Monday, November 4, 2013

Stitched journal book "Giving Thanks" using Memorabilia by Cheri Piles

I can't even begin to tell you how excited I was to make this one, I am going to use it at Thanksgiving to pass around the table for my family to write in and document what they are most thankful for this year. I think it will be fun to look back on. Everyone in our family has had some significant change this year in their lives and it will be a good reminder to all of us. 
On the cover I dolled it up with some of the gold sequins and stitched them in place. I then added the "Memories" from the die cut sheet and layered the letters over each other attaching to the back of the cover then added the border strip and my title "Giving Thanks 2013" from the sticker sheet. 

I covered the back of the memories die cuts with washi tape and layered another strip from the die cut borders. I added the calendar from the die cuts and tied a string through the star button to highlight Thanksgiving day. The second page can be used for journaling. 

I LOVE the sticky notes and this was a perfect project to line them up like a border on the right. I then layered more washi tape and added black sequins. I just love the look of it!! The sticky notes hang over the page about a half an inch. 

This is one of my favorite pages. I love the washi tape frame around the silhouettes. 

Here's a little tip for the frame: Use your ruler to get a crisp tear line for your frame, it gives it a clean look. 

I inserted this "Flap" page a a tag and added "thankful" to the inside of it. You can write on the front with a white pen.

I added pocket pages and tags for extra journaling or photo's. 

I love this grouping, the larger banner is half of one of the die cut border strips. 

On the left I added another flap page, attaching it to the book with washi tape so it flips open as well. I loved the look of the sticky notes so much I had to have another page incorporating more! 

Last but not least... Another grouping that I LOVE.... "Remember this time together". 
Family is so important and this Thanksgiving we will share our thoughts and dreams and what we are all so greatful for, being with one another. 

I hope you are inspired to create something meaningful as well.


  1. wow, this is awesome...luv the groupings paired with all the white space!

    enjoy *~*

  2. This is awesome! How did you sew it together? Did you just run this through your normal sewing machine or is this some cool binding thing? If it was the sewing machine, what kind of needle did you use? I imagine it was too thick to run through with a standard needle and standard settings. Thanks for the info, help, and, most of all, the inspiration.

    1. Hi Natalia! I'm so sorry I thought I had replied to your question! I did use my normal sewing machine with a normal needle (it would never occur to me to switch needles, lol!) I did use 1/4" tape to hold them in place and I went really slow but I've sewn those sequins on a few of my projects with no issues, just took my time.

  3. Where do you buy all this stuff? I have tried going to website & it keeps freezing (could be my connection) but I just discovered teresa collins designs & love everything! I watched a bunch of videos on craft tv channel I stubbled upon & have been looking to buy kits ever since!

    1. Hi There! So Happy you found us!! There are several places online where you can order the product. A quick search in Google "Purchase Teresa Collins Memorabilia" and I was able to come up with several places that still have items in stock:


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