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.

Enjoy,

Sallie


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

Daydreams – Summer is over

Dear  Fellow Journalers,

Summer is over and it is time to take all those photos and put them in scrapbooks, rather than the most convenient box you can find. I know you are wondering why I am talking about scrapbooking and  not journaling, well, scrapbook journaling is actually a memory book of pictures. Why not write about the feelings and emotions of the pictures?

Remember the 5 w’s you learned in school? Who, what, when, where why and how?

So, if I had a picture of a birthday party, my scrapbook journal would state:

“L”, Grandpappy, Grandma, “D” and “A” are celebrating “L” 2nd birthday on________ . “J”, “L’s” Godmother took the picture. We at ______ and we are laughing because “L” liked the box our gift came in!

Or how about the day you graduated from college? Your parents were so proud of you. Your father had just said _____

Or how about that camping trip to ____ You actually liked sleeping in a tent!

Or that fish you caught really was ____long!

Try this and see if your memories are triggered by the pictures, long after the event.

~Sallie

 

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Paper Daydreams

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Dear Fellow Journalers,

While researching for great journal ideas, I came across this quote which, by the way, is very appropriate for today’s post: ” tokens can be a source of inspiration and add visual and texture to pages”.

I have 2 lists of things to add to my journal. One list is digital and the other is of actual things, (tokens) I can  hold. My daughter-in-law challenged me to try Pinterest and I am now hooked. I have “pinned” peaceful scenes, book covers, quotes etc. and put them in a folder marked Journal.  My second list includes: recipes, cancelled postage stamps, pre-stamped and die-cut images, silk flowers, paint chips, scraps of handwritten notes, greeting cards, keys and sections of maps.

I decorated an envelope and put the items in it. I then placed the envelope in the inside cover of my journal. I am currently reading a great book entitled, “365 Journal Writing Ideas A year of Daily Journal Writing” by Rossi Fox.  I found a tip about adding photos to a page that I wanted to share with you. He created a template the size of a photo and added it to the back pocket of his journal. Then when he wanted to add the photo and write about it, he just took out the template, drew around it, added the photo and had space to write. He discovered that 4″ x 2.5″ is the perfect template to fit 8 photos on an A4 sheet of photo paper. I have yet to try this, but it sounds reasonable.

What are your inspirational/motivational tokens? Please share them with me at uniquelyyourscraftjournal.com

~Sallie

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