Thanks for Giving


In the chaos that surrounds the holiday season, it’s easy to lose sight of the true meaning behind the special occasions. Thanksgiving is filled with food, food and more food. The sumptuous spread can tempt people to focus more on what’s sitting on the table rather than who they are sitting next to at the table.

When you are designing layouts for your Thanksgiving scrapbook, don’t forget to include memories that illustrate the true meaning of the holiday. Look for photos that speak volumes for the type of relationships your family members share with one other.

You can further enhance the page design by journaling or adding inspirational Thanksgiving-themed quotes, such as:

“Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting.”

“No one has ever become poor by giving.”

“Appreciation is like salt – a little goes a long way to bring out the best in us.”

“Being together is the best gift of all.”

“Count your blessings instead of your crosses.”

“Gratitude is born in hearts that take time to count up past mercies.”

“Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don’t unravel.”

“An open home, an open heart, here grows a bountiful harvest.”

“Give thanks for sorrow that teaches you pity and for pain that teaches you courage.”

“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.”

The quotes can be used as embellishments for photo frames or you can string them together to create a page border. Another idea is to have each member of your family contribute a unique quote describing what Thanksgiving means. Then, adhere a handwritten copy or a typed version of your loved one’s answer next to his or her photo. Try to do this for as many of your family members as possible to create a tapestry of thoughts, photos and related embellishments.

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.