Documenting Character Traits with Jess Forster

Hands up if you’re a fan of writing notes to you kiddos? Journaling love letters to my children is a technique that I often use in my layouts. When I saw three, 3″ x 4″ bright teal journaling tags in the January 2019 Kit, I was inspired to document some of the character traits that are emerging in my daughter! Have a look:

Supplies | January 2019 Kit, January Labels, So Loved Shipping TagsHappiness Found Stickers, Sweetheart Puffy StickersBlack and White Polka Dot Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Wood Veneer Hearts, Love You Acrylic

In this 9″ x 12″ double pocket page layout, I highlighted my daughter’s patience and flexibility she displayed during a recent family adventure one Saturday afternoon. Simple details of that September 2018 outing were recounted on the “important notes” 3″ x 4″ journaling tag. 

I loved the photo of my daughter doing a full backbend so much that I enlarged it to 9″ x 12″. Using the “photo details” journaling tag, I noted the photo symbolism about “being flexible” in both body and mind. I wrote from a present day perspective, reflecting & telling a deeper story of how far my girl has come in these last 5 months.  My daughter is on the autism spectrum, and patience and flexibility are two character traits my husband and I are actively trying to help her cultivate. I am so happy that she has real amazing moments of being easy going and calm. 

Lastly, on the teal, 3″ x 4″ bullet journaling card, I noted some of daughter’s other values or behaviours that we are noticing. I wanted to acknowledge and positively reinforce them. Jotting down simple traits in a list, also helps to expand the layers of the story I am telling. 

Hooray for black, white and teal colour combinations as well as telling a story from a variety of vantage points! I hope I have inspired you to document your own, or your children’s character traits that are emerging within your family. 

Thanks for looking and thank you to Elle for making cheerful journaling tags that encourage us to tell stories! 

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