Happy Friday, everyone! Jordan here.
I’m here following up my Journey into Journaling post from Friday last week – We had some interesting comments left by the Clarity Crafters, and I thought we could look at some of their thoughts and insights, as well as having a look at Barb’s Blog and some other articles I’ve found.
Let’s have a look at a couple of thoughtful comments left on last week’s blog post.
Pam Kershaw said –
“Decided to give journaling a go, only have one page done so far though. Thought it would be good to have some play time for myself but been far too busy with Christmas cards to play at present. You give all your cards away and so have nothing to keep for yourself, so a journal is the answer and as you say it can improve your well being by expressing your emotions by art.x“
Pam, that’s such a great point. When we produce cards for loved ones and friends, we often don’t keep a copy for ourselves. And if we take a photograph, it’s often just kept on our phone or tablet. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but we’re Crafters after all, and we want something tactile to hold in our hands, right? A journal could be the perfect place to keep a record of your work; perhaps you could take a photo of your finished pieces, and then paste them into your art Journal. Or alternatively, if you’re a stamper or stenciller, you could transfer your card designs directly into the pages of your Journal, to replicate the finished card.
This really gets to the heart of Journaling. For me, journaling time is craft time just for oneself, to express whatever you wish, and to do so however you like, without the worry of the look of the final product. It is indeed good to have some playtime for yourself.
Kathleen posted –
“I have a few art journals. I experiment with different techniques and media. They are something I do just for me. If a page is a complete disaster, I either paint over it or just go to the next page. For me personally, small is better. I have a small journal that got filled up quickly and was so much fun. Then I got a big one and found it intimidating. I spend way too much time stressing over what I want to do.
I like searching the internet for quotes to add to my pages. Sometimes I just write down how I am feeling. It’s a time for me that I need to do more often.“
Some great ideas here, Kathleen. A disastrous page in an Art Journal needn’t be an issue; either paint over it or simply move onto another page. You said it best; It’s Just For You. I can also see how a larger journal could be more difficult to commit to, or cause you to worry over the content. I would agree that the best place to start with a Journal is something small. And I LOVE the quotes. Simply picking inspirational or thoughtful quotes, printing them and sticking them into our journal, or writing them in, can enhance the well-being and self-care element of the craft. What a brilliant idea!
If reading these posts has inspired you to start a journal, drop us a comment or an email! You can either leave a comment below or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to hear what you’ve come up with, and why you’ve decided to start this self-care Crafting Journey.
I will also follow up with a few more Clarity products that could help start your Journey into Journaling, or inspire some new ideas for your ongoing Journaling project;
Word Stickers and Paper Flowers make for perfect page embellishments.
Stencils and Inks can be used to make backgrounds for pages to be written or doodled over.
I’ve also had a search through Barbara’s Blog for her wisdom and insights into Journaling and found this post from August; A for Acceptance. Barb uses the Floral Alphabet Stamp Set to create a therapeutic sentiment around a stamped letter in the page of a Petite Journal.
You could do this, too. Simply stamp a large Floral letter onto each page of a small Journal, and use words beginning with that letter to express yourself. When you get to Z on the 26th page, simply start with A again on the 27th page. You then have a road map ready for you to fill with your feelings and expressions, and the letter is there on each page to get you started and inspire you. Simple!
Barb’s A is for Acceptance, but yours could be for Adulation, Annoyance, Admiration, Avarice, Amusement, Astonishment, ‘appiness… 😉 It’s all about expressing yourself, and using the letters can be an easy starting point to get those emotions and feelings flowing on the page.
You could use the more difficult letters like Q and X to just colour and stamp under, or over. Or perhaps you might be feeling a touch quixotic? 😹😹😹 It really is up to you.
I do hope these posts have been engaging and thought-provoking to you. And as I said earlier above, if you decide to start a journal, or you’ve already started, we’d love to hear from you.
Enjoy your weekend, all. And take some time for yourself over the next couple of days, get around the Crafting table and get expressive, be it in a journal or otherwise.
Clarity Matters. It really does.