Making and writing a Family Journal

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Mary Beth continues her narrative on how to create a cover that engages the entire family.



One of the things that we insisted on was that every one would be involved in the making and writing of the Maroney Happiness Journal. Here are some ideas we used that might help you:

  •      We decided to use a 3-ring binder because we would have more flexibility. You could decide to use a sketch book or composition book.
  •       Gather a collection of family photos or magazine pictures that make you happy.
  •       Glue sticks are a necessity.
  •       Different colored ink pens for every family member. We bought 2 of each and kept one for safe-keeping. Our youngest had a habit of not replacing the cover.
  •      Permanent marker
  •      Decide when you will write in the journal. We chose dinner time, once a week.
  •      Give the journal a name. Take a permanent marker and print in large letters at the top of the journal. We used a stencil.
  •      Create a collage of the photos.
  •      Let every family member write their own name on the first page along with birth date. We chose to trace our hand prints and write the info on the palm.
  •      Choose a family member to record the information each time you write. We each chose to write a page ourselves.
‘Til next time,
Mary Beth


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