This week's Dollar Deal is a new product in my shop that has so many great uses: ABC Journal & Photo Cards (original price $2.99).
1. PROJECT LIFE: Obviously the journal and photo cards are sized to work perfectly with the Project Life system, both digitally and traditionally. Use the initials to indicate the day of the week, or use them to indicate the subject of your photos, like I've done in the example above.
2. SCRAP YOUR SUMMER: This is a great way to get your kids involved in documenting their summer vacations. Each time you visit a place or complete an activity (covering the entire alphabet is optional), print one of the photo cards with a photo attached and have them journal about the event.
3. MY LIFE, MY LOVES MINI ALBUM: Cathy Zielske created a great album project based on Amy Krouse Rosenthal's Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, and this concept is basically the same format. These photo cards make it simple to make a mini album documenting, in alphabetical order, all the things you love about your life. Slip the finished pages into a 4x6 photo album, bind them, or have them printed into a hardcover book.
4. WEDDING WISHES: This is a simple wedding idea. Print out the 3x4 cards and place them at the reception table. Have guests write WISHES for the wedding couple on the cards (they can choose a card using their initial, or as I've done, the first letter of the wish they are making). This can also be done for birthdays, Thanksgiving (in place of gratitude cards), or anniversary parties. These cards can be bound into a small album, or they can be slipped into baseball-card page protectors (these normally will hold at least 12 cards per page).
5. TEACHING AIDES: Laminate the cards and slip them onto a binder ring. Give your young child a dry-erase marker and have him/her practice writing all the words that begin with a particular letter. For older children, print the journal cards on sturdy cardstock and use as a place to record often misspelled words.
6. SCAVENGER HUNT: Add images of common objects you might find on vacation, for example, to the photo cards and print them out. Have your kids keep track of all the times they see this object, or have them record when and where they see it -- this would work well for a zoo or aquarium trip.
7. A-Z READING CHALLENGE: Goodreads has a number of great reading challenges, and the photo cards would make a great way to complete and record the A-Z reading challenge. The goal is to read one book for every letter of the alphabet. Use the journal cards to record your thoughts, or add the book cover to the photo cards. The best part? These cards are color-coordinated with my Reading Freebie.
8. GUESTBOOK: If you have lots of houseguests, printing out the journal cards and keeping them tucked in a little box where guests can pull one out and sign it, with a short note, before they leave is a great way to keep a memory of their visit. To make the memory even more visual, add a photo on the back side of the card.
9. FAMILY INFORMATION: Use the cards to record birthdays, anniversaries, or other important dates. Record phone numbers, addresses, and other information. Print out the photo cards with a picture of each family member at the start of a school year, and record basic school information (schedule, extracurriculars, teachers, etc.)
10. BE CREATIVE! I want to hear how YOU would use these cards! Leave a comment below and let me know your fun ideas. I'll choose a response using random.org, and the winner will get a $10.00 gift certificate to my shop. All comments must be posted by midnight on Thursday night (EST).