Tuesday, July 5, 2011

simple summer project: journal your summer



This post is part of my Simple Summer Projects series
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In January 2010, after having baby number four, I came to the realization that I was going have to switch gears with the way I had scrapbooked in the past. Like it or not, I just couldn't find the time like I used to. I still wanted to record our family memories, but had a lot less time to do it & what resulted was a memory keeping approach that focused a little more on journaling & lot less on actual scrapbook pages. You can read more of my thoughts on the whole switch-a-roo here

This different approach to scrapbooking {I still like to call it that} involved four leather journals that I purchased for my kids. I figured, the photos would still be there after they were a little bit older and I had more time to make pages, but the memories...those I might forget. So I began to focus on writing things down whenever I could find 2-3 spare minutes throughout the day & throwing a few pieces of memorabilia in the journals here and there. I've loved this so much! Seriously! It's been such a relief to let go of the expectations I had on myself and jot down our memories whenever I get a chance. I feel like I'm still doing something to record our family history and I know that these journals are going to be such a treasure years down the road.


This summer I've decided to get the kids involved with recording in their journals & they're so excited about it! This is a unique summer for us...next year we'll be back to regular life in the US or Canada, so I really wanted them to record their memories from their summer spent here on the island. Summer is such a magical time for kids and recording the memories they're making, from their perspective and in their own words, is such a rewarding experience.

We're going to keep this little summer journaling project as simple as we can. We've started out with a sentence or two a day, but if that becomes too much we'll just make journal writing a weekly activity. You could even choose to wait and have your kids write in their journal at the end of summer to reminisce on all the fun they had before the beginning of the next school year. However you decide to encourage your child to journal this summer, here are a few
 summer journaling prompts to get you started:

 
Click here to download your free JOURNAL MY SUMMER list.

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This list of journaling prompts coordinates with my summer photo checklist. Together they are a great tool to get you started with photographing and recording your precious summer memories!  


Enjoy everyone!

I'm linking up with these fabulous blogs.



Rebecca Cooper

Rebecca is a mom of four. She enjoys crafting with her kiddos, taking photos, and afternoon naps. Rebecca is a professional photographer and author. Connect with Rebecca on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+. Sign up via email for the latest updates from Simple As That.

34 comments:

  1. What a fantab idea!!!

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  2. Thank you for this idea. I have felt the same way since baby number four. I am on the lookout for some great journals.

    We are also doing a summer journal project. My kids are using disposable cameras to take their own pictures and document about them. I posted this idea on my blog. Thanks for sharing your prompts we may borrow a few.

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  3. Getting the kids involved is a great idea.

    I know they'll appreciate it when the get older.

    Bella Vida by Letty
    Have a great day.

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  4. This is very cute and creative. It reminds me of a book I had to read one summer for school -- like a summer reading list. It ended up being one of my favorite childhood books -- about a young girl who journals her summer story -- called Absolutely Normal Chaos.

    http://www.sharoncreech.com/novels/03.asp

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  5. great idea!! I never thought to get my kids involved but I should have. Thanks for the idea--connie, measuredbytheheart.com

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  6. Saw you on TipJunkie. I am sure your kids will appreciate reading the journals when they grow up!

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  7. @Andrea

    LOVE what you're doing with your kids Andrea!! SO fun!! :)

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  8. great idea!!

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  9. I love this idea of a leather book! We've been doing the same, but my girls draw pictures because they can't write yet :)
    Here is my post that shared this:
    http://notmyownlife.blogspot.com/2011/06/yummy-summer-gratitude-journals.html

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  10. What a truly fantastic idea!!

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  11. great idea :) love to journal and my kids love it too.

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  12. rebecca, this is such a great idea! just the thing i was talking about on WCS when posting about scrapping with your kids!

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  13. I've loved those leather journals since you first blogged about them. Thanks for the free prompts. They're so cute. Love the idea of getting the kids involved.

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  14. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [06 Jul 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

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  15. My kids have been making end of the summer mini scrapbooks for the past few years. It is a great way to look back at some of their favourite memories. Love the journaling idea as I know the feeling of not having the time to scrapbook.
    Lkids2.blogspot.com

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  16. Fabulous ideas! thank you for sharing!

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  17. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 4 post on Jul. 06, 2011. Thanks again.

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  18. Rebecca - thanks for always sharing so many great things. I love your blog!! I gave you a shout-out on one of my blogs today because I think you are great. :)

    www.mailboxmoments.blogspot.com

    Lesa

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    www.notesaboutmusicnotes.blogspot.com

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  19. Love this!

    I'm your newest follower. :)

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  20. I'm LOVING your summer printables! Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

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  21. Thanks for the idea, love these books. I also have my girls signed up at BPS for the Just Kidding Around class and they are having fun with it. The best part is seeing what they write about and how they feel about their days. Happy Summer

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  22. I love this! I am going to simplify my scrapbooking into a journal/memorablia too. I think that it is cooler to do the things in the moment, rather than after ward. I also like to draw pictures in my journals to display what went on.

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  23. Featuring YOU over on my blog. :) Thank you for linking up at {wow me} wednesday last week.

    Ginger

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  24. Your printables are fantastic!
    Saw you on a linky party. I am now google following you, please pop by, Karima x
    www.karimascrafts.com

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  25. This idea is brilliant! Very very cute. When I try to download it, it gives me an error saying, "the host is out of bandwidth." Is there any way you could email it or something? If not I totally understand.
    jennsalittlehoff at gmail dot com
    Thanks!

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  26. P.S. I really just want the labels so if you could tell me where you got those, I can find them that way, too. Anyway, you're awesome!

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  27. Ok, I'm a dork, after reading through your blog I'm assuming YOU made those labels! :) They are very cute!

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  28. Ok, I'm sorry for leaving a million comments. Really I am. But the more I look around online, the more I LOVE those labels! Do you have the files I could just buy from you? They're perfect for a birthday calendar I'm making. Let me know- Thanks!

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  29. @Jenn

    sorry for all the trouble Jenn. if you'd like to send me an email I can just send the file to you! :) Rebecca

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  30. Love this idea! Thank you for sharing! :)

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  31. Where did you get these amazing leather journals? I love the label with the name!

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  32. The black journals are from Walmart...inexpensive. Nothing too special. I added a bookplate to the front for each child's name.

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  33. I found your blog after googling to find Summer journaling prompts for my kiddos. So happy to have found you! ^_^ Thank you so much for sharing your work for free, very generous. :)

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