Finding the Right Writing Journal
When I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer over 3 years ago, I started keeping a journal. Initially, it was just intended to record any side effects from treatment, but over time it became much more than that.
It became a place to write down my feelings, my thoughts and deeds for each day. It also served as a scrapbook where I could stick in things that made me happy or reminded me of special times…photos, cards, tickets, artwork, letters etc.
My first journal was a rather posh purple affair, a Venetian wrap journal from Kiki James. It started life quite slim and stylish and I tried to be restrained…
but I soon abused it and it finished life rather scruffy and it was so bulky, the cover wouldn’t wrap around it any more!
It was a lovely journal but not right for my purposes.
For my second journal, I chose a spiral-bound square scrapbook from Paperchase, which consisted of different coloured paper and different types of paper – kraft, lined, squared – and it had pockets! The pockets really excited me, because it meant I could include items that were double-sided or too bulky to stick in.
But again, the journal couldn’t cope with amount of bulk I wanted to include, and as a consequence it buggered up the spiral binding and wouldn’t close fully. My husband had to tie cord around the spirals so that the pages wouldn’t fall apart!
My third journal, the one I am currently using is handmade by me! A while ago, I did an online class by Effy Wild, and as part of the preparation, there was the option to learn how to make your own art journal. I did make my own and I’ve gone on to make many more. The beauty of this is that you can design your journal exactly as you desire…the size, the paper, the cover etc. So, for my handmade writing journal, I covered it in elephant Spoonflower fabric, I included different weights of paper, notably watercolour paper (so I could do paint sketches), I made pockets with the leftover fabric, and I left reasonably sized gaps between the signatures to accommodate any bulk.
I am very pleased to say that this journal is holding up and is a pleasure to use….thank you for visiting 🙂
Photos taken with the E-PL1