This wouldn’t be much of a scrapbook without pages to put in it, now would it. So let’s talk about some of the pages I’ve created for you to put in your binders.
The Bucket List Page
The bucket list page is just that. Your summer bucket list. There’s no need to go grand here. The kids have written down the things they’d like to do this summer, no matter how big or small. I’m encouraging them to write everything from “Go swimming,” and “Blow bubbles,” to bigger things like “Go to an amusement park” and “Go on vacation.” I printed out one for each kid and one for myself to put in our own sections of the binder.
(Obviously, the files you download won’t say “COPY” across them.)
As we do things on our lists, we’ll check off the check box and write in the date we did it. I printed these out on card stock. Regular paper would be fine, but I figure we’ll all be revisiting this page throughout the summer and it could potentially be put in and out of the binder a lot so I’d prefer to have this on stronger paper. I also printed this as double-sided right away so we can add more items as the summer progresses.
Movies, Books, and Songs of Summer
The next pages are just quick, fun ways to document some of the things you’ve all watched, read and listened to this summer.
On the movie and book pages, we’re writing the name of the movie or book and then “rating” it using the stars. The kids can either color in the appropriate number of stars (or just circle them if that’s easier for younger kids). Again, I used card stock for these pages, printed one for each of us to put in our binder sections, and printed them double-sided. (The movie page looks just like the “What I Read” page below, except it has space for the name of the movie and then the stars.)
The Songs of Summer page is to document the songs that will end up reminding you of Summer 2010, whether that be songs on the radio, TV theme songs, songs from movies, etc. There are always songs that the kids and I all enjoy, or that when they come on, we crank up the radio and sing along to in the car. My plan is to burn a CD of all of our listed songs at the end of the summer and then I’ll slide that in the binder too. Anytime we want to be transported back to the summer of 2010, we’ll pop in the CD and jam out. Again, since we all have different tastes and opinions, I printed one out for each of us to put in our own section of the binder, and again, I used card stock and printed it double-sided.
My Artwork Pages
The My Artwork page is just that… a place for artwork. Now obviously, the kids don’t NEED to use this page to draw something, since you can put any sort of paper they use into the binder. But I made it just to have a page that matched the other pages in the system.
This page is what I envision as the one being used most often. This is a page for you and your kids to document the daily stuff. There’s a place for the name and the date. Then they can circle what day it is and write in what the weather was like. There’s an unfinished face for them to draw in their mood that day and a line to write something too if they choose. They can just draw in a happy or sad face or really go nuts and add hair, etc. too.
The rest of the page is self-explanatory. They can write what they did that day, what their favorite part was, and then write what they’d like to do the next day.
So I’m not unrealistic enough to think that you and/or your kids are actually going to journal every day. So I made up a “My Week” page too. One page with enough room to write one or two sentences of how you spent each day that week. You can either use this in combination with the daily pages, or just use these on their own if that’s easier or more realistic for your schedules.
OK. This last page is simply a lined page for you or your kids to write things down. It’s for the times when the daily or weekly pages just don’t give you the opportunity to really write what you want to. I’ve used two of these in my section already… one to write about my feelings the night Grace slept over at a friend’s house for the first time last week, and one to write about how much fun I had teaching Vacation Bible School this week.
Another thought for this page is to print it on the back of one of the daily pages if you want the thoughts, mood, etc. of the daily prompts, but then have a particular story you want to expand on for that day.
OK. So there you have it. These are the pages that are done so far. There ARE more coming, but these should be enough to get you started. As I’ve stated, these are not fancy for a reason. I saw no need to add all sorts of “pretty stuff” because frankly, computer ink is expensive and why print what we don’t need, right?
The pages all have equal margins on the left and the right. That’s so that you can print double-sided without having to worry which file is for which side. You can pick and choose what you want on the fronts and backs of each page and they’ll all match up and work seamlessly. Try to be creative. Maybe you could print the “My Day” page on one side for your kid and then the “My Artwork” page on the back so they can draw a picture of something that reminds them of the day they journaled about on the front?
I’m going to snap some photos now of how our binder is set up and what else we’re including in it and I’ll post that in a bit. But for now, you can download all of the files by clicking on them over there in the Box widget in the sidebar. All of the zip files contain 2 files. I saved each page as a .jpg and as a .pdf so you can open and print them whichever way is easiest for you. It’s easier for me to just open up the .pdf file in Adobe Acrobat and hit Print, but I wanted the .jpg option in there for you too.
(NOTE: If you print the .pdf file from Adobe, make sure that you have the Page Scaling option set to “None” for it to print out correctly!!)
Also, now that we’ve used ours for a few days, I decided I’m printing everything out on card stock instead of regular paper. Mostly because I like the sturdiness, but also because I didn’t want any of the ink or markers that the kids are using to write to show through to the other side of the pages. But that choice is yours.
Anyway, enjoy, and I’ll be back soon with more pages and to show you some more ideas of what to put in your binders.
Also, since these are free, I have no problem with you telling your friends about them. But if possible, please direct them here to the blog to download them and don’t just email them the files (because I’d like to keep track of the number of downloads for each page). It also goes without saying that if you try to sell these to someone, I’ll hunt you down and hurt you. 🙂