I debated whether or not to share these next couple posts because I have already done a couple of posts about the FamilySearch 52stories project: see here and here. This project, however, is one that I have grown to love over the last year.
All last year on the FamilySearch Instagram account a writing prompt was posted each week. I didn't always get around to writing about it that week. In fact, it took me a little while to figure out how I wanted to organize document these prompts, but I would take a screenshot of the prompt and save it. When I decided on a simple Moleskine notebook (5"x 8.5"), I started organizing the prompts to be printed and added to the journal. It was a very simple format because I just wanted to be able to write a few thoughts. I added a prompt, which I printed on sticker paper and each page after cutting them out and then I would write. Sometimes I would write one a week, other times I would fill in all several prompts in one sitting.
Sometimes I would add a little decorative doodle, most times not. I didn't always finish when I started and will need to go back and fill in. It's been a relaxed and simple project. At the end of the year I had nine pages of prompts sitting on my hard drive, and that doesn't do anyone any good. So a couple of emails to FamilySearch and Kensie Smith, the designer of the prompts) and I have received permission to share the files with you.
Download Akimball_52stories_2016 (zipped jpg)
I printed the pages on sticker paper here on my home computer. It's not the best quality, but it was good enough. I think if I were going to do it for a gift I would have it printed at a local print shop, so the colors are more vibrant.
I also extracted all the text and created a png file for each prompt. Printing in color is not always possible or economical, so I hope that the png files will allow you to print and customize in a manner that works for you. Kensie's handwriting is fantastic, and you can find more of her work on her website here.
Download Akimball_B&Wpng (zipped png files)
As part of a giveaway for a conference, this past fall FamilySearch printed these darling 3x3 mini books. At the end of each day, I would find a couple left in my apron upon returning home. So today I have six mini books to give away to you. Just leave a comment telling me which story you want to tell, and you will be eligible for the drawing. Winners will be announced on Friday, February 1 when matching 2017 prompts will go live.