Take a deep breath and think of the three things you are grateful for, right in this moment. ~ M.J. Ryan, author
Awhile ago I took a class at the Scrapbook Cottage where we made a fantastic “gratitude” journal out of paper bags. It was such a clever idea to use bags as pages in a special keepsake album where you can write notes and add photos.
Our teacher, Janet, had printed off a variety of inspirational quotes on the topic of gratitude. We arranged and attached the quotes wherever we wanted throughout our journal. Prior to attaching the quotes, we antiqued the edges of our journal pages and the edges of the cutout shapes with the quotes on them. I loved distressing the paper to make it look aged, it’s magical!
And we could add “hidden” quotes under the bag flaps. How wonderful and such a unique little feature from a simple paper bag!
Another great feature about using paper bags for the journal, is that when the bags are put together as a book, the tops of the bags turn out to be little pockets to tuck in little notes, photos, or whatever you’d like. In our class, we made little gratitude cards to record what we are thankful for.
Janet told us that people who write down what they are thankful for are happier people. Remembering to have gratitude in your life is an important trait to acquire. Often we look at what we don’t have and that makes us miserable, so if we do the opposite it does make sense that we would be happier. As the New Year unfolds, I hope to remember to be grateful. Now if I could only force myself to start writing in my Gratitude Journal. I’m afraid to start writing in it and make a mistake. It looks so nice, I don’t want to tarnish it with my writing. lol!