Start a turkey day tradition – a tag scrapbook

Scripps Howard News ServiceNovember 16, 2012 

SH12K003HOBBIES Nov. 5, 2012 -- Why not commemorate this Thanksgiving holiday with a tag shaped scrapbook that features pages that are meant to be completed by each guest. (SHNS photo courtesy Sandi Genovese)


I have a friend who claims Thanksgiving is his favorite holiday. There are no gifts to wrap, no costumes to make, no eggs to dye – just time to sit around the dinner table with family and friends, eat good food and chat. Imagine that.

Why not commemorate this Thanksgiving holiday with a scrapbook made of cardstock tag “pages” meant to be completed by each guest?

Take a photo of each guest and attach it to one side of the tag later. The other side of the tag is for each guest to write what he or she is thankful for this year.

Their entries can be as meaningful as giving thanks for the birth of a baby and as lighthearted as still having room in the tummy for a piece of homemade pumpkin pie. This is a great exercise to repeat every year and start an annual Thanksgiving tradition. If you have a small group, you might include several years in one book.

The box is a construction that is similar to that of a crayon box, with the top cut off. Cut out a stack of tag-shaped pages from cardstock, punch a hole in each one and stack them together to put inside the box. Decorate the box with black paper that is embellished with handwritten words in white and fall-themed die cuts or stickers.

I like to divide the book into sections with a chapter page to separate each one. Possible sections (think book chapters) could include:

• A message from each guest accompanied with his or her photo.

• Recipes and photos of the food.

• News clippings and scores of the football games.

• Any other traditions that are part of your holiday festivities.

Contact Sandi Genovese and find free video demonstrations of more photo projects at scrapbookshowgram.com.

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