State of the Journals

I’m a compulsive journal writer. I love writing about what happened to me for that day, my thoughts and feelings about certain things, anything! This is why I have several types of journals that I try to maintain, but as you can very well imagine, I really don’t have enough time to regularly update those. In this post I want to list down the various journals I have, and what state are they currently in.

Daily Journal [pocket blank insert by Planners and Journals] – This is probably my most updated journal. In this journal I try to write about what happened to my day. Sometimes if I’m too busy or tired, I skip some days and I just try to catch up on the next available day. I also like writing with this journal because I get to use the various fountain pens and inks.

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Prompted Journal [pocket blank Tomoe River paper, DIY] – This is where I journal about specific topics, usually from prompts that I find from Instagram or blogs or the Paperblanks Journal app. I don’t get to write here as often as I like, primarily because I am very choosy about the prompts I use.

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Letters to My Daughter [pocket BenCab blank notebook] – As I mentioned before, this is where I write letters to my daughter with the idea that she’ll read this when she’s much older. I make sure to write only about positive things, so that she will find this to be a comforting read. I also consider this as a journal because I do write about particular events here.

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Gratitude Journal [A6 BDJ Petit Planner, weekly] – This is one of the “failed” journals that I have. I got this weekly planner around December, and started writing down three things I’m grateful for at the end of the day. I got things going well for the first few weeks, but fell off the wagon hard when I encountered a tiring and difficult couple of days where I could not really come up with things I’m grateful for. I honestly got depressed about it and was not able to get the inspiration to continue even if my days did get better eventually.

Memory Keeper [standard blank insert by CN Papercrafts] – I started this around October of last year, and was really pleased by how it turned out. It was very nice to look at when completed, and I was able to get maybe three completed months before I ran into a roadblock. The biggest difficulty I found with this memory keeper is the amount of time I have to dedicate into choosing and editing the photos that go into the layouts. The other thing is that for the most part, the photos I take most frequently are the ones connected to my hobbies, so eventually the overall look of the layouts are rather single-minded. I do hope that I can still update this journal because I really like how it looks.

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Creative Journal [A5 CBTL planner, weekly] – I’m really a big fan of creative journals, which is one of the reasons I did the memory keeper. However, as soon as I realized I cannot regularly work on the memory keeper, I wanted to try a non-photo-centric type of creative journaling. I decided to use the CBTL planner which was in a weekly horizontal format, with a notes page on the opposite side. I thought this is a great way to make things as I wish. Unfortunately the paper wasn’t that good, so I could not use fountain pens or brush pens, which defeated a lot of the reasons I wanted to creative journal. The space was also much too big that I ran out of ideas of what to write or stick on the pages, and since I could not do brush calligraphy a lot of the space was left sadly blank. I stopped doing this after a couple of weeks of the mostly-blank layouts.

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Moving forward, I still want to have some form of creative journaling because I think that the daily journaling is not really the place for all the bells and whistles that I wanted to try. I had already purchased a pocket sized printable from Growing Up Goddess in Etsy, and I have printed it on my choice of paper which based on previous experience is pretty friendly to fountain pens and brush pens. I’ll be starting on it next week!

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As for the gratitude journal, I am thinking of incorporating it somehow into my Hobonichi planner. There are still quite a lot of space left over in a lot of my daily pages, so there might be a way to put in a line or two of gratitude journaling there.

Do you do any journaling?

2 thoughts on “State of the Journals

  1. Hey Patricia,
    I really admire the way that you are organized and how you do things. For me I have two journals, one if for general life and the other one is for some of those confidential stuffs 🙂
    Anyways I admire your style and might adopt it in future. Thanks for the share.

    Cindy

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