A few years ago one of my nephews asked for a journal/diary where he could write things down. I got him a small spiral bound notebook for him to experiment with, but then I had the idea of creating a journal that was partially filled, where someone could find all kinds of neat things inside. Things like writing prompts, suggestions for doodles, samples of random sketches, battle maps, interesting-looking blueprints, more writing prompts, stamp art, etc.
I started making three unique journals for my two nephews and niece, and over the course of a couple of years filled them with all kinds of things. The covers I made by cutting out an initial and making a collage out of stamps.
Keeping my eye out for interesting content was such fun. I always have a bunch of random papers and ephemera so it was nice to put them to use, arranging them in ways that might attract curiosity.
After so much time had gone by I was a little anxious about how they would like the journals I created for them. I was more than a little surprised, and completely thrilled, that they all really seemed to enjoy their books. They got busy right away adding content to their pages.
I asked them that they show my what they’ve done in ten years or so. I hope they add things for years to come.
Here are more sample pages:
A future house plan:
Lots of Star Wars blue prints:
Several kinds of collage art:
Write prompt on your favorite person in history:
Map of a Civil War battle that I crinkled up and dyed.
An authentic German bank note from 100 years ago:
A hand of cool “Pirates of the Caribbean” playing cards.
Stamp art and eyelets:
And other various things: