In the wise words of Roman orator, scholar and philosopher Marcus Tullius Cicero: “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.”
The ancients knew about gratitude. Our parents and parent figures taught us about gratitude — it’s one of the first big life lessons we learn… to be grateful for who and what we have in life. To appreciate the big things, like a job promotion or a roof over our heads, and the small things, like having a good hair day or the sound of the pouring rain. Gratitude means counting your blessings, and better yet, research has shown that an attitude of gratitude can enhance positive moods and emotions, build stronger relationships, decrease stress and improve overall health and wellbeing. While many of us express a lot of gratitude this time of year, especially since November is National Gratitude Month, it’s important to make it a year-round habit. And when you want to give a shout-out to what you’re thankful for, then the I Am Grateful Project Recipe™ Kit is your feel-good answer. Check out this gratitude scrapbook layout from blog contributor Sachiyo Omitsu and think of what life wins, people and experiences you would highlight!
To create this layout you will need:
- I Am Grateful Project Recipe ™ Kit or (Shop Canada | Shop Australia)
- Goldenrod, Navy & White Solid Cardstocks or (Shop Canada | Shop Australia)
- Custom Cutting System with the Circle Patterns or (Shop Canada | Shop Australia)
- 12-inch Trimmer or (Shop Canada | Shop Australia)
- All-Purpose Scissors or (Shop Canada | Shop Australia)
- Tape Runner or (Shop Canada | Shop Australia)
- Repositionable Tape Runner Refill or (Shop Canada | Shop Australia)
- Foam Squares or (Shop Canada | Shop Australia)
Check out what is included in the I Am Grateful Project Recipe ™ Kit in the video below!
Step 1: Cut the grid boxes paper in half and add each piece to White Solid Cardstocks as shown. Trim the top and bottom by 1/8”. Trim the side where you added a piece of the designer paper by 1/4”. Add to Navy Solid Cardstock.
Step 2: Trace shapes from the Recipe Template onto White Solid Cardstock, overlapping with the patterned paper as shown. Use the closest matching Custom Cutting System Circle Pattern with the Red, Green and Blue Blades to cut various papers into different sized circles. Add circles to the page.
Step 3: Cut four mats from Goldenrod Solid Cardstock to measure 4-1/2” x 4-1/2”. Cut four mats from Navy Solid Cardstock to measure 4-1/4” x 4-1/4”. Add a navy mat onto goldenrod mat. Add mats to the page over the grid boxes.
Step 4: Adhere stickers, using Foam Squares on some for added dimension.
What are you most grateful and thankful for this year? What people, items, experiences, etc., would you showcase atop this gratitude scrapbook layout? Share your thoughts and insights down below! (We’re sure appreciative of you!)