Today I thought I might share with you my five top journal tips. These tips have come from time, playing around and lovely ideas from many of my favourite books on writing and creativity.
1. Take your journal everywhere..
Buy a journal to fit in your handbag, or perhaps a handbag to fit your journal. Take it with you wherever you go. Let it sit with you while you have coffee with friends, or even go grocery shopping. Let your journal enjoy everyday adventures and become part of your world.
2. Remember to capture the little moments..
If you take your journal with you, you can capture the little moments. I love to collect pretty business cards, tickets and street press. I also love writing on a Saturday morning when we go out for breakfast, watching the passers by is always inspiring. Documenting everyday moments through words, illustration, collage or a mix allows you to embrace your journey, even if it is something you often see as routine.
3. Make your journal feel like home and visit often..
My favourite tip... I find that if I only visit my journal occasionally, we never get acquainted. I leave the first page blank and fill it with all my very favourite bits and pieces as I 'move in' to my journal. I also try and make a little bit of time each day, particularly at night, to pen a few lines or create a little collage. I find this helps me to be at home in my journal space.
4. Don't be afraid of white pages, get in and play..
I know, white pages can be a little daunting, but it's all about having fun. One of my favourite ways to 'play' is through 'cut out poems' like the one above. Choose a page from a magazine, find words you love and create something new. Grab a glue stick and paste it onto a lovely picture. It's so much fun!
5. Fill your journal with beautiful inspiring and positive things..
One thing I've learned over the years is that journaling is very different to keeping a diary. I write quite a bit throughout my journal, but rather than concentrating on my personal life, I write about my creative world, which includes my passions, dreams and ambitions. I stay positive and this helps me to want to come back day after day. If I need to vent I use bits of scrap paper, that I can throw away, before I begin creating a new page. I find this a really important part of my creative process, because I love opening my journal and finding tiny, inspiring moments that make me smile.
I hope these little journal tips might intrigue you to dust off that lovely notebook and explore the journalling world.
PS. Here's a list of my favourite and inspiring journal and diary keepers.