives.

On Tuesday, I took this concept and shared it with a group of moms at my church.  I was supposed to come up with a craft and, since it’s right before Thanksgiving, this seemed like just the thing.  I ordered some plain journals from Muji and bought washi tape at Jo-Ann Fabric.  Then I decorated a journal with the washi tape.

Thankfulness Journal DIY

If you’ve never used washi tape before, here is a great post explaining what it is, where to get it, and how to use it.  Just decorate your journal so you like how it looks.  You can use washi tape, write words, stamp, or add collage elements.

Here are some of the journals the women at church came up with:

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This one took it to another level:

Thankfulness journal

This turned out to be a great craft for a group.  It was easy and fun and, despite the fact that Pinterest is ablaze with washi projects, not everyone has used it before.

Check out these happy ladies!

Thankfulness journals

Thankfulness journals

I hope you have a great Thanksgiving and find many opportunities to count your blessings in your everyday life.

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