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Ideas for using the Activity Day Journaling Kit

Aimee White

My daughter and her friends often walk into my craft room while I am working on my scripture journal. They ooh and ahhh and wish they had one too. So for Christmas I made my daughter her own coptic scripture journal that is available in the shop. But there was no way I was going to put the time in to make a bunch for her neighborhood friends. I also didn't want her to fill her journal up with 100 pages of emoji smiley faces, I wanted it to have real thoughtful journal entries about what she is learning about the gospel. But I knew she wouldn't just come up with stuff to write about on her own. 

So for her and all of her friends in Activity Days, I created this kit:

The idea is Activity Day Leaders can purchase the kit one time, and print out as many copies as they like for their girls. And it comes in 3 sizes, so you could make them out of composition notebooks, or if your budget doesn't allow for that, you can simply print them out on 8.5 X 11 paper and staple them together.

Here are some ways you can use it in a coptic notebook-

It comes with a cover that you can print and cut and glue right on the cover of the composition notebook. If you want to protect them further you could mod lodge the cover. But if you use an ink jet printer you will need to follow these steps to make sure the image doesn't smear:

"I want to Mod Podge computer printouts – how do I handle inkjet versus laserjet prints? Inkjet ink bleeds, laserjet doesn’t. Here’s what you need to know. First of all, don’t print anything on photo paper. Regular printer paper is best because it doesn’t have a coating on it. I use 20 lb. paper, but you can go thicker if you need to. Inkjet – Print the picture onto the paper and let it dry for at least ten minutes. Spray both sides of the paper with clear acrylic sealer (several coats) and let it dry. Paint with a thin layer of Mod Podge on both sides, then let it dry. Then you can craft as normal. It sounds like a lot of steps, but it’s not that difficult – you just have to make sure it all dries. Laserjet – no prep work necessary. I always user laserjet printouts, even if I have to go to an office supply store to get it done." -Mod Podge Rocks Blog

You can also see from the picture there are tabs. I didn't use all of them, the girls can pick which ones they want. There are also a few blank ones that they can write in custom labels.

 

Inside the kit is an entire page of these word labels that the girls can choose which best represents them. 

The kit also includes 25 journaling prompts. The big squares were designed to go in the middle of the page where the girls can make lists around them. The rectangular ones are designed to go at the top of the page where they can write out journaling below them. And then the journaling cards can be used however. Also there is an entire page of scripture speech bubbles where they can write about what they learned reading in the scriptures.

An idea for them to be able to store the journaling prompts is to glue an envelope to the back cover of the notebook and tuck all the cutout journaling prompts inside. Then when the girls want to write they can pick out a prompt, glue it in and go!

I hope you and your girls enjoy this kit! I made it with my own Activity Days aged daughter (9) at the time so hopefully it appeals to both age groups! I am over the Beehives at church and I plan to even use it with them!

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