Today, I made “Mama & Me” journals for the kids.
They will use these journals to write letters to me and then I will write them back. I’m hoping these journals will help us get through tough questions that are difficult to talk about, as well as provide us with a great keepsake when they are older. They were super easy to make and turned out really cute.
Our inspiration came from Mama Jenn.
To start, you will need the following materials:
The quantity in the picture is what you need to make five journals…just FYI. You probably won’t be making five, but you might be, so then this would be helpful. Anyway. Basically, you need:
A composition book (on sale for $0.50 at Walmart right now)
A piece of scrapbook paper
Some contact paper (NOT on sale and was almost $6 DOLLARS!)
Printable labels from Mama Jenn:
Glue stick (I forgot to put this in the picture)
Ruler (optional, but helpful if you want your labels to be straight)
Step 1) Print your label and cut it out. They don’t have lines for cutting around the label, so the ruler was helpful for me…somewhat. I think mine are still a bit crooked. Oh well. :)
Step 2) Cut out a square of scrapbook paper that is about a half-inch bigger than your label on all sides. My squares are 5″ x 5 1/2″ (which by definition makes them rectangles, but whatever…you know what I mean) and they were exactly the size I needed.
Step 3) Glue your label in the center of your scrapbook paper square.
Step 4) Glue the label on the composition book.
Step 5) Cover with contact paper. It’s much easier to do this if you cut diagonal slits at the corners, but you probably already knew that. So did I… Jose did NOT have to show me. :)
Step 6) Write a letter to your child on the first page explaining what the journal is for and telling him/her how excited you are to be pen pals!
I have to confess that I stole my first page letter word-for-word from Mama Jenn. I’ve written three papers in the last week and my originality is non-existent right now. But even Mama Jenn confesses that she lifted the letter from another blog, so I don’t think she’ll mind too much.
The letter we used (and that you are also free to use, as well) is as follows:
Dear Bizi (you can write your own kid’s name here…you don’t have to use Bizi…unless your kid is also Bizi…),
Would you like to be my pen pal? Instead of mailing letters to each other, we can keep them here in this notebook. Does that sound like fun?
I will write to you and then leave the notebook on your bed. Then, when you want to write me back, you can begin writing on the next page and leave the notebook on my bed when you are done.
You can write about anything! It can be funny or serious! Just write about whatever is on your mind!
I am so excited and I hope that you are excited, too!
P.S. Write back soon!