Journal Gallery

To find the right journaling system for you might take some trial and error. Don’t be afraid to try multiple systems — try electronic instead of paper, paper instead of electronic, a stack of post-its instead of a bound journal, a clipboard, or an app. As long as it works for you, that’s all that matters.

Posts about journaling:

Documenting children’s work: pre-project

Project journal: Parent’s

Inside my project journal

Mapping their journey

Advice for active journaling

Taking time to look

And here are some PBH journals to jumpstart your ideas!

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Sometimes I make notes directly into my journal, but usually I write on post-its and just stick them in. Later, I go through them and transcribe them and maybe add photos — this is when I reflect and plan. The notebook is a Rhodia Graph Reverse (you can have the spiral at top or side). The photos are just printed out on plain copy paper on a laserprinter. — Lori

I wrote more about my journal in these posts:

Project journal — parent’s

Inside my project journal

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This journal was a simple bound sketchbook, approximately 5.5 x 8.5 inches, bound on the short side.

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Here’s my sketchy little system. It’s plain as can be — no color pens or photos yet — and it’s gotten wet, too. But it is helping me to pay attention, and that's invaluable. :) — Suzie

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The girl and I made a trip to Colombia, her first trip off the North American continent! She watched me updating the journal and asked to participate in it. — HSofia

Materials: Purple gridded softcover Moleskine

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I am now on my third journal. I started one for my writing. — HSofia

Materials: Leuchtturm large hardcover squared journal

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Printing out pics to add to our journal. — GreenKitchen

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While away from home, I have worked on my journaling and, though it’s a work in progress, it always will be. And that’s awesome.

I finally took a few pictures of it…

The cover, which is a page out of a magazine with a post-it on top.

My only page of photos I have so far, from the first day of class!

A double page that my dear little 2-year-old drew on without my even asking!

My environment planning page, where I’m working from my memory of what my house is like!


Materials: Three-ring binder, loose-leaf paper

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I have a small journal for notes on a daily basis as well as some brain dump type writing. That’s the first two pictures. It is one of the small 3x5 moleskines. Then I have a larger journal, full 8x10 for transcribing and adding pictures.

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I start off taking notes in my personal journal (my personal journal is my catch-all book — I think of it as a combination of a “commonplace book” and a journal) and transfer them over to the project journal that I have going for Kai.

This was during his knight project. He’s thinking about extending into castles and such, but this was specifically during the time when he was designing and building weapons and armor.

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My journal is a composition book I had in my stash from last year’s back-to-school clearance sales. There is NO pressure this way. No messing up a pretty journal. I’m just writing in it. Figuring out my system. When I realize later how I want to organize my future notes and break things up for different projects and different kids and all of that, I’ll buy a really nice book. For now, the cheap, ugly notebook works, because I can’t mess it up.  :)


Michelle has blogged about PBH journaling here:

Documenting and forward motion

Planning less, doing more

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Here are some pics from my PBH journals. They are nothing fancy, all in $1 composition books and a bit messy, but, most importantly, it is simple, so I can keep on top of the habit of updating. I take a lot of photos and find I prefer this over a lot of writing as it is easier for me to scan back through later. (And as a photographer I tend towards photos over writing anyway)

I started printing photos on regular paper, but the process of cutting them just slowed me down and stalled my habit, so I bought 4 x 6 paper and am able to plug the camera card directly into our printer and can quickly chose, print, and tape in a short period of time. Anything longer just doesn't get done! (The color isn’t necessary and, while it uses more ink, it keeps my inkjets from clogging, so saves some by not having to clean the nozzle heads).

My routine is to write brief notes directly into the notebook, leaving space when I think one of the photos will fit. Immediately, or soon after project time, I print the photos, then when my toddler goes down for nap I tape them in and make a few more notes and highlight things to get, questions that came up or things to think about. Both kids are in the same book as the baby will often join in with his sister and it also saves me having too many parts to juggle. 

As always, a work in progress that changes with us.


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I document the PBH goodness in the kids’ Moleskine journals. — Carrie

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Check out the bullet journal: