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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Thank You As An Art Form

Where does thankfulness begin? I believe it begins when we are small and are instructed by a caring adult to be a gracious recipient of gifts. Most kids will fight against writing a thank you note. But is does teach good manners. I also think the act itself provides so much more.

It is the planting of a seed that sows a life of gratitude.

I wanted to create some cards for the kids and myself to thank the generous givers of recent Christmas gifts. The Fashionista’s favorite were these darling elves from Jolly Allsorts.


Over the years I have accumulated a collection of cards that are just plain leftovers. One invitation here…a rather unattractive birthday card there…an entire stack that I just couldn’t bear to throw away. There they sat gathering dust and taking up space. Then the light bulb went on that I should just give the cards a makeover. After all, the base itself was great and the envelopes were perfectly good. 

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So I turned to Pinterest for free thank you card printables. Here were a few of my favorites.

Amy from Positively Splendid created a printable with a verse I love.

I love the website Thanks A Lot. They offer several darling styles of free printable thank you cards. This confetti strewn card feels very happy for the new year.

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To cover the information printed on the inside of your existing card you can cover it with this printable from ISLY or just type out your thank you ~ a perfect solution for boys possessing unreadable penmanship. :)

I printed out only what I needed and used a strong double sided tape to attach the printed images to the existing cards. I also added a bit of glitter and ribbon here and there and am happy to say the cards were signed (there may have been some hog tying and wrangling involved :) and they are now in the mail.

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I believe that grateful people overall are happier people. How about you?



openid said...

I could not agree more. Nothing expresses gratitude and appreciation more than a handwritten note of thanks. My children have been writing their own thank yous since they learned how to hold a pen. Of course I penned the 'translation'.
Your Friend,

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Teaching children (by example!) to write thank you notes is an important part of parenting. Gratitude is only one of the many important lessons passed on to the next generation. Time management, selflessness, and language skills are a few more. Good job, Mom Laura!

GSGreatEscaper said...

When I receive a pretty thank you card in the mail, I look to see whether the back of the top has been written on. If not, I separate it from the bottom and it can be used as a correspondence card by writing on the unused part. If it has, it can be mounted on plain cardstock and used again as a correspondence card.

I save all envelopes with nothing or just a name written on them, use address labels to cover the name if necessary, and match up the cards with envelopes. Remember, reduce, reuse, recycle!

Marydon said...

Spot on, Laura! Many I save because of the beauty & sweetness of our notes received.

Love your header ...

Happy New Year ~

Connie said...

I totally agree . . . I am very grateful that my daughter is teaching her daughters gratitude.
Each evening they tell each other of something that happen that day that they are grateful for. I think that this practice keeps them humble and appreciative of the little things in life and that it reminds them of how blessed our lives truly are.
Thank you for sharing this post.
Your blogging sister, Connie :)

Cindy said...

Nothing better than a hand written thank you note...yet I find fewer and fewer kids being taught to do so! Yours are sweet!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh how perfect. It is so important to teach the art writing Thank You's and other types of cards. Great post. Hopefully we can get together some time soon. Hugs, Marty

Auntie Em said...

Your notes are sweet and I like teh idea of re-invented note cards.
I have been making some special thank you notes and while they aren't in the mail yet, I am hoping folks will enjoy them in the week or so when I get them away.
Thank-you for always sharing such great ideas! :)

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I always make thank you cards -- and my family knows how important it is to sign and send them :) I loveeeeeee these!

Maureen said...

Nothing pleases me more than receiving a heartfelt thank you note and I am often remiss in sending them. THANK YOU for reminding me to put more thought and effort into showing gratitude!

Sarah said...

Laura, I agree. A handwritten note is always appreciated and often unexpected in today's world. Thanks for sharing the links.

lynn cockrell said...

I,too, have a ton of these "leftover" cards. What a good idea! I hope I will be able to try this idea out. This also seems like something maybe the grands can help with.

Kelley Dibble said...

You speaketh the truth. Happy service is infectious, and when I thank you, I serve you a portion of my grateful heart.

Your stuff's so cute today.

Happy Wednesday!

Debbie said...

Yes, I believe that grateful people are overall happier people! I also have to admit that I've never thought to download printable thank you notes. What a great suggestion!

Bloggymom said...

I am a huge fan of thank you cards. I believe they are a must in our overly informal world.

You found such pretty cards.

Laura Turner said...

These are so sweet.

Laura at

Denise said...

These are such nice "Thank You" cards, Laura. I do agree about being grateful. I think it is a joy to give and receive, but an even bigger joy to be grateful.

Thanks for sharing this well-written post!


Denise at Forest Manor

Karen Albert said...

Oh yes Laura I always feel my heart opening up when I am grateful; AND I am so grateful to my family and friends!

Art by Karena

Karie's Chic Creations said...

What a beautiful post. Yes, I agree grateful people are happier. And it is nice to thank those who help to make us happy. You always have the right things to say in your posts. Thanks for sharing the loveliness and bring a light to brighten the way. Hugs, Karie