Thursday, December 12, 2013

prayer journals

I wanted to show you how I made the prayer journals that I sold last month at the school craft fair. They were a big hit...and so easy to make.

The idea for them was sparked by a project over at Big Picture Classes using a cheap "brag book" type photo album ($1 from Walmart and Dollar Tree) to create a mini-book. Such a great idea...So you'll want to grab some of these $1 plastic photo albums. The ones at Walmart have fewer pages than the ones at Dollar Tree. Unfortunately Target sells these for twice the price.

Cut a bunch of paper to 4" x 6". The great thing is that there's no waste since regular scrapbook paper is 12" x 12"...just cut each sheet in half (6") and then cut those halves into 3 4" sections. Easy peazy.  

Next find and lay out the prayers or inspirational messages you'd like to include. Print them out on paper. You can either set it up to print on larger paper, 4 up or so, and then cut to size. I found it easier to cut my paper into 3" x 5" cards which I then fed through the printer. You could also use index cards for this.

Another idea is to layout the pages at 4" x 6" and use digital scrapbooking elements to design the page. Or, you could create works of art for each page, scan them in and then print them out. It would take a while, sure, to make all that artwork...but then you'd have a wonderful gift you could reproduce for lots of people.

Slip out the covers included with the book and use those as a guide to cut 4 pieces of printed paper. (If you are using 2-sided printed paper, you can just make 2 cover for the front one for the back) I like the look of making the front and back cover the same design. It makes it look more like a book. You can include a label if you'd like on the front cover. And the inside cover could include a message to your recipient, including ideas for how to use the journal. 

Then, it's just assembling the book. I used 2-sided tape to secure the prayer card in the middle of one of the 4" x 6" papers and added the prayers to every right page. I put blank patterned papers on the left pages but you could put prayers there as well. My thought though is that you could tuck in prayer intentions on slips of paper...or write them directly on those blank printed papers, so that as you use the journal you can pray specifically for those people and situations. You can also add your own prayers...or change them out. 

This next step is essential for transforming the book from cheap-plastic looking to something better. Simply add bookbinding tape along the spine. Instantly better. 

I'm cranking these out! One of the ladies who bought a bunch at the craft fair called and wanted a few more, including one for her mother with specific prayers. 

You can take this idea and make all sorts of journals! It would be a great gift for a teacher with a photo of each child and a little note. It would also make a great project for a child to do...a way to create a book easily.

Have fun with this idea!

Julie, the font is Carolyna Pro Black. I also love using Emily Lime, Itchy Handwriting, Jenna Sue, and Mrs. Blackfort. All these can be purchased at first search for free ones.


julie said...

Thank you for the tutorial!! Loved the idea when you previewed your booth setup.Julie

Anonymous said...

The books are pretty and practical (two of my favorite things!). I'm a teacher at a Catholic grade school and am always looking for "better" ideas for my students to make. Thanks so much for sharing!

Anonymous said...

OK Amy, I'm back already...can you share the script font source you used for the Good Morning prayer or the Psalm?

Natasha said...

THis is a great idea! They would be great for all sorts of journals. Thanks for the inspiration.

Jill said...

I have used a bigger version of a cheap photo book as a prayer book for quite a few years. So easy to stick prayer cards in and little pieces of paper when you jot down a scripture or such. The way you dressed these up though is really cute.

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I have used a bigger version of a cheap photo book as a prayer book for quite a few years. So easy to stick prayer cards in and little pieces of paper when you jot down a scripture or such. The way you dressed these up though is really cute.

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