Family Goals – A Flat Mini Book!

(This post is part of my Onwards and Upwards Blog Event)

So yesterday I shared some of my personal goals, and my kids goals. Now it’s time for my husband’s, and our family’s, goals!

Me and husband Alex don’t talk enough really. We watch too much telly, and I do too much blogging! So it’s good that he has now joined the Positive Planning group, that I have been doing with my friends Rosie and Ali for 17 months. I talked about Positive Planning during my Organisation Celebration event last June – you can see it HERE. Basically we meet once a month and talk about our short term and long term goals, and then set tasks to help us complete them. A couple of months ago Alex and Rosie’s husband David joined the group so they could start making plans too!

It’s been interesting to hear my husband’s goals, and to talk more to him about my own – I have told him about some things before but perhaps not got them across quite so well  as I do when my friends are there to help the discussion! Here’s some of Alex’s goals:

– Sorting out the office at work

– Having a Lads night out

– Clearing out the garage

– Making money by fixing stuff and selling it on Ebay (he’s good at this, he’s fixed Wiis, Playstations and TV’s, and he’s working on some Sat Navs now.)

Sharing goals with family members or friends is a great way to help you achieve them. Me and Ali helped Alex sort the garage a bit a couple of weeks ago, and we’re working on the other things too!

I thought it would be good to make a mini-book with some of our family goals, things that will affect me, Alex, and the kids. I created a flat mini-book so it can be hooked up on the wall or tacked to the fridge!

Family Goals Mini-Book:

Family Goals Mini-Book by Jennifer Grace

The pages inside pull out, and look like this (click the photo to see it larger):


I used mainly my Onwards and Upwards Counterfeit Kit (including the stamps which I used as tabs for the top!), plus some extra journaling cards, stickers, and ephemera. The pages are about living tidier, moving house, maybe fostering one day, family time, big holidays we want to go on, and encouraging each other.

Here’s how to make a mini-book like this for yourself:

Step 1: Cut a sturdy piece of patterned paper down to 6×12″. Cut six 4″ wide by ¼” tall slits evenly spaced on your patterned paper – my first slit is 4″ from the base of the paper, and there is ¾” of patterned paper between each slit. You also need to make ‘pockets’ that are 4½ wide by 4″ tall, that have an opening just along the top edge. I made mine cutting down some envelopes and taping up any edges that shouldn’t be open:


Step 2: Put extra-strong double sided tape on the back of the paper, along the bottom of each slit:


Step 3: Stick the pockets onto this tape, one at a time starting with the bottom one first, making sure the opening of the pocket lines up with the slit:


Step 4: Lift up the envelopes one at a time and put some adhesive along the top edge at the back of the pockets, so they stick together:


Step 5: Put adhesive along the top edge of the top pocket, and then along the bottom of all the other pockets, and around the edges of the patterned paper:


Step 6: Put a piece of cardstock 5¾” x 11½” on top to hold it all together:


Then you just decorate the pages (my pages are 3½” wide by 4½” tall) and the front of your mini-book, and punch a hole at the top if you want one:


And put it somewhere in your home to keep you focused on your goals!

Be Inspired:

Make a flat mini-book

Add some tabbed cards to your next project

Use some pockets to hide something!

What do you think? Do you have someone to discuss your goals with?

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  • Jackie Edwards

    What a lovelym idea….and super to get everyone’s goals!!

    May 12, 2013 at 11:16 am
  • Annie

    That’s brilliant that Alex has joined your group – and I love this style of mini book, I’ve never seen this design before and I can see other uses for it too – thanks for all the ideas and inspiration, I’m really enjoying every post! :o)

    May 12, 2013 at 11:21 am
  • This is such a good idea….actually documenting goals….rather than just thinking about them…..makes it far more likely they’ll get to happen.

    May 12, 2013 at 12:30 pm
  • that is a gorgeous project Jennifer you are so clever thinking up all these ideas! Thanks for the brilliant instructions xxx

    May 12, 2013 at 1:24 pm
  • Love this so much that I’ve pinned it! Well done for getting some positive “family” planning done 😉

    May 12, 2013 at 1:35 pm
  • Julie

    What a neat idea. What is so good about it is that as goals are reached, you can replace them with another. I like that idea.

    I Create Purty Thangs

    May 12, 2013 at 3:17 pm
  • wow love the way this works and looks! Very pretty!

    May 12, 2013 at 3:44 pm
  • sandie

    That’s a great idea Jennifer, keeping a focus and a plan helps with maintaining the motivation an it is good you are doing it with others as this means you are more likely to stick to it. Love the flat mini

    May 12, 2013 at 4:09 pm
  • That is so clever, thanks for the tutorial on how to make it. We’re always telling each other in our family what our goals are, unfortunately my husband doesn’t quite get my hints!!!

    May 12, 2013 at 4:44 pm
  • Heather V

    What a great idea. I always think that goals written down and discussed with others tend to be the ones most often accomplished. This has me thinking I really should make a mini for my own goals! I just graduated from college one week ago today, so now would be the perfect time to do it. Thanks for the inspiration.

    May 12, 2013 at 5:09 pm
  • Pam Sohan

    Love the way you did the book with the tags. Very cool !

    May 12, 2013 at 6:59 pm
  • I’ve never seen one of those mini books before. I absolutely adore the writing in the jars & have pinned that image to remind me to do it with journalling

    May 12, 2013 at 7:04 pm
  • Dawn

    What a fabulous idea, my husband and I are quite good about talking things through, but it’s great to have somewhere to store all your goals in one place!

    May 12, 2013 at 8:16 pm
  • Louise

    I thought that was the cover of a mini book …didn’t realise they were pockets! a lovely idea that can be adapted!
    I’m not one to make too many goals or plan too far ahead. I kinda go with the flo x

    May 12, 2013 at 8:20 pm
  • Becky

    What a lovely idea. My husband and I talk a lot these days as the kids are grown up, one flown the nest and the other at uni. We write down our goals on a scrappyiece of paper and put it on the fridge! This is a lot nicer idea 🙂

    May 12, 2013 at 8:52 pm
  • Marilize K

    That is such a clever idea! This would be a great booklet to make for some personal goals.

    May 12, 2013 at 8:54 pm
  • Bethany Hardy

    You are just full of good ideas…or too much free time. I’m not sure which.

    May 12, 2013 at 9:49 pm
  • This is a great minibook.

    May 12, 2013 at 10:32 pm
  • jengd

    What a great design for a book and a fabulous theme for it! Good luck with your goals- the clutter one is definitely on our household list too!

    May 13, 2013 at 2:38 am
  • I love flat mini-books and just completed one last week using Alison Kreft’s collections

    May 13, 2013 at 2:41 am
  • What a good idea! I live on my own now but keep a note pad with things I gotta do (like vacuuming) and another wish list of goals(like a new kitchen). I’ll try to add some tabbed cards to a upcoming layout.

    May 13, 2013 at 12:05 pm
  • Frances

    Love it.

    May 13, 2013 at 10:33 pm

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