Journals

Sneak Peek of Sermon Notes Journal

I have really enjoyed creating and publishing journals for various reasons. I published reading journals for my daughters to record all of the books they read, adventure writing prompt journals for some writing fun with my daughters, and field trip journals to record all of our field trip adventures.

Below is a picture I took last month. One of my daughters was filling out her field trip journal for the field trip we took at an airport while my other daughter was filling out her reading journal for the latest Who Was book we had read together. (You can see the list of Who Was series books we have read together so far on my Pinterest board here if you are interested.)

Now, I am in the process of publishing a sermon notes journal. I received the proof yesterday. For those of you who don’t know, a proof is the physical copy of the journal (or book) I receive to review before publication. The proof says “Not for Resale” across the front cover, but the actual copies will not have that banner.

Below is a picture of the cover of the sermon notes journal proof. I chose to use a matte finish on the cover, which I think turned out well. All of my other books and journals have had a glossy finish, but I think the matte finish suits this journal better.

This easy-to-carry 5.5″ x 8.5″ softcover sermon notes journal allows the journal owner to record and reflect on sermon notes, prayer requests, upcoming church events, and more. The journal is about 1/2 inch thick and should be small enough to fit inside a Bible case.

I considered publishing the journal as a spiral-bound journal instead of a softcover journal because I thought that would make writing in them even easier during a sermon. Unfortunately, I had some issues with this idea including the fact the cost would be substantially higher.

There is a page for the journal owner to write his or her name. I also included a customizable table of contents. (Journal owners can write the name of the sermon title and/or date of the sermon on the line next to the appropriate sermon number in the table of contents for easy reference.)

I have space for 52 sermons which is enough to write one for each week of the year. I considered doing a few extras for additional sermons around the holidays but decided to stick with 52.

Each of the 52 weeks has the same repeating four pages.

The first page of each week provides space to write the date, speaker, scripture reading, sermon title, upcoming church events, and prayer requests/praise. (The text in the journal appears much clearer than it does in these pictures. Sorry about that.)

The second and third pages of each week provide space for the actual sermon notes and reference verses.

The fourth page of each week has space to write personal application/thoughts from the sermon and further study/read for next week.

The end of the sermon notes journal includes “a call to action”.

I also included a page for all of the image credits for the images I used throughout the sermon notes journal.

There are a few things I would like to update in the sermon notes journal before officially publishing it. My goal is to have it published and available on Amazon by the end of March 2020.

I’ve got some more ideas for other journals, which I hope to create and publish yet this year. I’m also still working on Aah! Blown Away, Crash! with my daughter, the first draft of an adult nonfiction book all about self-publishing basics, and a secret project.

I hope to share information about the secret project with you before the end of this month. Stay tuned! (You are welcome to join my email list to receive a monthly e-newsletter to stay current with all of the fun extras, journals, books, and writing projects.)

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Field Trip Journals Now Available!

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I have been the leader of a homeschool group for a while and have had the opportunity to organize many field trips over the years. I love having my daughters record their field trip experiences, and they have been doing that using free field trip logs I had found years ago.

Unfortunately, all of the individual papers aren’t organized very well, and I couldn’t find logs that included all of the information I wanted to be recorded. So, what did I do? I (finally) created my own field trip journals. I’m excited to announce they are now available for sale on Amazon (here).

The field trip journals offer space to record thoughts before, during, and after up to 24 different field trips. Below is a look at the first two pages.

Field Trip Journal pages 1-2

Check out more of the interior pages on my sneak peek of the field trip journal.

My daughters and I are looking forward to using the field trip journal on our upcoming field trip…a tour at a local airport. I wish I would have created these much sooner!

To your next field trip adventure!

 

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Sneak Peek of Field Trip Journal

My daughters and I have enjoyed going on many field trips over the years. We have toured places such as a sawmill, pigeon farm, goat farm, recycling center, landfill, fire station, apple orchard, pumpkin patch, stores, post offices, police station, state parks, national parks, and more. There are so many places to explore!

Some of the field trips have included hands-on activities such as when we sorted apples at an apple orchard.

sorting apples

Check out these 21 children’s books about apples.

I love having my daughters document the field trips. For the past few years, we have been filling out this free field trip log from The Unlikely Homeschool. This has worked great for us, but I have been wanting an actual journal to keep their field trip records together. And I wanted to be able to record extra information that wasn’t included on the free field trip logs.

So, I created a field trip journal! The proof of the field trip journal has arrived for me to look through before it is officially published. The field trip journal will be available for purchase on Amazon in the near future.

Here is the proof of the field trip Journal. The actual field trip journal will not have a strip across the cover that says “Not for Resale”.

Field Trip Journal

This easy-to-carry 7.5″ x 9.25″ lightweight paperback journal has enough space to record up to twenty-four field trips. Of course, you can do the math. That’s two field trips each month for a year or one field trip each month for two years.

The beginning has space for the journal owner to write his or her name and the dates the journal was started and ended. There is also a customizable Table of Contents. The student can write the field trip name on each of the lines to easily refer to those field trip entries.

field trip journal interior

I also included a list of 33 field trip ideas and space for the student to write field trips to visit in the future. I have been a leader of a homeschool group and planned many field trips over the years, so I have lots of ideas!

There are four repeated pages for each of the field trips. The first two pages include the field trip number and space to fill in information for: where, when, with whom, I already know…, things to bring…, questions to ask, description, my favorite part…, my least favorite part…, and I learned…

Field Trip Journal pages 1-2

The third page provides space to insert pictures or drawings. The fourth page offers space to give a rating and fill in information such as: I should thank…, How did I say thank you, and more information I learned after the field trip.

Field Trip Journal pages 3-4

There are four extra pages in the back of the journal for any additional drawings, pictures, writings, or memorabilia from the field trips. There is also a page to write about the favorite field trip.

I’m looking forward to having my daughters fill their own field trip journals up with all of our future field trips. I wish I had created this field trip journal much sooner!

What was your favorite field trip?

Update: Field trip journals are now available here (affiliate link)!

 

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Adventure Writing Prompt Journal Proof Has Arrived

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The Adventure Writing Prompt Journal proof has arrived!

I ended up changing quite a bit of the interior design since providing a sneak peek of the adventure writing prompt journal, and I am really excited how the interior turned out (even though there are some things I will update before publishing).

I’m not completely satisfied with the front cover because of the shadow from one of the suitcases. (Of course the actual cover won’t say “Not for Resale” on it.)

Adventure Writing Prompt Journal Sneak Peek

I like the back cover, though. I may try to figure out a way to switch the front and back cover suitcases before publishing it. Definitely something I’ll have to experiment with.

Adventure Writing Prompt Journal Sneak Peek

The page for the journal owner’s name remained the same. There is a Table of Contents to easily find each of the 52 adventures.

Adventure Writing Prompt Journal Sneak Peek

There is a letter to the adventure writer that includes a total of 11 writing tips. I did find a few things on these pages that I am going to change before officially publishing.

Each of the 52 pictures for the writing prompts is on a full page.

Adventure Writing Prompt Journal Sneak Peek

Each of the 52 writing prompts has two pages for the writing prompt and lines to write.

A map watermark is on all of the pages that don’t include a picture. I was concerned the watermark was going to be too distracting, but it is subtle enough that I don’t think it is. I’m really glad I was able to figure out how to include it on the pages.

Adventure Writing Prompt Journal Sneak Peek

The back has a section called “Riveting Words to Use” for vocabulary words.

Adventure Writing Prompt Journal Sneak Peek

There’s also a section for the journal writer to write a little bit about his or herself.

Adventure Writing Prompt Journal Sneak Peek

I need to make some changes and reupload the files before The Adventure Writing Prompt Journal can be published. I hope to have it published in the near future.

What is your favorite adventure?

Update: This journal is now available for purchase. Visit the Journals Page for more information.

 

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Reading Journals Now Available for Purchase

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I have been providing some behind-the-scenes information about the Reading Journals I have created, and I’m happy to announce they are now available for purchase!

It’s really fun to see a blank page like this

Blank Sheet Print Screen

turn into something like this

Reading Journals

with some creativity and work.

If you would like to see the interiors of the Reading Journals, please visit this post. As I’ve mentioned before, there are two line width options and multiple cover design choices available.

Thin Ruled Line Cover Options

Here are the reading journal cover options with thin ruled lines.

(You can click on the cover images to take you to Amazon where they are available for purchase.)

         

Wide Ruled Lines Cover Options

Here are the reading journals cover options with wide ruled lines.

(Again, you can click on the cover images to take you to Amazon where they are available for purchase.)

       

I am still working on the Adventure Writing Prompt Journal. I finished the writing prompt text, which I sent to a couple of different people to critique. I also formatted the journal, inserted a Table of Contents, wrote an introduction letter, and tried to upload it.

This Journal Belongs to...

Unfortunately, it won’t let me upload the file for some reason, so I am trying to get that issue resolved. I’m really hoping I’ll be able to figure it out soon. My goal is to have a proof of the Adventure Writing Prompt Journal in my hands by the end of July (National Pickle Month). We’ll see what happens.

Are there any journals you like to use or would like to see created?