When life gets crazy or I’m feeling down and in a funk, I often turn to my journal. I have kept a journal off and on since I was in high school, and I really enjoy looking back through those pages and remembering small details of events I otherwise would have forgotten forever.
After recently discovering Ali Brown and the wonderful world of art journaling, I became hooked! Instead of just writing, and smashing in photo’s and ephemera here and there, I started pulling out my art supplies and bringing the pages to life.
Peek into my Journal Volume #1 [Part 1]
I’ve always created my journals so that they could be shared with everyone, within reason. I carry it with me everywhere I go and often pull it out to show off when reminiscing. My hope is that these will someday be cherished by my girls long after I’m gone.
Sharing my life and art with others through my journaling is a passion of mine, so I do so any chance I can. That’s why today I decided to start this new blog series where occasionally I will give you all a “peek into my journal”
Decorating this cover was a lot of fun for me. It took my journal from a blah plain brown craft paper cover, to colorful and fun to look at! It makes me happy to flip through my travelers notebook and see my pretty journal among the mix of inserts.
I filmed the entire art process of my journal so I could share it with you. Sorry for the lack of a voice over, unfortunately it’s next to impossible to find a quiet place to record at this time since my office doesn’t yet have a door (#fixerupperproblems).
I didn’t want to start the first page off right away with a journal entry. Instead, I wanted to make an artsy page and experiment with how some of my supplies would work with this particular paper.
This insert came with my travelers notebook (shout out to Planner Squad Shoppe!) and I’m not sure exactly what kind of paper they used to make it. I quickly learned that watercolor wasn’t going to be my best friend for this insert, but at the same time, I wasn’t going to let it stop me. Acrylics would definitely work much better.
So, here is the first page, and inside cover of my first volume. I used all kinds of fun stuff on this page, including texture paste, acrylic, watercolor, stamping, scrap paper, and fountain pen ink.
Pieces of Me
I like to keep my ephemera near my journal so I never forget to include anything in my pages. That’s why I added an envelope that unfolds like a tip-in from the inside.
Now, anytime I stumble across something that needs to go into the journal, I shove it into this envelope so it’s always there and ready to go when I’m ready to work in my journal.
Here’s a photo of what the entire first page looks like when it’s opened:
I keep sticky notes in that middle section tucked away so I can write important events for important dates and stick them on a page. Then I can go back and work on that page later without forgetting what happened that day.
“The Flower Doesn’t Dream of the Bee”
I actually painted this spread the day before so it would be ready to write in immediately. It was originally my goal to always paint the day before, but since I’m terrible with follow through, that never happened again.
It did give me a cheery and happy mood to wake up to though that day, and I truly believe it inspired me to have a day that would match the pages.
“Thunder Hidden Inside”
The next day was definitely not as cheery. This day was full of extreme anxiety. When I have anxiety, I have extreme irritability.
This was one of those days where I had truly had enough. I was tired of the bad habits my family had been displaying, and I became completely outraged.
You could say I was seeing red. I didn’t talk to anyone for two days straight, because I felt like if I did, I’d have an emotional breakdown.
So instead I sat silent, feeling the thunder roll within. All I could do was put it onto paper.
My anxiety doesn’t often get this bad, and luckily it hasn’t been that bad in a while. But man, it was bad. I hope it’s never this intense again, because anxiety like that is truly, pure hell.
Free Printable Journal Cards
I made a few scans from some of the art I created in this journal and turned them into printable journaling cards to share with you.
Best of all, I’m sharing these for FREE with all of my subscribers! Click here or on the image below to download your own free printable!
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