This year I started a crochet journal. I also started a travel journal (which I’ll probably post about at some point). This month I started a journal journal.
Apparently, journaling is thing I do now. I blame Pinterest.
I had a journal many many many many many years ago, when I was a much younger AmyLou. I actually came across it recently as I was going through some boxes in the attic. Oh, younger self.
I’ve always liked the idea of journaling, but the reality of what I thought it had to be – writing everyday, deep introspection, meaningful entries – was daunting and tedious. Recently I realized that it doesn’t have to be anything but what I want it to be.
I know, duh, right? Haha!
I’ve also been made aware – via Pinterest, of course – of Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith, and of a ton of journal prompts that have nothing to do with deep soul searching. So I decided to collect a bunch and take another run at journaling.
I decided not to invest in an expensive or fancy journal, but DIYed my own with a cheap sketchbook from Walmart and some scrapbook paper. And when I say cheap, I mean it was $1 and some change. The one I used is over by the office supplies, not the art supplies. If anyone’s interested.
I removed the covers from the journal, and used some spray adhesive that I already had to affix the scrapbook paper to both sides of the front cover. It wasn’t my intention to do it that way, but I screwed up which side of the front cover I sprayed, so I ended up having to do both sides. Luckily, the scrapbook paper was a two-sided design so it all worked out in the end. Happy accident, I suppose, haha.
I feel like the cover page needs a bit ‘more’, but I’m not sure what yet. I’m not an artist, so drawing something is out. Maybe a little ‘about me’ thing? Age and stuff? Hm. Suggestions?
I collected prompts off of Pinterest, printed them out, cut them up, and tossed them in a jar. It’s an old pickle jar, btw, with a spray painted lid. On days I decide to journal, I’ll pull out a prompt at random and that’s what I’ll do. The prompts are a mix of Wreck This Journal type prompts and regular, lighthearted, journal prompts. I also plan to do some non-prompt entries as well. I already have a couple planned.
Washi tape and baker’s twine, because why not?
So far I’ve done three entries, and I’m really enjoying it. Do any of you have a preferred journaling style?