How To Make Family Meeting Notebooks

Oh, man, I love a good family meeting! Whether it's held to determine how best to spend a beautiful weekend, what to buy/make for family Christmas presents, or how everyone's feeling about moving into a new home, a family meeting is the perfect chance to hash things out, express concerns, brainstorm, eat pretzels, and figure things out as a family — and official notebooks make it even more fun!

I was planning on buying a 3-pack of classic ruled notebooks by Moleskine (the brown paper stitched ones), but didn't want to spend $14 on this project. I held out, and was thrilled to find even cuter notebooks at Muji for $1.50/each (they're $1.25 online). I bought 3, and debated how to best letter them. 

I don't own stencils (why don't I own stencils!) but did find a set of vinyl letters in my craft supplies. If they were grey I would have used them as-is, but I didn't like the stark black with the nice grey binding. Instead, I traced the letters with pencil, moving them from one notebook to the next as I went. I was able to keep reusing all the letters except for the Ms, which ripped. I then filled in the block letters, a process that I must admit I found VERY boring. Each notebook has a blank line for the owner to write their name, though they are of course more than welcome to write, draw, and customize their notebooks to their heart's content. 

I'm so looking forward to filling these with lists, ideas, drawings, secret hopes and fears, gift ideas, surprises, and so much more. They'll be a record of our family!

(Images: Tess Wilson)