I Believe in Gratitude by Lynne Moncrieff


Many moons ago I began my first Gratitude Journal, I was probably in my late 20s when I read Sarah Ban Breathnach’s Simple Abundance. On seeing PaperArtsy’s Everything Art EEA03, the words “I believe in gratitude” jumped out at me. This week I am sharing a simple A5 journal, a gratitude journal.


Black Stabilo Watersoluble Pencil (substitute with crayon or watercolour pencil)
Idea-ology Photo Booth, Ruler Ribbon
Extras:- Red Roisin Paper (substitute with any strong paper – kraft, etc), Re-cycled brown packing paper, Spotty Ribbon


Dry brush Gesso onto cover of the notebook and onto red roisin paper.

Stamp Finnabair circles and Everything Art sentiment and abstract circles onto the prepared paper. Fussy cut the circles, adhering to the cover. Scribble around the circles with the watersoluble pencil, lightly adding water with fine paintbrush. 

Tear around the sentiment and circles. Create a focal with a Photo Booth image, the stamped elements, ribbon and washi tape. Doodle onto the Photo Booth image and add white paint pen dots to the circles. 

Onto a piece of re-cycled brown packing paper, stencil Be grateful. Open front cover of notebook and adhere this panel to the first page, adding pieces of washi tape. 

Until next time,



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  1. What a great journal cover. I like that you recycle paper, ribbons and other bits of paraphernalia to add to your art work. These bits and pieces make your work very interesting. Journals are my very favorite thing to make. I like to use brown recycled paper, too. The circles on the cover really contrast with the square photo. This cover just invites one to open the journal to the adventure inside. Thank you for sharing with us, Lynne. Inkybru xx

  2. I love the idea of a gratitude journal Lynne, your cover design is beautiful! xxx

  3. What a fabulous idea and a fabulous cover to start it all off
    Amanda x

  4. What a wonderful cover Lynne, I love how the circles just 'pop' and your distressing makes the journal look very vintage! xxx

  5. Such a beautiful idea, a Gratitude journal is, dear Lynne, and this is wonderful. I love how the brown packing paper is seen between the gesso , and the girl fits lovely with Finnabairs circles ,- Ilike how you scribbled around them . Also love your abstract panel for the inside !! Dorthe xx

  6. What a lovely project and a wonderful thought to focus on! Thanks for my word for today

  7. I love this cover. The application of the Gesso is great and I really like the use of the water soluble pencil around the circles of text. You have inspired me to create my own little gratitude journal now, Lynne! xx

  8. A really lovely idea Lynne and such a beautiful cover fot the journal. Love the vintage style and the texture you've achieved.
    Fliss xx

  9. Fabulous cover and a gratitude journal is such a cool idea! xxx

  10. Love the cover details and the beautiful layout Lynne.......TTFS Annie xx

  11. Beautiful! Such a lovely idea too! Chrisx


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