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One Way To Document Gratitude by Jamie Pate

 november is gratitude month

I don't know if that is accurate or not, that November is gratitude month. But in my heart it is. Accurate that is.

While I am already very often dabbling in the making of MemoryDex cards, this year, while following along with Illustrated Faith's Gratitude Documented, I made the decision to use the Blush MemoryDex spinner to document gratitude this month. Using this spinner, and a month tab for November, I am eager to fill up all the days, or at least as many days as possible, with gratitudes.

One Way To Document Gratitude by Jamie Pate

I may have jumped ahead a little with the card making. Anymore I cannot make just one card. When I have everything out and at work, I just keep coming up with ideas. I just keep making the cards.

For this first batch of cards I wanted to keep something thematic. I recently received some new word stamps to my stash. The WordFetti Best Day Ever and the Oh So Happy are becoming quite happy new stash in my stamp collection. I have loved using words in my paper projects for like forever. When I saw these babies in the store I was pretty quick to grab them both.

One Way To Document Gratitude by Jamie Pate

One approach for me and making MemoryDex cards is to also make at least a set of three. On this post I went a little wild and made five cards. 

I made myself a three-fold challenge for these cards:

1. These MemoryDex cards, and for the rest of the month, will focus on gratitude. The words I include will somehow include that theme. And then I will at least attempt to create a space to write down that day's gratitude. In the past I have used a mini album. I am looking forward to this process this year.

2. The next theme I wanted to stay centered on was using Storyline Chapters Papers and Washi and stickers. I wanted to see if I could at least create a fallish vibe even with a softly hued collection. And then I just decided to play and not worry how seasonal they all looked. I think I sort of accomplished the goal.

3. I had to use the WordFetti phrase stamps on my MemoryDex somehow. That wasn't really a hard challenge. It was actually an excuse to use those stamps. But won't you worry, I'll be using these again!

One Way To Document Gratitude by Jamie PateOne Way To Document Gratitude by Jamie Pate

Allow me to share with you a couple of these cards and how they came together:

This card was fun and easy to make. The cut out was actually in my stash of white cardstock cut-offs. I stamped the corner with an old postage stamps I literally had lying around. Then I used the Heidi Swapp Art Walk Distress Stamps to add some script to the pink Smooth Cardstock background. Using foam tape I popped the die cut leaf card over the pinkish background paper. Then I punched the background card with the MemoryDex Hole Punch. A scrap of paper was wrapped around the top left edge with a staple. Having already punched holes in the white cardstock, I then ran string through those and attached two WordFetti stamped notched tags to finish off this card. All ready to add my gratitude and the date.

One Way To Document Gratitude by Jamie Pate

This card was made using pattern paper from the Storyline Collection. I used one of the MemoryDex Tabbed Dies to make the card ready for the spinner. Using more Storyline Paper I die cut several branches out from that paper. Notice that postage stamp was used again. (To be completely honest, I had mis-placed the Art Walk postage stamp and was improvising.) I made a mini envelope using the WRMK Mini Envelope Punch Board. Always a favorite. A few butterflies were punched out and hot glued to the top of the card. I added in that circle cut so the envelope would stay down. And yes, there is actually a note inside.

One Way To Document Gratitude by Jamie Pate

For this MemoryDex card, I used the scalloped MemoryDex die to make the white background shape. The peach hued Smooth Cardstock was adhered using foam tape on three sides so the top remained open. I made a tag from other Smooth Cardstock and slid that baby right inside. Plenty of room for adding in my gratitude of the day. An embellishment cluster including more stamped WordFetti sentiments brought this card to a finish. I love how it turned out.

One Way To Document Gratitude by Jamie Pate

This background was made by just trimming out background paper, rounding the edges with a corner rounder, and using the MemoryDex Hole Punch to make the holes. The vellum is attached to the back and scored and folded to come over the front. It is then held in place with a small circle paper punch which then opens up to a die cut 'Thank' sentiment. 

Hope these ideas inspire you to not only make your own MemoryDex cards, but to document your gratitude this month. Or maybe even every month. It will absolutely change your life.

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