Locals, I’ll be part of a journaling panel on Thursday at 10:00 AM at the public library! Come hang out, and chat with our uber creative staff!
“Oh, I bet I can make that.”
All of my projects tend to start with that sentence. Even journaling. It’s a deeply personal activity, so why would I want it to appear like every other journal out there? I pour my excess craftiness into my books, so it’s important to me that I have control of how the journal is created.
There are three specific types of journals that I adore, all of which were made completely by hand. I’m going to breakdown how I made them, how I use them, and why they’d be a perfect addition to your daily routine!
The Artsy Journal
My first and probably favorite journal is home to collages and hand lettered type. It’s constructed out of a hardback shell and my own pages, which are a huge mix of junk mail patterns, old book pages, and glossy magazine photos.
The unbinding process actually isn’t as complicated as you might think. This tutorial over at Instructables is pretty much exactly how I remove pages from hardbound books. I would recommend paying attention to how the book is sewn together. It will make rebinding the book easier.
How to bind the book is pretty much up to you. I have created journals in the past that rely solely on glue to hold the pages in. Heads up: they fall apart. Now I sew the pages into different segments as shown in this 10 step how to. Seriously, it’s fairly easy and gives you the peace of mind that the journal will actually stay together.
Why I love this format: I chose the pages, and I chose what goes into the book. This means that even the pages are a form of expression. I can tape things into it, embroider straight onto the page – it’s all my creation.It allows for different textures, and provides a great jumping off space for collage art! And, having a hardback to protect my art is important to me.
The Ring Journal
Back in April, I had the amazing opportunity to travel to a national library conference. I wanted a way to carry around inspiration, business cards, and little notes for my kiddos while I was dashing between sessions. After seeing something similar on Pinterest, I decided that 3×5 notecards/photos/pamphlet pieces would carry perfectly on a binder ring.
Why I love this format: the size isn’t a limitation, but rather a challenge. It helped me focus and only include highlights, super important information, and conversation notes. Having my ring journal with me all through the day also meant that I have a small way of destressing and regrouping my thoughts during quick snack breaks.
My To Don’t List
My most recent creation isn’t about organization or check boxes. I read an article recently about how important it can be to view your to do list practically. Am I really going to be able to complete everything I’ve set out to do? No. All those things that are in no way realistic for me to accomplish in my day to day schedule goes straight into my to don’t journal.
Why I love this format: I’ve never been able to “not sweat the small stuff.” I’m a natural worrier, but letting myself not complete certain projects in record time is incredibly freeing. It’s like giving yourself permission to leave a few lines on your schedule blank. It can also be a pretty powerful tool; look at what you can’t get done. If it’s important, you might take a good look at what you are placing at the top of your “I must get this done” list.
Do you keep a journal? What’s the best method you’ve found? I love all the bullet journal photos on Instagram, but my visually obsessed brain can’t handle so much white, wasted space! I’d love to see other journals – add your url to the comments!