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Art Journal Flip Through

Here’s a look into my most recently finished journal – a pocket sized moleskine cahier. I loved working in the smaller size – I think at times it pushes your creativity.

Meg x

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Feature Friday #4: Deb

It’s Friday, which means it’s time for another guest post!

Journaling is a way of life

Hello everyone! I am Deb from Central Texas (aka turtlebears on Instagram) I love, love, love journals & journaling. Why? I believe it is a way to share your story in your own way. My journals contain a variety and combination of scrapbook, photos, writings, art, history, doodles and inspiration. I have been writing in journals as long as I can remember. Even back to middle school (many, many moons ago) I can remember having a diary with a lock that anyone could open if they tried. I have my 3 journals from High school which are fun to look back and see what the hot topic was and stress factor to a 15-18 year old.

Journaling has so many health benefits as it allows you to release everything that is in your mind. If I miss a day of journaling I start to feel grumpy. Also, I encourage when journaling, it is important to seek help if you find yourself going to deep and feelings are too overwhelming.

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Now my journals have evolved and taken over what once were my scrapbooks. It seems, I have several books for one year or even one per month depending on what is happening in my world.

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I believe my all-time favorite is when I can include items that are one of a kind and show where we are on the timeline. I also love holding a full completed book. The bulky pages, ribbons and weight of it is so rewarding. I admit I sometimes don’t go back and re-read them but then again if I run across one randomly hidden in the bookshelf here and there it’s a comforting feeling.

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The hardest challenge for me when journaling is…. simply finding the time. Working full time and having a long commute limits time. I try to “live in” my journal and keep it with me at all times. This helps if my day gets stressful or extra time becomes available for me to jot down some notes or even doodle. It also gives me focus which is something that is hard for me to do at times.

Thanks for reading! Can’t wait to see you guys on Instagram!

Thank you Deb – be sure to check out her Instagram!

Meg x

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My Most Used Journal Supplies

This week I am going to be showing you some of my most used supplies and where I keep them so that I have easy access to them when creating. This is a personalised accessory pouch from GraceAndSaltInk. I find that it is just the right size for when I am at home or if I am travelling.

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Here is what I keep inside: my travel watercolours (Daler Rowney) and water brush (Pentel), a glue stick and small pair of scissors, a couple of pens, a clear alphabet stencil, a small notebook for scrap paper, a date stamp and ink pad, and a few envelopes of things sent to me by pen pals that I want to include in my journaling. The only thing I would say is missing from here is a washi sample card and little bits of ephemera, but I find that it is easier to keep them flat in the plastic zip pocket in my inkDori.

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Pen pal goodies – washi samples and stickers and bits of ephemera. I also have a little plastic bag that has tabs and paper clips because I am always reaching for those.

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In my less arty ‘daily’ journal, where I do more writing, I like to use a date stamp to date my pages because it is quick and easy.. Sometimes I will stamp directly onto the page and other times I will stamp on a tab or create a collage of scraps.

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I am also obsessed with the gel ink pens from Cloudy Cow – I think I am becoming a convert to gel ink pens for writing. They are so smooth and I love the look of the black ink. I used to use biro pens but I hate that they sometimes skip when writing. If you want to try these pens, you can use ‘MEG’ for 10% off! (I’m not made to do this  – I genuinely LOVE these pens and plan on getting more!) And, they are so pretty, there’s a range of designs to choose from!

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That is everything that I keep in my pouch. As you can see, there is not much here in my collection of ‘most used’ supplies- I hope this shows you that you don’t need much (if anything!) other than a book and a pen to start!

Meg x

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Feature Friday #3: Shamra

Time for this week’s guest post!

Hello everyone, ❤

My name is Shamra and I’m a second-year creative writing student. You can find me on Instagram as @sergeant_spud.

I’ve always journaled on and off ever since I was a kid, but a few months ago, I started to take it much more seriously because I realised that every time I wrote an entry I felt a little happier.

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In the January of this year, I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety and that hit me like a freight train, I was always so used to bottling up my feelings- I never talked to anyone about it. The next few months were especially terrible, because not only did I try to handle everything on my own, I also did my best to maintain a happy facade to my friends and peers at university. However, in May, when I moved rooms, I came across a journal I had made, it was empty and I had a weird inkling, not an urge, to use it. I wrote my first journal entry in several months that evening and I realised how cathartic it was once I was done. Afterwards I fell into a natural rhythm of writing down my feelings and thoughts a few days a week.

I don’t really have a rigid structure to how my entries look, but I maintain a few small rules that I follow; I start my entry with the date and I end it with the time and the place I was when I wrote it. I always try to write down exactly what I’m feeling and what thoughts I have. My main reason for journaling will always be to organise my feelings.

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Whenever I think about supplies, my mind immediately jumps to my black gel pen, I don’t know why, but I never liked ballpoint pens nor blue pens. I have a huge soft spot for Korean stationery because their pens always had such a fine tip (0.38mm is an absolute joy for me to use). I also love love love stickers and I like to incorporate them whenever there’s an empty space. Recently I found myself using a lot of mini envelopes to hold little bits and bobs I find such as receipts and cute tags on clothes I buy. Moreover, I use a lot of decorative sticky notes. A lot of the time, I decorate my journal with small embellishments that I usually make myself since watercolour painting is a huge passion of mine. I used to use washi tape in my older journals, but I was not very fond of it after a few months and stopped (RIP my washi collection). I guess when it boils down to it, my favourite two things to use are a fine tipped black pen and mini envelopes.

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The most difficult thing about journaling is writing regularly, but a little bit of self-discipline goes a long way- you don’t have to write every single day, but try your best to write at least a couple of times a week, it really does make a difference. And most importantly, write in your journal for yourself, don’t try to censor your thoughts just in case someone else reads it, don’t worry about it being beautiful- you can always decorate it after you write everything. Your journal is yours, it is your haven to be your whole self with every real and raw aspect included.

Shamra 🙂

Thank you for sharing, Shamra! Make sure you’re following the blog so you don’t miss any future posts!

Meg x

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Completed Art Journal Tour

This week I am bringing you a tour of one of my completed moleskine journals – I used it from July 2016 until January 2017, and I think you can really see how my style of journaling has changed in the space of just under a year.  Here are some of my favourite pages.

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I have always been a fan of using images from magazines in collages, and this is probably one of my favourite examples of this – I just love the colour scheme!

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I experimented with ‘handlettering’ in this journal – at the beginning, I wasn’t very good. I’m still not; but I’m learning, and the only way to get better is to keep doing it.

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It’s not often that I draw in my art journals, but here I tried to draw some leaves for some reason. This journal was lined, and whilst that was good for writing in a straight line, I prefer blank pages now because I find that the lines can be distracting if you decide to do a page with not much writing. And yes, that is a post it note.

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Another staple of my journals is quotes – here I wrote one over the top of a background that I pulled from a random page in a magazine, and proceeded to draw lines coming out of it. I can only imagine that I did this whilst watching TV or YouTube, otherwise this would have been really tedious! But I do love the effect that it creates (and after seeing this when photographing this journal, I want to try it again).

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More magazine collages and song lyrics. I wish I could explain to you why I chose a hand holding strawberries.

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Another personal favourite – creating ‘poems’ or ‘stories’ using words from old books or magazine articles. I also used brown paper as the background and then tore a landscape picture from a magazine to look as if it was peeking through.

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A January playlist that was part of an Instagram challenge.

I hope you enjoyed this peek into the past! Make sure you are following the blog so you don’t miss any posts!

Meg x

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Feature Friday #2: Alaysia

Time for this week’s guest post!

Hi everyone!  My name is Alaysia, I am 17 years old and I love to journal. For me, it is a great way to relieve stress.

Journaling helps me to connect with myself and allows me to learn more about myself in a more personal way. I love how it gives me the open opportunity to be creative.

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I am excited to be able to look back on my journals some day and see how much I’ve grown.

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Journaling is something I would recommend everyone to try!  Since it is something completely personal to you there is no way to make a mistake!  

See you in my next post!

Meg x

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10 Quotes For Your Journal

So, if you’re anything like me, you love putting a good quote in your journal. Whether it’s just written in plainly or is hand lettered and taking centre-stage of the page, there’s something wonderful about including a quote full of wisdom or humour (or both).

I have compiled a list of ten quotes that I have used in my journal; maybe you might like to use them in yours too?

  1. Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow
  2. I have always imagined paradise as a kind of library
  3. For man, as for flower and beast and bird, the supreme triumph is to be most vividly, perfectly alive
  4.  You will never regret being kind
  5.  Believe you can and you’re halfway there
  6.  Someone else’s success doesn’t indicate failure in myself
  7.  Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are your own fears
  8.  Some people are like clouds; when they go away, it’s a brighter day
  9.  Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature
  10.  Nevertheless, she persisted 

Meg x