I am not a journaler. I have tried before and failed big time. Even Fin's baby book was a struggle for me (to tell you the truth, I still have to add her pictures for month 7-12). I want to record memories as Fin grows up, but it has to be easy and quick or I know I won't stick with it. I had heard of the One Line A Day journal and thought it was a brilliant idea. I actually even had one in my Amazon cart at one point, but then changed my mind. It was quite small, and felt too grown up to record the antics of a toddler. So, I made my own.
I picked up a plain jane journal at Barnes and Noble, and then added some stickers to it that I picked up at Michael's.
I used a hot pink Sharpie to add in the dates.
The journal I picked didn't have enough pages for each page to be its own date, so I just split each page in half. There are 10 lines for each date. My plan is to use only 2 lines each day so that I can record journal entries for 5 years. I think it will be really interesting to look back each year and see what we did the year before on the same day. I also hope it will be a place to record the funny things that Finley says and the cute quirks that make us laugh out loud.
There are some blank pages at the end of the journal that we can use to keep little mementos such as plane boarding passes, tickets, coins, etc.
The journal has its own little basket to sit on Fin's dresser that I stocked with double sided tape, scissors and a multitude of pens. Everything is there and ready to go so there are no excuses.
Wish me luck in my line a day adventure!
Do any of you journal for your kids? What do you like to record?