Gratitude Journal Workshop

Hello and welcome to my Gratitude Journal workshop!

Much like I do at my face-to-face workshops, I have broken this workshop down into a series of easy to follow steps – so pop the kettle on, make yourself a cuppa and let’s get bookbinding!


You can either make along with me or watch all the steps before having a go yourself – it’s up to you. Remember you can stop and start the videos, fast forward (if you already know what you’re doing) and re-watch as many times as you like.

Here’s a list of the tools and materials you need to take part in this workshop:

One of my Gra-tea-tude Journal Bookbinding Kits – **Limited Edition Gra-tea-tude Journal Kits now sold out**


  • A stack of plain paper (ideally A5/A6)
  • Thin card for the covers i.e. cereal box card or similar
  • Decorative paper i.e. wrapping paper, old maps, patterned paper to decorate your journal
  • Glue stick or PVA
  • Embroidery thread
  • Needle
  • Awl (pointy tool) or similar – a drawing pin would work
  • Scissors
  • An old magazine
  • Bulldog clip or peg
  • Pen / pencil
  • Optional extras – split pins, ribbons, buttons etc. to make a fastening for your book

What we’re making – intro to the Gratitude Journal

If you bought one of my Gra-tea-tude Journal Kits, check out this video for an intro to what’s in your kit:
A few words from Erica, Founder of Eteaket, about their Tea in Mind concept . . .

Preparing your journal

Creating a template and punching holes

Stitching your journal

Finishing touches

Download my mini Mini envelope template here


A final word from me

How to use your Gratitude Journal

People use Gratitude Journals in lot’s of different ways – it’s personal to you, so find a way that fits into your daily routine.

I knew I had to keep my daily gratitudes short and sweet to make sure I didn’t let the habit slip, so my approach is to simply note down 3 things each morning that I’m grateful for – I feel that this helps me start my day off on the right foot and gives me something positive to look back on if I’m having a bad day. I try to fit a week of gratitudes on each page of my journal, and always relish the opportunity to make another when I run out of space! I like to think that one day I will have a library full of them – what a happy place that will be!

Other people write their gratitudes before bed, or you could sketch them – find a way that works for you, and if you miss a day, don’t beat yourself up about it, just acrry on where you left off.

Eteaket have created this great 14 Day Gratitude Challenge that gives a prompt to respond to each day and could be the perfect way to start your journaling journey!


Check out these gratitude journals for inspiration:


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