Our small group has been going through a book on personal discipleship this year. We have been focusing on Scripture memory skills and sharpening your devotional life among other things. So, for Christmas this year I thought it would be fun to make each of the couples a set of journals.
Materials (his journal):
adhesive (I used an adhesive dot roller)
I almost lost all my file tabs when this chubby little hand found me.
Every time there were craft supplies within reach somehow he knew and would crawl as fast as he could to get them. He is always helping me.
Okay, back to the journals. Cut a two inch strip of graph paper and attach using adhesive.
You could use any kind of paper on the front. I wanted to add something to the guys journals and Joel told me the graph paper wasn't too girly. So, I went with graph paper and I really like how they turned out.
Use adhesive to attach the envelope and file tab to the inside of the front cover. Again, make this personal to whoever you are giving it to. We have been memorizing verses together in small group, so my file tab says "verses". The envelope is for the guys to put their 3x5 memory verse cards in.
I had bought these monogram paperclips on clearance at Hobby Lobby awhile back. They worked perfect for this project. I wish I had more of them. (The paperclips are Spare Parts alpha clips.)
I put each guys initial on the paperclip and attached to the top of each journal.
Materials (her journal):
2 sheets of 12x12 scrapbook paper (mine is Amy Butler from Michaels)
ribbon (I used black grosgrain)
adhesive (I used Mod Podge and an adhesive dot roller)
6"x9" envelope with clasp
letter stickers (American Crafts Thickers)
ink pad (optional)
I basically followed the steps from this tutorial
to make the girls journals. I just changed it up a little to be a journal instead of a planner. I only used two pieces of scrapbook paper and left off the circle punch on the front and the tabs on the inside pages. I attached my scrapbook paper with Mod Podge hoping that it would last a little longer.
On the inside cover I attached an envelope, a strip of coordinating paper, and a file tab. Again, personalize the envelope for whoever you are giving it to...or for yourself. For this gift I added the envelope to hold memory verse cards.
At the last minute I decided to add a letter sticker on the bottom corner.
Tie the his and her journals together with twine and add a tag.
I know some of you do your best work at the last minute, so there you go. A diy project if you are still searching for the perfect gift. If you are all prepared for Christmas and just relaxing this week, you can bookmark this diy project for another time. Some of you had asked me to give you the links for the projects made on my craft weekend. I don't have a link for the ornament tree, but Lindsay basically made it the same way Megan made her ornament wreath
. Here are some of the other links: