This year I am joining in with Cathy Zielske's yearly project and capturing 30 things I am grateful for, one each day for the month of November. I am also linking up with her first Gratitude Friday. It goes without saying that I am thankful for my family, friends, faith, etc. and that I am thankful every day of the year. My hope is that this will capture small moments of gratitude during this month, which is especially geared toward remembering to be thankful.
I have decided to use Cathy's Thirty Days of Thankful Layered Templates No. 02, because they are designs to be 6X4 and can easily be developed in a standard photo size and slipped into my Project Life Album. I am debating between doing that and using a green S.E.I. preservation album to make a mini. I was actually more inspired by the 6X6 sized templates but then decided that for practicality and ease I really should stick to 6X4 so it's more likely I'll actually do something with these when November is over.
My plan is to do a trial print at Costco, but due to previous experiences with them, I think I'll probably end up sending these off to Persnickety Prints. Costco is okay for every day prints but Cathy's templates have a nice white border, and I want it to be even on each side. I've found that when I try printing digital elements on my photos and send them to Costco they aren't aligned properly. I haven't actually used Persnickety before but have heard really good things about them.
The Photos + Words, Week 1:
As the second load was going in on Day 4 and I was grumbling about it, I remembered how awful it was when we had to use the laundry mat for awhile when subletting in Berkeley and then use coin operated community laundry facilities at our second apartment in CA. Instantly I was a lot more thankful to have our own washer and dryer!
The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays. It's good and makes a big dish so for a family of four, like us, I'd cut the recipe in half. We're already planning what kind of fruit to mix in the next time we make it.
And there you go, as quick as that, I have a week of moments to be thankful for. It's been great having Cathy's handy templates to use. I'm so glad I got those. They definitely streamline being able to put together my daily page. I was tempted to fiddle with things and change the font color or maybe even drop in a solid color for the background. Then I decided to just let myself be thankful for resources and time savers. Keeping everything basic makes this doable so I have more time to go enjoy doing the things and being with the people I have to be thankful for. Not complicating things is a good thing as we approach the holiday season, don't you think?