Jamie here beginning this back to school season in Memorandum style. Not only do I have a student in college. I also have a student in a dual-enrollment high school, a 6th grader at a charter school, and then an 8th grader and a Kindergartner here at home where we do school together. I am a home school mom. We have educated from home for 14 years now and counting. At one point they were all home. But we analyze where each student is every year and make the best decision for them and where their formal education should come that year. We believe that education is life. Learning takes place every day in every situation imaginable.
One of my children has special academic needs. Through the years I have needed to track progress and even daily interactions. It helps me to know how to go forward in giving them the best education possible. Often in the past I have found myself jotting notes here and there on random pieces of paper or planners or calendars. But the best solution to all the thoughts I need to remember is to keep a daily journal. Even better than that is to make that journal. From Memorandum. Because I am just sure the Memorandum collection was made just for this reason.
Memorandum has some of the most beautiful graphically enhanced pattern paper. I mean why wouldn’t you want to make a journal just so you can look at that paper everyday? The alpha image is perfect for any back to school theme.
The covers were cut from cereal box cardboard. My kids know never to throw those boxes from Costco away. “She’s gonna make something from it’. Hey…why throw away perfectly ready-to-make-a-book chipboard? Can I get an amen? The cardboard was trimmed to 6×8 1/2-inches. Making books 6-inches wide allows for only having to use half of the 12×12 pattern paper sheet. So the front was covered with the Punch Card pattern paper (side B). Then the inside was covered with the Time Clock (side B) pattern. Be sure to sand the edges to give smooth coverage.
A vellum pocket was created to hold some 3×4 cards that were made by simply trimming pattern paper to 3×4 and adding a Clear Sticker to the top. Just a little way to keep quick notes if needed.
That Acetate Clips clear paper is da’ bomb! It is so beautiful. I had to use it in this journal. It was perfect for a cover sheet with a sneak of the journal paper behind.
The journal itself is made up of classic school notebook paper. It has been trimmed down to fit inside the book. This time of year notebook paper is on sale everywhere. It’s a real affordable way to create a journal to any size you need.
The notebook is divided into three sections. The first divider was the acetate clear paper. The next section is divided by a folder I created from the Ledger pattern paper. Makes for a great pocket to stash needed notes and correspondences.
Random papers I tend to pick up and don’t ever know what to do with? They slip perfectly in here.
The last divider is another beautiful piece of pattern paper called Desktop. A pocket page protector is layered just before the pattern paper. The top pocket holds a 3×3 piece of the Clips Acetate paper. The bottom half is pattern paper trimmed to 3×3 with another Clear sticker on top. I am sure to add an inspirational quote here or even a photo. Some visual to help me through my day and inspire my work.
Hope this inspires you to hand craft a journal for yourself, a student, or even a teacher’s gift? Put that beautiful Memorandum pattern paper to work and make your day pretty.
collection used: Memorandum