I was chatting with my daughter yesterday and she asked me how I stay so positive with everything that’s going on right now. My answer is always the same, “Deal with what you can control, forget the rest, it will only drag you down”. So it is with COVID-19. I can’t control what the government decides to do or how quickly scientists find a vaccine. I can’t control the people who don’t understand social distancing. But I can control where I go, who I see, and how often I wash my hands and the surfaces I touch. I can also look for something, anything, that I can be thankful for each day. Keeping a sense of perspective and being positive is essential to a healthy mind, and that brings me to today’s project…
I began by cutting a sheet of Whisper White Card to 8-1/2″ x 10″. Then I cut that piece into two 4-1/4″ x 10″ pieces, then I cut each piece into 2″ x 4-1/4″ strips. I now had ten identical pieces of card. Finally I turned the strips into tags by shaping the top of each one using the Delightful Tag Topper Punch.
It’s now officially spring and while they’re not blooming yet, I know that it won’t be long before I see flowers in my garden again. So for my image I couldn’t resist pulling out the Easter Blessings Stamp Set.
On one of the tags I used Pear Pizzazz ink to stamp the crocus field image. Then I coloured in the flowers using Stampin’ Write Markers. The colours I chose were; Pear Pizzazz and Highland Heather from the Subtles collection; Daffodil Delight and Mango Melody from the Brights, and Purple Posy from the 2019-2021 InColors.
With the colouring complete I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to glue the stamped piece to another tag. This double thickness tag would become the cover for my finished project.
For my sentiment I turned to the Painted Harvest Stamp Set. It actually says “I am thankful for you”, and I stamped it onto Whisper White Card with Shaded Spruce ink. Then using Paper Snips I fussy cut around the sentiment, cutting off the word “you” in the process.
To attach the sentiment to the cover tag I used Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. Then I secured all the tags together with a loose leaf binder ring and my simple project was finished.
So now what?
At the end of every day I will write on one of the blank tags something that I am thankful for. The beauty of this project is that I can make lots more tags, in different colours if I choose. I can also buy larger file rings to replace the current one when it becomes too small. But more importantly it will remind me that no matter how difficult things might get, there will always be something to be thankful for.