Papercrafting Gratitude: Thankful Thursdays – Week One
Papercrafting Gratitude – is there anything better?
Thanks so much for joining us today!
We are so excited to kick off our first official Thankful Thursdays share-and-tell and papercrafting session!
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(it’s o.k., well wait for ya!)
Let’s get started, shall we?
As I pondered all I have to be thankful for after last week’s launch post, I thought about how I would keep track of my “entries” and a journal or binder came to mind.
But, I wanted it to be something special, something just for this project.
So, what could I, an avid papercrafter, do but create one, right?
Time to put these papercrafting skills to the test!
Yup, that’s what I’ve been working on this afternoon (yes, I’ll admit it, I’m a deadline-driven, wait-till-the-last-minute kind of gal) and I thought you might enjoy seeing it in process in case you’re looking for ideas for your own journal.
Now, before any of you get all stressed out about creating a journal, or doing any kind of papercrafting, there is no requirement to create anything.
You can simply grab a pre-made mini album, school-supply-style composition book, Moleskine notebook, a stack of index cards or sticky notes, or share your thoughts on your blog or through an app, or choose whatever method will work best for you.
This is about expressing what we’re thankful for, recording it and sharing it…if you want to and in the way you want to.
There’s no right or wrong way to participate!
Do some papercrafting, or don’t.
Heck, you can just lurk if you want to (but of course we do hope you’ll join in!)
During a recent running of errands, I came across the set of file folders pictured above and, well, they just HAD to come home with me!
The moment I saw them I just knew they would be part of my #ThankfulThursdays | #TheBeThankfulProject journal – after all, they’re krafty (one of my favorite cardstock colors) and they have pretty metallic gold dots (I’m a huge fan of polka dots and I’ve been bitten by the gold bug!) and they’re an office supply (I ADORE office supplies!!!).
What better way to document what you’re thankful for than to use items that I’m, well, thankful for, right?
The moment I walked into my office this morning, it hit me.
I knew how I was going to use the file folders – they would become a 3-ring binder, something I could add pages to and in which I could move things around if I wanted or needed to.
Flexibility is key for me when I’m creating a holder for a long-term project.
After all, I’m a woman and I’m bound to change my mind! 😉
So, I started laying the folders out and deciding how they would be assembled.
Because I thought I might want to add some sheet protectors or pocket pages to the mix, I decided to make the journal/binder a standard size – 8 1/2″ x 11″ – and that’s how it all began…
I spent the afternoon papercrafting and I could not have been happier!!!
Step One: I started by cutting the two sides of each of the nine folders apart so that each folder became two separate pieces (thus 18 pieces). This would enable me to use them like dividers.
Step Two: I then measured one of the pieces and discovered that they were almost 12″ long and if I slid them into my 3-hole punch, the holes wouldn’t be equally spaced along the edge of the file folders (yup, my inner perfectionist said that was not o.k.!). Now, I could have used a hole template and my Crop-a-Dile to punch the holes, but I decided I wanted the holes to be perfectly aligned so I cut a bit off the long end of each piece so the finished length was 11″. Now, the “center” folders (the ones with the notched tab in the center rather than on one end) were a bit tricky because the part I was cutting off was not an easily divided measurement – for these I had to cut a bit off one end, then rotate the piece, lining the cut end up with the 11″ mark on my cutter ruler, and cut off the extra part on the opposite side of the piece.
Step Three: Because the cuts I made on each piece resulted in some of the previously-rounded corners now being straight (and well, we can’t have that!), I grabbed my Corner Chomper and, using the 1/2″ side, proceeded to round all the straight corners. Because I was using the Corner Chomper, which can cut through thick materials quite easily, this part of the process was easy and I was able to cut more than one piece at a time. Tip: Be sure to empty out the Corner Chomper’s “waste bin” frequently so you don’t get the cut material all jammed up inside the device.
Step Four: I then punched holes in all of the folder pieces using my 3-hole punch and chose some black binder rings I had in my stash.
Step Five: I grabbed a pack of 8 1/2″ x 11″ white cardstock for the inside pages of my journal/binder and started rounding the corners of each sheet. But, after rounding the corners on the first nine sheets, I decided I would use the white cardstock sheets as “title pages” for each of the nine sections of the journal/binder and use kraft cardstock for the actual pages inside each section. I set the nine white sheets aside and started rounding the corners on all the sheets of kraft cardstock, 36 sheets total, 4 sheets per each of the nine sections.
Step Six: Now it was time to assemble all the elements. I started by layering the folders so the tabs started at the top and ended at the bottom. Then, I stacked the cover of the first folder, then a white sheet of cardstock, then four sheets of kraft cardstock, then the back of the first folder and that was stack one. I flipped it over and started on the next “sandwich” of the same elements. Quickly I had all my stacks created and I stacked them on top of one another, creating the finished journal/binder stack.
Step Seven: I then attempted to slide the binder rings I had chosen through the first set of holes and realized the rings were too small. I grabbed a larger set of binder rings and they went through just fine. One, two, three and the binder was fully assembled! Well, almost.
Step Eight: Because I know I will be frequently adding items to this binder, and possibly moving things around, and likely carrying it with me when I travel, I was a little worried about the pages ripping where the holes are punched. Aha, paper reinforcements! But not just any paper reinforcements – matching reinforcements! I grabbed a pack of standard office supply paper reinforcements and started the search for a perfect ink or paint to match the gold (sort of copper?) dots on the file folder pieces. I grabbed two Ranger Adirondack Paint Daubers, one Gold and one Copper, to see which would match best. Actually, neither was just right, but when mixed together, the resulting color was an almost-perfect match! I grabbed a foam brush and started painting two sheets of the page reinforcements. In no time flat they were painted and dry and I could test one out – lovely! (Don’t ya just love it when an idea works out just like you hoped it would? I do!) Of course, once I cleaned up I realized I would need to paint a couple more sheets of these so I can add reinforcements to the back of the pages too!
Step Nine: I then decided that the cover needed some decoration. I started by cutting a 2″ x 6″ strip of the same kraft cardstock I used for the inside pages. I quickly painted it with the same mixed paint I had used on the paper reinforcements and let it dry (which didn’t take long at all).
Step Ten: Now, it was time to add the title of my journal/binder. Since hashtags are all the rage right now and I thought it would be neat to add an element of life as it is now to my journal/binder, I grabbed a hashtag stamp I have displayed in my office and, using black Staz-On ink, stamped the hashtag image on the left side of the title piece. Then, I added the two sets of words: Thankful Thursdays and The Be Thankful Project. To make the lining up of the letters easier, and to make sure I had enough space for all the letters, I first wrote out the words and counted the letters. I then divided the totals in half to determine where to start the lettering. (Tip: Start lettering from the center of the target space and work your way outward – much less chance of running out of space!) I then centered a ruler on the edge of the title piece and started adhering the bottom halves of my alpha stickers for the first words (Thankful Thursdays) to the ruler (I use the Tim Holtz ruler because it has a zero in the center on one side, making it easy to center items). Then, I simply tipped the ruler forward, allowing the top edges of the letters to stick to the title piece, and slowly peeled the bottom halves of the letters from the ruler and pressed them in place on the title piece. (This alpha alignment tip is courtesy of the lovely and talented Jennifer McGuire!) Then it was time to repeat the process for my second set of words (The Be Thankful Project). The second time around went even quicker – yay!
Step Eleven: I then adhered the title piece to the cover of my journal/binder using foam tape and voila, it’s done! Well, not quite. It felt like it needed something (I’ll admit that this is the point where I often add just one too many things and subsequently hate what I added!). Bling! That’s what it needs, right? I dug through my stash and found some fun honeycomb/flower-shaped sequins and added one on the upper left side, one on the lower right side and a few (to create a flower) in the upper right corner. This created a nice “triangle” that leads the eye around the title piece. O.K., now it’s done! Really!
And here is my finished journal,
ready for lots of thankful entries!
Well, what do you think?
Will you create something like this?
Or, do you have something on hand that will work for you?
Or, will use another method of keeping track of your thankful thoughts?
We’d love to know how you plan to participate!
And now, it’s share-and-tell time – please share your Thankful Thursdays thoughts for this week.
To get the ball rolling, I’ll start:
- I’m hugely thankful for my husband’s doctors and how well he’s doing.
- I’m thankful that my daughter had a wonderful wedding, surrounded by her dad and step mom, friends and the beauty of Bali.
- I’m thankful that my son got to come and spend last weekend with us.
Now it’s your turn – please leave a comment letting us know what you’re thankful for.
You can list as many or as few items as you want to share, and as much detail as you feel comfortable including.
And , if you’re up for some papercrafting and want to share your journal/binder/notebook or whatever, please do – we’d all love to see it!
Remember, there’s no wrong or right way to do this!
Thanks so much for joining in this week – we ‘re thankful to have you as a member of our community and as a member of the Thankful Thursdays club (there might even be t-shirts and badges soon!).
Please join us again next Thursday as we share and tell more and we start working on documenting what we’re thankful for.
And, if you want to share how you’ll be tracking or documenting what you’re thankful for, please leave a link in the comments on this or any post – we’d love to see what you all come up with!
One final thing, we’re also pleased to introduce
The Be Thankful Project
What’s The Be Thankful Project?
We’ll be setting up and hosting a new page on our site titled The Be Thankful Project where we’ll include, in an alphabetical list, what everyone shares during Thankful Thursdays (this will be started after today’s sharing starts).
The entries will be updated each week and will include what we at PCC share, as well as the thankful topics from all of the projects and comment submitted.
No, we won’t “call you out” by including your name with what you share, just adding the share topic to the list so others can check it out and use it as inspiration for their own “being thankful” endeavors.
We want to hear from you!
I am truly grateful for the opportunity to lead the PCC community each and every day and we are all thankful for all of you – we have succeeded because of all of you and for that we’ll be forever thankful.
Thanks so much for joining us on this journey – we can’t wait to hear – and see – what you’re thankful for!
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