Sunday, February 20, 2011


A bunch of my friends have blogs showing off all the cute things they do and the amazing talents they have with refurbishing items and such. I'm always inspired by their creativity and cute decorations.  So this post is my poor attempt at copying them (you know who you are), and showing something that I thought turned out really cute and was really fun to all involved.  Many of you may not know but I am currently the activity day coordinator for the 10 and 11 year old girls in my ward at my church.  This means we get together twice a month to work on something in there Faith in God books or do activities that help build character and friendships with one another.  This last activity we, the leaders and I, decided to discuss the importance of keeping a journal and how journals can be a source of personal scriptures to us.  We gave each girl a list of 30 questions to put in a jar (we actually did bags because the budget didn't allow for jars). The idea was that it takes 30 days to make or break a habit, hence the 30 questions.  The questions also gave the girls something to write about if they didn't know what to write about. Anyway for our activity we had each of the girls decorate there own journal. I went and bought notebooks for each girl at Walmart for $.94 each.  You could probably get them cheaper if you buy them right before school starts when all the school supplies are on sale.
Here is the before.
Kind of boring and uninviting don't you think? 
We supplied the girls with scrapbook paper, ribbons, buttons, and any other nick-knacks we could think off. I have to say I was SO impressed with the creativity of the girls.  The journals all turned out SO cute.  
Here is the after   
Aren't these just darling?  Much more inviting to write in.
A before & after comparison.
These are such an easy thing to do and could be such a cute gift to have your kids handout to their friends.  Buy a pen and Wa-La you have a personalize, cute, yet affordable gift to hand out. 


Kelli said...

Very adorable!! Kalyse loves hers and already has pages filled up :)

Kaylee said...

That's awesome! Good job, Valerie- I'm sure the girls love them!

Parker and Jes said...

Those are DARLING! Now I want to make one :) You are WAY more talented than you realize!

Brooke said...

Very cute! You are so creative! I wish I could get in the habit of journal writing, it just never sticks for me!