For Christmas I was given a Journal from an Etsy shop called Badbooks.
I love it, for pages the maker has used all different kinds of papers, from envelopes to graph paper. I have wanted a journal like it for some time as I have always wondered how my journaling would change with this type of journal.
I have very much enjoyed experimenting in this journal, I have been doing a lot of collaging in it, getting down bits of papers I like and altering them, I have also been exploring the different papers in the journal, using whatever is already on the paper to direct my doodling. I have enjoyed it and it has got me to experiment more and do things a little differently. It is always a good thing to get out of your usual ways of working to see what else you can do.
I haven’t been working ‘in order’ so to speak, for this journal either, I am enjoying flicking from page to page just adding bits in here and there, which is a new way of working for me but I feel like this journal calls for it.
Working this way has freed me up allowing me to build pages up slowly and work in short bursts. At the moment it suits me to work this way so this journal came at just the right time.
I have enjoyed letting the book guide me a little so I get out of my comfort zone and explore in ways I may not have before. Using the different papers in this way serves as a starting block to quiet my mind and let my creativity take over with no rules.
This shows me that by playing and experimenting we find ways to work that fit us better and even though it takes a little courage at first, it is worth it as we may find the way we are meant to be working. Alowing yourself just to play and be creative is why I love creative journaling so much, the confines of the book means I feel safe to play and I discover some exciting things along the way. I never know where it will take me.
I can really recomend this little journal and I am having a lot of fun playing in it and doodling. I haven’t written much yet as that isn’t where I have been directed so far, but I am thinking of maybe using it to write my gratitude lists, I am feeling I need to get back into that practise.
I am excited to see what else I do in this book and what other little gems I discover along the way, I am already looking at materials differently using some things you would never think of to make marks on the page. That though will be for another post….