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Free Journal Cards & 2013 Homeschool Idea

I’m excited about starting a 2013 Project Life Homeschool Journal.

Want to join me?Project Life is about documenting every day moments. Homeschooling is a big part of our everyday and I love the idea of scrapping things we learn.

In a nutshell: Project Life is a spend-more-time-making-the-memories-rather-than-preserving-them project!

There is no right way to do it. Some scrapbook 52 weekly spreads to summarize the year, some highlight a few memories each month. The main thing in making memories, and keeping it SIMPLE. I blogged about it how the system works here. You can also see Becky Higgin’s videos.

In a nutshell, Project Life is a simplified way to scrapbook placing photos and cards into pockets I’m giving you free Pocket Journal Cards to help you get started. See the end of this post.

To document our homeschooling, I will take photos with my cell phone, add a few journaling cards and post every Tuesday (Lots of Project Lifers post on Project Life Tuesdays with The CreativeMom Blog Meme).

In this video Becky announces new products but she also includes a peek at setting up a book with her son’s schoolwork which shows you how you can incorporate this program with homeschooling.

I thought a Project Life Homeschool Journal was brilliant, original idea but then I serached the Internet and found a few other homeschool moms have been using Project Life to document their homeschooling efforts. See samples below. Click on the images to go to the blogs.

Keeping Life Creative

Pam is a homeschool mommy of four who loves to craft, cook, shop at thrift stores, and coupon. Her  blog is Keeping Life Creative. She documents her familys’ everyday life through stories and scrapbook pages.

Delightful Learning

Muchelle is in her 8th year of homeschooling 6 children. She blogs at Delightful Learning. Her family lives in Wyoming and is  building a homestead in Montana. Michelle is using Project Life to document her Five in a Row learning.

 

Daily Dwelling

Monica, homeschool mom of four, lives in VA and blogs at the Daily Dwelling. She is a digital scrapbooker and did Project Life in 2012. Her pages are about everyday life with homeschooling interwoven throughout.

 

ArenaFive

Sarah from ArenaFive is a Wisconsin girl raising three boys and has been doing project Life for three years!  Her blog is chock full of fun family layouts and a few homeschool photos too.

Mealnie Britt

 Mealnie Britt is a homeschool mom of four and digital scrapbooker living in Oklahoma. She keeps her homeschool adventures as part of her record keeping system, separate from her scrapbook albums.

 

 

Marty’s Musings

Marty has been homeshooling 18 years. Her blog Marty’s Musings includes posts on DIY projects and crafts, homeschooling, bargain hunting, scrapbooking,  and frugal living. Her Project Life pages are about family with s sprinkling of homeschooling thrown in.

Things you can include in a Homeschool Project Life Album

The cards come in 3×4 and 4×6 sizes so they are perfect for note cards or even mini copy work. I recreated some Bible worksheets on cards below.

Include Photos and Journal Cards of:

  • Books read (grab the image cover online, love keeping track of books read)
  • Bible Stories read
  • Art work  (great way to keep papers to minimum)
  • Writing (printing, cursive, creative)
  • Experiments
  • Projects
  • Field trips
  • What you did
  • What you bought
  • What you learned
  • What you taught
  • Fun things
  • Things Kids said
  • Play Time
  • Projects
  • Crafts
  • Support Group Meetings

How Much Does it Cost?

You can get  years worth of Journal Cards for under $50. You can buy a few pieces at time to spread it out. If you are a digital scrapbooker you can do the pages digitally (digital always cost less).
What You Need to Get Started (All optinal but nice to have onhand):

Frugel Alternatives

There are several frugal alternatives.You could adher the cards to a piece of 12×12 cardstock instead of the pocket pages. You could use index cards or scrapbook scraps to make your own card or download freebies like the ones below.

Browse Becky’s Site or Pinterest for ideas  on how to put it all together. You can document a week or month on one page or a two page spread. Do what works for your family.

I’m very excited about documenting school this way. It’s more than a memory maker for our family.  It will help me be accountable and be an encouragement to moms considering homescholing.

My plan is to take photos and notes during school time then document a week on one page. I’ll share each Tuesday here. If there is enough interest I’ll start a Facebook group. I made several cards to use and I’m sharing below.  As I work on our book I’ll make more cards.

Going Digital

Lots of Digital Scrapbookers areturning to Project life too. To create digital pages you need a program like Photoshop Elements. You can purchase digital cards online or learn to make your own. My designs are avaialble in the Digi Scrap Delights Store. 

Cost

Download Free Pocket Journal Cards

These cards are for print (PDF) or digital(PNG). This pack comes with 4×6 Heading cards, 3×4 title pages and 3×4 journaling cards. You can print as many as you need. The grid pages are handy because you can journal horizontally or vertically. Click on the images to download. I print mine on cardstock.

 

4×6 Cards

More Becky Higgin’s Videos

Let me know in the comments if you are interested in joining in.


Be sure to join my Digi Scrap Delights Facebook Page so you will see new free cards as they are announced.

14 comments

  1. I am not able to get these to open in a pdf, am I doing something wrong? They open in a png in windows photo gallery, which I don’t know what that is, but I can’t print them in the size you say. Sorry to bother you!! I am really going to look into doing the Project Life!! I am really excited! I have 5 boys and have a lot of work to do! I am very greatful for your freebies, just need to figure out how to print them. Thanks again!

  2. These are great. I see someone had a problem printing, I haven’t tried yet as I have printer issues at the moment, but I definitely plan to use these! I bought a kit a few months ago but haven’t started yet. Also, new to homeschooling here! 🙂

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  4. Pam Perry

    Hi – great journal cards and website
    I can’t wait to use these – love Bible Study myself
    Considering homeschooling my grandson

  5. Regards from Ballymartin 😉

  6. lemondedis

    thank you so much for the freebie : this is awesome ! I share the link here : https://www.facebook.com/LMIlesptitscadeauxPL?ref=hl and there : http://pinterest.com/lemondedis/project-life-freebies/

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  9. I love the homeschool idea for project life. But I recently discovered another homeschool use for project life besides documenting our homeschooling. I’m the mom of two teen boys, one of which is in high school. He recently discovered my old school yearbooks and realized that a yearbook was something he didn’t have, not in the normal sense anyways. That has now changed. He is doing project life in 8.5×11 format and creating his own yearbook. As homeschoolers, his “school” is the world around him. The “cafeteria” is my kitchen, lol. He documents personal stuff, school stuff, church/social stuff, city/county events, state events, national events of interest to him, and world events of interest. Not only is this creating him a yearbook, but it is also enabling him to literally hold history in his hands. Some of these ideas I borrowed from my own 10th grade world history teacher when she made her students create our own scrapbooks pertaining to ourselves, our school, our town/county, our state, nation and world.

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