Thursday, August 17, 2017

Why I'm Journaling (Again)

Over the years, I've made several attempts at journaling.  When I was a kid, I was obsessed with Amelia's Notebooks (#90skid), and loved trying to emulate that in my own marbled composition notebook. When I entered my preteen/early teenage years, I had several diaries that I filled with teenage angst, but by the time I turned 15, I lost all interest and gave it up.  Fast forward 10 years later, and I started getting into the planner world.  In my desire for writing and washi taping all the paper, I dabbled a bit with journaling again.  But I could never quite commit to it.

Then came a month ago, when I was sitting on the couch with Little Dude and he began to stare at me intently, and it hit me...I want to document the little moments.  I use Project Life for scrapbooking the big moments- holidays and vacations and such- but I had wasn't doing anything for documenting the smaller moments.


Shortly after that, I was lost in the planning videos on YouTube, when I discovered Ali Brown's channel.  I instantly fell in love with her journaling style, and took inspiration from her.  I broke out my neglected watercolor palette and just began putting washes of color onto the pages of a pocket sized Moleskine notebook.

I also invested in a Polaroid Zip printer, and began printing out the random snapshots I had taken with my iPhone.  I washi tape in the bits of paper from every day life...receipts for special lunches with friends, ticket stubs, etc.  All of the random little scraps that are special enough to hold onto, but not special enough to have a designated space.


I've been doing this for a month now, and I'm still addicted to documenting the every day.  I love that my journal tucks nicely into my Number 2 Foxy.  I love being able to decompress and experiment with my often neglected art supplies.  I love that I have a way to process emotions and thoughts.  And most of all, I love that I have way to go back and remember the smaller, but still very special moments.