You’d like to journal. You’d like to make your pages look like some of the people who graduated in graphic design and spend hours doodling and coloring. You compare your efforts to some of the gorgeous spreads on Instagram and Pinterest. You might even be afraid to start a page for fear of messing up. Here’s how to enjoy embellishing your journal by printing and coloring your own pre-doodled journal pages.
First of all:
Stop comparing your beginning efforts with professionals, people who have done this for years. Stop it! Just so you know–there’s no such thing as messing up. You are exploring, experimenting. If you don’t like what you did use white out or glue another page overtop.
Make time to think about what YOU really want. For myself, if there’s something I really, really want to do I will make the time to do it. I WILL find a way.
It’s okay if this isn’t what you want to do. Give yourself permission to say, “No,” or maybe, “Not right now.” Life is too short to waste time doing things that you don’t want to do or only sort of want to do.
If you decide this is what you want then,
Map out your journal. What do YOU want to get out of your journal? What would YOU like it to look like? Do searches on Google, Instagram, and Pinterest for ideas. Remember, minimalist is also a choice. Maybe you like the streamlined, no-nonsense look. Sometimes I do too. I’m a visual person. I like things mapped out and I like to have something visually interesting to look at on my pages of narration, but YOU don’t have to.
Make a mock up of your journal. Experiment with it for 3-6 months. Try everything that appeals to you. At the end of 6 months, maybe sooner, you’ll be able to see what is helpful and what didn’t work.
If you decide you’d like to doodle but are either constrained by time or worry about your own doodling skills try out our pre-doodled, color-it-myself journal pages from our FREE Printables Library. Color them in at your leisure and don’t be afraid to add your own doodles!
This is the summer set. There are pages for grownups and some funner journal pages for kids. Of course, you may use whatever pages you’d like to.
They come in 8 x 11 and A5 sizes. They also come in lined and unlined versions of both sizes. You will need to go to our Free Printables page for the pdf.
10 Pre-Doodled Color-it-Myself Summer Journal Pages for You to Color!
If you make the time to think about what you want to do with your journal you can find a way to make it happen. Experiment to find what brings you joy and last but not least, use our FREE printables to make it easy and save some time.
If you find it difficult to make time to journal, our next post includes guided journaling pages to help you get it done!
All of my graphics come from http://scrappindoodles.com Dana is the best. She has lots of graphics to choose from and they’re just fun to play with. And yes, this is an affiliate link.