As a mom to three boys (and one little girl who loves the dirt just as much!), I am more than familiar with the summertime traditions of collecting rocks and sticks, befriending little creatures, and spending as much time as possible outside. To help my little man document his summertime adventures – and keep up his writing skills over the summer – I created this field notes journal with the Outfitters collection:
I started with a plain travelers notebook insert and used a brown hair tie as a simple closure. I covered the front with patterned papers and one of my favorite canvas flags from the Outfitters line.
I asked my son what kinds of things he would like to write about and we decided on four sections for his journal: The Places I Go, The Animals I Meet, The Nature I Find, and The People I’m With. I used alphabet stamps to whimsically stamp a title page for each section. I created a tab on each title page with Outfitters die cuts.
Because Jaxon likes to take photos on my phone, I made a photo mat for each page spread, ready for his 3×3 pictures. It will be easy to print his photos as I’m printing mine for other projects.
I drew lines for writing and left several pages blank for drawing pictures or adding ephemera of his own. I imagine leaves, parking passes, maps, etc. being glued down and tucked inside.
Jaxon said the Outfitters papers were “awesome” and he can’t wait to make entries in his field notes journal. I’m excited about the summer of memories he will have documented and that his writing skills will be in tip-top shape for second grade when the new school year comes along. If you have a little outdoors enthusiast, consider making an Outfitters field notes journal of your own!