New Video: Thanksgiving Journal

I’m excited to share a brand new video with you today.  This video walks you through the steps I took to decorate the cover of a Thanksgiving Journal with some of the amazing products in our 2014 Holiday Catalog.  Grab some popcorn (or coffee, depending on the time of day), and let’s watch this exciting video together.  Then, come back and we’ll chat about the elements of the video:

What did you think?  It’s a great way to show how products can be used differently than they are originally intended, don’t you think?

  • The Newborn King.  The super-cool trees that surround the Nativity in The Newborn King are transformed to a Fall landscape in this project.  I embossed them and snipped them and then about fell out of my chair (not literally but almost literally) when I realized how perfectly they align above the curves of the Thankful script.
  • Thankful For.  This stamped image includes lines that can be filled in – a way to journal the items you are thankful for.  Because my journal serves that purpose, I blocked out the line and only used the beautiful words.I'm Thankful For, The Newborn King, Thanksgiving Journal Cover, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Holiday Home Framelits.  The house-to-arrow idea was shown in a recent Stampin’ Success magazine, but I’m happy to share it with you here.  What a wonderful way to “get more” from these framelits.
  • Decorative Wrapping Paper.  It’s not just for gift-giving.  This wrapping paper coordinates wonderfully with the kraft paper to add a little design to the backdrop of this journal.

Stamp Sets:  The Newborn King, I’m Thankful For  Papers:  Kraft Cardstock, Festive Designer Kraft Paper Rolls, Chocolate Chip, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz  Accessories: White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Holiday Home Framelits, Bone Folder, Project Life Corner Rounder

Thanksgiving Journal Cover, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingThanks for stopping by today!  I hope you’ve enjoyed this journal cover idea.


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  1. Great use of the stamp set. Where did you get the journal?

  2. Duh!!!!!!!!! I should try watching the video before I ask a question. I see I see said the bind man. Have a great day Brian. Love your creations.

  3. Great “Thankful” journal. Love your tips and your video. It is nice to be reminded to be thankful so so many things in our lives. 🙂

  4. Brian this is a great idea! It would also make a nice gift to give for Christmas . Thank you so much.

  5. Another great video! Another great project!

  6. What a great way to combine several SU products to create something truly beautiful and for this, we are so very grateful.

  7. Oh Brian – you are just so dang creative! I love the journal and think it would be a fantastic gift for each of my (are your ready?) great-great nieces and nephews. They are approaching the early teen years and, although I don’t know about the boys, I know all the girls have diaries and love journals. Your little hint to make the arrow is fabulous. I don’t know how you figure all these things out. It takes a certain amount of creative genius to look at one thing and see many, many other things in it. You are blessed with that genius. Thank you so much for sharing all your creativity with us every day.

  8. Kudos, Brian! So loving that new look for the Journal. And thanks for the wonderful video showcasing your thought processes…see? I’m Thankful, too!!! LOL!

  9. A marvelous project today, Brian, and a great video to go along with it. Remember how nervous you were with your first video? Either your editing is spectacular, or you got this done in (almost) one take. So fluid and relaxed, wow!
    I’m sure you just put Jen Lane over the edge for the Newborn King stamp, BTW. Love those trees!

  10. Oooo, I love it Brian !!! Thanks for sharing friend ,
    I think I’m going to make one to write all the memories of my mom while I was visiting her 🙁
    Thanks Brian

  11. Awesome video awesome journal, awesome tips and tricks…awesome you! Thanks for sharing.

  12. Great idea. I will case this for my next hostess club. TFS.

  13. Who would’ve thought that such a beautiful journal can be made from the classic notebook we all purchase from Wal Mart for a mere 99 cents (or less)?!
    Beautifully done–I love it!

  14. Brian, what an awesome project. I think I’m going to make several to give to friends. When you’re feeling down you can look through this and see that while you might have a bad day every now and then, that you also have a great deal to be thankful for. Great job Brian.

  15. Who knew a house without a chimney would be a perfect arrow? Imagination flows freely! Great cover! I love doing those!

    Still waiting for a fundgeon video………….

  16. Great Journal idea and video. Thanks for sharing! Love how you re-purpose and think outside the box on SU! products! Hugs!

  17. Brian, you are so inspirational. Thanks!

  18. Brian, I’m thankful for you!

  19. …..and THIS IS WHY…. you are THE KING! I love this Brian, and I am not much of a make of 3-d projects. This is awesome! Thanks for sharing … 🙂

  20. What a wonderful project, and yikes…that tip about cutting off the chimney from the house die cut to make an arrow is awesome! I love using my supplies in multiple ways.
    By the way, may I ask what adhesive you used to adhere the kraft and the spine to the composition book? Thanks for this great gift idea!

  21. Great video. Did you put the spin on before or after you put the cover on? Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • The spine was added after I wrapped the cover around. I had to piece some of the paper on the back of the journal. If I were to make another, I’d run the front and back to the edge of the spine and then add the spine.

      • Oh thank you so much for getting back with me. I have tried making these before and I have never done the spine. I think I will try that next time. Thank you again.

  22. Great journal! Now Brian, we got the pillows, now we need an area rug to cut down on the echo. Just sayin’! 🙂

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