Summer is full of fun activities. Some are simple like catching the ice cream man as he drives down the street, while other activities involve a drive to a lake, beach, or grandma’s house. Have your child capture their memories with a Summer Journal. This project is incredibly easy to make and your children will have fun being involved every step of the way!
DIY Summer Journal
For this project you will need a composition notebook, 12×12 paper, a printer, scissors or a paper cutter, packaging tape, glue, and an internet connection. You can pick up a composition notebook at the Dollar Store…or anywhere. Mine were from last year’s Back to School shopping.
Cover the composition book with 12×12 paper cut to size. Wrap the paper around the cover and tape into place.
To create a DIY Summer Journal Cover use PicMonkey! PicMonkey is my favorite online editing site. There is a free version or you can upgrade. For this project you will use the freebies that PicMonkey has to offer and will not spend a penny out of pocket. After you are a little familiar with PicMonkey head to TeachersPayTeachers to download the free Polka Dot Clip Art Frames. You will need to create a free account first. It’s very simple and I love TPT freebies and items to purchase. After you download the frames, choose the color frame that you would like and open it in PicMonkey. Create your text (it’s the P button), change the font, color, size, and alignment until it is just what you want. Save the image, open the image, and print! I scaled this down to 17% on my computer (but each computer is different). Glue the journal over onto the journal.
My girls are going into Kindergarten and 1st Grade next year. They need a place for their artwork. I cut white paper to fit and the girls taped the paper into their notebooks.
If creating a notebook is a little bit too much work for you…check out this Draw & Write Children’s Journal that is perfect for the young writer’s crowd. I love the built in drawing section!
These journals will be a perfect place to capture your children’s summer memories. Be sure to read When Summer is Over Create a Memory for more ideas.
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