Elsie’s Thankful Journal

Hi friends! Over the past year, one of the things I have gotten really behind on is printing family photos and documenting our memories. I am still somewhat undecided between whether I prefer scrapbooks, photo albums or photo books. So in the meantime, I am focused on small projects that capture this season of our lives.


Today, I’m partnering with Canon USA to show you my thankful journal. It’s a simple photo journal that pairs short gratitude journaling with family photos. I plan to let my family add some of their own captions (Nova’s will be SO CUTE) when we celebrate Thanksgiving together this year.

I used my PIXMA TS9521C printer to print a bunch of photos from my phone. To do this, I simply AirDrop the photos to my computer, size them down on the size paper I’m using in Photoshop, and print. My favorite printer paper is Luster because it’s not too matte and not too glossy.

The first thing I did was print and cut out some square family photos. This is how I print ALL my photos, for any project. I print photos like this to send to my grandmothers too.

Next, I used textured stickers to add a simple title to the front. I cut each sticker out from the plastic to make sure the placement was just right.

Next, I used acid-free washi tape to secure one photo per page. I like to do it to one side or the other (not the middle) to leave an equal space for journaling.

The book I’m using is an art journal (meant for watercolors) because I loved the size and the paper weight.

Last, I did a bit of journaling. A few sentences per page.

Here’s what the finished pages look like. I’m excited because this is a photo album I can 100% finish and put on our shelf. Perfect for anyone in a busy season or just not ready to commit to a big memory keeping system. 🙂

I hope this project speaks to some of you who, like me, just need to GET STARTED. xx- Elsie

P.S. Want more inspiration? Check out my thoughts on The Art of Letting Go!

Credits//Author: Elsie Larson. Photography: Amber Ulmer. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
  • This is very creative idea to create a scrapbook. Thank you so much for sharing!!!
    I will definitely make this.

  • Elsie, your jumpsuit is soooo cute! And love the idea of a small scrapbook project!

  • Nice idea, I like that it will be a collaborative effort with others adding their own captions 🙂

    Sarah xo Oomph London

  • What a great idea! All my photos sit in my phone. I need to start a project like this so I can remember why I took the picture in the first place

  • Very beautiful scrapbook to keep all the beautiful memories! Fantastic idea!


  • this is beautiful! i love incorporating gratitude into my journaling …. ive always kept a daily log of little bits of magic i’ve experienced but lately i’ve incorporated it into my monthly reflection – i have so much to be thankful for / i’m really behind on mine! impressed by how on top of it you are! my july thankful journal ???? https://tps-steph.blogspot.com/2019/09/0046-july-favorites.html

  • Love this! Very simple and do-able! I like to art journal with watercolor and this would be a great way to add photos to my art journals. Can you please provide the link to the book you used? It would be perfect since it’s meant for water color. Thanks!

  • This is so cute! I am definitely going to try this – I’d love the source for the scrapbook (or a similar one)!

  • Great idea! Love your all-green outfit too! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

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