Project Lifebook Part III

Part I
Part II

Lifebooks aren’t just for adults. I didn’t know that at first.

The kids were running around like banshees, ahem, nice little children when they realized the adults were having a pretty darn good time making something. All at once, a chorus of “I wanna make one. I wanna make one. I wanna make one,” and “Oooh, can we make one?” rang out and I think my eardrums might have caved in a little bit. Or expanded. Or busted.

So I we got out some scrap fabric and found a “camoflaugy” one for Zane and pink puppy-ish flannel for the girls.

Zane’s was made from a hardcover composition notebook I had stashed away from a clearance sale and the girls made theirs out of small three-ringed notebooks.

Do you want your own Lifebook? Email me!

People have inquired about purchasing their own Lifebook “kits” and if I have enough interest, I’ll start marketing them! I had no idea other people would want them!

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Project Lifebook Part II

Yesterday we talked about the general idea of a LifeBook. Today, we’ll dive into specifics.

Tabs/Divider Pages

Thinking of the roles I take on in life inspired the tabs I created. Since this is such a personal journal, you could include anything you want. I’ll give you my initial list and then talk more about other ideas.

Prayer journal
Daughter of the King
Wife of Phil
Mom of Zane
Writer
Artist/Creator of neat stuff
Projects
Friends
Things I’ve helped people with (Serving others)
Fun things we’ve done
Good Memories
Goals
Accomplishments
Books I’ve Read/Books to Read
Movies I’ve Watched/Movies to Watch
Birthday/Christmas Planner
Lessons Learned

After I dug through my supplies, I found the neat charms I glued to the tabs.

Faith
Dream
Believe
Friendship
Memories
Peace
Wisdom
Hope

So I made those my divider page tabs and behind each of those, I broke it down like this:

FAITH
Prayer journal
Daughter of the King
Wife of Phil
Mom of Zane

DREAM
Writer
Artist/Creator of neat stuff
Projects

BELIEVE
Goals
Accomplishments

FRIENDSHIP
Friends
Things I’ve helped people with (Serving others)

MEMORIES
Fun things we’ve done
Good Memories

PEACE
Books I’ve Read/Books to Read
Movies I’ve Watched/Movies to Watch

WISDOM
Birthday/Christmas Planner
Lessons Learned

HOPE



Jen explains hers, she has different tabs. She’s adding a sketchbook. If you’re redecorating you could add a section to glue cool fabric swatches or pictures from magazines of elements you like for your project. If you’re homeschooling, you could add a tab for that, if you’re a parent or a grandparent, you could add a tab for each child, an heirloom journal of sorts.

The possibilities are endless.

The key to this project is to make it custom fit to who you are in life.

I thought about adding a calendar, but honestly, I wanted to keep my calendar/planner separate. I wanted this to be about living life to the fullest, living the abundant life God has told us about.

Tomorrow, I’ll post some pictures of the kid’s LifeBooks.

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Project Lifebook

I decided to embark upon a new project: Lifebook

What’s a lifebook? I have no clue. Something I made up. A journal with oompf. A diary with pizazz. A planner, if you so choose, with meaning.

I was so tired of the same planners, the same blank journals, none of them ever fit my personality. As Jen so aptly described me, “All brown and leathery on the outside and pink and girlie swirls on the inside.”

Wait til you see the pictures, you’ll get it. The thing is, it totally describes me. I am all tough and brazen, leathery and textured on my outside personality. There’s an inner part that is a bit foo-foo. In small doses. I can’t stomach being flowery all the time.

Because all planners and journals seem generic, I decided to create my own. I’m calling it a Lifebook.

We did this as a group project, Phil cooked lunch and then hid. But Zane actually wanted to make one, too. Jen and Kimmie both used different “base books” and that’s the key to all of this. The one rule is that it has to be about you and what you like.

I found a pink swirly basic blank journal at Walmart for $5.63 (I tried to check walmart.com for a picture of it before I changed it, but I don’t see it listed.) Jen started with a journal from CVS with ribbons on the spiral part. Kimmie started with a three-ringed binder.

I bought some fabric to cover it with. If I could have found real leather, I would have bought that, but I settled for the fake stuff. Jen covered hers as well, Kimmie decorated pages like you’d do a scrapbook page and slid it down into the front and back of her three-ringed binder.

On the inside, I wanted to reinforce the pages to add pocket pages, so I glued some scrapbook paper to the original page of the book, then created slip on pockets (I decorated those, too)

Then I made tabs for each section I wanted in my Lifebook.

So that’s what I’ve got for you today. Tomorrow, we can talk about Tab titles and subtitles and the stuff that makes this about each of our unique personalities.

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