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Family and Friends Thanksgiving Book

Today we finish our "Thanksgivings" book.  We will prepare the pages, bind the book, and put the finishing touches on it.

On Thanksgiving Day as my family gathers, I will pass the book around to all who can write and have them tell about what they are thankful for. For my little ones who don't write yet, they will get some coloring crayons and can draw a picture (or scribble, which is what the baby will do).  I am the family photographer and as the day goes by, will have the camera flashing, catching all the memories we will create.

After the day is done, I will print photos and place them in the book.  I did not finish the cardstock pages, as I like to coordinate my matting and colors, when possible, with the photos. Then I embellish with special stamps and doodads to really dress the pages up.  When I get the book completely finished, I will share it with all of you.

So without further ado....let's get this baby finished!

"Thanksgivings" Book Pages, Binding and Finishing

Leaf Border and Pumpkins (FireCracker Designs by Pamela)
Pinecones, #3036K (Penny Black)
Palette Noir Black (Stewart Superior)
Adirondack Ink Pads: Oregano, Expresso, Mushroom (Ranger)
Versa Magic Chalk Inks:  Pumpkin, Brick Red, Eggplant (Tsukineko)
12 sheets of 8.5" x 11" Granite Cream text weight paper (Ampad)
1 sheet each of Bazzill cardstock:
     Palo Verde
1 sheet of Reddish Brown cardstock (unknown)
Scraps of the Black Cardstock and Handmade Paper used in making the book cover
Colored Pencils (Prisma)
Blending Pen (Tombow)
Paper Cutter
Adhesive of Choice
Various Ribbons and Fibers to coordinate with your books theme
Bind-it-All Machine (Zutter)
.75" Binding O-Wire (Zutter)
Wire Cutters


  1. Cut the text weight paper into pages measuring 5" x 7". You should get 2 pages per sheet by cutting the sheet in half then trimming to the correct size. Save the trimmings to use later for layering  when finishing the pages with photos.
  2. Cut the cardstock in half so each piece measures 5.5" x 8.5". Trim one piece to measure 5" x 7" and set aside the remaining piece to use later when finishing the pages with the photos. Save the pieces just trimmed off.
  3. Using the Bind-it-All, punch the holes along one long side (7") of the pages, following the manufacturer's directions. 
  4. Print quotes on 3 Granite Cream pages of the book. (I found quotes at http://www.giga-usa.com/) Have fun playing with the fonts. Mix them up. Make key words larger or use different colors. If you don't want to use computer generated quotes, use some stamps that you have to fit the occasion of your book. 
  5. I stamped all three pages using different stamps. For the first page, I stamped the pumpkins at the bottom of the page and colored them with the Prisma colored pencils. Then I used the Blender Pen to blend the colors. Outline the image using the Grey Tombow marker, and create a shadow at the bottom of the pumpkins.

  6. For the second quote page, I used the Pinecones stamp and inked it up by using the corners of the stamp pads to get the different colors. I used Oregano on the needles and blended the mushroom and expresso on the pinecones. Using a second generation stamping, stamp in the upper left-hand corner above the quote. (Second generation stamping is where you stamp the image once on a scrap piece of paper and then stamp the image on the paper you want the image to appear on.)

  7. On the third page, I used the Leaf border and inked it up with the different Chalk Inks. Start by inking the lightest color all over the stamp, then take a darker color and randomly pounce on the stamp, and repeat with the next darkest color. Stamp this image along the bottom creating a border across the page.

  8. Cut three pieces of black cardstock to measure .5" x 6", and three pieces of handmade paper to measure .25" x 5.75". Layer these together and adhere them to each quote page.
  9. Put the pages of the book together, with the punched holes lined up.  Randomly insert the cardstock pages between the text-weight paper. These pages will be used for your photographs. 

  10. Cut the O-wire to fit the number of holes punched in the pages. In my book, I have 12 holes.  Layer the covers according to the manufacture's directions (you want the "seam" of the wire on the inside back cover), and insert the wire into the holes.  Close the wires with the Bind-it-All.

  11. Tie various ribbons and/or fibers to the binding.

  12. Sign your book and have fun sharing your thanksgivings with friends and family on Thanksgiving Day.

I want this book to be something my grandchildren cherish when they are grandparents themselves.  If you're inspired to create a book of your own, we'd love for you to share it with us!  The memories will be priceless!

Happy Trails -




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  1. This is beautiful Bea! HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

    Becky & Doug