{the five year journal}

Maybe it’s the teacher in me, but for as long as I can remember I’ve always had an addiction love of school supplies.  Some of you may refer to them as office supplies, but I never worked in an office, I worked in a school, therefore I’m sticking with my third grade mindset of school supplies :).

When I was paired up with Melanie for the Christmas in July Gift Exchange sponsored by my good friend Adrianne, I scoured Pinterest to find the perfect gifts to make for her.  I loved the idea of giving her some kind of a handmade journal, and soon was linked up with a post on something called The Five Year Journal.

I basically found a few variations on the journal.  Some keep a box of index cards, one card for each day of the year, and record a moment from each day, every day for five years.


Others kept a more traditional journal, with pre-printed dates and enough space to add to each day for five years.


Instead of ordering one online somewhere (there are several that you could find out in the good ‘ole world wide web), I decided to make my own using a beautiful bound journal I found at Target and my own handwriting.  Again…ex-teacher here…I’ve been told at times that my handwriting looks like a font on Microsoft Word.

I liked the idea of having some dates just left blank for Melanie to simply write a line about a moment that occurred that day, a reflection, a wish, etc…  Some days have a prompted question to mix things up a bit.  I looked through old journal prompts from my teaching days and of course did some pinning and googling to come up with about 175 prompts.  Soon, I had a good amount of questions and was ready to put the journal together.

Overall, it took about three days to complete the dates and questions.  I did a lot of the writing in front of the TV at night or during little guy’s nap time.

I also included an explanation of the journal in the front inside cover and used a corner punch to fancy it up a bit.

I think this is an excellent gift idea for so many people.  It’s perfect for a new mother wanting to keep a record of the first five years of her little one’s life, a student about to go to college, a newlywed couple reflecting on their first five years of marriage, and so many more!  You could give it for Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Christmas, a birthday, or simply just because.

I hope that Melanie enjoys writing and reflecting in hers for the next five years!  I had so much fun creating it for her!

What about you?  Do you have an odd obsession with school supplies?  Do you keep a journal?  Do you think I’m crazy for handwriting every single day?  Let me know!  I love to hear from my readers!

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  1. says

    So cute Meredith! I love it… I also have an addiction to school supplies… late August has to be one of my favorite times of the year! New notebooks and a fresh box of crayons are two of the best things in the world!

    Wow I just re-read that and realized how lame that sounds. :)

    • waittilyourfathergetshome says

      I totally agree. I have absolutely NO reason to buy any this year, so I have to refrain! haha

  2. says

    I am so with you on the school supplies addiction! This is wonderful! Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday this week. I can’t wait to see what you link up next. Have a great weekend.


  3. says

    Love. Love. Love this!!! I don’t know what else to say about it – it’s such a great idea. I share a similar addiction to notebooks…no idea why, especially “fun” ones.

  4. says

    Ooooh, I love school/office supplies too. They can be so much fun and love your journal idea here. THanks for sharing at our party this week.

  5. says

    I just saw this featured at One Artsy Mama and I just had to come take a look! I have never heard of a 5 year journal….this is such a beautiful idea! {and what a thoughtful gift too!} Pinning to remember this idea!

    • waittilyourfathergetshome says

      Oh thanks! I’m so glad you like it! Totally make one for yourself or as a gift…it’s such a fun journal!

  6. says

    Oh wow, I love this idea, I have always wanted a five year journal and did not think of making one myself… Where did you get the questions from, do you have a list? I am pinning this for later as well!

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