Hello! In today’s post I want to talk about how I use my journal, something I think is an important way to spark creativity and keep your ideas stored. I don’t write the typical “what I did today” in my journal. Mostly it is used for collecting quotes I like, writing blog post ideas, random thoughts, poems, and bits and pieces of memories.
It is helpful to release thoughts I wouldn’t share on my blog, or things that wouldn’t make sense for a blog post. So how do I write in/decorate it?
Here is how the decorated pages of my journal look (I blurred out some personal stuff). A lot of times I will decorate a page with just a picture from magazines or pictures that I printed out and nothing else. Or I fill a page with just writing. I also use a lot of stickers, washi tape, and watercolors.
I vary between pages of all writing which are pretty boring so I didn’t include them, and pages like the ones above which are full of color.
As for the things I write, here is a list of them to get you inspired:
- favorite quotes
- song lyrics
- lists (things to read, things I want to do that day)
- letters I would never send
- goals (monthly, weekly)
- things that make me happy
- rants when I am stressed
- ideas for blog posts
- workout plans
- memories I remember
I have a box of stuff to put inside my journal, so I collect random paper, notes, quotes, tickets, etc. These are all good for filling up the journal and decorating the pages. I also have a lot of notes on my phone of quotes I heard or things I want to put in my journal but don’t have it on me. I then transfer those things later on into the journal.
I also get a lot of inspiration from youtube videos and tumblr. I highly recommend Daniela Daisies, Stories For Coffee, Jenna Alexis, and Gu/Beyaz’s videos! They have really amazing ones that are worth the watch and aren’t too long.
The pastel stickers that I have a lot of packs of are from May Designs! They are the most adorable things in the world. I have both the planner pack and the teacher one. They are perfect to fill in little spaces, and I am excited to try them out. There are stickers of plants, food, words, etc.
May Designs was kind enough to send me some goodies, but they also have cute planners and notebooks that you can customize yourself! Be sure to check them out 🙂
The other set of stickers which has some missing (because I already used them) is from Michaels! They are made of cardboard so they pop out a bit on the page. It was the friendship pack but a lot of the stickers are good for anything. I couldn’t find them on the website, but I am sure you can find similar ones anywhere online.
Here is the front of my journal! I had it for so long but didn’t start regularly writing in it until May. I decorated the front with washi tape and cute pictures I printed out. Try experimenting with different sized journals and different styles (spiral or not, etc). This one was the perfect size for me because I can carry it around easily if needed.
It has gotten so full already and I still have a lot of pages to go! I am excited to see what else goes inside.
I hope this was helpful, and maybe inspired you to start your own journal!