A keepsake journal triples as travel entertainment, art preservation, and a grandparent gift


Jennifer's smart, simple idea for capturing some of her daughter's spontaneous art:

My four year-old loves to draw and color. I found one way to preserve her art — by giving her a journal book full of blank pages. We take her book and crayons everywhere: restaurants, traveling, even shopping. It's portable and a great keepsake once she fills it up. Then I date it and store it or send it to the grandparents as a gift.

I'm a regular user of Moleskine notebooks — the paper is lovely and smooth and they take a serious beating. They'd be great for this sort of thing.

Preserve kid art in decoupage
Kid art as wrapping paper


  1. says

    Love, love this idea. And what’s crazy? I work for a company that makes journals, so I have access readily available! Why didn’t I think of this?! Thanks for the great tip!

  2. says

    Before my children were old enough to write, they journal our vacations with pictures. At the end of the day, they draw the day’s events. I write in the caption and label particular scenes in case we don’t recognize what the it depicts!

  3. says

    That’s a great idea! We already have our son draw in his own art book but we will buy some nice journals for him to make gift books. :D

  4. Parent Hacks Editor says

    Meagan: True — I’m just thinking for archival purposes if one wants these notebooks to last for a long time.