Crafts from my heart to yours!



Last year we had a sleepover for our girls at church.  We wanted them to do a craft that was tied into our motto for the year “Keeping the Peace In!”  And we really wanted something that they would use during the year.

With guidance from my pre-teen granddaughter I developed a memory book that combined secular and Christian elements.  I choose to include spaces to record favorites – color, tv show, song, etc. and other secular matters instead of just making a prayer journal to increase the likely hood that the girls would use the journal on a regular basis.  It also has a scripture reference for almost every page of the journal.

The girls were to do some of the journaling at the sleepover but most of it was for them to do at home.  There is also plenty of room to glue in photos and keep a daily journal.

I found single subject notebooks after the start of school for 20 CENTS each.  At that price I thought we could not do better.  Because we were limited in time one of my helpers cut and glued the journal inserts into the notebooks.  You could also not cut the insets but put them in a pronged folder.  We also gave the girls a pen on a rope so they could each have a pen they could keep up with to work in their memory books at the sleepover.

To fit our theme for the sleepover I had lots of material, scrapbook paper, large foam shapes, foam stickers, etc. with a peace symbol theme.


  • Single subject notebooks or 3 prong folder
  • Scrapbook paper (letter sized sheets)
  • Fabric
  • Ribbon & trim: rick-rack, lace, etc.
  • Embellishments: foam stickers, buttons, etc.

Also Needed

  • Pinking Shears
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • White craft glue
  • Journal inserts
  • Pen


Photo 1: Assemble supplies. Print out insert and make copies. Cut out and glue in the journal inserts. This allows it time to dry before you are ready to write in it.

Photo 2: Cut a piece of fabric with pinking shears about 3 inches larger than the notebook cover.

Photo 3:Apply a thin layer of glue with a glue stick (a glue stick holds the fabric on GREAT!).Lay the fabric on the front of the cover putting the edge by the spiral wire down first (lay it flush against the spiral).Press down to remove any air pockets or wrinkles.

Photo 4: Pull fabric edges around to the back side of the front cover and glue down.

Photo 5: Cut a letter sized peice of scrapbook paper or cardstock to fit with zigzag scissors (covers the fabric edges).

Photo 6: Glue the paper down by lining it up with the outer edge of the inside of the cover.

Photo 7: Apply a thin line of white craft glue to the fabric edge on the front cover.Cut the ribbon about 10 to 12 inch peice inches loneger than needed and allow this to hang over the top to function as a bookmark. This tip comes from my granddaughter! Embellish the front with rick-rack, stickers, etc.

Photo 8: Open cover and lay flat to dry.








  • If you are pressed for time, have the inserts glued in before the event.
  • Or have the girls write on the inserts first and then glue them in.
  • If you are going to use scrapbook paper; roughly cut it to fit the cover, glue down and then trim around the edges.


Copy and paste into a word processing program.  Then insert spaces to make book pages.  Customize for your use.

girl’s sleep-over

memory book

__________ __, ____

“keeping the peace in”

“May the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7.


You may think you will always remember the time that… or how about the time that… or what your favorite song was when you where you were 12 or that your favorite food was fried chicken or, nah!, SOME things NEVER change!  But the more you grow, the more you will know and some of this “stuff” will get lost or will change (some of it).  We all like to “tell stories” about when we were younger, that’s because that’s how these memories making it into our long term memory, through repetition and make well – MEMORIES THAT LAST A LIFETIME.  That’s what this book is about, that and a fun way to pass the night (who did fall asleep first at the sleepover and got whipped cream in their…), putting some memories to paper – and permanence.


For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

All About Me

My name is ________________________________________   ________________________________________     ________________________________________ .  I get my name from: _______________________________________.

I am also known as (nick-name/s):  ___________________________________________ or, ____________________________________________ or,  ___________________________________________ or,  ___________________________________________ or,  ___________________________________________ or,  ___________________________________________ even or ,___________________________________________.   My Birthdate is ________________ I am _____________ years old.  I was born in ______________________________________ Medical Center/Hospital in _______________________________________________, ______________________________________________

I live in __________________________________________, ___________________________________________________.

Describe your town, neighborhood, rural community in 10 words or less:

I also have lived in these towns & states: ____________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________.

If lost please return to me:  My cell:___________________________________________

My e-mail addy________________________

My Physical “Stats”:   Height: _____________    Weight: ___________ (on the moon●)    Shoe Size: ___________

Eyes Color: _________________Hair Color: _________________I wear it: __________________________________________________________.

I have _________ sisters and _________ brothers.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14

My Friends

Name She/He is special to me because…… Our favorite things to do together are: We have been friends since:

A friend is loving at all times, and becomes a brother (sister) in times of trouble. Proverbs 17:17








Room of the House:

God, who is really in control of everything in your life, simply wants to be your partner. When you choose to become a partner with God, you will experience the “peace of God.”

My   School

I go to:   __________________________________________________________________.
I am in the   _____ grade.  My favorite subject is:   _______________________________.
My favorite   teacher is Mr./Mrs. ____________________________ who teaches _________________________.
5 things I love about school:
5 School Activities I like to do:

Psalm 119:165 Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.

My Church

I go to: _____________________________________________.  I have been going there for ___ years.

My pastor Is: ____________________________________________________.

My Sunday School Teacher Is: ____________________________________________________.

My Team Kid Leaders are:

My favorite Bible story is: ____________________________________________________.

My favorite Bible verse is: ____________________________________________________.

5 things I love most about church:

5 church Activities I like to do:

The one thing I ask of the LORD–the thing I seek most–is to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, delighting in the LORD’s perfections and meditating in his Temple.  Psalm 27:4

Book Ends

My favorite book is: —————————————————————-

I ____like or ___ don’t like reading because:

Books I have read this year:

Books I want to read this year:

I like stories that are

  • Funny
  • Short
  • Scary
  • True
  • Mysteries
  • ___________________.

Movie Magic

I like movies that:

  • Are Scary.
  • Teach Me A Lesson.
  • Are Funny.
  • Are Sad.
  • Inspire Me.
  • _________________________________.

My Top Five All-time Favorite Movies Are:

My Five All-time Least Favorite Movies Are:

It costs _______________ for admission to the movies.

Popcorn & a coke costs _________.

The person in a movie I’d most like to be like is _______________________________ in __________________________.

The person in a movie I’d like to look like is _______________________________ in __________________________.

The best lesson I have learned from a movie is:

Sing, Sing A Song

My Favorite Group Is:

My 5 top favorite songs are:

My 5 top least favorite songs are:

This song, _________________________________________________, is close to my heart because:

My Favorite Christian Group Is:

My 5 top favorite Christian songs are:

My 5 top least favorite Christian songs are:

This Christian song, ________________________________, is close to my heart because:

In T.V. Land

Five TV Shows That are popular now are:






My favorite is: ___________________________________________________________.

It stars: _________________________________________________________________.

I will always remember the time this happened:

A Road Less Traveled….

My Favorite Trip This Year Was:

We Went By:

  • Car
  • Plane
  • Foot
  • ___________________

Other Places I Have Visited This Year Are:






My “Dream Vacation” Would Be:

My Feelings

When I am: I do this:
Tired I   sleep until noon.

No Matter What, This can always make me laugh _______________________________


Three things I scared of are:

Three reasons I get grumpy are:

I am grateful for:


  • Save scraps of strings.  Someday strings everywhere will thank you.  Whatever strings are anyways.

Oh, It’s So Good!

My Five Favorite Foods Are:

The Foods I Dislike Most Are:

Foods I Once Hated But Now Like Are:

I Am Allergic To These Foods:

  • I Am Lucky Enough To Not Be Allergic To Any Foods.


I Want To Be:

  • A Rock Star.
  • A Teacher.
  • A Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.
  • Another Year Older And Deeper In Debt.
  • ______________________________.

I Plan To Go To:

  • Trade School.
  • College.
  • The Kitchen For More Ice Cream With Hot Fudge.
  • Any State My _____________ Is Not In!

I Am Good At _________________________________.

I Am Not Good At ___________________________________________________ (But I Keep Trying).

New Living Translation (©2007) You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!


What are three adjectives that describe you?

What is the nicest thing anyone has ever said to you?

What do you say when you talk in your sleep?

What is your biggest phobia?

If you were invisible what would you do?

If you were an animal what would you be?

What was your last dream about?

What is one thing about you that no one here knows?

SleepOver Facts!

This Is Who Came To The Sleepover:

Who Was Voted “Best In Pajamas”: ___________________________

Who Went To Sleep First?: ________________________________

Who Went To Sleep Last?: ________________________________

Who Won The “Beauty Pageant”: _____________________________

What Did You Have Done At The Party?:

  • Manicure.
  • Pedicure.
  • Mani – Pedi, Of Course!
  • Hair.
  • Make-Up.
  • The Works!

What Did U Eat?: __________________________________________

What Did U Drink?: ________________________________________

The Make Your Own Best Ever

“What To Do At A SleepOver?” Checklist

The SleepOver is done when you’ve checked everything off, all the food is gone or everyone is comatose!

⃝  Do Each Other’s Hair

⃝  Do Makeovers

⃝  Eat Junk Food

⃝  Eat Popcorn

⃝  Have A Fashion Show

⃝  Have Pillow Fights

⃝  Look Up Your Weight On The Moon

⃝  Make Cookies

⃝  Play “Test Your Taste Buds”

⃝  Play Freeze Dance

⃝  Play ________________

⃝  Play The “Mummy Wrap” Game

⃝  Share Your Favorite Bible Verses

⃝  Share Your Testimony

⃝  Stay Up All Night

⃝  Take Millions Of Pictures

⃝  Talk

⃝  Talk Some More

⃝  Talk About Guys

⃝  Tell Scary Stories

⃝  Tell Secrets

⃝  Watch Movies

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.  Ecclesiastes 3:1


Now take photos of u and ur friends doing things and paste them in ur memory book.  Here are some suggestions to get u started.  Cut (the old fashioned way) the title and paste it under the photo in ur book!

Photos of Me & My Friends Eating Ice Cream

Photos of Me & My Friends Being Silly

Photos of Me & My Friends Wearing Disguises

Photos of Me & My Friends With Our Pillow Pets

Photos of Me & My Friends Studying Our Bibles

Photos of Me & My Friends As Clowns

Photos of Me & My Friends With One Friend Sleeping

More Photos of Me & My Friends

Still More Photos of Me & My Friends

Even More Photos of Me & My Friends!


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8 thoughts on “DIY GIRL’S MEMORY BOOK

  1. This is so awesome. I’m going to do one for our Women’s Ministry. Thanks for a great idea.

  2. amybrinager on said:

    This is a terrific idea! Not only for young girls but you could do a boy version as well 🙂 I love that there is scripture verses in there!!!! I plan on making a couple of these for my kiddos 🙂 They are young but enjoy writing and doodling and I think this is a good learning craft and valuable teaching tool for guiding our young children and youth in the right direction 🙂 Thank you SO much for sharing this!!! I think I will share this with my aunt who teaches a kids bible discovery class on Sunday nights for the youngsters. She could incorporate this with her lessons.. I am super excited about this one 🙂

    • Thanks so much. I’m glad u enjoyed it. I have really been wanting to pass it on ever since I (me and the Lord!) developed it last year.

      I wish I could find the photo of the ones our girl’s group did – but can’t find it anywhere!

  3. amybrinager on said:

    Would you be willing to email me the journal inserts?

  4. Kathie on said:

    Do you have a soft copy of this you can share with me?

Thanks so much for taking time to look at my blog! I would love to hear what you think about my craft project and hear about how your' project turns out.

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