Thursday, August 29, 2013

Journaling Doors

 Doors add a little fun to quotes or messages to yourself.

Make a pattern from any shape by placing one edge on a fold of cardstock and cut. You can trace or photocopy your pattern to another piece of cardstock and cut out.

This would make a great idea for choices you have to make. List the choice on the outside and write the consequence inside. Might be fun for kids to see cause and effect.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

FREE journaling Prompts for Kids part 2

As promised, here is Journal Prompts for Kids List #2:

What did you do in Scouts/Activity days when you went last?
What did you learn in Primary this last week?
What would you do if you woke up and discovered you were the size of a grasshopper?
What would you do if you learned how to become invisible?
Draw a picture of yourself as a dinosaur. What kind would you be and why?
Read an Article of Faith and write about what it means.
What do you like most about summer?
List three things that make you happy.
Do you have a nickname? What is it? Why is it your nickname?
What is your favorite book? If you could meet one of the characters, who would you
like to meet? Why?
What is your favorite season? Why?
What is the silliest thing you’ve ever done?
What is the grossest thing you’ve ever eaten?
If someone gave you a million dollars what would you do with it?
What toys or games did you like when you were little?
What are some of the rules in your family?
What happens when a rule is broken?

Have the kids make up questions for each other. Have them make up questions for you. They want to hear your story too.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Pockets, envelopes and bags, Oh My!

Journaling really doesn't require spending money. I made mine from a 50 cent composition notebook. You can add all sorts of doo-dads if you like. Some of them I made and some I bought. I have a bad habit of collecting doo-dads for hobbies for like the last 30 years, so I have a lot of stuff just laying around the house.

Go on a treasure hunt in your home and see what you can collect! I raided my scrapbooking supply first, for stamps, stencils, and cricut cutouts; then gift wrap and recycled cute wrapping paper, small gift bags and paper ribbon; then painting supplies for brushes, water colors, and wall stencils; my embroidery stash for thread and needle, old buttons, and some of my own designs to paint instead of stitch; my grandkids art supplies for glitter, my old box of ribbons, lace and rickrack; and pictures my grandkids have made for me.

Here are some ideas for pockets, envelopes, and bags. Enjoy!

I layered pieces of ripped
cardstock and attached
with tiny brads

I crossed strips of paper ribbon
and attached with buttons

2 baskets made from cardstock
1 envelope made from cardstock
1 envelope purchased
Book of Mormon pocket
for favorite scriptures
Denim pocket from cardstock
wrapped pocket from

Purchased envelopes above
envelope from cardstock
You can add color and design
to purchased and
homemade envelopes

Book of Mormon
Pocket type 2

This one opens with real scriptures
copied inside.
Left side is glued,
right side is only glued at edges
so it can hold more of your
favorite scriptures
Assorted Gift Bags I found:

They can hold pictures, cards, programs, playbills, or tickets.
Use a size that fits with your journal so that some of your
treasure is visible from the top.
Just FYI-- I make separate pages from cardstock or art paper for my artwork and insert them wherever I happen to be in my journal. I like to keep the lined pages for writing because they are thinner and don't stand up well to paint. I sometimes post photos to those pages or something small. I doodle with any type of pen that won't bleed though the page, or with colored pencils.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Free Journaling Prompts for Kids

Are you stuck looking at empty pages and can't figure out what to write about? Are the kids bored of writing in their journals?

I've collected lists of journal prompts that I will share with you on this blog. I will post many lists in order to keep each post from being too long and cumbersome.

Collect some of your own prompts specific to your kids. Add a sense of humor. Appeal to a child's natural imagination. Write down some of their questions.

Take time to write down some of the funny things they say. These are priceless treasures! Here are a few prompts for this week. Enjoy!

Journal Prompts for Kids
The part of Me that I like best is . . .
My favorite thing about school is . . .
All about my Family—draw each member of your family and tell one thing you like
            about them.
My best friend is . . .
5 things I like to eat are . . .
My favorite place to eat is . . .
My favorite places to play:
List some favorite books and movies:
My 5 favorite toys are:
What did you do on your summer vacation?
Draw pictures of shapes you see in the clouds.
When I grow up . . .
What happened today?
What is your favorite Primary song?
What is your favorite scripture story?
Who is your favorite Book of Mormon hero?
My favorite Super hero is . . .
List two good things that happened this week.
Write about something that scared you.
What are you proud of?
What is the weather like today?
If you were a Super hero, what would your special power be?

Stay tuned next week for another FREE list.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Journaling with Kids Part V of The Magic of Journaling

I have 16 grandchildren ranging in ages from newborn to 11 years of age. Grandsons outnumber granddaughters and each child is so unique and miraculous.

Not all of them like to read and write, but all of them like to create. For three of my grandkids reading is a struggle and for different reasons. The fact is, reading isn't easy for everyone. The same goes for writing.

But the need to create seems to be universal. I haven't met a child yet who doesn't enjoy drawing pictures.

From about twelve months of age, the tiniest hands love to hold any type of writing instruments (I'm sure they prefer the non-washable kind) and create--awkward scribbles at first--but create nevertheless.

My objectives in starting my grandkids in journals is two-fold: First, journaling provides them with practice in reading, writing, and drawing. Second, journals provide a safe haven for self-expression and experimentation. Writing and drawing allows us to put our feelings and emotions into words and pictures. It's very therapeutic.

Start by collecting supplies in a central location: glue, scissors, tape, crayons, colored pencils, water colors, paint brushes, stickers, and whatever else you feel safe letting your kids use with supervision. I gave the kids choices of paper for the cover of their journals and helped them to cover over the journals with clear contact paper. This makes the journals a little more durable. We used 50 cent composition notebooks. I stock up during the back-to-school sales.

In return for helping the kids make journals of their very own, they agree to write or draw in them once a week.

We went from books like these:

To these:

Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Magic of Journaling Part IV

In May, I stumbled upon some interesting pins on Pinterest. I was mesmerized. Art Journaling--it ranges from doodling in the borders to scrapbooking in your journal. It really made the journals I saw come to life.

I wanted to add some life and personality to my journal. But I didn't want to sacrifice content for bling. I didn't want to turn my journal into a scrapbook.

Each journal should reflect its owner and I had to draw the line (haha, figuratively speaking) between how much time I wanted to spend on individual pages and written entries.

Some artists' pages are multi-layered mixed media. Tutorials and supply lists abound online.

My pages aren't particularly artsy. I've scrapbooked some of my favorite scriptures and quotes. I made a page about me, on rainbow paper I water-colored myself. One day I colored with my two-year-old grandson, and instead of throwing it away, I turned it into a journal page. It doesn't have to be perfect. In fact, it holds more interest if it's not. Any type of media works--old sheet music, old book pages, or maps for backgrounds; envelopes, buttons or pockets; bits of lace and ribbon--the only thing that limits you is your own imagination. Experiment. See what you like best.

My more artful pages show up about every third or fourth page kind of randomly so that it doesn't get overwhelming and the written word doesn't become boring.

Art journaling gave me the courage to try new things, like doodling in the borders, and painting water-color background papers. Spreading my water color artwork all over the table to dry reintroduced me to the child I once was. I can't put that feeling into words.

Art Journaling is another way to reveal yourself by highlighting what's important to you with quirky bits of personality. What once seemed like a chore is now fresh and fun. Creation is almost as vital to my well-being as breathing.

As with all things, there is time and a season for fun. Don't feel like you have to do this in order to journal. All you need is a paragraph that tells your kids you love them or shows the hand of the Lord in your life that day. Let your journal be your blessing, not your stumbling block.