My husband and his family are from Chicago and like to continue their traditions and, whilst I'm a British born Australian, I very much enjoy the occasion ... but (with apologies to our American friends) I've tweaked it!
|This will be our Gratitude Gathering (Thanksgiving) place setting|
I was hunting around for ideas for table settings when I came across a cutlery pouch on Pinterest that I believe was originally to be found on www.feeling-crafty.co.uk. I didn't find the blog post but the picture got my brain whirring and I decided to make something similar. The pocket holds a table napkin, cutlery and a book excerpt explaining how gratitude increases our happiness and which suggests journalling something about which we're grateful every day for 30 days.
|Petals & Paisleys paper teamed with Vintage Leaves and Mint Macaron ribbon|
To match the cutlery pouch I have made a little journal with 30 numbered pages for each guest to take home with them.
|I stamped the days in Mint Macaron ink using the Large Numbers stamp set|
Since it's Spring here in Australia, rather than Autumn, I'm always in a bit of quandrary when it comes to decorations! I did make a floral version with more Spring-like colours but eventually decided to go with the traditional Autumnal decorations. I think, in Australia,we're quite adept at regarding things as traditional themes rather than seasonal - we'll quite happily give each other Christmas cards featuring snowmen and wintry scenes as we bask in the sunshine in our gardens or at the beach!
|This was my alternate, Spring, version. I think I'll turn it into a card!|
- Cut cardstock to 7.5" x 6"
- With 7.5" horizontal on the scoreboard, score at 0.5" and 4"
- Turn cardstock 90 degrees and score at 1".
- Cut along the score line at 1" from both edges until you meet a score line.
- Trim back the edges of the fold back flaps to reduce some bulk.
- Use a Layering Circle framelit to cut a semi circle from the side of the pocket that has no flaps. Hint: Place the framelit half on and half off the cardstock to cut the semi-circle. In order to fit it through the Big Shot, you may have to fold up the flaps.
- Fold in the flaps and place adhesive on them
- Fold over the section with the semi circle to complete the pocket.
- Decorate as desired.
Method for the 30 day note book
- Cut 30 pieces of lined paper to 4 1/8" x 2 7/8"
- Glue the sheets together at the top by placing a few small dots of Liquid Multipurpose Glue at the top of each sheet before carefully aligning it with the next sheet
- For the cover, cut a piece of cardstock to 6" x 4 1/4"
- Score along long side at 2.5", 2 7/8", 3 1/8", 3.5"
- Fold the middle two score lines
- Place Liquid Multipurpose Glue between the score lines
- Place the pre-prepared pad of paper face up into the space between the two folded score lines. Make sure it's all lined up while the glue is still wet enough.
- Decorate as desired
- Fold up the front of the pad on the score line to facilitate writing.
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