Hey friends! Adrianne here today, and I’ve got a fun way to show gratitude as we come up on (American) Thanksgiving and the holiday season in general. I have a confession: I am not the best at speaking my gratitude. I know that a simple “thank you” goes a long way. I try my best to say it often! But honestly, I’m just better at showing how thankful I am through actions. And gifts. So I made up this big accordion-fold card to give to my husband, to try to put into words some of the things I’m most thankful for. This actually makes a great gift for grandparents from the kids because there’s lots of space to include photos and artwork, and it’s the perfect style for a group to give so that everyone has room to write a sweet sentiment. I’ll show you how to fold up this easy card, and give you a few ideas to make it your own, too!
Accordion fold pop-up card supplies:
- Three 12 x 12 sheets Core’dinations Chocolate Box card stock (I used Blueberry & Cool Mint Truffle)
- Core’dinations Sand-It Gadget
- Paper trimmer
- Scoring board and bone folder
- Baker’s twine
- Liquid glue
- Photos and embellishments that are meaningful to you such as Silhouette text cuts, heart punches, and Sizzix’s Love Set of Embossing folders
Step 1. Choose three coordinated sheets of card stock, and trim them to 8 inches square. (Keep the scraps close by for making your embellishments.) Score them vertically and horizontally at 4″, and then along ONE of the diagonals.
Step 2. You will be gluing all 3 papers together, with the un-scored squares overlapping. Glue one side of the card to the center panel, and then cut a 3-foot length of baker’s twine. Lay it across the glue, and sandwich it inside when you glue the final panel onto the center panel.
You should have a card that now looks like this. The side (green) panels will fold upward, and the center (blue) panel will fold downward.
Step 3. Embellish it! Fill it up with gratitude. I trimmed photos to 4 x 4 and glued them down the center. Then, I embossed and sanded some heart accents with my Sizzix machine.
I listed 12 things about my husband that I’m thankful for, and trimmed them to fit inside the card on the folding panels. I also used a punch to create heart shapes to glue on.
Step 4. Create a front for your card to finish it off. I wanted something personal for the front of the card, so I created a text file in the Silhouette Studio that said “12 ways I’m thankful for you”. Instead of using the words, I used the outer “stencil” part of the phrase. (Since I wasn’t using the words, I snagged the “thankful” cut and used it inside the card.) I also sanded the edges of the card for a more vintage feel.
Let it dry, then fold it up! Use the baker’s twine to hold it closed, until it’s time to give it to someone special.
I have made cards for my husband before, but this one was far and away his favorite! Part of it was just me saying “thank you” for all the things he does, but he loved that I included pictures, too. It’s like a tiny scrapbook, with some photos of us at some of our best times – one of our first dates, our honeymoon, and some other special memories.
Who do you know who could use a great big card full of gratitude?
It has been a long time since I made a wreath but I have seen so many awesome paper ones lately that I knew I wanted to make one this fall. I pulled out my Core’dinations supplies and got to work making a Harvest Wreath with some non-traditional colors.
Give Thanks Wreath Supplies:
- Core Basics Smooth Kraft Cardstock
- Sand It Gadget & Dust Buddy
- Jillian Dot Assorted Pack
- Foam Wreath
- Coordinating Buttons
Step 2: Sand the cardstock bringing out the core color.
Step 3: Add adhesive to the back side of the strips and then begin to loop them around the wreath (I used a 10 inch wreath). Overlap slightly so that the wreath form doesn’t show. Notch the end of each strip as you go.
Step 6: Add flowers, twine, buttons, or other small embellishments to bring in some additional textures.
Don’t you just love all the decorating possibilities you have when you play with paper!?!
The Thanksgiving season will be here before we know it. Right now is a great time to be working on those Thanksgiving projects. Every year I enjoy helping my children think about all the things that we are grateful for. This year, I’m so excited to use this fun Thanksgiving We Are Grateful Board to help them think a little more about gratitude. This could be used year after year. You could write things down for the nine days leading up to Thanksgiving, putting the papers in the pockets, or you could write down as many things as you can think of that you are grateful for now, and pull them out and read one pocket full for each of the nine days leading up to Thanksgiving. Today, I am going to show you how I put this together.
‘We Are Grateful’ Board Supplies:
- Core Basics Smooth Kraft Cardstock
- Core Basics Canvas Texture White Cardstock
- Frame (I used a thrifted frame)
- Jute Twine
- Mini Clothes Pins
Step 1: Using the Core Basics Smooth Kraft Cardstock, cut out nine library pockets. Using the Core Basics Canvas Texture White Cardstock, cut out the circles with numbers. I used a digital die cutting machine to do this. Fold the pockets, and using adhesive, glue them together. Adhere the number circles to the front of the pockets.
Step 2: Measure your frame for the lengths of jute twine. Using your scissors, cut four pieces total of the same length.
Step 3: Using whatever adhesive you’d like, attach one length of jute twine to the back of the frame, just below the top. I used masking tape for this. I’m sure a staple gun or some kinds of glue would work well too.
Step 4: Cut letters to spell “WE ARE GRATEFUL.” Turn your frame back over so the front is face you. Using adhesive, put just enough glue on the back of the letters at the top, for them to stick to the jute twine. I used some craft tweezers to help get them just right.
Step 5: Lay out your pockets with the frame upside down. This is to help you see about where your other lengths of jute twine need to be attached. I also used a ruler to help get them straight. Attached your jute twine.
Step 6: Turn your frame over, so the front is forward. Using your mini clothes pins, clip your pockets onto the jute twine.
Step 7: Write down the items you are grateful for and add to the pockets, or add blank pieces of paper to the pockets to be written on later. Now you are all finished!
The little letters hang down, just right.
The pockets do too.
You can hang it on your wall, or set it on a shelf or table, anywhere that your family will see it and be reminded of what they are grateful for.
A joyful and pleasant thing is to be Thankful.
Fall is upon us and giving thanks is so important and it resonates on every level with this layout from Cari Locken.
Just some simple sanding on the Core’dinations Core Impressions from Cosmo Cricket is all you need with these gorgeous Imaginisce papers.
Have a Great week!