Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Altered Journals

Okay, here's what I've been very busy with for the last two weeks. Every year, at the last minute, I decide to embark on making a time-consuming end-of-the-year gift for my students. I don't know why I do this to myself with the craziness of getting progress reports completed, buying gifts for staff members, etc. The last few years I've made DVDs with movies and slideshows, but this year, since I caught the Cricut bug, I went in a different direction. I recently discovered Momo's blog (, and I've been watching all of her old videos. I loved her idea for altered journals and decided to make one for each student, as they love to write. To get started, I had each student fill out a little survey where they had to state three each of their favorite colors, animals, and sports. From here I was able to create personalized journals.

I put these together on my Gypsy and really don't know the sizes or exact cuts anymore, but I can say that the fonts are from Designer's Calendar, Don Juan, Lyrical Letters, and Simply Sweet. The sports figures are all from Sports Mania, animals are from Create a Critter (except for the snake from Camp Out), and the ice-skates are from Winter Woodland.

Background paper is from various DCWV stacks, and the rest of the cardstock is Papertrey Ink.

The background paper is cut at 6" x 9 3/4" (so you can cover front and back with one 12" x 12"
sheet). The black "binding" is 3 1/2" x 9 3/4". I used cardstock for the first two bindings, but I found it kept popping up (I used my ATG gun). I switched to black construction paper for the rest, and that worked great.


  1. These are really awesome!! they must have taken you awhile? :)

  2. They did, but it was totally worth it when I gave them out today. They absolutely love them. I had the sweetest class this year, who were so appreciative about everything.

  3. I am beyond myself at how adorable these are!!! I wish I had a teacher like you when I was little :o)

    Thanks for finding inspiration in me! XOXO Momo

  4. What a sweet teacher and these are all SO cute and individualized. AWESOME!


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