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Se7en’s Project A Day: Journaling…

August 2nd, 2013 · 11 Comments

I am a firm believer that our days should include a little writing, a little creating, a little fresh air and a heap of reading, in fact there are a number of habits that we would like to install in our daily lives. Often folks say that if you want to begin a new habit then you have to do it for twenty-one days and if you can keep up a habit for a month then it should be established and your new habit should slot into your routine with ease… And so began our “Project A Day” Adventure… So far we have done Se7en’s Drawing a Day Project… and Se7en’s Painting a Day Project…

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Now I have always wanted to keep a journal with my kids and while they enjoy a little writing… we never last long at it, and it certainly isn’t a habit of ours… so over the next month we are going to be doing a little journaling everyday… Not so much writing as creating… Starting each day with a blank page and seeing what we can create on it… a lot of drawing, gathering, sticking, painting… and writing of course. The point is not so much to create a book, or to develop the discipline of writing pages and pages of words… but to make a record, a snapshot of time… when the shortest person won’t have more than a small drawing on the page and the oldest a whole array of words – and then everything in between!!!

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The point is to intentionally take a little time everyday and create something, a memory sparked, an idea elaborated on… it isn’t for show and it isn’t a command performance. If some folk wander away from the table that is okay and it we can;t get to it every angle day… then that is okay too. The idea is to keep at it and see if we can spark the heart of a young journaled or two.

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So we did some brainstorming around the table and we created a list of things we would like to pop into our journals over the next month… We split them into Se7en Themes:

  1. Monday Maps
  2. Tuesday Travelings
  3. Wednesday Words
  4. Thursday Three Things
  5. Friday Families
  6. Saturday Scavenge
  7. Secret Sundays


#Se7ens Journaling A Day…

Day 1: Thursday Plot and Plan, grab a notebook and supplies…
Day 2: Friday Describe/Draw your own family right now.
Day 3: Saturday Wander through your garden and collect some natural finds, pop some flowers in the flower press.
Day 4: Sunday Whatever you like and use a Code…

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Day 5: Monday Map your favourite outing… the library, the store, the beach…
Day 6: Tuesday Pack your backpack…
Day 7: Wednesday Colourful Words…
Day 8: Thursday Things you use every day
Day 9: Friday Quiz your mom or dad about their childhood…
Day 10: Saturday Collect your favourite colour from pamphlets, magazines, any snippets…
Day 11: Sunday Don’t forget to Code something special…

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Day 12: Monday Map your house…
Day 13: Tuesday Send yourself a Post card from your favourite holiday spot…
Day 14: Wednesday Make a feast of words…
Day 15: Thursday Three favourite items of clothes…
Day 16: Friday “Send” a letter to your grand-child…
Day 17: Saturday Go on a fabric scrap hunt… threads, fabrics, wool, felt… scraps…
Day 18: Sunday It is a code day… pop down a dream…

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Day 19: Monday Map your town…
Day 20: Tuesday If you could go anywhere…
Day 21: Wednesday Watery Words…
Day 22: Thursday Three most useful things…
Day 23: Friday Write a letter to your grandparent, ask them some questions…
Day 24: Saturday Hunt for interesting snippets… candy wrappers, ticket stubs, gift wrap, stickers…
Day 25: Sunday Keep on coding…

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Day 26: Monday Map your garden… maybe using something you popped into the flower press earlier.
Day 27: Tuesday Tourist in your own town…
Day 28: Wednesday Yourself…
Day 29: Thursday Three treasures…
Day 30: Friday Do you have an imaginary family?
Day 31: Saturday Scavenge any interesting flat treasures that you can pop into your journal.

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There you go… 31 Projects to keep you busy. You are welcome to join us anytime… for a day or two, or one or twice a week… or even for the full 31 days… If you do join in then let us know, you can find us on Instagram @se7en_hoods. Tag your photographs, #se7ensprojectaday or #se7ensjournalingaday We would love to see you play along!!! Wishing you heaps of fun and creating all the way through August…

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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 lisa // Aug 2, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    THANK YOU so much for this project! You are so awesome to share, this is ANOTHER Se7en month long project that we will be doing.

  • 2 Chris H // Aug 3, 2013 at 7:56 am

    What a great way to inspire creative writing!!!

  • 3 se7en // Aug 3, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Oh, So glad you like it Merrin… we are just getting stuck in and I think we are going to love it!!! I love projects that I can do with my kids!!! Hope you have a fun weekend!!!

  • 4 Kelly Pardee // Aug 6, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    I like the map!!! great ideas.

    Thank you.

  • 5 Se7en's Fabulous Friday Fun #183 - se7en // Aug 10, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    […] we spent the week immersed in our a new journaling project… I think I have discovered my kids’ life calling. They couldn’t be pulled away, and we […]

  • 6 Tammy // Aug 11, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Oooh show more photos….. i want to do this!

  • 7 se7en // Aug 11, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Hi Tammy, we are all loving this project and spending ages on it!!! I will post more about it later on in the week!!!

  • 8 The Week That Was - 6.6 - se7en // Aug 15, 2013 at 2:43 am

    […] It is good, it leaves all the other kids free to pursue whatever they want to without too much overseeing… free to just be. And everyone is working really, really hard on our Journal a Day Project… […]

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    […] Click on the image if you would like to see the original post. […]

  • 10 Se7en + 1 are Discovering the "Then-a-Days…" - se7en // Aug 23, 2013 at 2:17 am

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    […] a Project a Day for the last couple of months, we have had a drawing a day, a painting a day… and a journal a day project… and this month’s project is a word a day […]

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