It’s that time of year. One that starts making you really grateful–or maybe more conscientiously grateful– for the things and people in your life.

November just brings that out in us, right?

I think it’s something we need to have on our mind all the time. I feel like I try to do that on a daily basis all year long–from the smallest moment to the biggest moment. I believe it’s an attitude of positivity. I try to appreciate every little thing that I encounter each day–a hug from my children, a laugh from my husband, an adoring look from my cat or dog, a sunset, the fall smell, a roof over my head, transportation (when my kids don’t have my car), green lights all the way, lunch with a friend …there is much to be grateful for.  I think when you take stock in what you have and are grateful for, it makes you have a better attitude about life which results in being happy. And happy is a good thing. :)

So I’d asked my dear friends and design team–for which I am also very grateful for–to focus their attentions in the ‘grateful’ category. Check out this awesome idea from Miss Laura.


[ Designs | Holly Jolly Christmas (tag) / This+That: Gratitude (leaf) / Banners (banner), Giving Thanks (thanks) / Weathered Door Alpha (give) ]

I love this idea! And I love how Laura stapled the banners onto the tags….love the look. I think this is a must-do while you’re waiting for the turkey to get done. 

Here’s what Laura has to say:

I think it’s such a fun Thanksgiving tradition to have each member of the family write down what they’re thankful for. The last time my family did this, however, was five years ago. I thought I would create some fun tags for everyone to write on this year. To start, I cut a handful of tags, using Kerri’s Holly Jolly Christmas kit, from kraft cardstock. I ran each tag thru a dotted embossing folder and then spritzed it with brown misting spray. I machine stitched around the outside edges of the tags a few times, and then I also decided to draw some rough lines around the outer edges with a brown pen.

I picked out some fall patterned papers and used a leaf cut from the This & That: Gratitude [Just Shapes] kit to cut leaves from both the patterned papers and some white cardstock. I ran the white cardstock leaves thru a woodgrain embossing folder, even though it’s not that noticeable when I layered the leaves together on the tag. I also cut some little banners from white cardstock, which I layered over the leaf on each tag. I used tiny alpha stickers to add family member’s names to each tag. Everyone will know exactly which tag is theirs, and they can write on the backside of the tag, listing the things they’re thankful for this year.

I also wanted to have a place to store these tags, and came across this cute little burlap bag at the craft store. It was the perfect size to slip all of my tags into. I cut a piece of kraft cardstock for the front of the bag, and glue dots to lightly to position it on the bag where I wanted it. I then hand stitched a button to each corner of the cardstock to secure it to the bag. I don’t plan on this being handled a lot, so having only the corners secured is ok with me. If I was worried about it staying in place, I would probably add some more hand stitching around the edges to really make sure it stayed in place.

The burlap bag is the perfect touch!