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The Kinship Family Journal is the world's 1st collaborative family journal.  It allows your entire family to document the everyday moments of your life together, creating an authentic family story.
The Kinship Family Journal is the world's 1st collaborative family journal.  It allows your entire family to document the everyday moments of your life together, creating an authentic family story.
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The Kinship Family Journal is the world's first collaborative family journal. It allows your entire family to document the everyday moments of your life together, creating an authentic family story.   

The Kinship Family Journal will guide you through 12 months of life together with an emphasis on recording what your family has done, observing the world around you, and connecting to each other as you experience life as a family. With the help of everyone in the family, you'll create an true family story that will be treasured for generations.  

The simplicity of documenting your life together will blossom into a truly authentic, collaborative project involving every member of the family. Through writing and drawing, each family member documents ordinary moments to build your family story.

The Kinship Family Journal captures your family's story through the perspective of each family member. As each family member participates in documenting your life together a unique and authentic family story will emerge as told by the entire family. 

Something magical happens as we become aware of life's extraordinary ordinary moments. We become more mindful, grateful, and connected as we record and share memories about what we did, what was special and what was funny. You'll love flipping through the pages with your children, recalling memories, and chatting over the tiny (and big) moments of your life together. Deeper connections will develop, both within your family, and to the world around you as you document your life together.

By taking the time to document all the ordinary moments that fill our everyday life, we build an authentic record of our life together, and moment by moment, we are writing our family story.

 In 2016 our family purchased 20 beautiful acres in the Oregon countryside.  All it had was a tiny house and endless potential.  With visions of building our dream home, planting a vineyard and creating a homestead, we did not want to miss a moment of this amazing experience. We were looking for a way to document our story that the entire family could take part in. 

So, I bought a big blank sketchbook and created a journal that all of us could write & draw in as a family.  I was amazed at what happened as each of us started documenting our everyday moments of life together.  

Our original family journal
Our original family journal

I shared a few snapshots of our family journal on instagram and was amazed by the response. That’s when I realized that this journal HAD to exist.

The Kinship Family Journal guides you through 12 months of life together. We've included two very simple but effective ways of recording your family story Monthly calendars, and open pages with thought provoking prompts.

Monthly calendar pages

Most calendars are made for planning, but the Kinship Family Journal calendar is made for recording. The monthly calendars offer plenty of open space to document with a birds eye view of each month. Recording weather, family events, and the first snowman of the year develops a sense of rhythm, time and place and are a joy to look back on. The calendars are undated so you can start your family journal right now!

Monthly calendar page
Monthly calendar page
Monthly calendar page
Monthly calendar page

Open pages with prompts

Following each monthly calendar are ten open pages with prompts. These prompts guide you through documenting your life together with an emphasis on recording what your family has done, observations of the world around you, and the connections you form with each other. 

Some prompts are repeated each month to help you record special moments like:

  • Books we've read & films we've watched
  • Places we've went
  • Things we did
  • Weather observations
  • Birthdays & celebrations
  • And more....

We also add a few unique prompts each month that create fun ways of interacting and capturing each family members personality, including:

  • Self portraits
  • Draw "A day in the life of"
  • We are grateful for...
  • Hand tracings & signatures
  • Our favorite things of the season
  • And more...
Open pages with prompts
Open pages with prompts
Open pages with prompts
Open pages with prompts

Below is a fun video of the Kinship Family Journal in use!  Our entire family jotted down our notes on the "Projects We Did" and "Nature & Weather Observations" pages.  We had done some felting of acorns and imaginary characters for the page on the left and jotted down our notes for the month's outdoor observations. It truly is such a fun and authentic way to capture memories as a family!

  • Beautiful linen wrapped hardcover journal in winter grey
  • Gold foil stamped logo on cover, and title on spine
  • Clean minimal design
  • 9 x 12 inches, allowing lots of room for each family member to draw and write
  • Sturdy 120 gsm acid free paper suitable for writing, drawing, and paint
  • Lay flat design
  • Book ribbon to mark your current month

As a special bonus for our Kickstarter backers, we're including 6 cedar wood pencils with each Kinship Family Journal so you can get started right away! 

1 Kinship Family Journal at special early bird pricing (limited to 100) + 6 engraved cedar wood pencils

2 Kinship Family Journals at special early bird pricing, (limited to 50) + 12 engraved cedar wood pencils

1 Kinship family Journal at special Kickstarter pricing (retail $39) + 6 engraved cedar wood pencils

2 Kinship family Journals at special Kickstarter pricing (retail $78) + 12 engraved cedar wood pencils 

3 Kinship family Journals at special Kickstarter pricing (retail $117) + 18 engraved cedar wood pencils

4 Kinship family Journals at special Kickstarter pricing (retail $156) + 24 engraved cedar wood pencils

We're Danny & Summer Robertson, founders of fawn&forest (a manufacturer and retailer of baby & children's goods), and creators of the Kinship Family Journal. We love creating products that bring families closer together.  We live on 20 acres nestled away in the heart of Oregon wine country with our 4 children. 

Follow us on Instagram @fawnandforest

Thanks to backers like you, the first printing is nearing completion! We're expecting stock to arrive in our warehouse by mid December, leaving time to get you your copy before Christmas! We'll begin shipping as soon as the journals arrive in our warehouse.

Risks and challenges

The Kinship Family Journal is a completely new product. Although we have rigorously tested this product in sample form, it has yet to be released in the hands of consumers. With that, we are open to our backers giving us feedback on quality and possible improvements.

The only challenge we foresee is related to the unpredictability of overseas shipping timeframes. As of now, we're expecting stock to arrive by mid December. Our hope is to be able to fulfill everyones orders in time for Christmas but unfortunately cannot guarantee it.

Potential issues that could cause a delay in shipping are; port strikes, port congestion, customs delays, or general delays in overseas shipping transit time.

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