Thursday, October 20, 2016

So Thankful

There are always things to be thankful for, even on the gloomy days when you just want to bury your head under the covers. I especially like to focus on the little things that might get overlooked, like making a new purchase, texting with a friend that's recently moved away, or being reminded of something that your better half does that helps keep you sane.


So it's that time of year for me to gather up supplies and put together My Thankful 30 album. This will be my fourth year and I'm still using the same prompt list that I created when I first ventured into this memory keeping project. I've enjoyed looking back on what has changed each year for the prompts.

I really liked the simplicity of last year's mini album, so I think I'll be sticking with that format. It was scraps of white cardstock bound together with rings. Keeping it uncomplicated is key for managing a daily photo project, especially since right after November, I'll move into documenting each day in December.

My initial kit is made up of pieces from the Gather the Good mini kit designed by Brandi Kincaid for Kelly Purkey and papers and ephemera from Crate Paper's Gather collection by Maggie Holmes. Of course I'll add some other items, you know, like stamps and mini flair.

If you're interested in joining me in November to photograph your moments of thankfulness, please share on Instagram using #mythankful30 so that I can see your beautiful photos! You can find the prompt list here, and all past posts with my albums here. Happy fall!

12 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you're doing this again! I also am going to join in and I introduced the idea and your list to a friend today. Looking forward to this my friend!

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    1. Thank you, Mandy! I debated on it, but in the end decided I'd miss not having this to look back on. I'm so glad you'll be joining in, I know this has been a difficult year, so I hope that focusing on these moments of gratitude will help to soothe your heart. xo

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  2. I am so 'getting' why PL has taken a sideways step, as you sorta do it with your rotation of minis. Never done this, but seems a great idea.... think I might joke n in:) TFS!!!!

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    1. Yes, this exactly, Lizzy! Not that I mind using the same photos or stories, but this has been working so much better for me. I hope that you do join in, even if you just focused on a few days. I could totally see you rocking a collage style layout! :)

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  3. I've been seeing so many people talking about a thankful project in November and though it sounds like fun, I wasn't sure that I have the time. But seeing your great list of prompts and the beautiful mini kit you've put together has me re-thinking my decision. I may be joining in after all!

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    1. Oh, thank you for your sweet words, Susan! It can be quite an undertaking as things get busier and busier with the holidays, but a simple mini album and working with a kit make it manageable. Hope that you can join in, if even for a little bit of the month, I know you'd have some lovely stories to tell!

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  4. I know your album will be gorgeous! I love the stuff you've gathered!

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    1. Thank you so much, Emily! I'm excited to see what you have in store for December!

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  5. Just realized I posted my comment to your old post with the list. Oops! So I thought I would post it here as well.
    Sounds like a lot of fun. I'll be doing Illustrated Faith's 30 days of Gratitude devotional this year. It's my first year doing something like this. I like that the devotional booklet is travelers notebook size. I'll probably use some of my Gather the Good kit. Especially the stamp set. I want to devote time each day to do the devotional and snap a photo for Instagram. Should I use your tag to share these even though it's not your list? I'm looking forward to seeing what you share. I always love your Instagram posts.

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    1. No worries, dear! I hope you got my reply to your original comment, but if not, here's the short version. ;) Absolutely use the hashtag, my main goal with this project is to get people to share in any way that works best for them. Make this project your own, there is no right or wrong way! :)

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  6. So excited to join in the fun this year Elise! Thank you for sharing your prompts and I can't wait to to see a very thankful November documented by you all!

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  7. Yay, glad you're participating and I can't wait to see what you create, Tara! :)

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Thank you so much for taking your time to comment, I truly appreciate all your kind words!