Friday, June 20, 2014

Don't Buy Greeting Cards Any More - Use a Card Journal

I know you're wondering what I got Mr. for Father's Day. Truth be told, I was working from home the other day and I told him he needed a new pair of headphones. He agreed and said he was thinking of getting a pair, and since I didn't know what to do for Father's Day I told him to get them and that could be his Father's Day gift. Bam, done.

But this post isn't about that, it's about the cute craft we did for him.

You know all those Hallmark Greeting cards you spend a ridiculous amount of money on? Yea we buy them for everything, sometimes costing more than $5! And each year, I date it and put it in a bag and forget about it...Birthdays the same thing. I get one from me and then one from the kids. That's almost $10 in just cards. You know I can't remember where I saw it, I think one of my friends posted a picture on FB? I honestly can't remember, but I loved the idea and ran with it.

I went to Barnes and Nobel and bought this for about $10, so the cost of about 2 cards, I bought him a journal. Originally I thought I wanted non-lined paper, but then thought, when the kids get older and they can write, it might be nice to have some lines, plus it's hard to find a cute journal that's completely blank.

How to make a Card Journal in two easy steps:

Step 1: Buy a journal

Step 2:

Start writing and decorating. Isn't that easy?

Each holiday can be different, for Father's Day I decided to ask Baby Fox a few questions:

I let him decorate a few pages, I mean it his book to give Daddy, he wanted stickers.

Each time we do this I'm going to include a picture of the kids, so that we remember what they looked like when we did that particular entry. Baby Fox picked out the picture. It's of him at a air museum and Mr. is tossing him in the air, he loved it. He said it was his favorite.

Now onto Mini Fox. Since she can't write or talk, her pages were easier, but part of the greatness of this project is that as they get older they're pictures will probably get better and it's going to be a great way to see them evolve and see how their personalities change over time.

Now you know you want to go out and do this, it's so much fun and I think it will be fun to look back on this 10 years from now and see what they did. I'm loving this project so much!


  1. I was just going to write a post about how much I love this and how I want that exact journal, but then I realize that I've kinda been doing that, but in scrapbook form...which then made me remember that I forgot to do this years.....thanks for the indirect reminder!

    1. haha, you're welcome! Yes I love this idea, and I hope to keep it up! I might even start one for my parents too!

  2. oh I get it now! ha, I've seen these but was utterly confused. Thanks for explaining! definitely saves money, but I hate cards anyways =)

  3. What a great idea! I love it!