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An Attitude of Gratitude is Powerful.  //  Creating Journals

09 Feb Posted by in DIY, Secret Sister 3 | 1 comment
An Attitude of Gratitude is Powerful.


I created gratitude journals for the Secret Sister Circle.  Last year I kept a composition book where I would write down 5 things at the end of the day that I was grateful for having. It made me remember to be thankful for a comfortable bed, the air conditioning in my car, and the person who opened the door for me at the store. I started appreciating simple pleasures and noticing things I used to take for granted.   I plan to stay in a state of gratitude this year, but I wanted the journals to be more personalized to our way of life.  These journals have a place for the card of the day. We each have either an oracle deck or tarot card deck we pull a card from in the morning. It gives our Spirit Guides a chance to give us messages. There are two versions, one have a dream page and the other had a larger space for the morning card readings.

Gratitude Journal

Tools used

  • Scissors
  • Paper cutter (trimmer)
  • Zutter binder or office supplies stores will sometime bind journals
  • Computer with program to design covers
  • Printer

Supplies used

  • #28 lb white paper (I used the heavier weight so ink wouldn’t bleed through)
  • 3 pieces of full page label paper or paper glue
  • 1 piece of  8 ½ X 11 chipboard cut into half
  • Double sided tape
  • Binding wire

This is the first time I have tried to do “step by step instruction” so please be patient.

I have designed two types of journal pages

JournalPage1 Back

JournalPage1 Front

JournalPage2 Back

JournalPage2 Front

You will need to print the gratitude list on one side and then print the Dream or Card page on the back, unless you want to leave it blank. It’s your journal and you can create it any way you want. After I printed the pages I used my paper cutter to cut the pages in half. I have a used postcard taped on my cutter as a guide to where I need to set the paper to cut it in half. It makes the job of cutting the pages so much quicker. I also cut the chipboard in half. I would have loved to have the covers slightly bigger but the 8 ½ x 11 chipboard was what I had in stock.

Journal Supplies

There is also a 1st page for your name and for what you intend for the coming year. I did not cut this page in half but folded and used double sided tape on the bottom and side. This makes a pocket. You never know when you going need a place to store small, lightweight flat stuff. You can stick a picture of your vision board in the pocket but I suggest you tape a copy on the back of the front cover.

When I designed the back and front I just created a whole page on portrait setting. I keep full page labels in stock. I picked them up at an office supply store and have found multiple uses such as printing my own stickers to decorating plain gift bags.  If you don’t want to buy label paper you will need some kind of paper glue, maybe Mod Podge.  You can design your cover in the same way you would create a photo alumn cover, using scrapbook papers and stickers. After you design and print your cover I hold the page up to the light with the chipboard behind it, line it up to where I want the cover to be, draw a line on the back and then cut a little over an inch outside the line.  Tear off half the label and line the page up, stick top half, and then do bottom. Trim corners and then stick.

book board

I used one page of label paper designed on Landscape to cover the inside of the back and front.  Just cut in half and use one for the inside front and one for the inside back.

Now you will need to find a way to bind it, I used my zutter machine for some but took some to the office supply store.  I think the coil binding is more secure, it’s a personal opinion. You could even use an old day planner, the classic size.  The key is to find what works for you.

Keeping a gratitude journal is well worth the time. It’s hard to explain the feeling I get when I look at last year’s journal and see pages and pages of good things in my life. This year I am going to try and make a quick note on why I am grateful to make sure I am spending more time focusing on the good things in my life.


Secret Sister 3


  1. Secret Sister 102-15-13

    Love this journal. Feel like gratitude brings not only added appreciation but even more to be grateful for. This journal really helps me to keep an “attitude of gratitude.”

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