I’ve been wanting to make a journal for ages!! I think I have chatted about making a colouring journal for so long and it just never happened. But I have been loving all the SMASH* journals I am seeing about and it started to get on my mind again. Then with a couple of pushes from friends, BAM I decided to just make a junk journal.
I found some binders I had from years ago, went rummaging through my ‘cant throw away scraps’ , grabbed some envies and tags and just started binding them together. What I do like is that if I want to add a page or remove one I can easily do it with these clip type binders that simply click apart.
So I made the journal and thought “What on earth will I put in there??”.
I used to keep diaries as a teenager and every time I come across them I can’t help but read a few pages. It’s so funny to read back through them at all the things that were SO IMPORTANT… my gosh if only I knew… BUT it made me think I wonder what future me would think of the current me?! I may not remember the things I used to think about, or how I saw life now in 20 years time. What do I love? What do I honestly think about myself? How do is see the world around me? What to I do day to day? What makes me tick? Who & What is special in my life?
I think it’s hard to be honest with yourself and it can certainly be confronting so I want to try and be as honest as I can but where to start?! So instead I wrote a little note to myself to try and motivate myself and give a little push. When I see it on the inside of the book, I’m hoping it will give me the OK to be myself.
“To future me! Remember when you were a teenager & you couldn’t wait to start a new diary. You would fill the pages with stories & events, feelings and trinkets. Well now at 33, you’re trying a ‘junk diary’ – kinda similar but in an arty way. Don’t hesitate, just share, jot down your ideas, feelings and how you see life. You’ll love looking back in years to come. xo”
Well it took me a few days after that to finally make my first page. I have ALWAYS been what I call ‘A Maker’ and so I felt inspired to make my first page on ‘making’.
This image is one of my favourite coloured images. I loved the end result so much that I haven’t been able to do anything with her since. I think her new home suits her perfectly.
And when you turn the tag I have a little message about how grateful I am for the inspiration I get on the back.
On the right I have a message about how excited I get with new ideas… It really does make me who I am.
So that’s my very first journal page… I have some other ideas for pages that I want to add but I also don’t want to try and force it.
I want this process to help teach me creative patience and that the whole book doesn’t need to be finished in a day!
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