Happy Monday! It's Layle here with you today and I have a treat for you! Today designer extraordinaire Cathy Zielske is here with us on the blog to share a little project she's been doing for the last few years - 30 Days of Thankful. This year she's used our 4x6 SN@P! Binder as the base of her project and it's just perfect. Even better, she's designed a self-paced class around the concept; I'll let her tell you all about it! And hey, stick around to the end, it just might be worth your while ;)
Every November for the past several years I’ve embarked on a little scrapbook project of gratitude. What started out as having people simply fill out what they were grateful for on preprinted cards at my Thanksgiving table has evolved into a mini album project I call “30 Days of Thankful.”
The idea is simple: document something you’re grateful for every day for a month by journaling about it and taking a photo related to it. Combine everything in a mini album and at the end of 30 days you’ll have an authentic, meaningful record of stuff that you’re grateful for.
When I first saw the Simple Stories 4x6 SN@P! Binder last Spring, I knew I’d found my home for 2015. A huge fan of the smaller size, I loved the mix of different sized pockets and the cloth and chipboard design. I designed a range of journal and filler cards in all the various pocket sizes (2 x 2, 3 x 4, 4 x 4 and 6 x 4) to let scrapbookers mix and match their entries in any way they liked.
In past years this has been a project I’ve shared on my blog but for 2015 I created a self-paced online class to share the project and the inspiration behind it. Once enrolled, students can use the printable PDF card designs to start creating their projects or they can use the layered digital files and learn through several video tutorials how to customize the card files to suit their style and taste using Photoshop Elements.
While this project is a natural fit for November, I created my album in July to create a sample for the online course. What surprised me was how well my gratitude project fit into not just a month with Thanksgiving, but any month. I had a pretty busy and somewhat stressful summer. I had a college-aged daughter preparing to move to her third school in three years; a husband in grad school on the verge of a career change with a lot of question marks; and a teen-aged son who, well, let’s just say he was very teen-age-y.
As soon as I jumped into creating my album, it reminded me of all that I had to be grateful for every day. From the big obvious things (my family, my health) to the less obvious things (air conditioning in the middle of a Midwestern July, my success with growing succulents.) This project always reminds me of of the good in the every day and it has a way of taking my attitude and putting it in a much more positive place.
30 Days of Thankful has become a favorite annual tradition for me and I’m excited to share this scrapbook project with anyone who wants to undertake an exercise in gratitude. It’s a small but mighty little album that will make a fabulous addition to anyone’s memory keeping repertoire.
Doesn't that look like a great project?! Sometimes we take for granted all that we have. I love the idea of taking a few minutes each day to identify and document one thing to be thankful for!
To learn more or to sign up for Cathy's class, click here. To make it super easy, Cathy has worked with scrapbook.com to create a combo set of the SN@P! Binder and Variety Pocket Pages for the class.
Now who's interested in a chance to win the class as well as the 4x6 SN@P! Binder and Pocket Pages?! Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and tell us one thing you're thankful for today. We'll draw the lucky winner on Thursday and announce here. Good luck!
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Cathy Zielske is a graphic designer who loves her family, typography, clean and simple design, french fries and Silence of the Lambs. Her motto: own your life, document it well and preserve reality. Her mission: take the ‘crap out of scrapbooking'. To that end, she offers digital products, online workshops, and writes about crap-free approaches to memory keeping on her blog.
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