Happy Friday!

Yay! It’s Friday!

We had early out yesterday, because of parent-teacher conferences and there is no school for the kids today– so, we will be hanging out as a family! I am not sure what we are going to do just yet, but I know I should at least do some laundry 😉

The other day I saw a great idea on Pinterest- a notebook that a mother and daughter wrote in, trading off- letters to each other or whatever.  The idea was pinned from mama-jen, who got it from a homeschool mommy, who got it from another person…you get the idea 😉  However, if it weren’t for Pinterest, I probably would not have seen this idea–

Oh…did you know I Pinterest?

I love pinning… if you haven’t heard of it, it’s a fun little place to virtually ‘pin’ all of the awesome things you find online, and you can add your own creations or pictures too! You can organize your ‘pins’  into different categories- for example I have categories like: baking, home decor, kids, my style, favorite quotes, etc.   You should check it out– here’s my Pinterest!
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ANYWAY–back to the notebook 🙂

I fell in LOVE with this idea– because I love to write–especially good ol’ fashioned handwritten notes.  I love the smell of ink, the feel of the paper as it bends under my pen– and I love the emotion that can be felt through a few handwritten words.

I wrote several letters to Alexis before she was born, and I write quick notes to her on her scrapbook layouts- so that one day when she really needs it, she can go to those letters and see my love spelled out for her.

Like me, my daughter also loves to read and write- though she is still learning the concepts of writing, I think now is the perfect time to start this project.   Maybe, it will become a tradition through her life- and one day she’ll share it with her own daughter.

So, I took a regular, old composition notebook- and covered it in yummy paper- The polka dot paper is Bo Bunny.  

 I then inked the edges with a cream acrylic paint dauber, and used Tim Holtz tissue tape and black ribbon.  The “You & Me” title is from the Echo Park Victoria Garden collection, along with the green paper I used for the envelope  I made the envelope to fit a 2×3 picture of Alexis and myself.


To make the envelope, I just folded paper in thirds, and folded a small section up at the bottom, adhering it together- then I used a circle punch, to punch out a half circle at the top.

The “2011” was die cut from Tim Holtz Vintage Market alphabet die, in cream card stock, and then I added tiny little rhinestones.  🙂

I added a little tag, found in the office section of most stores- and simply wrote our names 🙂


Here’s the inside of the book

I love this damask paper from the same Echo Park line- along with the bookplate and stickers that read, “Notes” and “Life is better with you in it”


I also added a couple of tabs, to the pages, and this cute little ribbon pen holder, which was super-easy.

Just loop ribbon around a pen, to measure the diameter, and then staple onto the back–voila. 🙂 I think she’s going to love this feature!



Here is the back of the notebook- which was covered in pink Echo Park paper, and then topped with Tim Holtz tissue tape-  my daughter loves music- so, I think she will like the back of the notebook as well 🙂

I can’t wait to write my first letter to her in this notebook– and I can’t wait to someday maybe do this with my son! 🙂

Have a great Friday everyone!



  • I am SO doing this for my boys and can’t wait to do it with my girls. How great it will be and hopefully keep some communication up as we enter the pre-teen years. TFS!

  • This is extremely cheesy but when I was in HS, my bf and I had a notebook that we would write letters to each other in and pass back and forth in the hallways between classes and before and after school….we didn’t “craft” it, but just funny how this brought back that distant memory! I hope you and your daughter make the most of it!

  • i just made a book like this for my sister who just had her first baby, i sent it to her before she went in the hospital so she could journal her sons beginings. lots of fun

  • I love making these notebooks but, I have never thought of adding tabs for the pages and the pen holder is fantastic. I think I will be making one of these for my daughters for her school journal. thanks for the idea.

  • Sarah, what a lovely, lovely idea, and BEAUTIFUL, too. Too bad I didn’t think about that when my kids were little. Oh well, it probably slipped my mind with all the craziness that happens raising 5 kids LOL! I will try it with my lil grandson when he is older.

  • This is beautiful! I love to decorate my notebooks! Bonds between mothers and daughters are priceless! I love Pinterest!!

    ~Vanessa W

  • I love the notebook. It seems to be the trend right now, I’m seeing a lot of different books for journalling. I should get myself organized enough to finally start one. 😉

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