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.

Writing journal

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…
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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!
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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

5 Responses to "Finding the Right Writing Journal"

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  1. louise brough

    March 26, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    They are beautiful, but especially the last. As always you are an inspiration xx

    • min

      March 27, 2015 at 5:49 pm

      You are very kind Louise, thank you xxx

  2. Sue Daly

    March 26, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    Love this post. I have the same Kiki James journal. You have inspired me to put more in it. (It already has some of your lovely art in it)

    • min

      March 27, 2015 at 5:49 pm

      Thank you darling….yes, fill it up, just don’t stick lots of things in it! xxx

  3. Michelle

    January 9, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Your handmade journal is beautiful and your art work is exquisite! You have a gift!