Summer Reading Journals, by Jamie Pate.
Summer is right around the corner. Well, here in the Rockies it might not actually feel like it. But the calendar tells me it's true. Every summer our library hosts a summer reading program with incentives for reading. It's been part of our seasonal tradition for many years now.
This year I wanted to take it up a notch and not only help my kids participate in the reading program again, but encourage writing as well. So, of course ... they need a journal!
I wanted to make these journals fun and festive and inviting. This led me to alter some not-so-fun journals I already had. And here's what I came up with.
For this first journal I went with that awesome Art Journal paper from Star Student as the cover for the front. A bit of gesso gave foundation to some tags I cut from pattern paper and cardstock. A few stickers plus the word READ gives encouragement to use this journal to read and record thoughts on the reading.
The inside cover is also covered with pattern paper. And since I love clear pages so much, a Clear Cut page was added in as a sort of cover page.
Another addition to the inside is an envelope I made using a piece of Color Chaos Scallop Strandz. This will be perfect to hold coupons and awards from their reading program.
Tabs from Treasures & Text were perfect to create index pages and markers within the book.
I even added a flap page just for fun and interest. My youngest daughter is already excited about this new fun book. I hope it will encourage her to continue her writing during the summer and hone that skill.
Star Student: Art Journal, Treasures & Text; Color Chaos: Scallop Strandz; Clear Cuts: Punch Confetti; Ciao Chip Elements: Family; Enamel DooDads: Oreo Black
Since I have a few daughters, I need more than a few books. This is version #2. As a suggestion, when creating journals and what not, go ahead and make another while all the stuff is out. Challenge yourself to a variation on a theme, like this book became. It's cover is not too dissimilar from the first book, but it also has a unique look.
The inside follows the same theme as the previous journal.
Not shown in the other book is a page dedicated to a book list.
And I have to have all my 'sticking out' parts too with some tabs.
The possibilities are endless for a hand crafted journal. It would make a great gift. A perfect book of lists. A helpful planning journal. Whatever you can think of that needs journaling, make up a few of these to give that journaling a home. And happy documenting.
IF Whatever Is Lovely: Bonus Kit Pattern, 3x4’s; Color Chaos: Bell Pepper Strandz, Ice Strandz, Orange Strandz, Treasures & Text; Star Student: Treasures & Text; Clear Cuts: Gulf Confetti; Ciao Chip Elements: Today