Summer holiday journaling

August 15th, 2014

4th of july journal entry

Hold up. The 4th of July was weeks ago. Why journal about it now? Because maybe there’s a story you want to tell from that day. In this case, my assistant Angie had a story she wanted to document from last 4th of July.

Here’s the supplies she used:

It’s pretty simple to make.

1. Stick stripes of paper tape onto your tag and trim off the edges.

2. Journal on the tag.

3. Stamp the date.

4th of july bbq journal tag

What’s interesting about this tag is that it’s actually a sort of table of contents. First was a BBQ. Angie documented that story in her journal. Then was the fireworks, so she wrote about that on preceding pages. Then she recorded why the location here in Montana was such a fun, meaningful place for her.

Easy and colorful.

Summer flying with our baby

August 4th, 2014

flying with a baby general aviation

I’ve been looking at photos we’ve been snapping from various flights this summer, and there’s a definite pattern. This little guy is going up a lot, and he’s loving it!

We put a carseat rear facing in whichever plane Martin is flying in for a quick flight (he keeps pretty busy with various pilots and their planes). We buckle Niklas in and put this little headset on his ears. Sometimes he sleeps. Sometimes he watches the world around him.

baby headset for general aviation

Summer in Montana has been pretty good. So far, he’s all smiles.

Journaling on a tag

August 1st, 2014

journaling on a tag

Sometimes people ask me what they should do with the tags that come in a lot of the writing prompt journals we make at Gadanke. I love the tags so much that for this journal entry in my She journal, I actually added more tags!

To me, tags are just another tool for documenting your story. They add contrast to the pages of your journal, and they kind of encourage you to think out of the box and add more stuff to your journal, too. To me, tags are such a  win-win. And they’re really fun.

Here’s what I used for this tag:


1. Punch out the heart on the pink tag.

2. Use scallop scissors across the bottom.

3. Journal. (I wrote about my grandma’s embroidery… and my lack of embroidery skills!)

4. At first, I was just going to pop the pink tag into my journal. But it didn’t feel complete. I put the yellow paper tape over the reinforcement hole and a yellow tag behind the journal.

5. Open the ring on your journal. Insert entry.

6. Date entry. (I had to go back and do this after the photo was taken. Oops.)