I love the idea of keeping a journal for my kids. I love that it gives me a way to describe how much I adore them. I love that it's something they can look back on, to understand more about how awesome they were when they were little.
But! Here are some things I know about me: I just can't make an in-depth record that chronicles every detail of their lives. I like simple and casual. If I made things too complicated, I would not do it. Also, I like photos and need an excuse to print more of them.
It's taken some time to figure out but this way of recording their history seems to be working for me. It's casual, picture-crazy, a little goofy, and fun to do. Win-win!
The pictures are just printed on plain printer paper so they glue into their existing journals easily. I've used regular (acid-free!) glue sticks and the little double-sided strips of scrapbooking sticky tape to fasten photos to the page, and both work great...though I have yet to see which one truly stands the test of time. I write to the kids like it's a letter, and I draw on and around their pictures with words and doodles that add meaning. It's seriously so fun!
Fun + Simple = Something I Enjoy Maintaining.