2012 Best of My Days Notepad {free download}

The new updated version for 2013 can be found by clicking here.


Last year I shared a little notepad for jotting down one thing that stood out as the best thing from that day. I use these with my kids, but they also make a great little gift for friends, teachers, kids, etc. Here’s what I wrote about it last year:

The idea is simple: write down the best part of your day…each day. At the end of the day when I reflect on what was the best of my day, it is usually not “I answered all the emails in my inbox” or something of that nature. It usually involves still moments cuddling on the couch with a child or something related to relationships in my life.

So many of you have been asking for another one this year…thank you for the extra motivation to get the 2012 version made! I am by not means a graphic designer, nonetheless here you go. There are links at the end to download both versions for your own use.


1. Print the pages onto 8.5 x 11 cardstock and trim each month to be the same size.

2. Punch a hole in the top corner and add a metal ring or something similar. It would be cute to do ribbon or fabric, but you want to be able to flip the pages easily.

3. I used a doily, baker’s twine and coffee sleeves to ‘wrap’ my notepads. For the coffee sleeves, I tore them open, turned them inside out and glued it back together on the back side. Never throw clean coffee sleeves away! I have an entire drawer in my crafting cabinet full of these things. So handy.

This is a super fast project if you are only doing a couple. This little guy worked on Thanksgiving leaves while I worked on the notepads. Each time I post a craft with my kitchen table in it, someone asks about the table. I usually don’t get around to answering. So…for those that are curious. It is a concrete table top on a wood base. I don’t have a tutorial for it. Our friend Tim Paslay built it with Chris.

And now for the free downloads. I am not able to host these on my server, so they are set up in Google Documents. You should be able to click on the buttons below to download your choice of notepads (or both). Enjoy!

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  • emmybrown - ooooh…..thanks!

  • mandi@herbanhomestead - Thank you for this Ashley! We are in the midst of unpacking a new home. So much to be thankful for, but so much is crowding my mind. This is perfect to help me slow down and put pen to paper. Just lovely!

  • Sue - Thank you sooo much for this! I’ve been hoping for a 2012 version 🙂 I plan on giving these to my Mom-friends. They’re gorgeous!

  • Jessica @ These Are The Days - Love these! What a great idea, I will have my kids make them for their teachers. Thanks. 🙂


  • cailan - What a sweet idea – did you really keep up with it all year long? That would be an accomplishment indeed for myself.

  • Trudy - Love this! Really helps one to see how much good there is in one’s life!

  • Kimberly - What a GREAT idea! Thank you so much for sharing. When printing, do you print them on 8 1/2 x 11 paper? I see you cut them (obviously) 😉

  • Kelli - What a gift! I was looking for something meaningful to pass on the gift of being grateful…this is the WIN for the Christmas giving idea this year!

  • anne c - I must have missed these before! thank you ashley-these are a wonderful idea. I cant wait to start this.

  • AshleyAnn - Kimberly, Yes 8.5×11 paper. Forgot to mention that! I updated it on the post now.

  • Amber - OMG. Love it. I loved it last year and trying making my own… but I never printed it out for some reason. I already printed 7 copies (a few of each)! Yay for some little FUN and super special Christmas gifts!!! 🙂

  • Kelly - Very cute idea. This is pretty similar to the perpetual calendar you have posted in your DIY area. I am actually making that for my mother for christmas! She is gaining grandkids by the year and has so many great memories to jot down!

  • BethanyB - I love this idea! It really is a great idea to stay positive and continue to grow yourself. Thank you so much for sharing

  • nicole - Thanks for sharing! I look forward to gifting these to my family and friends. 🙂

  • cynthia - Beautiful project. Thank you.

  • Alice H - Thank you so much for sharing these!

  • Jessica Lynn - Yah!! I always ask about the table 🙂 It’s awesome!

  • CindyML - Thank you so much! I know what I’m doing this weekend!

  • Veronica - I love this! Thank you for sharing! I have been wanting to record important moments but am not good about keeping a journal. This is simple and perfect!

  • becca campbell - perfect download to add onto diy gifts this year (: thanks!

  • Bernadette - great project. Thank you for sharing.

  • Flor @ Life in Progress - you are awesome!
    this is wonderful, thanks so much for creating them!

  • maggie hurder - Ashley, I have been filling in the 2011 version and have only missed a few days. It is quick and easy to do at the end of each day. There may not be a lot of room for “journaling”, but I think it is nice to just look at your life and realize that things as simple as “Had an iced-coffee from Starbucks” can make you feel fulfilled. Thanks, and the 2012 versions are beautiful!

  • Carolyn - such a great idea – thank you for sharing it. I should start doing this…yesterday I went to get my daughter up from naptime, only to discover her hands covered in poo, as well as her bedsheets (never happened before) I also had a very unsettled 10 week old baby crying his lungs out…not sure I can remember a ‘best of’ from yesterday!

  • Lindsay - Thank you so much! This is the one memory/journal keeping activity that I have actually stuck with all year. Can’t wait to do it again!

  • Janica - I can’t tell you how much I have LOVED my 2011 ‘best of my days’ notes!!! No, seriously, I am terrible at keeping a “real” journal, but I can easily handle jotting down a couple of notes about my day:) This has truly been a blessing in my life and I have YOU to thank!!! I look forward to using the new 2012:) Thanks Ashley.

  • Kezia - Thank you for this, Ashley, I will definitely be doing this in 2012!

  • Melinda T - Thanks for sharing! I’m definitely doing this in 2012!

  • Crystal (chaoticlilshadow) - This is wonderful!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Marissa - Can’t wait to make these! Where do you get the rings? I was looking for some in Michael’s and they guy directed me to the jewelry making aisle and they were too big.


  • Brandy Jane Mabel - I am so excited to print these! They are also going to be the perfect little addition to my Christmas gifts! Thanks so much for sharing all of your creativity with us!

  • heather - Thank you for posting the ’12 version! This will be such a sweet gift to give and a way for me to be reminded of each day being a blessing from the Lord!

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  • jen - I just whipped out 4 sets in less than an hour – super fun and quick stocking stuffer! Thanks for sharing.

  • Jess - Has anyone else had trouble getting these to print. It won’t let me print it from google docs because it says that it requires opening the page it came from or something weird like that. Any help would be awesome.

  • Haley - These are great! Will you share where you get your doily?

  • Haley - I was curious if there is anyway you could put 2 on a page, portrait. Seems like a very small space to write! Thanks:)

  • Karla - Thanks so much for sharing – this is awesome! I had bookmarked your previous one and I was excited to see a 2012 version. So far I’m in the middle of putting together two – one for a December birthday and another for part of a friend’s Christmas gift. I’m using a straight edge and tearing the pages; I like the rough edges. Not sure how I’ll package them – I don’t have a drawer of coffee cup sleeves and doilies! Maybe I’ll use brown paper, lace and yarn.

    Oh, and someone asked – I found metal rings in different sizes in the office supply section of the supermarket along with pens, pencils and paper. I also use them for index cards and printables we use in homeschooling.

  • Angie - This is so very awesome! Thank you for sharing your talent with all of us!

  • Sarah S. - Very lovely. Thank you so much for that!

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  • Amanda - Hi…I’ve never commented before, but I have been following your blog for awhile now. I’m hoping to someday get the chance to do a snapshop! But I just wanted to let you know that I am, right now, in the process of making these notepads for all my family for stocking stuffers. It is such a wonderful idea, to reflect back on your day and be thankful to the Lord for it. So thank you so much for the download! It is very much appreciated, and I hope my family will love and use these every day!

  • Best of My Days « Karla M Curry - […] I stumbled upon her free printable for a mini journal called Best of My Days and I printed out a few copies right […]

  • Michelle - I had a Craft Day w/ about 15 friends this Christmas and we made this as one of our crafts – it was a huge hit! Here’s my blogpost about it… http://creativelypurposed.blogspot.com/2011/12/craft-day-best-of-my-days-notepad.html

  • Laura - Thanks for the 2012 versions! I loved doing this is 2011. 🙂 So interested to read over the best of my days for a whole year!

  • Katie L. Cavanaugh (Mrs. C.) - These are so great! What a fabulous idea!

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  • Jacky {The Sweetest Petunia} - I just printed out both versions, one for me & one for my husband. I was telling him how I thought it was a neat idea to journal your year, and he said it sounded interesting & wanted to try to! Thanks for sharing & happy 2012!

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  • Kellie - Thanks for sharing. I’m a little late to start this year but I’m doing it anyway! Great idea.

  • Elizabeth - This is BRILLIANT! Thank you so much for sharing!!

  • Michelle - I made this at a Craft Day with friends, and I LOVED doing this throughout January…great remembering the best of my days. Here’s my list… http://creativelypurposed.blogspot.com/2012/02/best-of-my-daysjanuary-2012.html

    I’m so glad I wrote down all these memories. They will be cherished.

  • Aleisha - Is there a 2013 version? I would love to make this as a gift for a friend!

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  • Jamie - Will there be a 2013 version anytime soon? Also wanted to say congrats on your new little one. She is precious! Missed seeing you at the Christmas gathering. You are very inspiring.

  • Lindsay - I love these gift ideas. I made four of them yesterday for the girls in my bible study and when I handed them out I saw that it said 2012! Mom brain! Anyway you will have them for 2013? BTW I love your blog. We too are adopting from China. It is nice to hear from others who have been through the same process. Merry Christmas!

  • AshleyAnn - Lindsay – Here is a link for the new version http://ashleyannphotography.com/blog/2012/10/08/diy-best-of-my-days-calendar-2013/

  • Caitlin - Love this! Can you post 2013 & 2014 version? Thank you!

  • Caitlin - Oops. I see the 2013 version. Could you post a 2014 version? I would love to make one for a teacher.

  • Erin - I would love this IF it didn’t have year on it! IF you left it blank people could add it it <3 it though!