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November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving Minibook | Looking Back At 2007

In cleaning up my office this past week we came across this mini-book from Thanksgiving 2007.

It was included in my book Sharing Your Story: Recording Life’s Moments in Mini Albums, available here.

It’s a 6×6 chipboard book that very simply celebrates the story of our week-long Thanksgiving Holiday.

Words + photos. Love. So fun to look back on a book like this. It feels like I was just there and so long ago – all in the same breath.

I used a variety of photos to document both the small and the big events over the course of the week; words fill in a bit more of the details. Love filling up the pages with photos.

This is Simon’s favorite sort of book because he loves to identify the people and talk about his memories.

Simon was so darn cute (still is of course).

With these types of chipboard books, I often print my photos a bit larger that the page in the book, trim the photo down and adhere, then turn the page over on my scrapbook table and use the craft knife to remove the excess.

For the cover, I used this turkey art project Simon made in School. To adhere, I used ModPodge and then sealed it by applying more with a paint brush over the top.

The album I used is from Cloud 9 Design which is no longer available, but here is one from Maya Road that is is similar.

Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving filled with joyful memories.


  • 1.
    Alida Post said…

    I think photo’s are even more appreciated and meaningful when we look back after a while. I’m PL’ng my 2008 photo’s this year and it is a very different perspective than my current album. Lot’s of “aww, they were so cute” moments! Your album is so precious!

  • 2.
    Michelle L said…

    This is awesome! I made something similar last Thanksgiving. It was the first year I hosted it for my family so I wanted to document it and I’m so glad I did!

    Happy thanksgiving!

  • 3.
    Bethanny Parker said…

    That’s really awesome! A mini book like this seems a lot less daunting than a whole big scrapbook to fill.

  • 4.
    Sarah Giles said…

    Love it! Especially the cover! :)

  • 5.
    laura g. said…

    love that!!! and yes simon was adorable and still is!! thanks for sharing, and maybe i can make one with my granddaughter today..Happy Thanksgiving!

  • 6.
    Terri said…

    So cute. Love the cover.

  • 7.
    Gela said…

    Very cool. And happy Thanksgiving and God bless.

  • 8.
    Karen said…

    So cool, finding those books from a few years back is another one of the happiest things about scrapbooking. Love how you incorporated Simon’s art into the cover.

  • 9.
    moncoff said…

    Love this album and love love love that you used his artwork for the cover. Inspiring as usual! Happy Thanksgiving!

  • 10.
    Lisa W. said…

    Ahhhh that is what I so LOVE about are “art”…to look back and see our children so small, like it was yesterday. Bittersweet:) Happy Thanksgiving Ali to you and yours!!!

  • 11.
    Kathy said…

    Great book of memories….and I agree it’s lovely to go back in time….Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

  • 12.
    Debbie said…

    I love the cover!! Great idea!

  • 13.
    J3SS1C4 said…

    Super cute! I love that you used Simon’s art on the cover!

  • 14.
    Debbie Gibson said…

    My family and I are spending the Thanksgiving Holiday in Keystone Colorado. Each Day I have taken many photos, and have jotted down how we have spent our days. I was contemplating how I could make this year different than the years past. I found the answer when I stopped by your blog. My 9 year old daughter spent the next hour drawing turkeys for the cover! Thank you Ali! Happy Thanksgiving! I always love your ideas.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Love that!

  • 15.
    Amy Z said…

    What a coincidence! I just pulled out Sharing Your Story last night to get inspired! Love it!

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