Wednesday, May 16, 2012

We are on to item number 2 from my Mini Personal Pinterest Challenge from last week, the 5-year journal.  I have been pinning journaling ideas, especially SmashBook ideas, for months.  My "Journalism" board currently has 180 pins, but I've yet to take the leap.

As I mentioned last Friday, a 5-year journal seems overwhelming until you realize it's just a quick question or prompt a day for a year and then shampoo, rinse, repeat and do the same questions again next year.  Then you can look back, compare your answers, and see how your goals or views have changed.  See, not so scary after all.

The first decision will be what kind of journal you want to keep.  There are many options, but I decided to go with the index card style journal similar to this one:
I figured this kind will help me ease into the SmashBook style of journaling little by little. As a bonus, I can make use of all of those spare scrapbook/card making supplies already have at home.  Win. Win.

I searched high and low at a couple of stores...then my twisted crafty mind saw an unfinished tissue box cover and knew I'd found a keeper.  Yes, a tissue box cover.  Just flip it over and it's the perfect box!
unfinished tissue box cover
the perfect box for my journal project!
So, let me tell you how I got from before to after:  I love me some spray paint.  I used a spray primer and a few coats of pink spray paint to coat the box (sanding between the final coats).  I used chalk board paint on the wood oval so I can doodle or write on it at some point.  (That paint is still curing and I couldn't write on when I was taking these pictures.)  I've also got a black paint pen I may use to doodle on the box at some point if the mood strikes me.

Once I had my box, I was able to measure and cut my cards.  It just so happened that 1/4 a sheet of card stock fit perfectly.  I already had a bunch of colored card stock cut in half for the note cards I make, so I just needed to cut them an assortment in half.
Assorted card stock (told you I had a lot)
The after stack once they were all cut to size
I had some stick on tabs from another project that I used to make divider tabs for each month.  After that I just collected a sampling of smaller scrap paper and punches to use to decorate each card if I choose to that day.  Here are three sample cards I whipped up to give you some ideas on how to roll with your project.
I did these in a jiffy, but you can doodle, scribble borders, use stickers, do nothing, or whatever your mood strikes.  The most important part is to relax and have fun!  

Here are a few more pics of my finished box before I move on to the actual content of the journal:

When I was surfing the web for journal prompts I found some websites with a sampling, but not enough to do an entire year's worth.  My original MPPC post listed 5 links with some prompts to get you started.  I decided I wanted one place to go for a list to get me through the year so I sat down and created the document below.  I took questions from ice breaker games, journal and creative writing prompts, and made up the rest.  Some questions repeat, some do not.  Feel free to use my PDF list for your own journal in its entirety or as inspiration when you don't know what to write about.

Daily Journal Prompts

I promise to keep you updated on my journaling journey.  If you decide to take the leap, let me know how you decide to go about your journey.  I'd love to hear details!

Now, if you've missed any of the previous MPPC posts, be sure to check them out using the links below.

Mini Personal Pinterest Challenge series:
Mini Personal Pinterest Challenge
MPPC Progress Update
MPPC: Buffalo Chicken Cups

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  1. Wow! This looks great. But I must say that this still looks daunting to me. How exciting will it be to be able to look back in five years and see what's changed. Great idea!

    1. It does look daunting...not gonna lie...but even if you just do use the prompts once a week it would be fun. Thanks for popping in! I just posted the last project, be sure to check it out and let me know what you think.

  2. WOW. This whole project is so wonderful! You are amazing for doing all that work with the topics and then sharing them with the blog world! Good karma for you, my dear! I love the journal you made too, it's awesome!

    1. Thank you, ma'am! The list WAS a lot of work. I hope people enjoy it. Thanks for popping in and giving me feedback. Always appreciated. :)

  3. I love this!!! Super cute idea! I am totally going to make these for my girls and hopefully get them into journaling! It is also good for me to start working my way back into it! Love your ideas! Thanks for posting and keeping me in your loop! Love ya and miss ya tons! :)

    1. Thanks, love. I would love to hear back and see how this idea works for the girls. It really is a great way to ease into journaling. Thank you for popping in and giving feedback. I love it! I also love and miss you oodles. Don't tell Glenn, but I totally miss you more than him. Shhhh.

  4. Oooooooh i want to do this!! *Mentally* added to my to do list! Totally bookmarking this post.


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