Thanksgiving Memories

November for us in the United States is our Thanksgiving holiday. My family celebrates Thanksgiving with my in-laws. We will all gather together for an afternoon of eating, talking, and laughing. My project today is a journal that celebrates the holidays. This was published in Crafts ’n things October 2011.

The concept behind the journal is to create a gratitude journal, to share pictures from the family gatherings and capture the things we are grateful for.

The base of my project is a spiral-bound notebook. I took the pages from the spirals and slid them out to allow me to work on them.

The cover of my gratitude journal was stamped with a lovely “thanks” definition in brown ink to create a background. I inked up my leaves using yellow, orange, and red dye inks and stamped them randomly across the cover.

I die cut the frame and stamped the beautiful sentiment onto the die cut. I placed the die template back over the stamped sentiment and sponged yellow dye ink around the edges.

I stamped two additional leaves and cut them out to accent the front. I attached the sentiment with some tulle and a flower. The finishing touches were glittery accents.

On the inside, I added a family photo on one page and left the second page open for journaling.

On this page, I framed a picture of my kids at Thanksgiving inside a die cut. I placed this over a stamped “Happy Thanksgiving” script background. I added a touch of ribbon, flowers, and more stamped leaves.

On the right-hand page, I stamped a tree with fall leaves and a sentiment. I added the year and distressed the edges of both pages with brown dye ink.

The spiral book allows for adding pages as the years go by. This little journal is great for sticking in your purse and bringing along to the family event; everyone can write a note at the gathering of what they are thankful for. You can take a picture of everyone and add it later.


  • Stamps: Hero Arts Thank You Definition CG268, Leaf Prints CL395, Large Happy Thanksgiving G5463, Old Letter Writing S4878, Ledger CG138; Colorbok/TPC Studio Autumn Harvest Set; Penny Black Snow Dust 4102K; Verses Rubber Stamps Bright Hopes Anniversary
  • Die-cutting system and Spellbinders Nestabilities Dies: Labels Eighteen, Fleur De Lis Squares
  • Ink pads: brown pigment; brown, yellow, red, gold, orange dye
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist: Tuscany Sun, Daffodil
  • Watercolor pencils: brown, yellow, gold, red, orange

With gratitude,

Suzanne Czosek from Suzz’s Stamping Spot (

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