Let’s Explore Part II
Did you get a chance to do some exploring on Pinterest? What did you think? Did it scare you off? I remember wishing I could doodle like that. Now I just do the best I can and don’t worry that it’s not as good as others. Let’s continue our peek into some more journals.
o Garden Journals—truthfully, a notebook of graph paper and a pencil is all you really need. Gardeners like to keep track of what they plant where from year to year. They document soil additives or new fertilizers they try. They like to keep track of their favorite vegetable varieties, bugs they encounter, watering schedule, and map out their plots. If you do a search on Amazon you will find everything from simple, blank notebooks to very informative how-tos with space for taking notes. This is a garden journal I designed after the notebook my daughter uses. It is a 6-year journal. It has yearly calendars to map out your to-do list, a companion planting guide, pages to take notes and save seed packets and photos. It has mapping pages with room for a shopping list. Find it here
o Quote Journal—Do you love encouraging, inspirational, and humorous quotes?
Have you ever had a time when you wanted to use a quote but couldn’t remember exactly how it goes?
Just writing about this makes me want to start one. I love collecting quotes.
Again, any notebook would suffice but there is always something amazing on Amazon for this.
o Recipe Journal—collect your favorite recipes like a cookbook but add memories to them. I designed this journal after seeing a recipe book my daughter put together for her husband’s grandmother. She immigrated to the United States shortly after WWII with few belongings. Some of her keepsakes were recipes in her mother’s handwriting. Most of her recipes were in her head. This is such a great way to hand down those favorite meals and traditions and remember where your favorite recipes came from.
Find it here
o Scripture Journals—you can add your thoughts right on your page of scripture or in the margins. Do a search for scripture journaling on Pinterest. There are some beautiful pieces of art in scriptures. Adding how you feel or what you have learned comes back every time you look at that verse. Do a search on Pinterest for some really great art ideas.
o Travel Journals—Not only a great way to relive that trip of a lifetime, but great information to have for the next trip you plan. Travel journals range from blank notebooks to photo albums to daily pages for documenting where you shopped, what you ate, what you saw, and what you spent.
o Writing Journals—every writer should have one. They are great for mapping out your plots, characters, timeline, brainstorming, etc. A lot of writers choose to do this on computer now, but a lot still like the old school way. I designed one for grownup writers and one for children with space for drawings.
o Digital Journals—Yep, there’s an app for that. If you do a search in the App Store you will find hundreds of journaling apps. I don’t think I would feel comfortable spilling my inner most thoughts in an app someone else owns. You could always use the ‘Notes’ section on your phone, and that’s free. That comes in handy when you want to remember something and there is no paper or pen available.
There are so many kinds of journals out there. Depending on the amount of time you have, don’t be afraid to do some exploration. You’ll be able to see what you’d like to incorporate in your journal and weed out what you don’t need. That is the process of Discovery.