Rather than buy dad an expensive card each year for Father’s day create an ongoing gift jounal and have your children complete a page each year.


  • 1 Journal or note book of your choice (mine is a photo album I bought recently at Kikki K)
  • Photo adhesives (archival quality)
  • Variety of decorative papers


  1. Rather than buy dad an expensive card each year create an ongoing gift jounal and have your children complete a page each year. This will create a beautiful keepsake to look back on as children grow and the years pass. Find a good quality journal or note book as you want this gift to last for many years. Personalise and decorate the front cover. Perhaps include a photo of daddy with his children.
  2. Begin the first entry with personalised artwork, photo or poem. Pinterest is a great source of inspiration. For my first entry I used the ink pad on scrapbook paper to make a heart using our daughter's footprints. Attach the paper to the journal with the photo and ensure it is archival quality to make sure no damage is done over the years with inferior quality tape. Decorate the page with stickers and children may choose to write their name.
  3. Wrap up and give to dad. Remember to complete a new entry each year. If you have a few children perhaps they can each complete one page each or have their own book to fill up.


So we had a nice set, at the same time I made a matching Mother's Day journal. You may want to do the same and give it to your husband each year two weeks before Mothers Day so that he can assist children to complete a page. No sense missing out on all the fun and I'm sure it's something your husband wouldn't think of.

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  • mom150983
    • 20 Aug 2015
      4:12 pm

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  • Journals make a lovely momento!


  • That’s beautiful! Such a thoughtful gift. I always enjoy going through things my kids have written over the years. My heart swells and I’m reminded how much I love them


  • Super cute. I might make this for mum and dad for their annoversary


  • Cute !


  • What a great idea! I used to buy my kids a journal each year and I would fill in a page before giving it to them. I would list friends, what they were up to at that stage in life, how school was going etc. I’ve still got a few of those pages, it’s so good going back and reading them


  • sooo very cool. amazing idea… just in time for fathers’ day. thankyou


  • This is a really brilliant idea. Thank you!


  • I love this! Such a great idea to keep everything in the one place, rather than have cards that get lost!


  • What a beautiful idea.


  • A lovely keepsake, thanks for sharing!


  • What a great gift for Father’s Day it’s cute.


  • That would make the memories last forever and great for multiple children

    • Hand prints and foot prints would be awesome to put in there for memory keepsake


  • Father’s day present in the making. Thanks


  • Great idea and good present for dad.


  • Such a wonderful and thoughtful idea, my daughter would love to make this for her father. It would be so special to both of them as my husband works really long hours and is very rarely home.


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