Apparently yesterday was  a journal day.

I’d taken a trip into Charlotte last week to visit some art museums, and yesterday I got around to entering that trip into my travel journal.

travel journal

I hit the Bechtler, the Mint Museum Uptown, and the Mint Museum Randolph all in one day. Which was kind of a lot, but it’s an hour trip into Charlotte, so I wanted the day to be worth it.

After I spent literally the entire morning working on that entry, I took a lunch break, then updated my crochet journal with my latest finished project.  Which I still need to post here.

crochet journal

I didn’t do much else yesterday besides work on my journals, but sometimes you just need a day like that.


Travel journal

I mentioned my travel journal in an earlier post, so I thought I’d take a few moments to actually do a post about it.  For some reason, the journaling bug really dug into me this year;  it’s never really been an thing with me.  So this is my first travel journal.

As with the other journals I’ve mentioned I totally DIYed this one, starting with another super cheap sketchbook from Walmart.  This one, actually.  Some scrapbook paper and self-adhesive laminating sheets later and it looks like this:

tj 1

The ‘Pack Your Bags’ sticker was leftover from another project.  I printed out some travel-themed pictures from the internet and added them to the inside of the front cover and the first page, along with some washi tape and stamps.

tj 2

There’s an index on the next page, and I added a bookplate with my name and contact info to the inside of the back cover, just in case.

tj 3

You can see that there’s only a couple of trips listed so far.  There’s no restrictions as to what constitutes a trip, though, so day trips to nearby state parks?  Downtown Charlotte for the day?  Totally go in the book.  Places I dream of visiting?  Places I’ve been and long to revisit?  Favorite places to travel?  They’ll all go in the book.

This van that someone in the neighborhood had for sale, that was just made for an epic cross-country road trip?  Neither of which I can afford?  In the book.

tj 4

Wanting to travel, but having your bank account mock you?  In the book.

tj 5

I found this free printable map of the US on Pinterest, and had to add it to the journal.  I had to do a bit of fiddling to make it the right size to fit, but then I just cut it out, cut it in half, and pasted it onto the pages.  Then I took some colored pencils and colored in all the states that I’ve been to.  Also, I just had to add the dotted-line route and the little car.  🙂

tj 6

One day all the states will be filled in.  Also, can you tell I grew up in the central US? 🙂

I don’t travel as much as I used to, or as much as I’d like to, because, well, money.  But I’m going to travel as much as I can afford, and I’m going to fill at least one book.  No matter how long it takes.

I started a journal journal

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.

journal 1

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.

journal 4

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?

journal 3

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.

journal 2

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?