At the end of this year, I would love for the twins to have more than just a digital record of this time we spent together. We are making journals so that they can draw a picture of their day! I am leaving space for a few printed photos as well. They can’t write, but I will put a few notes in for them to have a complete story each week. These will be their diaries of Our Year of Thursdays.
First we took a two of the leftover scrapbooks that came home as surplus supplies at the end of Gemma’s school year. They are big books filled with blank pages so that the twins can really have the space to express themselves and still have room for photos and text.
They had a great time decorating the front of the books with colored paper, stickers and images they cut from old magazines! Gemma wanted in on the fun as well so she made a book to be her journal using the daily prompts from Project Life 365. I really had to hold myself back from controlling the art direction of the whole thing. It was their mess to make and end result to love, not mine.
I tried to contact paper the decorated covers to keep them protected during a year of use, but I am fairly certain that after almost including myself, the carpet and part of the cat underneath the sticky clear plastic, I have made them look worse. I just told the kids that I added a bit of texture with the wrinkles and bubbles.
They are so excited to use their special books now. It has made the idea of what we will be doing over this year tangible in their little four year old minds.