Thankful Cards


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Article Courtesy by Denise Gormish


Late fall, especially Thanksgiving, is a traditional time to reflect on the things for which we are thankful. Instead of just thinking about them, consider creating a card file as a way to record the things for which you are thankful.

One way to record your gratitude is to create a card for each item for which you are thankful. All the cards can then be gathered in one place in a thankful album.

Making Thankful Cards. A thankful card can be a design that you create yourself in a paper format or one that is created on the computer. To create a design on the computer, use a photo- or word-processing program. You can also purchase a computer template. If you are creating your design on the computer, you will need to format them and print them out for use in your file. Remember the cards should be no larger than the space allowed for your final filing technique. For my thankful cards, I used a template by Cathy Zielske. I was able to print out two cards on one piece of cardstock. I then cut the papers using the provided crop marks and put the cards into my file.

Creating a File. Next, you need a place to keep your cards. Look around and consider the various storage devices available to you: index card box, flip photo album, small drawer, recipe box, etc. Reusing something you already own is a great idea. Alternatively, you can purchase something from a local store. Next, decorate the box so that it has the look and feel of a spot for thankful cards. For my project I used a notecard box. I decorated my box with some of Cathy Zielske’s thankful word art then added the cards.

Recording Thankful Thoughts. You can write something different on each card. You can use different pens for your journaling. You can decorate the cards with stamps, stickers, and so forth if you desire. Spread the thankfulness by giving the cards to other people and having them fill out a card themselves.

With your cards and file system, you will have a wonderful collection of things for which you are thankful.

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  • Cathy Zielske's Thankful Album Project

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