Hillary Chybinski: How-To: Create a Thankful Album

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

How-To: Create a Thankful Album

I know I have mentioned her in this space before, but Cathy Zielske is an incredibly talented and creative woman, and each year she shares terrific Thanksgiving-inspired projects.

Last year, she created an album that you could put pictures from Thanksgiving in, as well as record a "Thoughtful Thought" from each person.  Here is my take on her project:

What You Will Need:
  • Photo Album
  • White Cardstock
  • Pen
  • Embellishments for the Cover (optional)
  • Color Printer

What To Do:

I selected a fall-colored inexpensive photo album from Target.  To it, I added a tag and some silk fall leaves from a craft store.  I use Glue-Dots for 3-dimensial embellishments.

Cathy had printable templates (a title page, tag and journaling cards) on her website, so I downloaded them, printed them onto cardstock and trimmed them to size. If you are handy with photoshop, you can make your own.

To make this project work, I bring the album to Thanksgiving dinner and set it up on a sideboard or with the appetizers.  I put the journaling cards into an altered tin with some pens.  Then I try to take a picture of each person. If people are still hesitant, I put the album and cards on the dessert table.

After Thanksgiving, print your pictures and slide them into the album on the facing page to that person's Thoughtful Thought.

It makes a nice alternative to the somewhat awkward, "let's go around the table and say something we're thankful for".  Also, depending on the size of your Thanksgiving gathering, you can use the album multiple years, and have a wonderful collection of memories.

How do you express your Thankfulness during Thanksgiving?

catch you soon -


  1. I love this idea! I think I'll make one for this year!

  2. Such a cute idea- thank you for sharing!
    I've shared your blog post as a part of my Autumn Paper Crafts curated collection at www.looksisquare.com
    Tracie Gulit- the bunch

  3. Such a great idea! Now to get the family to cooperate and play along! I pinned this too