Let’s Explore Journals Part I
Exploration is important to the creative side of journaling. If you already know that you like to keep things simple all you need is paper and pen and jump right in. For me, I’d given up on journaling for more than 30 years. For whatever reason, it simply did not interest me or make me want to invest my time. While scrolling through Pinterest I stumbled upon pins for art journaling. Something about water coloring my background pages made me feel like a kid again. Those pins reignited my interest in journaling and it has evolved from there.
Journaling is such an individual thing. It depends on the heart of the journaler. No two journals will ever read the same because individuals have unique perspectives of the same events. It’s no surprise then that there are so many types of journals out there, and so many different styles within the same type.
We’ll explore a few journals and give you a peek inside. If any of these styles interest you I challenge you to do some homework and dig into the details.
o Traditional—dated, daily entries in a narrative format. I use this method for my inspiration journal, the things I learn from church.
o Bullet Journaling—also referred to as “bujo”. I think Bullet journaling was originally designed as more of a minimalist way of tracking to-do lists. It’s a method of planning that turns calendars into lists.
I love making lists and this is the grandmother of all lists.
The journal most often used for this had good quality paper—dot grid helped me keep my letters more uniform in size.
It made a good goal tracker.
It could be adaptable to any life.
The most common journal used was small 5 x 8.
Had to draw out new daily, weekly, and monthly calendars/spreadsheets.
Had to number all of the pages and make an index because like pages were rarely grouped together.
Had no way to schedule future appointments because one month at a time is built. The future tracker was a list. I need to see the whole month.
The whole process seemed to take more time than I wanted to invest.
Mainstream bullet journaling has evolved into a very artistic way to journal. I have seen some incredible art work in the spreads shared on Facebook and Pinterest. Do a search on Pinterest for Bullet Journaling. It may be overwhelming. It may seem a little daunting to try to do the same thing with your journal. Remember, this is about your life. You can adapt any style to how you would like to journal. If you enjoy the artsy-craftsy part of it, there are helps out there in the form of Free Printables from sticker sheets to full out journal spreads.
I tried bullet journaling for about 6 months. This was the experiment phase. It took that long to decide what I could use and what I didn’t need. What I ended up with is a combination of monthly calendar for planning, gratitude pages, scrapbooking and journaling events, and art journaling favorite quotes.
o quote collector for the funny things kids say. I call it the grandma quote book. You can use any notebook. Jot down the date and the funny or profound thing your child or grandchild said. If you get a chance to take a photo add it to your page. I designed two little journals just for this purpose. They are for parents and grandparents and small enough to fit in a bag or pocket.
o Gratitude Journals—all you need is notebook and pen. Date your entry. Writing down people and things you are grateful for is a powerful way of attracting more to be grateful for. There are many beautiful gratitude journals on Amazon and Etsy. Or you could make your own page or get my free printable when the Library of FREE printables opens.
o Nature journals—any notebook will do. Decide if you want to collect specimens in this journal and Google ways to preserve them. You could sketch the nature you find if you prefer or do both. I experimented with laminating dried leaves and flowers. The laminator uses heat and alters the color of the specimen. There are sticker makers on the market that use no heat. Check out Xyron on Amazon. Nature journals make great summertime activities for kids when they go on an explore.
Stay tuned for Part II where we continue to explore different kinds of Journals.